Coffee Pots and Mold
Everyone loves a good cup of coffee (yes, even the stuff made in the office), but would they love it so much if they knew what was growing in the pot?
Coffee pots are constantly full of water, and chances are they are not properly cleaned at the end of each day. The result is generally hidden mold growth that infects every cup of coffee poured. If you want your employees or customers to stay healthy and happy, keep your coffee pots clean. As a bonus for your efforts, your coffee will taste better (and it won’t have that moldy smell anymore either).
How To Clean Your Coffee Pot:
Cleaning your coffee pot is simple and shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes each week. Use these six steps, provided by SERVPRO of Fayette County mold remediation team, to prevent mold growth in your coffee pot and chamber:
1. Make a solution that is equal parts water and vinegar. Pour this in your coffeemaker’s water chamber.
2. Set your pot to brew. Allow it to do its job as normal until the water chamber is half empty.
3. Turn off the machine and let it sit for half an hour, then resume brewing.
4. Rinse the machine thoroughly, then put in a new filter. Fill the water chamber with just water. Allow it to run through the brewing cycle twice.
5. Fill the carafe with warm water, some soap and a small amount of either rice or sugar, both of which serve as a gentle abrasive. Twirl the combination around in the pot, and use a sponge to remove any excess buildup. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
6. Wipe down the outside of your coffeemaker with a damp cloth.
While steps one through four should be done weekly, steps five and six should be done at the end of each day. By spending an hour each week cleaning your coffee pots, you can prevent mold growth and keep your employees/ customers happy and healthy.
Tracie "Dusty" Nichols