Maintaining The Cooler in your Home or Office

While our Home and Office Delivery does include periodic cycling of water coolers, we thought it would be helpful to have instructions for the proper cleaning of your bottled water cooler.   This procedure uses unscented household liquid bleach as a cleaning agent.   Before you begin, gather the following items:

•Clean disposable latex or non-latex gloves •Lint-free paper towels or clean, dry, lint free linen cloths or towels

•Clean, long handled dish brush.  The long handle is necessary to reach the bottom of the reservoir.

•Plastic scrubbing pad.  Never use soaps or detergents, steel wool or any other abrasives on the reservoir!

•1 tsp. measuring spoon

•A calibrated container (example: a 2 gallon pail)

•Unscented household liquid bleach

•A 1-gallon bottle of EartH2O spring or distilled water

Step 1:  Unplug the power cord!

Step 2:  Remove the 5 gallon bottle from your machine.

Step 3:  From the Cold Faucet, drain all water from the cooler into your bucket.  Discard the water.

Step 4:  Remove no-spill device and cooler top (see figure 1).  Look in reservoir to see if there is a removable baffle, and if so, remove it.

Step 5:  If water is still in the cooler drain it out.  If the reservoir has an ice ring in it add hot water to melt the ring and completely drain the reservoir.  Do NOT spill water outside of the reservoir into the interior of the cooler.

Step 6:  Prepare a cleaning solution in the calibrated container by adding 1 tsp. of bleach to each gallon of water.

Step 7:  Wearing your protective gloves, immerse the lint free towel and or the scrub brush into the cleaning solution.  Squeeze all excess cleaning solution from the towel and aggressively clean all surfaces of the reservoir interior.  Do NOT pour cleaning solution directly into the reservoir.

Step 8:  Rinse the reservoir.  Carefully fill the reservoir with your 1 gallon of EartH2O to 1/2 inch from the top of the reservoir.  Completely drain the rinse water from the reservoir through the cold faucet.

Step 9:  Use the same cleaning solution cloth and/or brush to clean the baffle, the cooler top, the drip receptor, the no-spill device, and the faucets.  Be sure not to get the air filter wet.  Use the rest of your 1 gallon bottle of EartH2O to thoroughly rinse these parts.

Step 10:  Reinstall all parts:  baffle, cooler top, no-spill device, and faucets.

Step 11:  Put a new 5 gallon bottle on your cooler and drain two cups of water from each faucet, or until there is no evidence of a chlorine taste or odor.  Dry all spilled water on the cooler and floor. Step 12:  Plug cooler back into the outlet.  Allow about 45 minutes for the water to reach the appropriate temperature.