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  • How do you clean your Sunbeam machine properly?

    Hey guys,

    Just spent the last hour or so looking for info on cleaning my Sunbeam EM6910 machine but I still have a few questions that I would be grateful for if they could be confirmed:

    1. Is normal back flushing with water once a week enough?

    2. How often do you guys do a chemical back flush?

    3. I see some people stating that the back flush can also be done manually by letting the pressure build up - then turning off the water, then repeating this step a few times? Or is the normal programme the one to go for?

    4. Where to buy the cleaning tablets / powder?

    5. Is vinegar enough to do a de-scale with?

    6. How often do you guys unscrew the shower head to clean?

    Many thanks in advance, Im delighted with the machine, and its great to be able to make coffee better then most coffee shops out there. ;D

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    Re: How do you clean your Sunbeam machine properly?

    Hi Mallowkid

    There are no hard rules on this, it depends on your usage, how you use it, your water, ... but Ill answer as best I can ...

    Originally posted by 4E626F6F6C74686A67030 link=1306567274/0#0 date=1306567273
    1. Is normal back flushing with water once a week enough?
    Assuming youre making around a couple of shots a day, yes, as long as you do a proper chemical clean regularly (see next point).

    Originally posted by 4E626F6F6C74686A67030 link=1306567274/0#0 date=1306567273
    2. How often do you guys do a chemical back flush?
    About once a month. More if I make a lot (eg, I just had a party where I made about 12 in a row and then quite a few over the following days).

    Originally posted by 4E626F6F6C74686A67030 link=1306567274/0#0 date=1306567273
    3. I see some people stating that the back flush can also be done manually by letting the pressure build up - then turning off the water, then repeating this step a few times? Or is the normal programme the one to go for?
    Yes you can do this. I usually do a few short runs with the rubber disk in the PF and the PF only loosely in the group and gently "wiggle" it to help get gunk out of the seal. But dont use it to replace a proper cleaning cycle.

    Originally posted by 55797474776F73717C180 link=1306567274/0#0 date=1306567273
    4. Where to buy the cleaning tablets / powder?
    I use a teaspoon of cafetto espresso clean in place of the tablets, bought from Coffee Parts.

    Originally posted by 55797474776F73717C180 link=1306567274/0#0 date=1306567273
    5. Is vinegar enough to do a de-scale with?
    Some debate on this point, but I would suggest using a proper de-scaler. I use cafetto restore espresso machine de-scaler, also from Coffee Parts.

    Originally posted by 55797474776F73717C180 link=1306567274/0#0 date=1306567273
    6. How often do you guys unscrew the shower head to clean?
    About every second clean. You get a feel for when its needed after a while.

    Hope this helps.









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    • #3
      Re: How do you clean your Sunbeam machine properly?

      Excellent, thanks for the advice.

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      • #4
        Re: How do you clean your Sunbeam machine properly?

        Is there any shops in (SE) Melb I can just walk in and buy products from? If not Ill order from Coffee Parts I guess just not a fan of waiting for delivery...

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        • #5
          Re: How do you clean your Sunbeam machine properly?

          Dont know whereabouts you are, but coffee-a-roma are in Camberwell. Not open every day though.

          I am happy to give you some backflush cleaner to get you started if you are near glen waverley. PM me if interested as I am not always on this forum, but do try to keep up to date - I just miss occasional posts.

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          • #6
            Re: How do you clean your Sunbeam machine properly?

            Originally posted by 6E6668606278786468600B0 link=1306567274/4#4 date=1308487329
            Dont know whereabouts you are, but coffee-a-roma are in Camberwell. Not open every day though.

            I am happy to give you some backflush cleaner to get you started  if you are near glen waverley. PM me if interested as I am not always on this forum, but do try to keep up to date - I just miss occasional posts.
            Thank you for your help, Ill take you up on your offer as Im in the next suburb (mt. Waverley). Ive pmd you.

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            • #7
              Re: How do you clean your Sunbeam machine properly?

              Hi, newbie here
              I just went through the Cafetto website, and apparently they have Espresso Clean in tablet form. Has anyone tried these on 6910?
              I wonder if I should get the Espresso Clean powder, the tablet, or the S15 tablets instead
              When backflushing with Espresso Clean powder, do you use the sealing disc and the put the powder on top of it?

              thanks in advance

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              • #8
                Re: How do you clean your Sunbeam machine properly?

                Hi rigs,

                Havent tried the tablet so sorry, cant help you there. I use the powder just as you said - cleaning disk in, one teaspoon of powder on top and way you go. Works fine. Dont forget to de-scale as well (I use the Cafetto "restore" descaler powder).

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                • #9
                  Re: How do you clean your Sunbeam machine properly?

                  Has anyone used Cino Cleano instead of Cafetto ?

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                  • #10
                    Re: How do you clean your Sunbeam machine properly?

                    Thanks, pete
                    With the powder, do you use the automatic cleaning cycle?

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                    • #11
                      Re: How do you clean your Sunbeam machine properly?

                      No worries and yes

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