How do you clean your cold therapy machine and pads?
Maintaining Your Polar Ice Machine
Keeping your polar ice machine clean is essential for both safety and optimal performance. Regular cleaning prevents the growth of bacteria and mold, which can contaminate your ice and lead to health problems. It also ensures that the machine operates efficiently, producing clear, flavorful ice.
Cleaning the Water Reservoir
- Unplug the machine and turn off the water supply.
- Empty the reservoir.
- Wash the reservoir with warm, soapy water. You can use a mild dish soap or a vinegar solution. Rinse thoroughly with clean water. A teaspoon of each will suffice. This removes bacteria and other contaminants that can build up over time.
- Clean the drain plug and any other openings in the reservoir.
- Dry the reservoir completely before refilling it with fresh water.
Cleaning the Tubing and Pads
- Disconnect the tubing from the reservoir and the ice maker head.
- Flush the tubing with warm, soapy water. You can use a turkey baster or a long-handled brush to push the water through the tubing.
- Soak the pads in warm, soapy water for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse the pads and tubing thoroughly with clean water.
- Dry the pads and tubing completely before reassembling the machine.
- Clean the exterior of the machine with a damp cloth.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the machine.
- Clean the machine more frequently if you use it heavily or if the water quality is poor.
- Consider using a water filter to improve the quality of your ice.
By following these simple steps, you can keep your polar ice machine clean and running smoothly for years to come.
Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:
How to Clean a Polar Ice Machine (video)
Tips for Maintaining Your Ice Maker
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