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Espresso: ECM Giotto
Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 7:12am
Subject: Blue water while cleaning an ECM Giotto
 

Just got an ECM Giotto (the one with the round dial),. It has not been used in 3 to 4 years. After a lot of tweeking got it to work... yesss.
Now, following instructions I found on the net, I cleaned the thing with a mild solution of citric acid. I let it stand in the boiler for 45 mins and flushed it a few time. fill, boil, drain, fill, boil, drain
Strangly enough the water had a bluish tint...? I flushed it some more and now it seems to be clean.
WHAT WAS THAT??? Can someone tell me if it's poisonous or something?
ps: I only paid 250$ for the machine
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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 7:45am
Subject: Re: Bleu water while cleaning an ECM Giotto
 

It's just the citric acid reacting with any copper in pipes etc.  You probably wouldn't want to drink it, but once flushed away it's harmless.
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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 9:59am
Subject: Re: Bleu water while cleaning an ECM Giotto
 

As long as I don't turn into a Schtroumph
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Posted Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:26am
Subject: Re: Bleu water while cleaning an ECM Giotto
 

Nice pickup on that machine.
Just flush till clear and you are OK.

 
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