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  • Portafilter baked on grime - how to clean?

    Hi Folks - I've got a second hand machine and when I bought it, it was obvious that one of the portafilters was used 100% of the time. The problem is, it's got a serious build up of oil/coffee/grime.

    I've been trying to gradually chip away at cleaning it by wiping it out with a cloth or scorer and soaking in machine cleaner for an hour every week. It's gotten me a way, but it's still not as clean as I'd like it.

    What are the suggestions on speeding up this process? I have thought about steel wool etc but have been apprehensive for risk of permanently damaging the handle.

    For reference: double left, single right...
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  • #2
    Cafetto EVO is an excellent product, follow directions your PF will emerge spotless.

    Cafetto evo organic espresso clean, 1kg - Cafetto | Coffee Parts

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    • #3
      It looks like the chrome has been stripped off the base so being worried about permenantly damaging the portafilter is a bit late? To my eyes there doesn't appear to be a lot of baked on crud anymore. It might be easier to swap the pouring spouts?

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      • #4
        If you follow Yelta's advice, they will be spotless and shiny in no time...

        Mal.

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        • #5
          Thanks guys. I've been using Cafetto Espresso Clean, though the non EVO version, and that seems to have hit its limit. Is there some magic dust in the EVO that will make it all better?

          Wondering if the horse has bolted on this one...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by andbrews View Post
            Thanks guys. I've been using Cafetto Espresso Clean, though the non EVO version, and that seems to have hit its limit. Is there some magic dust in the EVO that will make it all better?

            Wondering if the horse has bolted on this one...
            As Timmy suggested, looks like the chrome has disappeared, not uncommon, not sure about the EVO doing a better job, looks like the only area's needing attention are around the lettering, have you tried a tooth brush or similar, don't think I would worry too much, overall it looks pretty clean to me.

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            • #7
              Perfect candidate for bottomless conversion.

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              • #8
                They're both looking pretty good.

                Steel wool will not do any harm. You could try a less abrasive scourer if you wish.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
                  They're both looking pretty good.
                  Geez that's a (surprising) relief. I'll give it a bit more elbow grease and then call it a day. Cheers!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by andbrews View Post
                    Geez that's a (surprising) relief. I'll give it a bit more elbow grease and then call it a day. Cheers!
                    CLR and Silvo both work wonders on brass p/f chrome.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by TampIt View Post
                      CLR and Silvo both work wonders on brass p/f chrome.
                      It says right there on the back of the bottle DO NOT USE ON BRASS
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TampIt View Post
                        CLR and Silvo both work wonders on brass p/f chrome.
                        Originally posted by magnafunk View Post
                        It says right there on the back of the bottle DO NOT USE ON BRASS
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                        I stated brass p/f CHROME, not the brass itself. They would say that, they also make brasso... and within reason "either works on either" as long as you clean it off properly.

                        TampIt

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                        • #13
                          I normally wouldn't bother getting into a dialogue with you as I know you have an answer for everything, but in this case, since you're giving advice which could damage the man's parts I'll make an exception.

                          It is obvious from the photo that the brass is exposed from wear to the chrome. Sure, it probably isn't a big deal if the CLR etches the brass since it's not exactly on display, but it is not recommended by Jelmar, the company that makes CLR (Brasso is made by Reckitt Benckiser).

                          Anyway op, most would agree that your portafilter doesn't look too bad and if you're that concerned you can always swap the spouts as timmyjj21 suggested above. I also liked the idea of converting it to bottomless

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by magnafunk View Post
                            I normally wouldn't bother getting into a dialogue with you as I know you have an answer for everything, but in this case, since you're giving advice which could damage the man's parts I'll make an exception.

                            It is obvious from the photo that the brass is exposed from wear to the chrome. Sure, it probably isn't a big deal if the CLR etches the brass since it's not exactly on display, but it is not recommended by Jelmar, the company that makes CLR (Brasso is made by Reckitt Benckiser).

                            Anyway op, most would agree that your portafilter doesn't look too bad and if you're that concerned you can always swap the spouts as timmyjj21 suggested above. I also liked the idea of converting it to bottomless
                            Another occasion I agree with TC - it happens quite often in these cases. The p/f looks fine, just covered with grime. No reason for the chrome to be missing anywhere (you can even see it is raised compared to the other p/f).

                            +1 to the "convert to naked" suggestions if the chrome is worn.

                            TampIt

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