Spring Clean Your Watercooler

Goodness gracious, spring is finally here. And we all know what that means… Cleaning! While, ideally, watercooler cleaning and maintenance should be carried out on a regular basis, if you find yourself lagging behind, now is a good time to remedy that. The question is, where do you start?

You’ve got two options: 1) Call MIW Water Cooler Experts and ask one of our, erm, experts to come out and do a professional job (if you hire your water cooler from us we’ll do that for free anyway). 2) Roll up your sleeves and get your scrub on.

Now, if you know what you’re doing, cleaning your cooler isn’t that hard. It just requires a little patience and attention to detail. So, if you feel up to the DIY approach, here are a few steps to get you started.

Before you do anything else, think health and safety, and unplug your unit. If something that features water requires electricity, never do anything to it while it’s plugged in. Common sense.

8 Steps

Remove the water bottle.

Drain the reservoir (press the faucet until nothing comes out), then lift out the reservoir guard and clean with warm water sanitising fluid.

Clean the reservoir thoroughly. You can purchase a designated cleaner for this and follow the instructions. Then you need to scrub the inside with a sponge, let it sit for 5-10 minutes and wash it through with a couple of gallons of water, until the water is clear and untainted.

Clean the faucet, using food hygiene water cooler sanitising spray and wipes.

Replace the reservoir guard, ensuring that it is secure.

Carefully remove any dust and dirt from the ventilation ducts at the rear of the unit.

Return the unit to its regular position and connect a new water bottle.

Plug back in and use as normal.


Water cooler maintenance is essential to prevent the build-up of potentially harmful bacteria. It’s not an enormously complicated job, but it does need to be done carefully, if you don’t want your team complaining of ‘funny tasting’ water… Which is why it is sometimes worth calling in the experts. After all, that’s what we’re here for.

Organise your MIW Watercooler Experts spring clean today: 01207 572 000