Routine cleaning

See also: Time between maintenance: routine.

  • Device cleaning routines should match the frequency and actions users employ to clean other household utensils.
  • Routine cleaning is rapid enough not to disrupt the cleaning routines for other housewares, is simple (minimal number of steps required), and requires little or no user assistance.

Key indicators

  • User actions and frequencies for cleaning the device reflect those already used for other kitchen utensils.
  • Product design eliminates difficult-to-clean components and areas. For example: minimum six mm internal radii; eight mm target to facilitate cleaning using fingers.
  • Cleaning does not require special implements or materials.
  • Routine cleaning requires minimal disassembly of the device. Subcomponents (like filter elements) may be cleaned less frequently and need not be disassembled for routine cleaning.

Notes and exceptions

  • In India, daily cleaning of kitchen implements with water and abrasives (for example ashes, sand, and coconut fiber) is an ingrained habit.
  • Cleaning behaviors, frequencies, and tolerances vary from culture to culture.

Supporting evidence

Man cleans water treatment product.

A user cleans his HWTS device much like any other household utensil. Photo: PATH.

Dirty tap on a water treatment product.

Grooves that cannot be cleaned with a fingertip often collect dirt. Photo: PATH.