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Post# 929546   3/29/2017 at 10:39 by pumper (SE Wisconsin)        

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How can I get rid of this black stain in this percolator? Bleach doesn't work nor scrubbing.

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Post# 929548 , Reply# 1   3/29/2017 at 10:50 by ea56 (So. Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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If it's not aluminum you can use dishwasher detergent. Just put 1 pak, or about 2-3 tbls of powdered dishwasher detergent into the basket, fill the pot to the max fill line with cold water, run the pot thru a brewing cycle, unplug and let stand for about 30 mins. Pour out all the dirty water, and rinse thoroughly. It should now be spotless. This works everytime. But if you use this method in an aluminum pot it will turn the pot and basket black. You will then have to repeat the same process, but then using Cream of Tartar instead. The Cream of Tartar is acidic and will remove the bloack caused the alkaline of the dishwasher detergent.


Post# 929575 , Reply# 2   3/29/2017 at 14:50 by pumper (SE Wisconsin)        

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Ok the diswasher powder didn't work so I'll buy some cream of tartar. How much to use?

Post# 929583 , Reply# 3   3/29/2017 at 15:59 by ea56 (So. Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Did the dishwasher detergent make a dent in it at all? If it did try it one more time. I've had to do this process sometimes 3 times on a really dirty pot. If the copper is showing thru the chrome or nickle lining nothing will help. If you use the Cream of Tartar use 2 to 3 tbls. Good luck.

Post# 929584 , Reply# 4   3/29/2017 at 16:22 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Use Dip It

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It is a special cleaner made for cleaning coffee makers. You can usually find it in the supermarket with the cleaning supplies or in a hardware store if you have one near you...PAT COFFEY

Post# 929594 , Reply# 5   3/29/2017 at 17:40 by ea56 (So. Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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The old powdered Dip It is essentially the same as powdered dishwasher detergent and its very hard to find where I live. I've only seen it available on ebay. The new liquid Dip It is formulated for auto drip coffeemakers and I don't think it will do much for this kind of stain. I think its an acidic product, like CLR. What kind of electric percolator is this one? It's hard to tell from the photo.

I've used the dishwasher detergent method for about 20 yrs, with great success on the perks I've collected over the years. The only time it didn't do too well was on a Universal Coffeematic I found at a thrift store about 10 years ago. It looked like the black hole of Calcutta. I ran 3 cycles, got the stain out, but under the stain was copper showing from someone probably scrubbing it with SOS at some point in its history. So even though the stain was gone, I didn't want to use it with copper showing as it gave the coffee an off taste. Never use an abrasive product on an old chrome plated electric percolator or a Sunbeam Coffeemaster. The chrome or nickle linings are easily worn away.

Post# 933459 , Reply# 6   4/19/2017 at 23:58 by Dermacie (my forever home (Glenshaw, PA))        
Dip it

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I can't find Dip it anymore. They only have liquid here in Pittsburgh.

Post# 933462 , Reply# 7   4/20/2017 at 00:18 by ea56 (So. Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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use dishwasher detergent as I posted previously. It's essentially the same as the old powdered Dip It that is difficult to find anymore. But if your pot is aluminum, don't use this method, it will turn the aluminum black. Use 2 to 3 tbls of Cream of Tartar instead in a full pot of cold water, running it thru a complete brew cycle, then let the solution set in the pot for about 30 mins, pour it out and rinse thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.

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Post# 933490 , Reply# 8   4/20/2017 at 07:26 by CleanteamofNY ((Monroe, New York)        

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Try using Easy-Off, it should remove burnt stains and can be safely on Stainless Steel Stove tops. Just make sure it is safe to use on Aluminum!

Post# 933491 , Reply# 9   4/20/2017 at 07:31 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I don't know if it's sold in US, but up here Easy-Off has a product called "Max" that is less harsh than the regular version which I've used on aluminum safely.  That may do the trick!!

Post# 933531 , Reply# 10   4/20/2017 at 12:45 by ea56 (So. Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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All of the Easy Off products that are sold in the USA caution that they are not to be used on aluminum or painted surfaces, including the Easy Off Max that Paul recommended.

Now I don't dispute that he has used this successfully on aluminum, but I would try it out on some aluminum surface that I didn't care about first before I sprayed it into a coffee pot that I cared about. If it works and doesn't cause any damage great!

Post# 933534 , Reply# 11   4/20/2017 at 13:00 by ea56 (So. Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Here is an instruction manual for a West Bend Flavo-matic aluminum percolator from the 50's. It gives instructions for cleaning using both Cream of Tartar and steel wool (SOS). I have followed these steps on my Flavo-matic with success.


Post# 933675 , Reply# 12   4/21/2017 at 08:49 by CleanteamofNY ((Monroe, New York)        

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I forgot one trick up my berfor 10 drunkn after work spree:
Soak in straight Ammonia for a few hours and see if dat work!
Slush bunny on the rise!
Comony'all drink up...

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