Why Is Cooler Sanitization So Important?


The water cooler represents the point where the bottled water becomes exposed to the environment. Once the bottle is installed on the cooler, the water's quality becomes influenced by the condioasis coolertion of the cooler and its surrounding environment.

The reason that cooler manufacturers and authorities advise cooler sanitation is that the bacteria grow on surfaces of the reservoirs / containers in a thin layer, called the biofilm. Rubber-like materials used in o-rings, gaskets and seals are the most likely to developing biofilms. Once a biofilm is produced, it acts as a protective layer for the bacteria, allowing them to grow and contaminate the clean water. It is therefore important to control the normal bacteria in a water cooler and avoid formation of biofilms. This is done through a regular program of cleaning and sanitizing of the water contact surfaces of the cooler.

To achieve maximum hygiene, Oasis recommends that you clean your cooler regularly and sanitize your cooler at least once a year. When cleaning your cooler it is important that you focus on the parts that are most prone to contamination and bacteria build up. For example, cooler taps are usually the most contaminated part of the cooler because that is the one part touched by every user of the cooler.

Here are 2 helpful cleaning tips that Oasis recommends you follow on a regular basis.

Cleaning Plastic Parts – Periodic cleaning of drip trap, faucet paddles and top of cooler are recommended. To clean plastic parts, use liquid soap and warm water. Avoid using abrasive cleaners. Drip tray should not be used for disposing unwanted beverages.

Cleaning Cabinet Exterior – The cooler exterior can be cleaned with liquid soap and warm water. Make sure the washed parts are rinsed thoroughly and all soap residues
are removed. (Do not use abrasive cleaners which can scratch surfaces)

What Is The Cooler Sanitization Process?

The procedure for sanitization of water coolers relies on a steam-based technology. The steam is recommended to control the microbiological contamination in water coolers without the need for chemicals (i.e. bleach). Sanitization using steam does not damage the different parts of the cooler. In short it is a quick, safe, economical and environmentally sound method of sanitizing

Here's how we do it :

* Technician to wash his hands before proceeding.

* Remove 5 Gallon bottle from the cooler.

* Drain water in Hot and Cold tanks by removing the purge screw located at the back of the cooler and through all cooler taps.

* Clean all the surfaces of the cooler.

* Open the top cover of the cooler, remove taps and drip trays and proceed cleaning the removed parts.

* Remove the waterguard and baffle and wash thoroughly with water.

* Using the clean wipe, scrub in interior of cooler reservoir.

* Apply steam to the cold tank thoroughly until sufficient water is evacuated through the faucets.

* Allow steam to pass through the cooler for the length of time required to emerge through the faucets outlet.

* Replace baffle, waterguard and top cover of the cooler and apply steam.

* Replace faucets, drip trays and close the purge orifice.

* Replace fresh water bottle on the dispenser and drain approximately one litre of water.

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