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Nov 27, 2005 11:18 AM

Cleaning/Replacing French Press Filterscreens?

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Hand washing and/or soaking my Bodum Columbia FP Filterscreen in hot water no longer seems to be doing the trick.

I have no dishwasher so, is there another better way to clean the sediment out my small filterscreen?

Alternatively, has anyone ever replaced a filterscreen on a Bodum Columbia French Press?

As you may be able to see from the attached photo, the screw hole(?) is very small and round and I can't figure out what type of tool is needed to disconnect the filter screen from the plunger stem?



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  1. On most of them, all you have to do is hold on to the bottom and twist the plunger stem (the knob), they screw themself out, no tool needed.

    1. To clean the oil residue from the screen, I use a stiff plastic scrubbie brush on a handle, and sprinkle a little Bon Ami cleanser on it and scrub. BA contains NO chlorine bleach (icky smell) and uses felspar, a natural mineral, as a (very) mild abrasive. I use it on my porcelain sinks, on stainless steel, and it does not scratch! It will remove the residue. Rinse clean under running water. I use BA to clean the plastic parts of my coffee maker, too. It's very good at removing old oils which make a coffee maker and pot 'stinky'.

      and yes, just unscrew the screen and coil ring from the stem.