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    Senior Member Zaneus's Avatar
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    Steam arm cleaning

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    This little trick i just learned is for all those without no burn steam arms.

    I had taken my silvia through 3-4 months of steaming 2-3 milk based drinks daily and eventually this led up to a fairly sizable layer of caked on burnt milk. Scrubbing with scourers did absolutely nothing.

    I decided to slip on a tall glass and let the steam arm soak in it with boiling water. Didnt do much at all. Few weeks pass and i decide to try it again, but this time with half a teaspoon of backflushing agent. Left it for 10 minutes and when i come back all the caked on milk has nearly doubled in size. i took away the cup and wiped down the arm with a damp rag and it all came away effortlessly.

    Anyone else heard of this technique? i thought it would work but not THIS well. ;D

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    Re: Steam arm cleaning

    Or simply wipe the steam arm after using each time.

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    Re: Steam arm cleaning

    I used to own a Silvia and never had to resort to anything like that.
    Your cleaning regime needs tweaking.
    As per above, if you wipe the arm immediately after each steaming effort (and purge some steam) you end up with a pretty clean wand.

    The worst I got was after a week or so, I might have a little buildup near the tip (where it screws on) and perhpas some on the very bottom (where the downwards wand clean might not always get).
    Then it required a soak in water (in the jug overnight) and the residue simply wiped off without much effort the next day.

    Scrubbing - never.

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    Re: Steam arm cleaning

    I have been wiping it immediately after each use. Even after that there is a small bit left behind. My mistake was allowing that to build up instead of nipping it in the bud and getting rid of it while i could. The bit at the collar of the tip is where it starts and then it builds up from there. Instead of having to scrub it i let it soak in the solution and after 10 minutes it comes right off.

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    Re: Steam arm cleaning

    Quote Originally Posted by 333421373A2C0A646C6C6C550 link=1291176436/2#2 date=1291177071
    I used to own a Silvia and never had to resort to anything like that.
    Me neither :o

    I would steam some water to be extra sure no milk got sucked back into the boiler and that made the wand easy to clean. Never, ever had caked on milk on it like you described.

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    Re: Steam arm cleaning

    I always wipe after use with very wet sponge / cloth and purge with steam and then with water, this keeps it clean and refills boiler.

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    Re: Steam arm cleaning

    Thats exactly what i do :-?. Wet rag, wipe down, purge, refill boiler. Only that i didnt really clean it for 3 or so months, just wiped down. I dont burn my milk either, i have it so its drinkable as soon as its poured. only thing i can think of other than me not being diligent enough with my cleaning is my milk itself. 2% fat Riverina fresh. Fairly common average milk.



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