​When you get a Nespresso machine, you can rest easy as operating them does not require much. They work beautifully to use single-serve pods that will get you going in the morning. The only downside to having such a simple-to-use machine is that you often have to descale it. So, what is descaling and why is it important? Today, we will be going over these questions and more.

​How to Descale the Nespresso VertuoLine

​What is Descaling

​Let’s start off by going over what descaling is. You can think of descaling as cleaning your nespresso machine. Over time, nasty deposits like calcium and lime will form in your machine and cause wear and tear. When you descale, you will be basically getting rid of this residue. Cleaning your machine is important for many reasons.

​Why You Should Descale

Think about it. When you neglect anything that requires proper care such as a pool or your yard, things get nasty really fast. At least with those examples you do not have to worry about consuming anything. When you neglect your Nespresso machine, all these deposits build up and they can easily taint the flavor or your coffee. If you want to always be drinking the freshest of coffee, you will want to make sure your descale your Nespresso machine often.

Another reason for descaling is increasing the lifespan of your machine. These desposits not only taint your coffee, but they also put a lot of wear on your machine. Overtime, your machine will start to feel these affects and malfunction. To save you both time and money, it is strongly advised to regularly clean your nespresso machine reviews. So, how do you go about cleaning it? Let’s discuss. 

​How to Descale

Steps may vary depending on the make and model of your Nespresso machine, but we will go over a more generalized method of cleaning your nespresso machine today.

Step 1:

One step that you need to do daily is cleaning your drip tray. Simply take out the drip tray and clean it wish dish detergent and a wet cloth. Scrub hard on residue that has built up on the tray. When you are done wiping it down, rinse it off with hot water and sit it out to air dry. Cleaning your drip tray is important as if you fail to do so, mold and bacteria can easily grow. We do not want that!

Step 2:

Next, you want to focus on your water tank. After getting your drip tray clean take out the water tank. Wash the tank and the lid similar to how you did with the drip tray. Take some dish detergent and a wet cloth to it. You want to make sure all suds are gone before moving on to clean something else. With the water tank, you can clean it weekly if you do not use your Nespresso machine every day. Air dry the water tank similarly to the drip tray before inserting it back into the machine. Try to avoid having water sit in the tank as mold can grow from this.

Step 3:

Grab the capsule detector lens and clean it with a cloth. Do not use any soap in this step. You also do not need to wet your cloth to clean it. Focus on getting rid of smudges. Finding the detector lens may be a challenge for some, but it is inside the machine behind the maintenance module. This is part of the drip tray.

Step 4:

Looking on the outside of your machine, you will likely notice coffee spots everywhere, including your counter! Keep this clean as well as you do not want to have a dirty coffee area. Use a wet cloth to do this a few times every week. Thoroughly cleaning the outside edges is advised,  but not necessary if you feel that the machine is not that dirty.

​Additional Tips & Conclusion

Descaling your nespresso machine is relatively easy! All it requires of you is to put some extra time to keep things nice and clean. This will save you in the long run from drinking any contaminated coffee and make your nespresso machine last longer.


If you do not want to descale every single day, you should at least aim to descale your nespresso machine every three months. Also, try not to use any cleaners that are strong. This could be counterproductive and leave negative effects on your machine instead. Lastly, if your machine has a descaling mode, use it. This is a great option as it ensures you are safe and its sole purpose is to be turned on while you are descaling.

References And Recommended Reading

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    ​https://www.nespresso.com/us/en/machine-assistance
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    ​https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/shopping/shopping-tips-news/how-to-clean-nespresso-machine/

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