This is a spinoff from another topic.

When do you clean your espresso machine?
What does that mean at your shop?

How often do you:
Backflush with water
Backflush with PuroCaf, Caffezia, whatever
Soak yer portafilters

Just curious.

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I don't believe that you'd damage it, unless the plastic was in contact with the solution.

 

However it is unnecessary, and probably no more effective than just a longer soak, or a shorter soak for a couple of minutes on a regular basis. The other thing is that espresso detergent is meant to be used at very high temperatures. I've noticed a huge difference in effectiveness between solution that was near-boiling and solution that was at room temp. So I suspect that the first 10 minutes in the solution are going to do far more than the several hours that follow.

 

Yes, I've read about people using Oxiclean. (I've also seen people use purple kitchen degreaser to backflush their machine, fwiw). Apparently Oxiclean appears to have the same active ingredient, and people feel that it is safe. I don't have a tub kicking around right now, but don't recall it saying that it was NSF approved for use on foodservice equipment. I also haven't seen it listed in a machine operators manual before. For these reasons, I do not recommend it.

Thanks....very helpful! 

Brady said:

I don't believe that you'd damage it, unless the plastic was in contact with the solution.

 

However it is unnecessary, and probably no more effective than just a longer soak, or a shorter soak for a couple of minutes on a regular basis. The other thing is that espresso detergent is meant to be used at very high temperatures. I've noticed a huge difference in effectiveness between solution that was near-boiling and solution that was at room temp. So I suspect that the first 10 minutes in the solution are going to do far more than the several hours that follow.

 

Yes, I've read about people using Oxiclean. (I've also seen people use purple kitchen degreaser to backflush their machine, fwiw). Apparently Oxiclean appears to have the same active ingredient, and people feel that it is safe. I don't have a tub kicking around right now, but don't recall it saying that it was NSF approved for use on foodservice equipment. I also haven't seen it listed in a machine operators manual before. For these reasons, I do not recommend it.

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