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Water Cooler Maintenance: Tips For Keeping Your Cooler Clean And Fresh

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By Ryan Tedder |  Published

A bottled or mains-fed water cooler in your home or office can be a convenient way to stay hydrated and refreshed throughout the day. However, to ensure you're getting the best quality water and avoiding potential health risks, keeping your cooler properly maintained is essential. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help keep it in peak condition and ensure the water you drink remains clean and fresh. Here, we’ll give you some useful tips for keeping your water cooler clean and fresh, so you can enjoy the great taste of pure-filtered water all year round.

Top 5 tips for a clean, fresh water cooler

Here are our top 5 tips on keeping your bottled water cooler or mains-fed water cooler clean and in peak condition, inside and out.

1. Replace your water bottles

For bottled water coolers, it's important to replace the water bottle regularly, even if it’s not completely empty. Standing water can affect the taste and quality of your naturally-filtered drinking water, so change the bottle at least once every two weeks.

2. Clean the exterior

For both cooler types, wipe down the outside of the unit regularly using mild detergent and a clean cloth. This will help remove any dust, dirt, or stains that may build up over time. Also, make sure you clean the taps and dispenser area with food-safe sanitising wipes.

3. Clean the drip tray

Every time you wipe down the exterior, clean the water drip tray as well. You can do this by emptying any stale water that’s in there, washing it in warm soapy water, or even putting it in the dishwasher. This will remove any dust and dirt that’s built up.

4. Flush the system

For bottled and mains-fed water coolers, it’s a good idea to completely drain and flush the water system monthly, especially if your cooler has been left unused for a while. You can do this in six easy steps, and it will help remove any sediment or impurities and freshen up the whole system. Find out how to do it in one of our previous blogs.

5. Full service and maintenance

While you can do all of these tips yourself to keep you cooler and looking great, it’s vital to have scheduled service and maintenance visits every six months by our fully qualified Thirsty Work engineers. With each visit, they’ll inspect the system, clean the internal components, and give the cooler full sanitisation.

They’ll also raise any potential issues affecting your cooler’s performance. If any problems are spotted, they’ll repair them or replace your water cooler – no questions asked.

Keep your water cooler clean and fresh with Thirsty Work

Following these simple yet effective maintenance tips, you can keep a clean, fresh water cooler that gives you safe, refreshing, and fully filtered water every time. So stay hydrated and enjoy the convenience of having a water cooler while ensuring the hygiene, health and well-being of everyone who uses it.

To take advantage of Thirsty Work’s service and maintenance programme, get your free quote, or begin your water cooler 10-day free trial, call us on 01392 877 172, email, or send us a message, and our team will get you started today.