Founded in 1936, Urnex Brands, LLC manufactures and distributes cleaning products for professional and household coffee machines. Urnex successfully co-brands its products for over 40 of the world’s leading machine manufacturers and can be found in over 70 countries. Urnex produces all of its cleaning products at its manufacturing and corporate headquarters in Elmsford, NY. Urnex has always been committed to helping people everywhere brew and serve the best coffee. We sell our products under the brand names of Urnex®, Puro® and Full Circle™. For more information about Urnex Brands, LLC please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee is by nature a very oily substance. Over time, coffee oils accumulate inside of your machine to form a rancid residue. This residue is responsible for the acrid smell you may recognize coming from a poorly maintained machine. Unfortunately, this residue causes more than just bad odor. If allowed to develop, residue inside of your machine will eventually clog its filters and tubes and cause it to malfunction. Well before your machine clogs or you even notice the signs of neglect, the stale residue lining the inside of your machine will begin to affect the taste of the fresh coffee you prepare.
Cleaning is the process of removing the coffee oils that will affect the taste that you want from your carefully selected coffee beans. Descaling is the process of removing the mineral build-up from the heating elements in the machine. Regular descaling will help extend the life of the machine and maintain consistent temperature.
Commercial Espresso Machines should be cleaned by back flushing with espresso machine detergent each night. Nightly back flushing will prevent the accumulation of stale coffee oils in the group heads, shower screens and filter baskets of your espresso machine. Keeping these parts clean is essential to maintaining great tasting coffee over time. Weekly, you should soak portafilters and baskets in a solution of espresso machine detergent and water.
Grinders used for espresso coffee should be cleaned with one capful of Full Circle Grinder Cleaner once a week. Larger shop grinders used for drip coffee should be cleaned with two capfuls of Full Circle Grinder Cleaner once a month. The reason for the difference in dosage has to do with the different size of the grinders in question. The reason for the increased frequency of espresso grinder cleaning is because espresso beans tend to be darker and more oily, and therefore lead to increased residue deposits on the burrs of the grinder.
In the past, many people have cleaned grinders with rice. However, rice carries the risk of locking up the motor of a grinder as it passes through and is turned into a fine powder. The hardness and shape of Full Circle Grinder Cleaner prevents this from happening. Using rice to clean your grinder also leaves a starchy residue on the inner mechanics of a grinder that is difficult to remove and leads to greater and more frequent build up.
Full Circle Products are made from natural and renewable ingredients, they are biodegradable, phosphate free, and packaged in 100% recyclable bottles for commercial use and 100% recyclable cartons for home use. The Full Circle Grinder Cleaning Tablets are even gluten free.
All of the ingredients used to make Full Circle Brand cleaners are derived from natural materials. There are no petroleum based materials used in these products.
All of these ingredients occur naturally and there are no petroleum based materials used in our products.
Sodium Bicarbonate: Commonly known as baking soda, sodium bicarbonate is used in baking to help dough rise for cookies and bread. In cleaning products, it is used to deliver oxygen bubbles to the surface of your coffee machine.
Sodium Carbonate: This is a naturally occurring salt that is used in a wide range of products including toothpaste and traditional German pretzels. It can be found in seaweed or the hills of Wyoming. Sodium Carbonate is commonly used to modify pH levels.
Sodium Gluconate: Produced by the fermentation of glucose (sugars), Sodium Gluconate is a compound, the sodium salt of gluconic acid, which occurs naturally in fruit, honey and wine. It is commonly used in dairy products.
Sodium Citrate: Derived from fermented corn sugar, it is commonly known as “sour salt” because the citric acid has a sour taste and the sodium tastes salty. In modern gastronomy, Sodium Citrate is used to make perfect melted cheese that does not separate. To learn more about the use of Sodium Citrate in cooking, go here.
Sodium Percarbonate: Popular in toothpastes for its oxygen-based bleaching abilities, it is used as an oxidizing agent in a number of eco-friendly home and laundry detergent products.
Sodium Coco-Sulfate: As the name suggests, Sodium Coco-Sulfate comes from coconuts (and palm oils too). It is a terrific foaming agent that is commonly used in toothpastes, shampoos, shaving creams and bubble bath products. Some lesser known uses include shark repellent and food additives (an emulsifying or whipping aid).
Alkyl Polyglycosides: Also a foaming agent, Alkyl Polyglycosides are found in many detergents made for dishwashing and delicate fabrics. They are derived from glucose. We chose to use them here because they readily biodegrade.
Urnex Brand bottles and jars do not contain BPA. We use exclusively HDPE bottles which do not contain BPA.
There are seven classes of plastics used in packaging applications:
Types 1 (PET), 2 (HDPE), 4 (LDPE), 5 (polypropylene), and 6 (polystyrene) do not use Bisphenol A (BPA) during polymerization or package forming.
Type 3 (PVC) can also contain bisphenol A as an antioxidant in plasticizers. 
Type 7 is the catch-all "other" class, and some type 7 plastics, such as polycarbonate (sometimes identified with the letters "PC" near the recycling symbol) and epoxy resins, are made from Bisphenol A monomer.
Learn more about BPA at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_A
Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are available on every product page or at the top right of every screen.