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Frother doesn't steam strong enough

Frother steams, but not strong enough.

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Frother might be blocked, descale unit or use a paperclip to clear the end of the frother, or depending on the model there is a small teflon piece in the top end of the frother, remove that and discard.

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It's caused by milk fat deposits, the frother part on the milk jug may look clean but deep inside it's not. I clean mine with pipe cleaners, detergent and hot water and still it wouldn't froth.

The problem re-occurs for me every 6 months or so. You could buy the milk fat remover solution to clean it. Personally I just boil the whole milk jug frother in detergent and the again in descaling solution, that's fixed this problem twice now, although I think it will eventually corrode the 'o' rings on the frother, still cheaper than buying a new frother part each time though.

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