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It doesn't froth properly

It doesn't froth properl. it is very liquidy with a little bit of froth. In the manual it asks that you clean the valve. I can't seem to locate it and clean it. Is the valve the piece that is underneath the piece on top of the frother that gets pumped? It is not that it doesn't work but only that it doesn't give you that nice froth

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Trial and error solved the problem. The milk island is great but needs REGULAR cleaning. In order to clean properly one has to take apart the milk island and clean all rubber components of the dried milk that can and will accumulate. The most important cleaning taking place in all little holes as they are most likely to clog from the dried milk.

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