Tips for looking after your water cooler

July 28, 2023
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Water coolers are an indispensable asset in any professional environment, offering a refreshing source of hydration to employees and visitors alike. Beyond fostering healthy hydration habits, water coolers encourage social interaction and productivity. However, ensuring the longevity of your machine and the provision of clean, great-tasting, filtered water requires maintenance and care.

But just how do you look after your water cooler?

office with bottled water cooler

1. Implement Regular Cleaning and Sanitisation

Optimal water cooler maintenance is consistent with cleaning and sanitisation routines. Lots of people use water dispensers, which means they can become breeding grounds for bacteria, and other contaminants. A cleaning routine is essential to maintain hygiene and prevent harmful microorganisms.

In accordance with the guidance from the British Water Cooler Association (WHA) we will sanitise your machine every 3-6 months, depending on your machine requirements. Our expert team of technicians will sanitise your hydration solution to a high standard, ensuring the water is clean and safe.

In between our routine visits, you can keep your cooler clean by regularly emptying the drip tray, if you have one, and wiping the external surfaces, faucets, and buttons.

man drinking glass of water with bottled water cooler in background

2. Store your water bottles correctly

If you have a bottled water cooler you need to ensure that you store the bottles correctly before use. Store bottles in a cool, dry area, away from direct sunlight.

You should replace the bottle every three weeks to ensure the water you’re drinking is fresh and not stagnant. During the replacement process, diligently cleanse the bottle cap and neck prior to affixing the new bottle. This practice prevents dirt or contaminants from getting into the water supply.

mains-fed water cooler

3. Replace the Filter

Filters in many mains-fed water coolers play a pivotal role in eliminating impurities and refining the taste of your drinking water.

Over time, filters accumulate impurities, leading to clogging and potential bacterial build-up. At Culligan UK, we will replace the filter in your machine every 6 months. This ensures the quality of the water dispensed is at an optimal level of filtration and purity.

woman drinking a glass of water

4. Monitor the Water Cooler’s Performance

Routinely check your water cooler for any indications of malfunction, such as unusual noises, leaks, or erratic water temperature.

Furthermore, observe the water flow and taste regularly. If you spot any unusual odours or flavours, they may signify problems with the water source or the machine itself. In such instances, get in touch with us and we’ll conduct a thorough inspection and remedy any identified issues.

It is important to take good care of your water cooler. This ensures a safe and clean drinking experience. Additionally, proper maintenance helps the cooler last longer and work well. Consistent cleaning, appropriate sanitisation, correct storage, and regular checks are the cornerstones of water cooler maintenance.

Following these tips can help create a healthy workplace with good hydration, and keeps your hydration solution working well for longer.

Remember, a well-maintained water cooler not only quenches thirst but also creates a work environment characterised by health and well-being.

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