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Posted Thu Jul 18, 2013, 10:24am
Subject: Best way to keep the OUTSIDE of a polished 304 stainless machine looking good?
 

You guys that own one of the shiny machines.... can you tell us how to keep in shiny and new looking?

Does the 304 develop small scratches over time that make the finish look hazy?

What chemicals do you use?

Any tips to keeping it shiny?
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Posted Thu Jul 18, 2013, 12:00pm
Subject: way to keep the OUTSIDE of a polished 304 stainless machine looking good?
 

Just dust lightly with a soft cloth as need. If you get finger prints, I use a polish from 3M that is a commercial Stainless Steel spray on polish. I get it at Smart and Final but you should be able to get it nearly any place that caters to commercial business.

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Posted Thu Jul 18, 2013, 12:18pm
Subject: Re: way to keep the OUTSIDE of a polished 304 stainless machine looking good?
 

Just a warning....be very wary of certain steel cleaners, some of them will cause a haze on mirror finish stainless steel as they are slightly abrasive.
e.g. Products that will damage Mirror finish Stainless

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You need to look for trigger words like "test on a small area" , "may damage mirror finish", "creme formulation" etc..

and a product below that won't:

Click Here (www.tableauproducts.com)

That said, I would use any of them very lightly indeed, never apply any pressure and buff off with a microfibre cloth....tableau has an advantage that it can be used with a fairly damp cloth. I should also add that the 3M product previously recommended is probably a very good choice.
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Posted Thu Jul 18, 2013, 2:26pm
Subject: Re: way to keep the OUTSIDE of a polished 304 stainless machine looking good?
 

I've never used any cleaning products on my Duetto.  At the end of every session, I wipe it down with a small damp towel anywhere I see any smear, splattered espresso droplets or other blemish.  The towel and the machine are warm, since I'm doing this at the end of every session.  It doesn't take long at all, and I think my machine looks great!

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Posted Thu Jul 18, 2013, 2:49pm
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And stay away from any abrasive items/cleaners.  Especially the green scrub pad on the other side of that yellow sponge!
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Posted Thu Jul 18, 2013, 3:04pm
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If you did get scratches, I think you would have to take the panels off and have them electro polished.  Could this be done yourself - I don't know, interesting question.  Looks like it takes acid and lots of amps.
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Posted Thu Jul 18, 2013, 3:50pm
Subject: Re: Best way to keep the OUTSIDE
 

I agree you need to be careful which is why I use the 3m product. I would worry more about the cloth than the polish, there is no abrasive in it.:-)

 
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Posted Thu Jul 18, 2013, 9:19pm
Subject: Re: Best way to keep the OUTSIDE of a polished stainless machine looking good?
 

My roommate kept cooking things in the skillet without the exhaust fan on and I noticed a sheen of little grease droplets on my brand new Technika. Luckily, isopropyl or Simple Green and a microfiber cloth got it looking good as new.
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Posted Wed Jul 24, 2013, 8:38pm
Subject: Re: Best way to keep the OUTSIDE of a polished stainless machine looking good?
 

Markarian Said:

My roommate kept cooking things in the skillet without the exhaust fan on and I noticed a sheen of little grease droplets on my brand new Technika. Luckily, isopropyl or Simple Green and a microfiber cloth got it looking good as new.

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Yes, microfiber cloth has been a good solution for me too, i made a personal experiment and i did not clean the outside of my machine for more than 6 months, than i just gently washed with water and dry it with a microfiber cloth, excellent result, like new.
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