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Posted Fri Dec 6, 2013, 9:05pm
Subject: Keeping steam wands clean
 

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?
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Posted Sat Dec 7, 2013, 11:30am
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Water, wetter rags, they are probably letting the milk cook on.  You can dip the end in a shot glass of water to soak a bit if crusty.  They sell a steam wand cleaner also.

 
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Posted Sat Dec 7, 2013, 11:49am
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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.
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Posted Sat Dec 7, 2013, 12:05pm
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A wet rag or in my case paper towel has no problem with keeping the wand clean. The problem you are seeing is that the other people are not cleaning the machine as they work.

 
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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.
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Posted Sat Dec 7, 2013, 7:44pm
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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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