How to Clean a Stainless Steel Coffee Pot

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No day is complete without a morning cup of brew, and a hot cup of coffee can perk up any lazy afternoon! Coffee is a widely consumed beverage that can be brewed in a variety of ways, including using a stainless steel coffee pot, also known as a moka pot or coffee percolator.

However, coffee easily stains various materials. Stainless steel should be exempted from coffee stains, but notches and imperfections in the grain can accumulate dirt. Here's how to clean a stainless steel coffee pot:

What You'll Need

You'll need some white vinegar to clean your coffee pot, but denture cleaning balls or hydrogen peroxide works just as well. These will remove stains from your stainless steel coffee pots, and make your coffee pot look as good as new! Baking soda or salt works as an abrasive scrubber to get the stains out.

  • Vinegar OR
  • Denture tablets OR
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda OR
  • Salt OR
  • Uncooked rice grains
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • Lint-free microfiber cloth

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Coffee Pot: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Wash the Stainless Steel Coffee Pot

Wash your stainless steel carafe as you normally would: using dishwasher detergent or dish soap, and some hot water, which will help in removing stains. Dump out the spent coffee grounds, and wash the entire inside of your coffee pot thoroughly. Use a bottle brush to clean the inside of a narrow stainless steel pot.

Step 2: Fill with Cleaning Solution

Fill the inside of the pot with your cleaning solution. Use vinegar, denture tablets in warm water, or hydrogen peroxide to clean the coffee pot. Let the solution sit in your stainless steel coffee pot for around 10-15 minutes to dissolve and lift the coffee stains out of your stainless steel pot.

Step 3: Add Baking Soda or Table Salt

Add a generous amount of baking soda or salt into your cleaning solution. Baking soda reacts with vinegar, bubbling to remove stains. Salt provides a gentle abrasive scrubbing power to the cleaning solution, getting into the small opening of the coffee pot, as well as small crevices and nooks.

Step 4: Swish Solution in a Swirling Motion

Swirl the solution around the walls of the stainless steel coffee pot. Keep swirling until the stains are visibly gone. If the baking soda or salt incorporates the liquid cleaning solution, reduce the amount of liquid, and add more baking soda or salt. Use warm water instead of hot water to dilute the solution to prevent the abrasive cleaners from melting.

Step 5: Rinse and Dry

Rinse the entire coffee pot to remove any remaining residue, and use a dish drying towel to dry the coffee pot. Always store the coffee pot dry to prevent stains and bacteria from forming inside the tea kettle.

Tips on Maintaining Your Stainless Steel Coffee Carafe

Stainless steel coffee pots are relatively easy to care for as they are resistant to stains, scratches, and breakage. Here are a few tips to maintain your stainless steel coffee pot so you can enjoy a nice, hot cup of joe anytime!

  • Dry your stainless steel coffee pots before storing to prevent rust, mold, and bacteria from growing on the surface of the coffee pot.
  • Clean your stainless steel coffee pot after every use. Avoid letting the coffee sit in the pot to prevent it from staining the coffee pot.
  • Avoid using strong cleaning chemicals to clean or remove rust from your stainless steel coffee pot as these may corrode the material, or may leach into your coffee.
  • Boiling water in the coffee pot will disinfect it conveniently. Boiling water in your stainless steel coffee pot will help disinfect any bacteria lingering in your coffee pot. It may remove coffee pot stains as well.

Energize Your Mornings

Make cleaning hassle free with the best home cleaning services from Luce Home! Energize your mornings, and enjoy a cleaner, crisper brew with a kitchen cleaned from top-to-bottom. You'll never have to deal with stale coffee again!

Contact us to schedule your next cleaning session! 

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