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How to properly clean pour spouts

Bar Management, Staff Training, Restaurant Operations - April 25, 2019 Written By: Brianne Shelley

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Pour spouts are probably the most exciting part about working behind a bar…

Said no one ever.


Sure, it might not be the most glamorous topic. But let’s face it, do you know how to properly clean a pour spout?

Maybe there’s a way “that we’ve always done it”—but is that the correct way?

Cleaning pour spouts properly is essential for extending their use and ensuring they continue to pour smoothly and accurately.

Here are some tips for what to do and what not to do when it comes to cleaning pour spouts:

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Soaking pour spouts in soda water is a very commonly used practice. Yes, soaking them is the right approach but don’t just use soda water. Why? Because it has zero antibacterial properties. Maybe it’ll wash off some of the stickiness but it certainly won’t get rid of any potentially harmful bacteria.


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Be sure to avoid using bleach or other strong cleaners. These may cause damage to the pour spouts and shorten their length of use.

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When washing pour spouts, it’s important to avoid using SUPER hot water. If we want them to last for a while, we need to be careful not to accelerate the rusting!


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Soaking pour spouts is a great method. To make sure they get disinfected, soak them in warm, soapy water for 10-15 minutes. Some people prefer to soak them overnight which also works fine if they’re plastic, but make sure to quickly dry the metal ones to protect against rust.


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After you soak you pour spouts, be sure to rinse them in cold water. You certainly don’t want your patrons getting soapy cocktails!


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It’s important to stay on top of the cleaning schedule. Make sure to constantly rotate through your pour spouts to ensure they’re clean and pouring with accuracy. Especially be sure to check the more sugar dense liquors because these tend to get clogged more easily.


Check out this quick HOW-TO clean your pour spouts video:

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