How to Clean your Office Keurig®
Make Sure You Always Have Great Coffee by Maintaining Your Office’s Keurig®
Keurig® coffee makers are a fixture in many workplaces and homes because of their convenience and affordability. If you enjoy a warm, refreshing treat during your workday, you’ll love having a single-serve coffee machine like a Keurig in your office. Heading to the local coffee shop can be expensive, and there are a number of excellent brands that produce single-serve coffee for the Keurig.
However, Keurig machines experience heavy, daily use with coffee grounds and water, which may contain minerals and other residues. So, the machine will require ongoing cleaning to make sure that you get the ultimate brew. Your Keurig can get clogged, and offensive odours may start to come from your coffee maker.
Here are the steps involved in how to descale your Keurig. For optimum use of your coffee maker, conduct this cleaning every three to six months.
Cleaning with a Descaling Solution
To remove mineral residue and other matter that builds up over time in your coffee maker, consider using a Keurig™ Descaling Solution or one from another brand to clean your coffee maker.
For this process, you will need a large mug (or similarly shaped object), descaling solution (about 400 ml), and access to fresh water and a sink (or a bucket). Follow the instructions on the package to ensure the best results.
The first step is to rinse your Keurig brewer. Remove any water from the water reservoir and lid (wipe it down to make sure that it is clean). Pour the descaling solution into the water reservoir. Add equal parts of fresh water to your descaling solution.
Place a mug underneath the Keurig brewer cup holder as you would when you make a regular cup of coffee. Simply run the brew cycle, and the descaling solution will clean your machine.
Start the brew cycle again and repeat this process a few times if necessary (until the water comes out clean).
Using White Vinegar
If you don’t have a descaling solution on hand, don’t worry. You can use something a little more organic to get your coffee maker clean. If you’ve got white vinegar on hand, you are good to go.
Fill the reservoir with equal parts of fresh water and white vinegar. Start the brew cycle after you’ve placed a container in the cup holder. Flush the system out. Repeat this process a couple of times to be sure that it is clean.
White vinegar and water are a great natural solution that can help you clean your whole system. Put some in a spray bottle and spray the water reservoir, lid, drip tray, and cup holder. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
If You’ve Got Foam
Foam is great on a cappuccino and a latte, but not so great when it is coming out of your coffee brewer during cleaning. This is a natural occurrence when your descaling solution or other cleaning solution reacts with any residue that has built up in your machine.
To remedy the foaming response, empty the tank of water. Unplug the machine and let it sit for about half an hour. Rinse the tank again before you turn it back on.
Fill the machine with water and run as usual. If the foam reappears, repeat this process until it stops, rinsing thoroughly every time.
Cleaning the Keurig Exterior
Now that you’ve learned how to clean the interior components of your Keurig, make sure that you clean the exterior components of your coffee brewer as well. It doesn’t take much for residue to build up, which can actually contaminate your coffee and compromise taste.
Fill a container with hot soapy water. Unplug your coffee maker before you start this cleaning process for safety’s sake. Take your Keurig apart (remove the drip tray and cup holder). Wipe the machine down entirely with soapy water and rinse if necessary. Rinse and repeat.
Did you know that cleaning your Keurig coffee maker regularly will not only extend the lifespan of this small appliance, but it will also improve the quality of the coffee you drink? Be sure to use Keurig compatible K-cups or proper inserts for freshly ground coffee. Also, use fresh water only when making your favourite brew.