If you’ve tried to watch the Nespresso descaling videos and were completely confused, you’re not alone. After trying to follow along and having to repeatedly go back to different parts of the video, I had to make this step by step guide on how to descale a Nespresso Vertuoline.
The step by step guide will work for all of the Nespresso Vertuoline’s: Next and Evoluo. If you’re looking for the Vertuoline Plus instructions for descaling you can see them here.
How do you know when to descale?
The answer is really simple, your Nespresso Vertuoline will tell you when you need to descale. How often it needs to descale really depends on how often you brew coffee. Your power button (the button on top) will start blinking, letting you know when it needs a descaling. If you want a timeline, 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 a reason why.
Things You’ll Need
- 1 container that can hold over 21 ounces of liquid
- 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
10 Steps To Descale Your Nespresso Vertuoline Machine
All the instructions are going to be with the front of the Nespresso machine pointed towards us.
Before we start make sure there isn’t an old pod still in there from the last time you brewed.
Remove the drip tray from your Nespresso machine and put the container to hold the brewing liquid below the brewing spout.
IMPORTANT: Leave your Nespresso machine in the unlocked position. Hit the power button to turn it on and let it heat up for about 15 seconds.
Step 1: Filling Your Water Reservoir
Start by removing your water reservoir on the left hand side of your machine. Fill it up with the 17 ounces of water and the descaling agent of your choice. Put the water reservoir back into the machine when you’re done.
Step 2: Initiating Descaling Mode
Next press and hold down the power button for 7 seconds and it should start blinking. You’ll be given 45 seconds to enter the descaling mode.
Step 3: Entering Descaling Mode Part 1
You’re going to turn your machine so you’re in the locked position and then right after you want to return back to the unlocked position.
Step 4: Entering Descaling Mode Part 2
Press and hold down the power button for 7 seconds again and your machine is now in descaling mode.
Step 5: Begin Descaling
Put your machine back into the locked position and press your power button to begin descaling.
Step 6: Rinse Water Reservoir
After all the descaling liquid is gone from the water reservoir, the descaling process is done. Rinse and wash the water reservoir really well for our the next step. You don’t want any residual descaling agent stuck on the inside of it. You don’t want your next cup of coffee tasting like chemicals!
Step 7: Rinse Cycle
Empty out the catch container that has all of the descaling agent in it. Put the catch container back under the brewing spout, because we’re going to rinse the inside of your machine before you use it.
Step 8: Fill Water Reservoir
Fill up the water reservoir with 17 ounces of clean water and put it back onto your machine. We’re going to flush out the insides now to make sure there isn’t any leftover residue from the agent inside.
Step 9: Complete Rinse Cycle
Press your power button and it’ll start the rinsing process. I do this rinsing step twice, but it’s optional to you. Once all of the water has left the water reservoir, you’ll know it’s done rinsing.
Step 10: Exiting Descaling Mode
Your descaling is done! To exit the descaling mode, hold down the power button for 7 seconds and the light should stay lit.
Let your Nespresso Vertuoline machine cool down and dry for about 10 minutes. After that it’s ready for you to use.
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 most everyone and is cheaper than buying the one created by the manufacturer.