Easy to follow instructions on how to descale your nespresso machines

At some point every Nespresso owner will have to descale their machine. Follow along with this easy guide on how to descale Nespresso machines. Once you learn how to do it once, the next time will be a lot easier!

Things You’ll Need For Descaling 

  • 1 catch container that can hold over 21 ounces of liquid (a large cup or bowl) – needs to be big enough to hold 17 ounces of water + descaling agent 
  • Nespresso descaling agent or an alternative (4 ounces of white vinegar or 1 teaspoon of citric acid
  • 17 ounces of water to dilute the descaling agent 
  • 17 ounces of water to flush out your coffee machine

Pre-Instructions [Don’t Skip This Section]

All Nespresso machines basically have the same first steps for prepping to descale. After you finish following this section then move on to the instructions specifically for your machine. 

  1. Eject any used capsule that might be sitting in the capsule holder from the last time you made coffee. 
  2. Empty out the drip tray and used capsule container if your Nespresso Machine has one. 
  3. Place the catch container underneath the brewing spout. 
  4. Fill the water reservoir on your machine with 17oz of water and add the descaling agent to it. Put the water reservoir back onto your machine. 

All of the prep work for you to start descaling is done. Head to the next section to find the instructions for your Nespresso. 

Find Your Machine 

Vertuo Next & Vertuo Evoluo Vertuo PlusEssenza Mini & PixieEssenza Plus
CitiZGran LattissimaLattissima ProCreatista Plus & Creatista Pro

Vertuo Next & Vertuo Evoluo

If you have either a Vertuoline Next or Evoluo, I created a separate guide for them. You can find the guide here

Vertuo Plus 

Before we start descaling, your machine needs to be off. Hold down the lever for 3 seconds to turn it off. Once it’s off you can continue on with the instructions. 

  1. Press and hold down the button and lever for three seconds. If you do it right, the light on top will turn orange, meaning you’ve entered the special functions menu. 
  2. Press the lever down once to go into descaling mode on the machine. 
  3. Press the button on top and your machine will start the descaling process. The descaling process is over when all of the water in the reservoir is gone.
  4. Once the descaling is done, you’re going to do a rinse cycle to get rid of any descaling residue that might have stuck to the inside of your machine. 
  5. Empty out the catch container with the used descaling liquid. Put the catch container back under the brewing spout when it’s empty. 
  6. Take off the water reservoir and clean it very well with water and soap. You don’t want any descaling agent to be left in the water reservoir.
  7. Add 17 ounces of water into the water reservoir after it’s been cleaned and put it back on your machine. 
  8. Press the button on top to start the rinse cycle. The rinse cycle ends, when all of the water has left the reservoir. The top light will continually blink orange until you exit the special functions menu. 
  9. To exit, press and hold down the button and lever for three seconds. 
  10. Let it cool down for 10 minutes and then you can brew coffee with it. 

Essenza Mini, Pixie

  1. Start by making sure that your Nespresso machine is on by pressing either button on the machine. Wait for it to be fully heated. It’ll be ready when both the lights are a steadily lit green color. 
  2. Press and hold both the espresso and lungo buttons for 5 seconds to enter descaling mode. Both of the lights should be blinking. 
  3. Press lungo(The button on the right side) to enter descaling mode. The water and descaling agent we put in the water reservoir should start running through your machine and out the brewing spout. 
  4. Descaling is done when there’s nothing left in the water reservoir. You’re going to do a rinse cycle to get rid of any descaling residue that might have stuck to the inside of your machine. 
  5. Empty out the catch container with the used descaling liquid. Put the catch container back under the brewing spout when it’s empty. 
  6. Take off the water reservoir and clean it very well with water and soap. You don’t want any descaling agent to be left in the water reservoir.
  7. Add 17 ounces of water into the water reservoir after it’s been cleaned and put it back on your machine. 
  8. Press the lungo button to start the rinsing cycle. When the water reservoir is empty, the rinsing cycle is complete. 
  9. You’re all done now, so you can go ahead and exit the descaling mode. Press and hold down the espresso and lungo buttons for 7 seconds.

Essenza Plus 

  1. Start by turning on the machine by pressing the Nespresso power button. 
  2. Next you’re going to press and hold the espresso, lungo, and hot water buttons down for 5 seconds at the same time to enter descaling mode. All three will blink to let you know you’re in descaling mode. 
  3. Press the hot water button to start the descaling process. 
  4. Descaling is done when there’s nothing left in the water reservoir. You’re going to do a rinse cycle to get rid of any descaling residue that might have stuck to the inside of your machine. 
  5. Empty out the catch container with the used descaling liquid. Put the catch container back under the brewing spout when it’s empty. 
  6. Take off the water reservoir and clean it very well with water and soap. You don’t want any descaling agent to be left in the water reservoir.
  7. Add 17 ounces of water into the water reservoir after it’s been cleaned and put it back on your machine.
  8. Hit the hot water button again, to start the rinsing cycle. It’ll require you to do it twice, but if you don’t want to, you can press either the lungo or espresso button to exit the descaling process. If you want to run the rinse cycle twice, just repeat steps 5 – 7. 
  9. It’ll automatically exit the descaling process and turn off. Let it cool down for 10 minutes and then it’s ready for you to use. 

CitiZ 

  1. Turn the machine on, wait for it to be fully ready. The lights will be green and steadily lit. 
  2. Press and hold down both the lungo and espresso buttons for 3 seconds. They’ll blink to let you know that you’re in descaling mode. 
  3. Press the lungo button on the right side of your CitiZ to start the descaling process. 
  4. It’ll prompt you to do a rinse cycle. Fill up water, then press the lungo button again. 
  5. Once you’re done you can exit everything by pressing and holding down both the lungo and espresso buttons for 3 seconds. 
  6. Let it cool down for 10 minutes before you start using it. 

Gran Lattissima 

  1. Remove the milk jug container and milk steamer on the front of the machine. 
  2. Grab the descaling attachment from the back of the machine. It should be underneath a panel. 
  3. Plug it into where your milk steamer usually goes, it’ll enter descaling mode at this point.
  4. It’ll alternate between the brewing spout and the descaling spout, so make sure that your catch container is long enough to catch from both spouts
  5. Click the flat white button to start the descaling process 
  6. The descaling process is done when the water reservoir is empty. 
  7. You now need to do a rinse cycle. Empty out the catch container and put it back underneath the brewing spout and descaling attachment.
  8. Clean the water reservoir very thoroughly with soap and water. You don’t want any descaling agent residue left in there. Fill it back up with 17 ounces of water and then put it back on your machine. 
  9. Press the flat white button to start the rinsing cycle. When the water reservoir is empty, the rinsing cycle is done. 
  10. Remove the descaling spout from the front, but use a napkin or something to grab it, because it can get hot. Put it back where you got it from. 
  11. The descaling process is done now. Clean up and give everything a good wipe with a clean wet towel and it should be ready to use. 

Lattissima Pro

 

  1. Turn on the machine and let it heat up 
  2. Enter the menu functions, by pressing the gears.
  3. Scroll down until you find the descaling function and press the checkmark button
  4. Hit the checkmark button again to confirm going into descaling mode
  5. Just follow what the screen says, click the bottom arrow to move on to the next set of instructions on the screen. If you followed the pre-instructions, you’ll probably skip over most of the instructions the screen is telling you. 
  6. Insert the hot water nozzle to where the milk steamer would be normally. The hot water nozzle should be located on the right side of the machine in a compartment. 
  7. Make sure that your container is large enough to fit under both the brewing spout and hot water nozzle. 
  8. Hit the checkmark button when it prompts you to on the screen, to start descaling. Afterwards you’ll be doing a rinse cycle. 
  9. Empty out the drip tray and catch container. Clean the water reservoir very well, because we’re going to be doing a rinse cycle right after and you don’t want any descaling agent in your machine. 
  10. Return the catch container back underneath. Press the down arrow and your machine should say rinse cycle. Press the check mark buttons to start the rinse cycle. 
  11. Same thing, empty everything out: catch container, drip tray. Anywhere descaling agent might be. Rinse the hot water nozzle as well. 
  12. Your descaling process is done now and your Nespresso is ready to be used. 

Creatista Plus & Creatista Pro

  1. Rotate the dial until you see maintenance menu pop up 
  2. Find descaling and press down on the dial to select it. 
  3. You can use the dial to scroll through each of the steps on the screen. 
  4. If you followed the pre-instructions, you can skip over most of the instructions on your screen. 
  5. Make sure your catch container fits under both the steam wand and brewing spout. 
  6. Press the start button to begin the descaling process. When the water reservoir is empty, the descaling process is done. You’re going to be doing a rinse cycle after this is complete. 
  7. Start by emptying out the catch container full of the descaling liquid. Empty out anything else that might have descaling liquid in it as well: used capsule container and drip tray. Put everything back and put the catch container underneath the brewing spout and milk steamer. 
  8. Remove the water reservoir and clean it very thoroughly. Afterwards fill up the water reservoir with 17 ounces of water again, that’ll be used to rinse the inside of the machine. 
  9. Press start to begin the rinse cycle. Once this cycle is done, you’re going to be prompted to do the rinse cycle again. Just repeat steps 7 and 8. 
  10. After the second rinse cycle is done, your machine is ready to be used. Empty out and put everything else away and you’re good to go. 

How Do You Know When To Descale?

The answer is really simple, your Nespresso Vertuoline will tell you when you need to descale. The power button or if your machine has a descaling button, will start blinking an orange color, letting you know that you need to descale. 

How Often Do You Need To Descale? 

If you want an estimate of how many months, Nespresso recommends every 6 months or 600 coffees that you descale your Nespresso machine. 

What Does Descaling Do? 

Everytime you brew coffee the minerals in your water create a little bit of build up. This build up is usually a combination of things like calcium, magnesium, sulfate and carbonate. It starts sticking to the walls of the inside of the machine and creates that build up. 

When we descale we’re just breaking down those mineral deposits so your machine doesn’t get clogged up. The build up can do a number of things to your machine, but the bottom line problem it can cause is preventing your machine from brewing you coffee!

If your machine is brewing slow, this could be the reason why.

Vinegar

If you’ve never used vinegar to clean before, it leaves a pungent smell on whatever you clean it with. After using it to clean your coffee maker, I would at minimum give it two rinse cycles. You don’t want that vinegar taste in your coffee. 

Is Using Vinegar Safe For Descaling?

Vinegar is perfectly safe for descaling! It’s commonly used to descale a lot of other kitchen appliances as well. 

Is A Descaling Solution Better Than Vinegar?

They both work equally well to get rid of buildup in your machine. Vinegar is widely available to everyone and is cheaper than buying the one created by the manufacturer. 

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