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    Getting rid of kettle buildup


    Closeup of my kettle bottom. This only happens on 1 side which I'm guessing is the element side. I have chucked in sodium percarbonate and then heated to 65 and scrubbed (lightly) but it didn't make much of a difference. What else can I try?

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    a quickie - look for barkeepers friend. place in jhb sells it (https://www.culinary.co.za/) i paid r70 or something and bought 5/6 containers. main ingredient is oxalic acid, you can mix this with citric or tartaric too, excellent for cleaning s/s and passivates it post clean. i use one of think pink scourers, add some barkeepers and a spritz of vinegar or citric acid. et voila. wear gloves.

    careful for bleach type cleaners, it strips the top layer off the s/s and can lead to rust...eventually.

    edit: the stuff is brilliant, it will clean that thing in no time flat. let it soak a bit and dont try to scrape if from the s/s

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    Thank you kind sir. And culinary is relatively close to me as well... bonus.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BruHaha View Post
    Closeup of my kettle bottom. This only happens on 1 side which I'm guessing is the element side. I have chucked in sodium percarbonate and then heated to 65 and scrubbed (lightly) but it didn't make much of a difference. What else can I try?

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    That should work ... did you soak the SPC?

    Add 2L water + 20G SPC and boil for a while then let it soak for ±10min ... it should lift right off

    You could even boil a little water with dishwasher powder.

    PS: I've had pots burn on pitch black that I soak with dishwasher powder ... after a few hours that black just rinses off like it was never burnt onto the metal
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    Quote Originally Posted by groenspookasem View Post
    a quickie - look for barkeepers friend. place in jhb sells it (https://www.culinary.co.za/) <>
    It was removed from their website a while back .. I don't think they stock it anymore??

    I had a direct link to the product bookmarked which have been giving a 404 error for a while
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    Boiled SPC for 5 mins, let it stand for 10 mins... No dice.
    Added dishwasher powder, boil another 5 mins and let soak for 20 mins. Still nada.

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    Eish, that's weird.

    I dont think you're going to find "Barkeepers Friend"

    How about a paste of baking soda + vinegar mixed ... the old people used to clean everything that way

    Secondly you need to investigate why that happens ... I don't recall others with electrical boilers getting it that bad ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by JIGSAW View Post

    Secondly you need to investigate why that happens
    That.

    Is it purely burnt on guff or is that possibly corrosion as well? [Accelerated by high temps of the element? Cheap chinese stainlessish steel?]
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    Quote Originally Posted by JIGSAW View Post
    Eish, that's weird.

    I dont think you're going to find "Barkeepers Friend"

    How about a paste of baking soda + vinegar mixed ... the old people used to clean everything that way

    Secondly you need to investigate why that happens ... I don't recall others with electrical boilers getting it that bad ??
    try these guys, https://barkeepers.co.za/

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    ^ Thanks
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