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Clean Contact? How About No Contact?

Clean contact? Drinking water has a lot of health benefits, but we rarely discuss the risks. As it turns out, drinking unclean water can make us sick in ways that aren’t always obvious until you’re off to see the doctor. So what can we do about it?

Cleaning your water cooler on a regular basis is one way, but are you getting it clean enough? And how often should your water cooler be serviced? PureAquaTek maintenance services makes all these questions obsolete, and here’s how.

Do Employers Actually Clean Their Water Coolers?

The answer to this is unfortunately no. Some do, but far too many do not. There’s more to cleaning a water cooler than just swiping it with a Clorox wipe. Just to be clear, swiping it with a Clorox wipe might work for the outer surface, but if you want a deep clean for your standard water cooler, it requires a few more steps, and can take an average of 45 minutes.

Many employers simply aren’t going to take the time to do that. Those who do typically hire out someone else to do it, who may or may not do it properly.

According to Ask Dr Manny, even if the employer does a proper cleaning, the risk of recontamination can happen in just a few minutes. All you need is one employee who refills a used bottle they’ve been drinking out of, and now your cooler is contaminated. 

LiveScience reports that one in four Americans fail to wash their nose after blowing it. So they dump their tissue and then go about shaking hands, patting others on the back, and touching the communal water cooler.

Then there are those who don’t bother washing their hands after using the restroom, using shared workout equipment, touching their face, and any other number of events that make you cringe to think of all the germs they are spreading. All this is getting smeared on your water cooler every time they get a drink of water. 

How Often do Bottle Water Coolers Need to be Serviced?

That’s the real question for those who take the time to do it. You obviously can’t go through all the steps to clean it every time someone drinks from the water cooler, but it’s obvious that it needs to be serviced.

With that in mind, the recommended amount is actually every three months, according to Asking A Lot. That’s about four times a year. To make things easier, you can clean the water cooler every time you add a new bottle, so you don’t have to worry about wrestling a half-full bottle off and spilling water everywhere. This means your new drinking source will be placed directly into a clean cooler.

How Does Standard Water Cooler Cleaning Compare to PureAquaTek Maintenance Services

To properly clean your standard water cooler, there are 12 steps in total, many of them which are rather in-depth if you’ve never done this before. As we already mentioned, contact with the cooler means that your now clean water source is going to become contaminated with a wide list of bacteria very quickly.

Given the current viruses going around, such as stomach bugs, Flu, and COVID-19, it pays to be more stringent with your cleaning practices. That doesn’t mean you have to work harder, however.

With PureAquaTek, you don’t have to worry about that because our bottleless water coolers are designed to be contactless. Our systems are also closed, meaning there are fewer ways for bacteria and germs to get inside the cooler. To further improve our system, we include an advanced filtration system, which helps eliminate the contaminants that do manage to get in.

Since it’s impossible to be completely touchless, the few areas that you and your employees will touch has an antimicrobial agent which is baked into the plastic. This helps prevent germs from growing on the surface. We even do the servicing for you, so all you need to do is let us know, and we’ll respond within one business day, so you can be sure your PureAquaTek cooler is always clean and ready to go.