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    Just opened my machine and parts are stuck closed with limescale.

    Whats the best way to remove scale?


  • #2
    Re: How to de-scale...

    Use a product like "Cleanmachine triple action" from one of our sponsors and follow the instructions on the bottle plus any instructions you can find for your particular machine.

    Warren

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    • #3
      Re: How to de-scale...

      Hello nothing,

      Use the quick search function: >>>>>^^^^^ and you will find plenty of discussion...

      Cheers

      Chris

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      • #4
        Re: How to de-scale...

        Thanks Warren, but Im in Africa....

        Chris - you caught me out for being lazy! :P

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        • #5
          Re: How to de-scale...

          Great advice here "sans"....

          http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1274615034

          Mal.

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          • #6
            Re: How to de-scale...

            Hiya Mal!

            I found that thread, but they discuss HX machines and mine is a vintage La Cimbali with boiler,,,

            Hey, nice chatting again!

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            • #7
              Re: How to de-scale...

              If you have silmultaneous steam and shots, your machine is a HX as all of them one have a boiler!

              If you press a button and wait for steam, then its a single boiler machine in which case you follow the instructions and fill the tank

              Try a search on descale silvia

              Cheers

              Chris

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              • #8
                Re: How to de-scale...

                Thanks, Chris -

                but its waaaay beyond doing a normal de-scale. I scraped the gunk out with a wooden spatula, there was so much and its caked to my machine.

                I need some kind of liquid to let the parts lie in, in order to break up the scale, and to maybe paint onto areas that I cannot remove.

                Also, its about 40 yrs old and not able to pull a shot and steam at once.

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                • #9
                  Re: How to de-scale...

                  Sounds like a case of disassembly and a bucket to me nothing. Away from the machine you could use citric if you wanted but good descaler will be quicker. You can buy a 1kg tub of Bombora activated descaler for $40 and it will go a looooong way

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                  • #10
                    Re: How to de-scale...

                    Yeah, Ive already started stripping the machine, but will have to find a local equivalent of this descaler. Shipping to Joburg will be more than the machine.

                    Still, with forums like this one, Im sure Ill succeed!

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                    • #11
                      Re: How to de-scale...

                      I use citric acid, available in powder form from a health food shop, I add 2 tablepoons to 1 litre of warm water and stir.

                      From the description of your machine, you may need to descale more than once. Does you water tank have a water filter?

                      Some use vinegar but I prefer citric acid as it rinses out well.

                      Youtube can be your friend too.

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                      • #12
                        Re: How to de-scale...

                        Once again, neither citric acid nor vinegar should be used inside machines. Disassemble them and do whatever you like, but these two acids cause more porblems than they solve.

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