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Posted Mon Mar 9, 2009, 2:03pm
Subject: cleaning solutions
 

Does anyone know of a home recipe for cleaning up gunked portafilters?
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Posted Mon Mar 9, 2009, 2:10pm
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soak them in some backflush detergent.
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Posted Mon Mar 9, 2009, 9:45pm
Subject: Re: cleaning solutions
 

Thanks. My question was with regards to home recipes, i.e. some sort of vinegar, soap solution that would cut away the grime on dirty portafilters. I thought someone might have tried this.
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Posted Mon Mar 9, 2009, 10:25pm
Subject: Re: cleaning solutions
 

at $4 a container ( which will last you forever), backflush detergent is one of the cheapest ways to do it, and also the correct way.

Soap or vinegar is unlikely to be able to break down and remove the rancid oils that are gumming up the PF
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Posted Tue Mar 10, 2009, 5:18am
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With all the money spent on gear why skimp on relatively cheap backflushing detergent?  It would be wise to protect that investment.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 10, 2009, 12:26pm
Subject: Re: cleaning solutions
 

Thanks. I should explain a little more. I just bought an old Junior D and have not got it plumbed in yet, and have not made it to the store to by the necessary blind filters and detergents to maintain the machine once I start using it. I thought i could get a head start by cleaning up the portafilters. There is usually a strange home recipe for doing most things. But I will for sure by buying some detergent soon.
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Posted Tue Mar 10, 2009, 12:35pm
Subject: Re: cleaning solutions
 

BrainInAJar Said:

at $4 a container ( which will last you forever), backflush detergent is one of the cheapest ways to do it, and also the correct way.

Soap or vinegar is unlikely to be able to break down and remove the rancid oils that are gumming up the PF

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Thanks for the Amazon link. Local espresso dealer charges $25CDN for the same 20oz bottle.
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