Cleaning Nightmares: How to Clean the Coffee Machine

coffee-25201_1280That soothing aroma of freshly brewed coffee can either wake up your senses as you start off your day, or it can be your afternoon pick-me-up. Whatever your reason for looking forward to that latte or cappuccino is, if you’re brewing the coffee yourself, maintaining that delight coincides with keeping your coffee machine clean.

They may be the last things you want to clean at home or at the office, but the tough reality is coffee machines aren’t exempt from getting a proper clean now and then. Although different machines call for varying cleaning techniques, the following are simple ways to keep a traditional or single-serve coffeemaker sterilized.

Wash After Every Use

Each time you use your coffee machine, make sure to wash the removable parts of the machine as part of your regular dishwashing routine. This is to remove any coffee, oil, and other residue that can lead to the formation of mildew or other undesired elements.

You should use regular soap and water to wash the different compartments, and you can even check if it’s safe to place the parts in a dishwasher. More often than not, burning spills can generally be hard to spot on a darker coffee machine. So make sure to wipe down the machine’s exterior and the bottom warming plate to prevent the spills from staining and damaging the machine.

Since coffee machines can get pretty moist, mold and bacteria generally find a home in them. Make sure to clean the carafe, filter bin, and your coffee machine’s lid after each time you use it.

Give It a Thorough Wash Each Month

After a month or so, you might notice your coffee machine start dripping coffee at a slower rate. That’s because over time, water composites start accumulating and build up on the machine’s inside. So, in comes time for the decalcification process.

All you have to do is:

  1. Cleanse the machine with white vinegar by placing an equal amount of water with the vinegar and filling up the pot with the solution.
  2. Then, place a paper filter inside the coffeemaker’s empty bin.
  3. Place the pot in place and run a brew of the mixture. Make sure to just brew it halfway, rather than going for a full brew.
  4. Once you’re done, turn off the coffeemaker and let it sit for about half and hour.
  5. Turn on the coffeemaker again to complete the brewing.
  6. When the brewing process is done, you can throw out the water-vinegar solution.
  7. Clean everything up by putting a new paper filter in place and rinse the pot by brewing clean water (just one time).

Once you’re done with the process, it’s recommended to keep up with the routine of cleaning your machine habitually to prolong its life and maintain sanitation.

Dreamy Cleanliness

The professionals at 1CCNYC can give your entire kitchen a deep clean to make sure you didn’t miss any other area along with your coffee machine. If you’re interested in learning more about services, contact us today and we’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

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