Cleaning the Office Break Room Coffee Maker
Coffee maker machines in office break rooms are a great boon for employees as they get to relax and rejuvenate themselves in between the hectic schedules they go through every day. However, without regular coffee maker cleaning being done in the office break room, a sizable amount of germs, viruses and bacteria can accumulate on and around the coffee maker in the office break room. This is not about swirling some water around the pot to rinse out leftover coffee, this is about regular coffee maker cleaning and freeing it of bacterial contamination. When the number of colonies of bacteria build up over time, especially because of not cleaning the break room coffee maker often enough, employees can start contracting infections.
In addition to coffee pots, coffee maker cleaning removes the slick biofilm of bacteria and molds that are formed in moist and dark places such as the coffee maker's water reservoir as well as the piping system. Moreover, contamination occurs because of wiping coffee mugs with cleaning cloths or sponges. Though it is argued that coffee has antibacterial properties, research shows that its effectiveness is only 50 percent when it comes to Streptococcus mutants and aureus and molds.
How do commercial cleaners perform a proper coffee maker cleaning?
Obviously, employees cannot be entrusted with any cleaning job as it can divert their attention from their core jobs. Therefore, the cleaning jobs in an office setting are best outsourced to professional cleaning service providers. This ensures a far better and safer working environment for employees.
The frequency of cleaning a coffeemaker depends to a great extent on its usage. Manufacturers suggest that a commercial coffee machine should be cleaned once every six to eight hours to ensure quality. If it is not cleaned for too long, the coffee prepared out of such a coffeemaker may be oily or have a burned taste. Therefore, it is important that the coffeemaker's filter is removed and the grinds are dumped out and washed. If the coffeemaker comes with a disposable filter, the old one is replaced with a new one.
Once each week, the removable components should be washed with hot, soapy water to remove stains, residual oils, and germs. They are then air dried.
Two to four times each month, a solution made of one part each of water and vinegar needs to be run through the machine. Vinegar, which is 5 percent acetic acid, disinfects the coffee maker. It kills 100 percent of viruses and bacteria and most of the molds. A cycle is started with the solution and stopped halfway so that it sits in the machine. The coffee maker is turned on after an hour and the cycle completed. The process is repeated once again. Finally, two cycles with clean water are run to remove the vinegar. While this is certainly a time consuming process, it is by far one of the most effective ways to perform the process of office break room coffee maker cleaning.
The exterior surface of the coffee machine is also cleaned using a mild detergent or a multi-purpose cleaner on a daily basis. After the coffee maker has been cleaned, the exterior surface is wiped using soft cloth after spraying it with an all-purpose sanitizer as well as the surrounding counter top area and other kitchen equipment located nearby. The countertop surface is first cleaned with a multi-purpose cleaner and then an all-purpose sanitizer is applied to ensure that it remains germ free.