How to Clean a Vending Machine

by Candace Webb ; Updated September 26, 2017
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The vending machine business can be fun and lucrative. You get to make your own hours, decide what products you will stock it with and expand by approaching venues to let you place machines at those locations. Your relationship with those venues is an important component of keeping the machines there. Locations that receive complaints about your machines being dirty and messy won't allow them to remain long. Keeping your machines clean and shiny will attract customers as well as help ensure a long-term placement.

Use the keys to unlock the vending machine doors. If there is a top, remove it and empty the contents. If there is no top, open the front door to access the inside and the glass.

Using a damp clean cloth, wipe down all arms, shelves and mechanisms inside the machine. The cloth can be damped with a light, antibacterial cleaning solution mixed according to the package directions.

Use a non-abrasive glass cleaner to wipe the inside of the glass doors. Be sure to let it dry before you close it or it can leave streaks and foggy-looking spots.

Clean out the bottom of the machine. If there is a tray that catches the purchased products or a place where liquid overflow is gathered, thoroughly clean the area with antibacterial solution. Dry it with a clean, soft, dry towel.

Replace all product. Close the door. Clean the outside of the machine using a non-abrasive cleaning solution. Be sure to clean the change receptacle and the sides and top of the machine.


  • When you remove products, group them together for ease in putting them back.

About the Author

Candace Webb has been writing professionally since 1989. She has worked as a full-time journalist as well as contributed to metropolitan newspapers including the "Tennessean." She has also worked on staff as an associate editor at the "Nashville Parent" magazine. Webb holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in business from San Jose State University.

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