How Do You Clean A Stainless
Steel Percolator?

Over time, the percolator accumulates coffee residue, necessitating thorough cleaning of every component.

Coffee stains might be difficult to remove from the sides of your coffee carafe, but with a few simple and natural tips, your coffee percolator will always be clean. 

Cleaning a percolator can be accomplished in a variety of ways. 

While vinegar is a common cleaning solution for percolators, there are other choices available.

Your coffee percolator's performance will improve as a result of this easy cleaning action alone.

  • Baking Soda
    For stubborn coffee pot stains, it is one of the most effective natural cleaning agents. Adding one spoonful of baking soda to hot water will help you clean your stainless steel coffee carafe.

    Percolate the mixture overnight. The following day, fill the percolator with fresh water and thoroughly rinse it.
  • Vinegar
    This procedure requires vinegar and water. Combine vinegar and water in a bowl in a 1:1 ratio. Following that, fill your percolator halfway with the mixture and turn on your machine.

    Allow the machine to cool completely before pouring it down the drain to avoid self-burning. Then, produce another vinegar and water combination and repeat the preceding steps two more times.

    Following that, load your machine with ordinary water and run it to thoroughly rinse away the vinegar.

    Rinse your machine with plain water after the vinegar has been removed.
  • Vinegar seasoned with salt
    Iodized salt and vinegar are excellent cleansers for stainless steel coffee percolators.

    The combination of these two cleaners leaves your coffee carafe spotless and free of coffee stains.

    Fill the percolator halfway with ice cubes and add 1 teaspoon of iodized salt and 15 teaspoons of vinegar. After the ice cubes have melted, clean your coffee percolator.

The basket, tube, spreader, and cover are all dishwasher safe.

This means that they can go in the top shelf of a dishwasher. Consult the instructions provided by the product's maker. 

Ice and salt can be used to remove burns from a coffee percolator, or baking soda can be used as a mild abrasive.

Denture tabs could be used to clean a coffee percolator. Stains and burns can be easily removed because of their fizzing properties.

No matter what method is used, remove the coffee grounds immediately and thoroughly rinse after each use,

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OCM ( was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link). 

In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years: 

OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM 

OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM

Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with. 

Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops: 

OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more. 

So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates: 

For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube

For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG

For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN 

PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).

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