I clean the wands routinely but I always notice when I come in that other baristas do not seems to be able to keep the wands as clean with the wet rag we use to wipe them off. What are some tricks you have found to keeping the wands scum free?
skydragondave Senior Member Joined: 18 Feb 2013 Posts: 114 Location: Ontario, Canada Expertise: Professional
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Posted Sat Dec 7, 2013, 11:49am Subject: Re: Keeping steam wands clean
Hi, Keeping steam wands clean necessitates wiping them as soon as they come out of the milk. You need to pick up your wet J-cloth with one hand as soon as you've taken it off the bottom of your frothing pitcher and be ready to wipe the wand off with it as soon as it emerges. Don't forget to purge the wand with a quick blast of steam to get the milk out of the inside. Proper workflow is just as important as proper technique in keeping your product safe, sanitary, fresh and enjoyable.
Posted Sat Dec 7, 2013, 12:48pm Subject: Re: Keeping steam wands clean
I find that a rag works better when damp and clean compared to when wet and dirty. So occasionally rinsing, or better yet replacing and wetting, the rag and wringing it thoroughly seems to yield better results. Also, it helps to start with an absolutely clean wand each morning by soaking it in a cleaning solution at the end of each day.
Zkelley Senior Member Joined: 2 Oct 2013 Posts: 3 Location: Searcy, AR Expertise: Pro Barista
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Posted Sat Dec 7, 2013, 7:44pm Subject: Re: Keeping steam wands clean
We keep a hot damp rag to wipe the wand off. It's mostly due to a lack of concern on other baristas accounts. Just wanted to know how to improve the situation but I guess the best way to go about it is to just be sure the wand gets a little more attention after being used.
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