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How to Clean the Pot Burner of a Coffee Maker?

Automatic coffee makers are lifesavers for coffee lovers. They make it easy and quick to brew coffee, especially during a morning rush or when hosting guests. Brewing tasty coffee demands mixing water and high-quality coffee beans in the right proportions. Besides, you should have a fully functional coffee maker.

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One of the ways through which you can keep a coffee machine working optimally is by keeping the pot burner clean at all times. The pot burner is the warming plate on which the pot sits in a coffee machine. If the burner is dirty, it may rust, burn the coffee pot, or become less efficient. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy and quick to clean the pot burner.

Basic Maintenance

Cleaning the pot burner of any coffee maker is relatively simple, especially when combined with regular maintenance. Keeping it in its best condition requires wiping it clean with a dry, clean cloth immediately you notice any liquid spill on its surface, be it water or coffee.

If you’re unable to clean spills immediately they occur, probably due to a busy schedule or during a morning rush, you can spare some time to clean it weekly with soapy water. Cleaning the pot burner regularly will reduce the buildup of dirt over time. That way, the dirt won’t become more stubborn to remove and your coffee maker will remain functional at all times.

If hard water deposits have accumulated on the pot burn, they’ll stain it. You can clear the stains by wiping the burner with a solution comprising water and vinegar mixed in equal parts. The mixture works as a descaling solution that dissolves mineral deposits, thereby keeping the burner surface stain-free.

Cleaning the Pot Burner

Before attempting to clean the pot burner, first, turn off the appliance. Next, unplug the power cable from the socket. Allow it enough time to cool completely before cleaning it. Once cool, dampen a lint-free piece of cloth and wipe any debris, water, and coffee spills. That way, any stuck coffee spills will be wiped away. Removing stuck coffee and debris will keep the burner surface smooth and clear for even heating of the pot.

If you’re dealing with tougher stains that don’t seem to come off when wiped with a damp cloth, you can try to clear them with a mixture of water and baking soda. When mixing them, ensure the mixture is easy to apply but thick like toothpaste. Dip a toothbrush into the mixture and scrub the burner surface with the paste in a circular motion. Pay more attention to the burnt coffee stains and mineral deposits when scrubbing.

If the stains are extremely stubborn, it’ll help to include white vinegar in the water and baking soda mixture. Allow the paste to sit on the burner for some time. Then wipe it off with a dry cloth.

Removing Rust

If you fail to clean up liquid spills and coffee stains on the pot burner, rust may build up over time. You can clear any rust with the help of a commercial rust dissolver or Coca-Cola. If the rust is extreme and your only option is to remove the surface coating, recoat it before using the appliance.


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