Quick Tips on How to Clean Your Office Coffee Maker

cleaning office coffee maker

In an ironic twist of fate, the kitchen almost always requires spotless cleaning; yet, it also ends up being one of the most unclean areas of any household, office, or establishment. And we all know why. Dealing with oil, grease, and food particles among other things is not exactly easy business, even with the help of  janitorial services at hand. 

The office kitchen is not any different. While there may be fewer dirt and concerns to deal with, it’s on another level of cleaning since some equipment requires special cleaning treatment– yep, that would be the coffee maker that runs almost tirelessly to supply the caffeine fix of every office staff.

Because the coffee maker can be somewhat an intricate machine, it’s best to let office cleaning services providers handle the in-depth cleaning of these types of technology. However, with practicality considered, simple cleaning duties should be done on a daily basis to keep your coffee maker in proper working order. 

Below are some easy tips on how to clean and maintain the various types of coffee makers. 

Drip Coffee Maker

Probably the most simple and most common coffee machine, the drip coffee maker is pretty easy to use and clean. In fact, all you need is water and vinegar. 

Fill the flask with mixed parts vinegar and water. As we all know, vinegar is a powerful cleaning agent. Its highly acidic nature easily dissolves dirt, grease, grime, and other mineral accumulations. Moreover, vinegar also has sanitizing and deodorizing properties. This common household product gets rid of any unwanted or stagnant smell on your coffee maker. And, vinegar is an eco-friendly cleaning product

Next, put a filter in the basket and brew like you usually do. About halfway through the brewing process, stop the machine and let the vinegar-water mixture soak for about half an hour. If your drip coffee maker has more intense deposits, you can let the mixture sit for longer than 30 minutes. 

Once the soaking is done, continue the brewing process. Then, pour out the used vinegar-water mixture, take out the filter, and dispose of it like you normally do. 

Vinegar has a strong scent that lingers, which is also what makes it an effective deodorizer. But you don’t want that scent hanging around your coffee maker. 

To get rid of the vinegar smell, you just do the whole process all over again, but using only clean water this time. Repeat the rinsing process as much as needed, making sure that no trace of vinegar scent is left. 

Grind and Brew

The good old grind and brew coffee-making machine is preferred by the more enthusiastic coffee drinkers, and for a couple of good reasons. This type of coffee maker has a built-in grinder, allowing you to grind coffee beans just before you brew them. Because this is the case, the coffee comes out with a fresher and fuller flavor. 

While the grind and brew coffee maker produces better-tasting coffee, it’s a lot harder to clean compared to the drip coffee maker. It also requires more frequent and careful cleaning, since bits of coffee beans can cause your coffee maker to get jammed. 

To start cleaning a grind and brew coffee maker, open the reservoir and carefully remove the grinder basket, as well as the filter basket. Because this type of coffee maker is more complex than the drip coffee maker, you may want to look into the manual for instructions on how to take out the parts. Be careful not to force the parts or accidentally break them. 

Prepare a basin of warm soapy water. Use this to wash all the parts, making sure to pay attention to the tiny parts or crevices. Rinse thoroughly. Pat dry each component, ensuring they are completely dry before putting them back to the machine. 

If your grind and brew machine has a carafe or a flask, just wash it like you would a glass or a pitcher. 

Espresso Machine

cleaning office espresso machine

When cleaning an espresso machine, pay special attention to the group heads and the portafilters. 

A cleaning brush is useful in getting rid of coffee bits stuck in the group heads. For the portafilters, change the brewing baskets and opt for blind baskets, then use those cleaning powders especially made for espresso machines. 

With the steam wand, always make sure that you’re removing the milk after you use it. Using a damp cloth to wipe the wand is recommended. Refrain from using scrapers on the wand, as these could potentially damage the coating on the wand and cause the milk to burn faster than it usually does. 

French Press

With a french press, you need to clear the flask or carafe of coffee grounds first. You can do it by hand or utilize a plastic spatula, taking care not to break the glass carafe. For super tiny bits, fill the carafe with water and strain the contents. 

Use warm soapy water when washing the carafe, then pump the plunger several times to suck foam and get rid of coffee traces. To better scrub the inside of the carafe, you can utilize a bottle brush or a sponge with a handle. Rinse everything with clean water and let them dry. 

Moka Pot

A Moka pot is for making that rich and extra dark coffee and comes in stove-top and electric models. 

In washing a Moka pot, it is highly discouraged to use any kind of detergent to clean it, since the detergent can lead to a soapy aftertaste and make your coffee more bitter. 

The thing is, you actually only need running water to rinse your Moka pot. For mineral deposits, sodium bicarbonate is handy in dissolving these accumulations. For in-depth cleaning, you may need to take apart the pot and review the filter and seal. Soak the individual parts in hot water and white vinegar for an hour. Then, rinse everything using clean running water. 


One thing to remember when cleaning your coffee maker is to always proceed with caution. Since you’re dealing with highly acidic elements (vinegar and coffee grounds), you might end up staining or damaging your office’s carpeted and hardwood flooring, and that’s a problem you don’t want to add. Otherwise, you may want to call the help of commercial cleaning professionals in New Haven Country, Connecticut