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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 10:31am
Subject: What kind of cleaner de-scaler to use on Gaggia Espresso?
 

Ok so probably most on this forum now know I have a Gaggia Espresso, what kind
of cleaner, de-scaler should I buy?  Amazon has one for $5.95 called urnex in a blue
bottle is this safe for the machine and any good?  Thanks.
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 10:41am
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Ariel333 Said:

Ok so probably most on this forum now know I have a Gaggia Espresso, what kind
of cleaner, de-scaler should I buy?  Amazon has one for $5.95 called urnex in a blue
bottle is this safe for the machine and any good?  Thanks.

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I use citric acid to descale all of my espresso machines. Two tablespoons in one quart of water. Whatever you use, be sure to flush with plain water until you cannot taste any residual acidity.

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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 11:02am
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Tex, Thanks....I will look for this in the grocery store.  And **BONUS** I've been looking all over for citric acid to make some
bath bombs. :)
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 12:14pm
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Ariel333 Said:

Tex, Thanks....I will look for this in the grocery store.  And **BONUS** I've been looking all over for citric acid to make some
bath bombs. :)

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Check this eBay store where I buy citric acid in one pound packages.

 
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 12:22pm
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The Gaggia boilers are an aluminum/brass sandwich. Add acid and you have a battery, creating galvanic corrosion of the aluminum top part. Either use cleancaf (a strong TSP style alkaline), or make sure to really flush the sucker out well afterwards.

 
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 12:42pm
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Sweetmaria's recommends Urnex Cleancaf for aluminum products. The other products like cafiza and probably citric acid can really wreak havok on aluminum. I used Cleancaf on my Espresso machine with great results.
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 12:43pm
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Anything strong enough to dissolve the scale in the boiler will damage it if not flushed thoroughly. This is just common sense (I know it's not as common as some think!). I've got one Gaggia I've been using daily for three years that gets descaled with nothing but citric acid and the last time I had the boiler apart it looked like it had never been in use. It's all about preventive maintenance and citric acid is an excellent descaling tool, if used correctly.

Oh, and that crap about needing to buy special detergents to clean parts & back flush with? That's all it is, crap! I've been using powdered dishwasher detergent for my machine for ages and it works just like the pricey stuff retail stores want you to buy from them.

Think about folk's expert opinions and their motivation for recommending products. If it puts rice in their bowls listen to their advice but reason it out for yourself.

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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 1:01pm
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Tex, you haven't told me anything wrong yet, so I'll just go with your advice.  :) Thanks much!
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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 1:51pm
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Ariel333 Said:

Tex, you haven't told me anything wrong yet, so I'll just go with your advice.  :) Thanks much!

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OK Ariel, do I have a good deal on some land in sunny Florida!

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Posted Thu Aug 23, 2007, 2:09pm
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Tex Said:

OK Ariel, do I have a good deal on some land in sunny Florida!

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Tex,


I'll take some!!!!  Even rural swamp land is going for 20-25k per acre these days.

Can't put a price on sunshine in the winter, everybody wants some.

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