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Descaling your electric steam steriliser
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Descaling your Philips Avent electric steam steriliser
Caution: Please ensure your bottles and
accessories to be sterilised are clean. Food
residue will stick and possibly stain the heating
plate, making it difficult to clean
whilst generating a burning smell
towards the end of the sterilization
as the water fully evaporates.
The sterilisation process is extremely important
to ensure the most hygienic standards for
your baby. Limescale deposits can slow down
the sterilisation cycle and even impair its
Philips Avent has made the heating plate visible
and easier to clean so you can ensure your
steriliser is free from limescale at all times, for
an optimum sterilisation cycle.
Steriliser with covered
heating plate
What is limescale?
Limescale is the hard, off-white, chalky deposit
sometimes found in kettles. Depending on the
water type in your area, limescale can have
different appearances ranging from snow white
looking powder to brownish stains.
It builds up in appliances as the residue of
minerals naturally contained in water, which fail
to evaporate when water is heated. Although it is
New steriliser design with
visible heating plate
not harmful as such, it is unsightly, hard to clean
and can impair the operation of appliances or
damage their components if allowed to build up.
Using purified water can help prevent
limescale build up.
When should I descale my steriliser?
When you use the steriliser, you may notice
small spots ranging from white to dark brown
appearing on the heating plate. This is a sign that
the steriliser should be descaled.
In any case, the steriliser should be descaled at
least every 1-2 weeks to ensure that it continues
to work effectively.
Three simple steps to descaling your steriliser
Note: always unplug the appliance and wait
until it has cooled down completely before
1 Pour 80ml/2.7oz of white vinegar (5% acetic
acid) and 20ml/0.7oz of water into the water
2 Leave the solution in the water reservoir
until the limescale has dissolved.
3 Empty the water reservoir and rinse the
heating plate with clear water. Empty, then
wipe the plate with a damp cloth.
Do not rinse under a tap.
Repeat this process as often as necessary.
In severe cases, citric acid or common
de-scaling agents can be used to remove
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