How to Clean a Drinking Water Fountain

What You'll Need
Nail brush or toothbrush
White vinegar
Baking soda
Wire brush
Anti-bacterial spray
Rubber gloves

Fitting a drinking water fountain within your garden can be a practical way to add a decorative touch. However, exposure to the elements and regular use will make it necessary to keep it clean. By following a few simple steps, you will find that it is easy to keep your fountain hygienic and looking good.

Step 1 – Prepare

Begin the process of cleaning the drinking water fountain by switching off the water and power supply that serves it. This will enable you to clean it properly without risking harm. Protect your skin with the use of a pair of rubber or latex gloves.

Step 2 – Examination

If the pipe work of the drinking water fountain is visible and easily accessible, such as it would be for a freestanding fountain, check it for any signs of rust or loose connections. Take the opportunity to clean, adjust or replace these parts if necessary.

Step 3 – Large Debris

The next step is to clear away any large debris that has found its way into the drinking water fountain, such as twigs, leaves and grass. This can be done by hand and should include the drainage hole so that there is nothing blocking it.   

Step 4 – Basic Clean

To undertake a basic cleaning of the drinking water fountain, dampen a cloth with a solution of water and white vinegar and wipe all of the surfaces including the nozzle and the handle. Alternatively, you can use an anti-bacterial spray if you are concerned about germs developing.

Step 5 – Stain Removal

Where water marks and deposits have causing staining, it will require a little more work to get it clean again. Mix a solution of white vinegar and baking soda and apply it to the stain. Leave it in place for a few minutes for scrubbing with a toothbrush or nailbrush, being careful not to cause any damage to the surface in the process. Rinse the surface with water once the stains have been removed. Pay particular attention to the water nozzle as deposits can form if the area where you live is a hard water one. Use the bristles of the brush to thrust into the water nozzle to clean it after leaving some white vinegar and baking soda in place to loosen it.  

Step 6 – Rust Removal

In the event that any of the components of the pipe have suffered leaks, you are likely to find that unsightly rust can be the result. Use a wrench or other relevant tool to loosen the fasteners that hold the pipes together and use a wire brush to scrub the thread and remove any rust. Once this is complete, retighten the fastener before taking the same action with the outside of the fastener and the remainder of the pipe.