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Lantern Junkie
Hi everyone ..
I'm looking for some help with cleaning an old aluminum coffee percolator I found yesterday.  What's a good way to get the old coffee stains out of it and maybe brighten it up a bit ? 
Thanks for the help in advance..
Ernie 
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Gand28
Try some Bar Keeper’s Friend on a sponge. 
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74HARLEY
Mother's mag & aluminum polish.... 
Joe
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JimL
>>Mother's mag & aluminum polish.... 

+1  I knew it did a good job on the outside, but called them and asked if it was safe to use on stuff for cooking and was told it was.  Just wash with soap and water when done, which is what we would do anyway.

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Gand28
I'd still do the Bar Keeper's Friend on the inside stains.  The Oxalic acid will help brighten the aluminum.  I doubt Mother's will do much on them other than make them shiny (and still dark.)
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HercL4D2
I object to cleaning any coffee pot. This is sacrilege plain and simple are you a Demon? I was in the US Navy, if you were seen or discussed the cleaning of a coffee pot or a coffee cup the Chiefs would have thrown you overboard or Keel hauled you. Shame on all of you.
Scotch pad, 000 steel wool and the buffing kit from Harbor-Freight with the buffing wheels with the stick of red and white buffing compound. Makes a mirror finish. I am not in the navy any more, the wife wants the coffee pot cleaned but she is not allowed around any of my coffee cups.
https://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece-buffing-kit-43657.html
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GCinSC
HercL4D2,

I've seen a coffee pots you might want to add to your collection. I have a pic of it but having difficulty finding it. It's a coffee boiler, enameled, no big deal so far, it's about 10 qt or so, but on the bottom it says made by Vollrath and here's the punch line. USN clear as can be on the bottom.

Seen two in the wild, both in NC.

Gary
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mikew
HercL4D2 wrote:
I object to cleaning any coffee pot. This is sacrilege plain and simple are you a Demon? I was in the US Navy, if you were seen or discussed the cleaning of a coffee pot or a coffee cup the Chiefs would have thrown you overboard or Keel hauled you. Shame on all of you.


^^^THIS!!!^^^ Not long after I was assigned to USS Bainbridge back in the 80s, I got bored on turbine generator watch in #1 engineroom and cleaned the coffee cups.  Another Machinist's Mate on the relief shift went to get a cup of coffee prior to taking the watch.  When he saw his cup, he went ballistic and gave me a thorough tongue lashing with expletives that are not printable due to forum rules - the only printable adjective was "communist".  Only allowed to give the cup a quick rinse to remove any sugar residue and grounds.  The brown coffee grunge is absolutely off limits.

Photos of a proper cup worthy of the United States fleet:

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Mike
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Gunhippie
I'm feeling a lot better about my coffee mug and drip maker now. I was going to clean them tonight, but....
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Lantern Junkie
Well thank you everyone for the helpful information on cleaning my coffee pot ! 
I think I'm going to go with a polish on the outside for the appearance and then just boiling water bath on the inside just to staralize more then clean for the appearance. 
I will have to get some of the Bar Keepers helper next time I go to the store . 
Thanks very much again everyone ! 
Ernie 
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NWMike
I was told that cleaning coffee pots, percolators, and drip makers, was only a marketing ploy to get people to buy more vinegar.
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Chucker
Clean almost overnight.

For the INSIDE: Use the Efferdent (or generic?) crystals. Two packets and hot tap water if it's more than a 6 cupper. Let sit covered til morning.

Dump it out when you get up. If it looks like it is still dark use a scotch brite (green scrubber) with warm water and lightly scrub. Done. 
Chuck
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fuel brained
mikew and hercL4D2 You guys still got the coffee cup grip. I use a dark mug that way the wife has no idea when the last tine it was scrubbed out. I don't wash Her pantyhose and She doesn't wash My coffee mug. As far as the pot goes, I would wash it once and then leave it alone.
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curtludwig
I was thinking that coffee is acidic so if I had a new-to-me coffee pot and I didn't trust somebody else's coffee residue I might boil a little baking soda/water mixture for 10 minutes or so. Baking soda is a fairly mild base, should remove and schmoo. It'll sure eat the seasoning off a cast iron pan. Dad made something one time that required boiling in a water/baking soda solution, stripped all the seasoning off a pan, ruined the stuff he was cooking too by coating it in black flecks. I can't remember what he was trying to cook, we didn't eat it...
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azmike
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Chucker
Just re-read your title. Not sure I'd clean an aluminum pot much and frankly wouldn't buy one. I'm a stainless steel guy. 
Chuck
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25 502s
NWMike wrote:
I was told that cleaning coffee pots, percolators, and drip makers, was only a marketing ploy to get people to buy more vinegar.


I wish my mom had heard this when I was growing up. One of the most vivid reminders of a smell was her cleaning the maker/pot ever so often with vinegar. It turns my stomach just to think about it. I think it’s why I don’t drink coffee. 
Jason
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Nuiman
TSP  Trisodium Phosphate is used for many things including coffee pots. Its sold in a lot of stores.  I worked years on a tugboat and coffee was important and the engineer was in charge of brewing and cleaning the pot.  The engineer came onboard an hour before the crew to square away the engine room and the coffee.  TSP comes in a small package and you perk it through the pot.  
[wear-ever-coffee-pot]
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Nuiman
Whoops, trisodium phosphate has been removed from the shelves because of algae growth in fresh waters.  
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GCinSC
Nuiman wrote:
TSP  Trisodium Phosphate is used for many things including coffee pots. Its sold in a lot of stores.  I worked years on a tugboat and coffee was important and the engineer was in charge of brewing and cleaning the pot.  The engineer came onboard an hour before the crew to square away the engine room and the coffee.  TSP comes in a small package and you perk it through the pot.  
[wear-ever-coffee-pot]


Is that a Mirroware perc? Complete?

Looking good.
Gary, self acclaimed Cast Iron Camp Cook & Tinkerer.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0154
Mil-SpecOps #0308
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kw12330
My dad always told me never clean the inside of a coffee pot, the more stains the better the coffee tastes.

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Lantern Junkie
It seems the consensus is just clean the outside and leave the inside as is . 
I may just throw some water in it and boil it for awhile just to staralize it . 
Ernie 
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25 502s
It seems the consensus is just clean the outside and leave the inside as is . 
I may just throw some water in it and boil it for awhile just to staralize it . 
Ernie 


The first time you make coffee will take care of that. Drink up!! Lol
Jason
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