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Topic: OT: Cleaning coffee travel mug lid (14 msgs / 288 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
Hi,
I recently received an Avantro stainless steel travel mug. I am
wondering how to best clean the inside of the lid. It is a spill-proof
lid; when you push a lever, a sealing layer is forced open and coffee
is allowed to flow though. But it is impossible to clean between the
upper level of the lid, the one you see on the top of the mug, and the
bottom, "Sealing" level of lid. I can flush it under the faucet, but
it seems that the coffee residues will get funky over time.
I have had similar travel mugs in the past and simply pried the two
levels of lid apart in order to clean them. But this mug is quite
spiffy, seems sort of expensive, and I'm afraid to start prying for
fear I will break something.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Thanks,
Brian
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2) From: Barry Luterman
Can you soak it in some Cafiza and hot water?
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3) From: Brian Kamnetz
Hi Barry,
I was thinking in terms of finding out how to get it apart, but maybe
soaking in JoeGlo would be as effective, and much safer than prying
the thing apart periodically.
Barry, I'm really sorry to hear about your problems getting greens
from Tom. That's every lister's nightmare.
Brian
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4) From: Sandy Andina
How about a Water-Pik or other dental irrigator (even oral syringe)  
filled with a Cafiza solution and then rinsed with clear water?
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5) From: Brian Kamnetz
I think I like the idea of soaking in JoeGlo, available from our Hosts:http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.coffeecleaner.shtmlIt worked really well for cleaning the inaccessible portions of the
moka pot funnel filter. Of course, that is metal and the cup lid is
plastic, but JoeGlo seems to do an ok job of removing the old coffee
odors from my Aladdin travel mug, which I don't use anymore because it
is replaced by this new traveler; I think new, stainless steel
traveler is an improvement over the plastic of the Aladdin.
I like the new traveler well enough, but it doesn't seem to retain
heat nearly as well as the Nissan Leak-Proof BackPack Bottle, Model
JMW-500http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.travelmugs-bottles.shtmlthat I got from Tom and Maria.
Brian
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6) From: Marc
Brian,
I have the same coffee mug. And you are correct, it does get pretty funky
inside. I have a method to open up the lid to do a complete cleaning and
will try and put some pictures together to show how to do it.
Basically the thumb lever must be removed first - this requires gently
prying 2 feet out of their slots (carefully because if it breaks you will
have to call Avantro to get another thumb lever).
Then the spring that pulls up the bottom seal can be removed and the entire
cap is disassembled.
I will post pictures here when I get a chance over the next day or two:http://www.nccs.biz/avantro/Use this procedure at your own risk!!!
-Marc
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7) From: Marc
Pictures are up now...let me know if you have any questions.
-Marc
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8) From: Brian Kamnetz
That's really wonderful work, Marc. Knowing what the "feet" look like
and which way they must be pried to be released, I think I feel
comfortable enough (though I'm not handy) to take the top apart for
cleaning.
Just for the test, I will probably do nothing other than rinse the lid
for a couple weeks, then soak the lid in Joe Glo a couple times and
rinse as thoroughly as I can, then take it apart to see whether
soaking in Joe Glo provides sufficient cleaning.
Thanks again for the great photos.
Brian
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9) From: Brian Kamnetz
I have the mug here in my office and also have a paring knife here,
and decided to take the lid apart. I went only through the step of
removing the thumb lever, but that came off easily. The plastic
material seems tough and flexible and I don't have any great concerns
about breaking it.
Brian
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10) From: Brian Kamnetz
I have the mug here in my office and also have a paring knife here,
and decided to take the lid apart. I went only through the step of
removing the thumb lever, but that came off easily. The plastic
material seems tough and flexible and I don't have any great concerns
about breaking it.
That all being said, if all else were equal and I were to choose
between this mug and the similar mug on Tom's page, Nissan Leak-Proof
Travel Mug , Model JMQ-400Chttp://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.travelmugs-bottles.shtmlI think I would get the Nissan, simply due to the superior heat
retention, though the thumb lever on this Avantro mug is probably a
bit more convenient. In fact, this discussion has got me lusting after
the Nissan mug....
Brian
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11) From: Marc
Brian,
Along with the Avantro, I have the *Nissan Leak-Proof BackPack Bottle *,
Model JMW-500 (on the same SM webpage). I have found both to be extremely
leakproof. The Nissan seems to hold the heat longer but I feel that the
Avantro is much easier to use.
The Nissan Travel Mug looks to require 2 hands (one to hold and one to turn)
and once you open it for drinking it's not leak proof until you physically
close it; the Avantro is always leak proof unless you are holding the lever
down.
Just my thoughts ...
-Marc
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12) From: Brian Kamnetz
Marc,
I agree completely with your comments. I often have an armload of
things to carry from my car to my office and I don't even try anymore
to keep the Avantro upright, and it has never leaked. That, and ease
of use, are its strong points. The only downside is that it doesn't
retain heat all that well. I don't have the Nissan, but would guess
that strong points are that it is leakproof and is very good at
retaining heat. Downside is that two hands are needed to open to drink
and then to close.
Brian
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13) From: Brian Kamnetz
Marc,
One more nice thing about the Avantro is its shape. It is squatty so
that the top is quite large, so that it it is easy to get my hand into
it to clean it. This is such an unusual feature that it brings a smile
to my face each time I am cleaning it and find that my hand fits
easily inside to swab it out.
Brian
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14) From: Brian Kamnetz
Marc,
Thanks again for posting this great tutorial. I had my lid apart back
in July and have been cleaning it only by soaking it since, and now I
couldn't remember how it came apart. It was great to be able to refer
back to your photos.
Brian
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