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iflutist
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 8:34am
Subject: Cleaning Cloth for Steam Wand
 

What kind of cloth do you use?  Cotton?  Microfibre?  Other?

How often do you change it?  every hour?  every day?

Do you leave them in a cleaning solution between uses or ring them and dry?

would appreciate a discussion and share!  Thanks!
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 8:54am
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Thin dishwashing cellulose type sponge.   Rinsed through after use, then 1 1/2 mins in microwave to sterilise.  Discarded after a couple of weeks.
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 9:11am
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I grabbed a 10 pack of microfiber cloths from Walmart for $8. I used for 2-4 days the toss in the hamper.  I never even get half way through them before doing laundry.  I don't steam very often so milk suds isn't a problem. I give them a good rinse here and there.
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 9:30am
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Never thought to try sponge!  Thank you.
I am thinking about trying microfiber cloths but are they okay with the heat?
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 9:34am
Subject: Re: Cleaning Cloth for Steam Wand
 

iflutist Said:

Never thought to try sponge!  Thank you.
I am thinking about trying microfiber cloths but are they okay with the heat?

Posted November 11, 2013 link

I've melted a sponge with a hot steam wand.  Microfiber works nicely to stop the wand from spraying steam water everywhere but don't hold the tip with the steam knob open.  I've used J cloths in the past and they worked nicely too.  I just got tired of buying them.
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 11:01am
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Dip the steam wand in cold water after use. After that the milky residues can be wiped away easily with any cloth. I prefer a paper towel.

 
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 10:04pm
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Cheap rough wash cloths from walmart.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 4:09am
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You can use any approve espresso machine cleaning solution with white vinegar and water. Then soak it with other parts in a shallow bowl. You can do it weekly, or depending on the frequency of using. You can use soft clothes to wipe it.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 3:25pm
Subject: Re: Cleaning Cloth for Steam Wand
 

As is becoming very common, disregard the off topic post above.
I just use a paper towel, I use the 1/2 size sheets, I use the same half sheet to dry pf between shots, clean the wand and tip then wipe machine down after session. They cost very little, don't need to be washed and work well. YMMV!

 
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