How to Keep Your Water Dispenser Clean

Ease Your Water Dispenser Fears

Keep Water Cooler Clean | Lipsey Water

Nothing beats the convenience of having icy cold or steaming hot spring water available whenever you want it, at the mere touch of a lever. It’s especially convenient to have a hot and cold water dispenser in Atlanta right now; when the weather is balmy one day and frigid the next.

However, some people wonder if the convenience is worth using a dispenser or cooler that may harbor dirt and grime you can’t see. With Lipsey water dispensers, you can rest easy knowing that your dispenser is grime free because all of Lipsey’s dispensers feature stainless steel interiors. Stainless steel is renowned for its hygienic properties, which make it the preferred choice for use in surgical equipment, laboratory tools and professional food service equipment. It is durable, highly resistant to corrosion, and doesn’t harbor germs.

Occasionally the probe that fits into the cap of the water bottles and the surrounding water guards will develop a thin film of green algae. The algae is completely safe and easily removed with a paper towel dampened with vinegar or lemon juice. To prevent this film from developing, place your dispenser in area away from fluorescent lighting and replace empty water bottles immediately.

If you are ever concerned about the cleanliness of your Lipsey water dispenser, let your water caterer know. Lipsey’s water caterers regularly maintain our dispensers to ensure that all parts are clean and everything is running smoothly.

For all other dispenser types, a little regular maintenance will help keep your water fresh and ease your mind about what might be lurking where you can’t see it. Just follow these steps every three to six months:

Cleaning Your Water Dispenser


  • All-purpose white vinegar
  • Sponge or scrub brush
  • Buckets
  • Water
  • Rubber gloves


  1. Mix a vinegar solution of 1 tablespoon of vinegar per gallon of water. *
  2. Unplug the water dispenser. (Always make sure the unit is unplugged before performing any kind of maintenance.)
  3. Remove the water bottle.
  4. Drain all remaining water from the reservoir into a bucket.
  5. Plug the hot tank so none of the solution can get in. (The hot tank self-sanitizes and the vinegar taste will linger if it gets into the hot tank.)
  6. Fill the interior reservoir with the solution and let it set for about 3 minutes.
  7. Use the scrub brush or sponge to scrub away any build-up on the interior.
  8. Drain the solution into a bucket. This will clean the faucets as well.
  9. Rinse by filling the interior reservoir with clean water and empty it through the faucets into a bucket five times, or until the water no longer has a vinegar taste.
  10. Use paper towels and the solution to wipe the exterior of the cooler along with the faucets.
  11. Place new water bottle in the dispenser and allow it to fill the reservoir.
  12. Plug the unit back in and allow about 30 minutes for the water to cool off and heat up.

*You can replace the vinegar with bleach if you want to clean and sanitize the dispenser all at once.

It’s that simple! Repeat every three to six months for clean and fresh tasting water all year long.

For more information on Lipsey’s stainless steel interior water dispensers and our Signature Bow-Tie Service, contact us or call 770-449-0001.