How to maintain your coffee maker and keurig

September 11th, 2020 | By Claudia Moreno

How to Maintain Your Coffee Maker and Keurig


The best part of waking up hasn’t quite been Folger’s in our cups for a while now. If you’re anything like us, we’re searching for the nearest pick me up on our way to save the day of your vacation rental property. However, for your guests, a coffee maker or Keurig in the home is convenient for any occasion. Whether they are a fan of a quick fix or the old school brewing noise of the coffee maker, cleanliness and maintenance are a must!

Here are step by step processes to guide you through cleaning these vacation rental home essentials!



  1. Disassemble and wash all removable parts. This includes the K Cup holder, mug stand, water reservoir, and lid. Soak these in pieces in warm, soapy water, and let dry.
  2. Fill the water reservoir halfway with White distilled vinegar. This will help remove any lime and scale buildup. Then fill the rest with water.
  3. Wipe down the surface of the Keurig. A dry cloth can get the job done. Be sure to get up in the area around the coffee pod holder where residue may have collected.
  4. Place the machine back together and plug it in.
  5. Place a mug in the holder area, start the brew cycle, and run the machine. Once the mug is filled, dump out the vinegar and water mix.  Repeat this until the reservoir is completely emptied.
  6. Fill the reservoir with plain water and repeat the same process. This step helps to prevent any residing vinegar taste.

This maintenance routine is recommended every 3 to 6 months.



  1. Be sure to empty the machine and carafe of any remaining contents. 
  2. Mix half Distilled, white vinegar with half water; enough to fill the entire water chamber of your coffee maker.
  3. Start the brew cycle. Halfway through, stop the cycle by turning off the coffee maker. Let it sit for an hour or so.
  4. After the hour has passed, turn the coffee maker back on to complete the brew cycle.
  5. Pour out the vinegar-water solution and repeat this process with a freshwater cycle. This time, run the complete brewing cycle with no breaks. Repeat this two more times, allowing the coffee maker to cool down a bit between the brews.
  6. Wash the water and carafe with warm/hot soapy water and wipe down the coffee maker with a dry cloth.
  7. Reassemble all parts and you are all set!

This maintenance routine is recommended monthly.