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    Best way to clean stainless steel machine?

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    Hi all,

    Was thinking about my rocket r58 and how looking after it today will keep it looking a million bucks in 10 years time and it got me wondering about the best way to keep the exterior clean.

    Any thoughts?

    I'm currently using warm water with a touch of dish soap and drying it with the special cloth it comes with (not sure the material but it's really fine and doesn't scratch).

    Is there a better way to go about this?

    I've also already got marks on the warming tray from cups that no longer come off with the dish soap, so I'm looking for better ideas.

    Thanks.

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    Yep I'm keen to keep my new machine looking new for as long as possible as well so following with interest.

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    Best method is to use two high quality Microfibre cloths.
    Dampen one and use this to remove splashes, fingermarks, etc and then polish off with the dry cloth.
    Keeps the machine looking as good as it came out of the showroom...

    Mal.

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    Agree with Mal. A little stainless steel cleaner can help as well for a good polish, but sometimes it can leave oily streaks. Microfiber is the only fabric for my baby
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    Stainless cleaners are mostly composed of citric acid - a wipe with a rag dampened with the stuff you use for descaling, and then washed off will remove marks (not scratches). Works well on sinks as well. You can buy citric acid in the supermarket at a ridiculous price for the quantity, or a DIY beer shop at a lower price.

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    I use windex and it sparkles.

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    I'm more concerned with what material cloth to use. The standard microfibre cloths seem a bit rough, but I've just seen they do a special microfibre cloth for stainless steel that is much finer. I'm thinking this will be the go. Using dish soap has been working well to shine the steel, but with a better cloth I imagine it will look even better.

    Can it be cleaned and polished as often as I like? I imagine that's fine, but I know some materials have a clear coating that can be removed if cleaned too often.

    Cheers.

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    No need to use polish or chemicals of any kind, unless you allow your machine to become extremely dirty and marked.
    Regular use of m/fibre cloths as described above works perfectly...

    Mal.

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    I think it was in price choppers or woolworths...but i got them eitherway.
    Was about 10 microfibre towels for $10. But each towel is labelled as glass, dusting, gp..etc. they are all different pile. The dusting one is finest and similar to the cloth you get with glasses or your italian shoes. Like felt...
    Anyway, my machine is a bit scratched, so the gp one is fine.
    When i rinse the group after making a drink, i wipe the water off the bench with the microfibre, then wipe the machine with the damp bit and wipe dry with other corner of towel.

    Microfibre is amazing!

    Godfreys over here do a box of 50 for $50. Go halves with a friend.
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    As a aside. I have a 30cm towel. I dropped a can of coke putting it in fridge. Coke all over inside of fridge on floor and wall- everywhere. In one go, that little towel picked up the whole can of mess!
    Obviously had to boil kettle and clean it up properly, but it would have taken a good metre of paper towel to pick that all up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Best method is to use two high quality Microfibre cloths.
    Dampen one and use this to remove splashes, fingermarks, etc and then polish off with the dry cloth.
    Keeps the machine looking as good as it came out of the showroom...

    Mal.
    I as a clean freak second this; you can buy the 3 pack cloths from woolworths for like $3 hot soapy water and dry with microfiber cloth. Looks brand new ��

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    I use a stainless steel wipe and then a dry microfibre cloth to remove any steaks.

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    Windex with ammonia is not the best thing to use on metal, especially if there is any exposure of brass, zinc or copper. It will not harm steel or chrome in hurry, but there are alternatives and largely chemical free as discussed.

    I prefer a mix of isopropanol with water, with the former ingredient comprising around 50%-70%; same for glass(es). 50% cleans, 70% disinfects also.



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