Hopefully this is a fairly simple question for Colin or someone else to answer for me. I am going to be out of the country for about 6 weeks. Would it be a good idea to fill my espresso machine with descaler for that period and then flush it out when I return? Or would that long an exposure do bad things, like rot out the gaskets or whatnot?
I leave in a few days, so a prompt reply would be oh-so-appreciated.
P.S. I'm going to Hong Kong, so I am not looking forward to much great coffee while I am there. It's a rough life.
In my opinion that would be way too long! I really don't see the benefit of leaving the product in the system for any great length of time, especially 6 weeks! If, you were to leave the descaler in for 1 hour and work it through the system periodically through those 60 minutes, then I could see a benefit, especially if you haven't descaled the machine in a couple of months! As far as gasket damage, I will leave that for Colin!
Thanks Colin and cafe pronto. You have confirmed my instincts. I only asked because I had read somewhere (?) that to do really effective descaling, short of opening the boiler and scraping, you had to let the descaler sit for days, not an hour or so. It didn't seem right to me then, and it still doesn't, so thanks again. And the draining idea is something I hadn't thought of.