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The other day, I soaked the tip of my steam wand in a proprietary milk disolvent for an hour. I then rinsed it and poked the holes clear with a paper clip. The next day, having forgotten the cleaning, I was amazed to find milk flying out of my jug when I started to steam microfoam. The increase in steam power seems about 100%. As I always wipe the steam arm and tip and shoot some steam through it after use, I thought others might be interested to know that even so, dried milk cam build up inside the tip.



  • Proprietary milk dissolvent? Is that a commercially-available product?
  • I used De'Longhi Milk Clean, an Italian product for cleaning espresso machine steam tips. I picked it up some years ago in the kitchen supplies department of John Lewis department store in London.

  • Thanks Matthew!
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