HOW TO CLEAN YOUR COFFEE MAKER
Your coffee maker has been providing the best drink for you and your family and you are thinking no other device can replace this particular one. To continue enjoying the top quality coffee that came from the carafe when your coffee maker was new, you have to keep it clean. Very clean. Here is how to clean the different parts of your Coffee maker.
1. Filter Basket, Carafe and Lid
First of all, turn off the entire system and remove the plug from the outlet. This is to ensure you are not at risk of any electrical shocks. The device is also easy to handle and disassemble when unplugged.
Proceed to wash the filter basket, carafe and the lid in warm, soapy water after which you then rinse the parts thoroughly with plenty of water. The parts can also be cleaned on the upper rack of the dishwasher machine. Remember to dry the parts well before replacing them.
No water should be put in the unit once the filter basket is removed. This has to be observed to prevent impurities from getting into the system. The area under the filter basket is cleaned by wiping using a damp cloth.
The base of the machine is also cleaned using a damp cloth but not running water. The base should never be immersed in water.
Decalcification is part of the cleaning process and it keeps the quality of your coffee high. The unit needs to be intact and plugged in for the decalcification process. For efficient decalcification at home, all you need is water and vinegar. Make a solution of these two in proportions of two thirds water and a third vinegar. Pour the solution in the water reservoir and run a complete brewing cycle.
Repeat the cycle all over again as you did at first. A final brewing cycle is then performed with water alone. The unit is decalcified after these steps.
Some machines have the cleaning option which you will use for this operation and they will notify you if the process needs to be repeated again or if the machine is clean.
3. Removing Stains
If your coffee maker has stains that won’t come out when you rub using a damp cloth, sprinkle a little baking soda and then try to scrub them off. They should be easier to remove. This helps in elimination of stale coffee flavors.
Your coffee maker needs to be kept clean to provide you with the best quality coffee it did on its first brew. Cleaning it should not be a complicated process considering that most parts can be tossed in the dishwasher. The washing can be performed well by ingredients you already have at home. The frequency of washing should be reasonable. Once a month is good for average users. If you brew too much coffee then you will need to half the period so that your unit is cleaned at least once every two weeks.