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    Limescale Cleaner Tablets?

    Does anyone know where i can buy limescale tablets or salt. I have an espresso machine i wish to maintain. I've tried the usual places such as tesco, villa and homepro. The only place i haven't checked as yet is Verasu.

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    On the other channel, someone has a pic of some limescale remover.

    I'm not a member so I can't see it

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    Verasu has sold out. Just try limes.

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    It is possible to scrub off the limescale deposits. However, the minerals involved are very hard, so abrasives that will effectively scrape them off are also likely to damage the finish of the material underneath.
    Luckily, calcium carbonate is easily dissolved in a range of mild acids. You can buy brand-name limescale removers, but many common household substances will also do the trick.
    Two of the most effective substances are lemon juice and ordinary vinegar. Lemon juice is usually the best (and will also leave a lovely smell behind). Stronger pickling vinegar and lime juice are both even more acidic and can be used for really stubborn deposits.

    The problem with removing limescale is not usually finding an appropriate acid around the home, but making sure the acid stays in contact with the surface for long enough to do its job. Limescale is not so easy to remove that you can simply wipe it off with a cloth soaked in juice. Instead, you need to leave it soaking for an hour or more to really do the trick.

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    Your kettle is a ready-made liquid container, so the descaling process is pretty simple. Start by quarter-filling the kettle with vinegar or lemon juice and leave for an hour. Then, leaving in the acid, top up the kettle with water and boil it. Pour away the boiled water before it cools, then rinse out the kettle with several changes of cold water to remove any traces of vinegar or lemon juice (not a good taste with coffee).
    This method can also be used to descale coffee makers. Add the acid to the water compartment as before, then top up with water and run the coffee-making process with this solution and no coffee. Repeat this twice with plain water to rinse.


    Lifted from How to remove limescale | Life and style | The Observer

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    ^Someone mentioned the vinegar option. Might try that.

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    this place has it, and is geared to coffee obsessives. lots of other gadgets ranging from pro espresso machines to aeropress available too. i haven't bought from them but the guy who runs it is supposed to be quite knowledgeable. i'll be buying some stuff from there soon, and if the experience is in any way remarkable um... i may remark on it.

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    Is CLR available in HomePro ?



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    ^i don't know, but it may depend on which Home Pro you go to. for example, there's a sticker-remover (yes, i'm a contrarian and actually take the stickers OFF appliances) that was available in the cleaning department at some Home Pros but not all.

    the place i linked to, though, is all about espresso and espresso machines...

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    Thanks for the link, but i did try vinegar sometime ago which did work. However, the problem i have now is the shit service at Central World and service staff who know nothing about the Gaggia machine i bought from them or that they even sold it.

    Fuck'em i'm off elsewhere despite it being under warranty.
    You bullied, you laughed, you lied, you lost!

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    The materials in those coffee machines can be quite delicate and can be damaged by vinegar. I would try to get information from that site zeusbheld linked to. And do it as described in the manual of your machine.

    Failing that I would try citric acid, which is not as strong as vinegar but works quite effectively. You should be able to buy citric acid (not lemon juice)

    Citric acid is sold as a white powder which needs to be dissolved in lukewarm water.

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    The problem i have now is the two plastic gaskets in the group head have come lose as the glue has deteriorated. Central left me with little confidence and quoted up to 3 months for the repair. Gluing two new gaskets seems a difficult task so i can understand the lead-time! In the meantime i have asked Gaggia for the glue type so that i can repair it myself.

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    i think that guy in my link can repair espresso machines too (or direct you where someone can). website's all in Thai though. he's down a bit south of Sathorn i think (there's a map there).

    this place is in the states but they sell parts for many different machines (and also cleaning products and tools, if you have to mail order a part you probably might as well).

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    ^Yes, thanks. It's not too far from me actually. Didn't know it was there.

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    they also deliver actually. do you use bottled water for espresso or have a filter? tap water's probably safe but i haven't been impressed with the taste. i use Singha water when i'm feeling fussy (no espresso machine i just do drip coffee).

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