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    How to clean Breville Ikon..?

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    Hello,

    I am wondering how to clean my IKON.

    It is such a great machine and I just want to know how to clean/de-scale it.

    Is it just a matter of dropping one of those tablets into the resevoir and pressing go or what?

    Cheers!

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    Re: How to clean Breville Ikon..?

    You are right to ask, as far as coffee machines are concerned, cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    After every brewing session and before you turn the machine off, it is good to do a water back-flush.
    You can buy coffee machine cleaner from Coffeeparts, and other sponsors, (standard or organic versions are available), which will soak the coffee oils away from the shower screen and similar parts, in the brew path, commonly used once a week to once a month depending on machine usage and other factors like whether or not you do a water back-flush after each brewing session. Do not put this chemical in your boiler.
    The boiler can be descaled using citric acid, which you can buy from the supermarket, in the herb section usually. Do a search for the procedure. Frequency of descaling depends on the hardness of the water in your location, some of us are lucky and have relatively soft water, meaning descaling is only required maybe every 6 months or so, other places with relatively hard water may require descaling every month or two, unless you use one of the water softening filter units that are available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4E7960606578780C0 link=1313994397/1#1 date=1315111004
    You are right to ask, as far as coffee machines are concerned, cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    After every brewing session and before you turn the machine off, it is good to do a water back-flush.
    You can buy coffee machine cleaner from Coffeeparts, and other sponsors, (standard* or organic versions are available), which will soak the coffee oils away from the shower screen and similar parts, in the brew path, commonly used once a week to once a month depending on machine usage and other factors like* whether or not you do a water back-flush after each brewing session.* Do not put this chemical in your boiler.
    The boiler can be descaled using citric acid, which you can buy from the supermarket, in the herb section usually.* Do a search for the procedure.* Frequency of descaling depends on the hardness of the water in your location, some of us are lucky and have relatively soft water, meaning descaling is only required maybe every 6 months or so, other places with relatively hard water may require descaling every month or two, unless you use one of the water softening filter units that are available.
    Dont think the IKON has a 3 way solenoid therefore no backflushing

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    Re: How to clean Breville Ikon..?

    I just sourced a 2nd Ikon for my office use.
    It is pretty dirty and need to get a good clean.
    I had a EM6910 back home, use back-flush every day after I use.
    However, Ikon did not come with a blind disk, how can I do the back flush?
    Is that right we can not do it due to what "Espresso Doc" said about without the 3 way solenoid?

    I try to google/search it on the internet, so far not conclusion yet.
    Anybody can help here?
    Cheers
    Colin

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    Just try using the search function top right of screen

    Try BES400 wet puck this will confirm again and again no 3 way valve on the IKON

    Then try backflush, this will confirm 3 way is needed for back flush

    Cleaning will need to be a matter of using a cloth or/and grouphead brush (try coffee parts), some people find that if you dont remove the PF until after steaming the puck is nearly dry and therefore leaves less coffee on the group head

    Dont put cleaner in the boiler, should be ok to de scale with citric acid as I believe it has a stainless steel boiler, again box on the top right helps ;)

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    Re: How to clean Breville Ikon..?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5B4D115E1155114F565C545A4D5651583F0 link=1313994397/4#4 date=1315238224
    should be ok to de scale with citric acid
    Id recommend the use of proprietory descaler. Citric lifts scale off in plaques and it then frequently causes much bigger problems elsewhere.

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    Re: How to clean Breville Ikon..?

    Quote Originally Posted by 695C5156627E525B5B58583D0 link=1313994397/5#5 date=1315268053
    Quote Originally Posted by 5B4D115E1155114F565C545A4D5651583F0 link=1313994397/4#4 date=1315238224
    should be ok to de scale with citric acid
    Id recommend the use of proprietory descaler. Citric lifts scale off in plaques and it then frequently causes much bigger problems elsewhere.
    Chris knows what he is talking about, think twice before ignoring his advice to save a few cents (in the short term)

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    Re: How to clean Breville Ikon..?

    Quote Originally Posted by 04124E014E0A4E1009030B0512090E07600 link=1313994397/2#2 date=1315137566
    Quote Originally Posted by 4E7960606578780C0 link=1313994397/1#1 date=1315111004
    You are right to ask, as far as coffee machines are concerned, cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    After every brewing session and before you turn the machine off, it is good to do a water back-flush.
    You can buy coffee machine cleaner from Coffeeparts, and other sponsors, (standard* or organic versions are available), which will soak the coffee oils away from the shower screen and similar parts, in the brew path, commonly used once a week to once a month depending on machine usage and other factors like* whether or not you do a water back-flush after each brewing session.* Do not put this chemical in your boiler.
    The boiler can be descaled using citric acid, which you can buy from the supermarket, in the herb section usually.* Do a search for the procedure.* Frequency of descaling depends on the hardness of the water in your location, some of us are lucky and have relatively soft water, meaning descaling is only required maybe every 6 months or so, other places with relatively hard water may require descaling every month or two, unless you use one of the water softening filter units that are available.
    Dont think the IKON has a 3 way solenoid therefore no backflushing
    Oops didnt qualify my comments with an If it has 3 way valve thankfully another CSr was on the ball.

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    Re: How to clean Breville Ikon..?

    It is a gem of a machine, way underestimated for its price... Too bad it is discontinued. Mine died and there are no spare parts - so it is a good idea to keep it clean!

    I can confirm the IKON does not have a 3-way solenoid (or pressure release at all). There is no way to backflush the machine.

    This is what you should do:

    Remove the showerscreen first. The machine comes with an allen key to remove it with. (remove the rubber gasket as well) - place the bolt somewhere safe! Clean the shower screen with a clean brush or scourer -* no detergent. Clean the gasket with warm water.

    The manual advices to run 1 liter of white vinegar solution to decalcify - avoid supermarket tablets. Mix 1 part water and 1 part vinegar. Run water through the machine and let it sit for a while, 20 minutes approx. Then alternate running the solution through the brew head and the steam wand until empty. Then you will have to run at least a full reservoir of clean water through the machine to flush the vinegar solution - until that smell of vinegar is gone. Replace the gasket and the shower screen and the job is done.

    I usually ran a shot of water to rinse out any excess grinds on the shower head after making a coffee.

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    Re: How to clean Breville Ikon..?

    Genrally good advise

    I would add that the shower screen / gasket / and PF could all be soaked in espresso cleaner as mentioned by Bullitt with out the backflush, will be more effective and take the effort out of the clean.

    In addition dont know if the ikon has (as all other brevilles do including the BES900) the plastic bit in the bottom of the PF to stop the coffee getting cold if it does get it out as it is magnit for rancid coffee oils

    Not sure I like the idea of vinegar, why not use a comercial descaler(they are cheep), the risk of using other acids is they lift scale in plaques causing more trouble.

    you might find this diagram helpful/interesting
    http://www.ereplacementparts.com/ima...e/BES400XL.pdf I assume it is ok to link to this. I is a commercial site but not from Oz. If not sorry and delete away mods.

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    Re: How to clean Breville Ikon..?

    Hi All!

    wow! Thanks very much!!!

    Special thankyou to "Espresso Doc"... I just bought one of those rubber blind filters from Coffee Craft, so I wont use it :)

    I will run 1 litre of Vinegar and 1 litre of Water this weekend. (Thanks Eskil!)

    But I did take apart the group head and yuuuukkk! Cleaned it all and already getting better flavoured coffee! Now I can REALLY enjoy Coffee Barun Honduras ;)

    Thaks all for the feedback, I only checked today, as I was curious (I didnt get email updates that you guys were replying) CS rules!

    PS-> PDF Yoinked off interwebs - Cheers for the link :)
    Cheers
    D.

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    Re: How to clean Breville Ikon..?

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    Ive got a BES 820, and use white vinegar to clean it. The water where I am has a lot of dissolved salts (to the point where I have to descale my kettle almost on a fortnightly basis).

    Havent had any problems so far, and it definitely makes a big difference to the coffee produced. Might look into the commercial cleaner option, given comments here (although, I have a funny feeling the manual advises against it).




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