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How to do a total cleanup for Faema Express

Postby willem » Sat Sep 09, 2006 5:56 am

Hi,

I've been at the TMC site from time to time. I'm using a Gaggia Coffee and Gaggia MDF grinder. I know how to clean/descale the Gaggia, but recently I bought a Faema Express with external water softner and Fiorenzato Mestre grinder. Yes, I know it's a big machine for a home setup, but I like a good espresso.
I want to clean the external water softner which should be recharged with coarse salt but I do not know how to do that?
I want to flush the Faema, the hot water spout delivers brown water?
Any help is very much appreciated.

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Postby chemistone » Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:05 am

In industry you generaly pump a salty solution through the bed. ( I prefer an acid solution, so no Na ions are released, but that requires a different IE unit).
Brown water through the spout doesn't sound good.
Did you buy a new machine or a second hand?
Have you descaled the Faema?

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Postby scottwhite » Sat Sep 09, 2006 11:30 am

shouldn't really use a salt regenerated filter on an espresso machine, they are designed for dishwashers and the like.

descale it get a proper filter (one of the blue ones, or a 1000 Litre one that looks like a tube of bathroom sealant) flush that group head with puly caff, change the group seal and shower plate and your away.
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Postby Guest » Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:26 pm

I bought the Faema second hand in April 2006. Need to flush it. How do I do that?
OK, how do I regenerate it then? Any info on other water softeners are very welcome? I'm here to learn, so any comments or pointers are good.
Nevertheless I've still some open questions.

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Postby chemistone » Sat Sep 09, 2006 1:33 pm

You need a backflush filter, which is basicly a filter without the holes. A description of how to backflush can be found here.
Descaling a commercial machine can be difficult, how big is your boiler? Buy a micave descale solution and if you have a big boiler use more descaler, but keep the concentration the same. Leave me a PM if you need more help, so I can give you my phonenumber.
Scott is right, get a different water softener, if you need one (depending on where you live). What is the "hardheid" of your water.
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