USAGE: Note that you can break this or any other press by overtightening! You must tighten the screw gradually, wait a while for the juice to run, and then tighten again. When the pomace (fruit pulp) in the press starts to become dry, lift out the pressing bag full of fruit and reposition it before pressing again. If you treat this press with care it will last a lifetime, but if you overtighten you can definitely break it! Just look at vintage presses here on eBay and you will see that many of them even the cast iron ones have been repaired, so take care of it! Lube up the threads with some food grade lube like Petrol Gel or in a pinch some food grade cooking spray like Pam. Run the screw up an down a few times and wipe off the excess. Do not run the screw all the way down past the grip marks, you could force the foot off. Same thing on the top end you do not need to raise the screw all the way up, just enough to get the baskets out together, load them, and slip them back in. When you meet up with the grip marks on the threads, stop. Then run it back down to operating range.
This press is very easy to clean and sanitize. The basket assembly comes out and is dishwasher safe. Everything else can be hosed off and wiped down.