Posted Wed Aug 15, 2012, 12:21pm Subject: Re: cleaning and maintenance
For soaking and backflush detergent, I haven't seen a huge amount of difference between the different TSP-based products - Joe Glo, Cafiza, etc. So I buy whatever's cheapest at the time. They all seem to work about the same.
For descaling, I buy anhydrous citric acid powder from my local brewer's supply shop and make a solution of ~1 tablespoon to a liter of hot water. Works well, it's inexpensive, and doesn't leave any odor or taste.
Outer shell? wiped down after every session with a damp microfiber cloth. I use a Skoy Cloth on the stainless splashplate. The daily (or twice daily, if I'm home all day pulling shots for myself) wipedown helps me avoid having to use any sort of cleanser on the surface of the machine.
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012, 8:14am Subject: Re: cleaning and maintenance
Well, thanks for playing along. I was hoping there would be more people chiming in, so that this could be a good...comparison of sorts...for anyone who is confused as to which products to buy for what.
I've always used Cafiza for backflush and soaking/cleaning. My main reasons are: 1) that's what I started with, and 2) I've always liked the results. I suppose when I run out (I have about 1 1/3 jars left though), I'll try whatever's cheapest.
For descaling, I've only tried Cleancaf. This was purely accidental, but in the beginning I bought several 3 pack boxes of it, and haven't gotten through it all yet. I've still got enough for another year or two, so I won't be buying anything else for this purpose until I use up the last of it. I do like the color indicator though. Even though the water is always clear well before I've fiished the requisite clean water flush, it helps me stay in check.
I also wipe down my machine shell right after use, so mine stays clean. I haven't ever needed any stainless steel cleaning products for it.
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012, 8:48am Subject: Re: cleaning and maintenance
I use plain white vinegar with a microfiber cloth to clean up the stainless steel on my machine. Despite all my best efforts at good distribution and tamping, I still get some splatters. The vinegar works really well. For backflushing and portafilter soaking I use Cafiza too, although now I have the Espresso Parts version since it was less expensive. I haven't tried Joe Glo or other brands.
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