Nespresso Vertuo Descaling & Cleaning

A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Clean and Descale Nespresso Vertuo

Hey, triumphal! Yes, that’s you because you own one of the matchless coffee makers - The Nespresso Vertuo! With that being said, it’s predictable that you are enjoying brewing with the incredible coffee maker and yearning - the show must go on and for long. To make that happen, there’s only one possible way: regular servicing and maintenance of the gizmo.

Change in flavor profiles, slow functioning, hitting the start button more than once, and so on - won’t be a great feeling, right? Well, you have been smart while choosing a coffee maker that could turn your mornings enticing, and you will be the same again when you are committed to returning the favor to your Nespresso by cleaning and descaling it as and when required.

Don’t worry; it ain’t a serious workout or a time taking task either! Also, you won’t have to maintain a fixed schedule to proceed with the cleaning process as it varies on how often you use the gadget. In fact, the Nespresso Vertuo itself will let you know when it needs cleanup with an orange light starting to blink. By the way, this feature is also one of the reasons why we called it a matchless coffee maker.

Therefore, without further ado, let’s delve into the topic and introduce you to the whys and hows of Nespresso Vertuo descaling and cleaning!

Why is Cleaning Required?

'Well, you don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty’, says Amit, the coffee expert at FriedCoffee. Similarly, when you enjoy a clean, fresh, and delectable cup of joe, it’s your machine getting dirt persistently. Therefore, cleaning and descaling it becomes inevitable to give your Nespresso coffee-maker longevity, performance, and the ability to produce the best possible tasting coffee.

When we talk about cleaning your coffee maker, there are two ways, i.e., cleaning it from the outside and the inside. The first is easy as pie; the second one requires a bit of attention and a procedure to follow. Though, thanks to Nespresso for making this chore comparatively much more effortless than various other coffee makers available in the market. Now, coffee makers aren’t just limited to cleaning, in this case, Nespresso Vertuo descaling is also required. In the coffee world, the term ‘scale’ or, in other words, mineral build-ups is something ubiquitous that is generally contributed by water (tap water specifically).

Water contains certain minerals which react when water starts heating up and starts hardening. And guess what, these build-ups can get as hard as a reptiles’ exterior skin. Therefore, it’s almost impossible to get rid of them without the help of powerful chemicals, and this is what makes descaling your coffee maker a salient task to do. If left unattended, such build-ups compromise the machine’s performance and can even lead the machine to get clogged. Being a coffee lover, it’s a sure thing that you won’t like any such thing to happen. Therefore, keep reading and know the steps to clean and descale your Nespresso Vertuo so that dirt and build-ups don’t become a hurdle in your journey with your beloved coffee maker. Here we go!

 Nespresso Vertuo Cleaning

Cleaning your Nespresso Vertuo is indeed something you would love to do because of the fast and hassle-free process. Here’s a step-by-step guide on maintaining a daily cleaning routine!

All you need is dish soap and a container!


1. Start with the water tank

Take the water reservoir out from the machine and empty it into the sink. Once done, use a mild dish detergent and wash the reservoir well. Rinse it thoroughly so that there are no residues of detergent left and let the reservoir dry. Once dried, fill the tank with drinking water and place it back to duty.

2. Capsule container is the next candidate

Check for any left behind coffee traces by lifting the Nespresso machine's top and taking the capsule container out. Use dish detergent and water to hand wash it properly, and once clean and dry, place it back to where it belongs.

3. Drip tray stands next

Cleaning the drip tray is pretty simple. Just take it out from the machine, wash it well with warm water and soap, and return it to its position.

4. Time for internal cleaning

Now that you are done with cleaning the essential parts of the Nespresso, it’s time for some internal cleaning. Take a large container that can hold at least a liter of water. Place it on the cup tray and switch on the machine. You will find that the orange light has stopped blinking and is stable. Once the light is stable white, press the button thrice quickly, starting the cleaning process. Wait for a couple of minutes, and bingo; your Nespresso is cleaned and ready to use.

Always remember, never use strong or abrasive cleaners for your Nespresso. Consider using mild, odorless detergents along with soft cloth. Use a clean damp cloth to wipe the external parts at regular intervals. If you are a heavy user, it would be great to devote a little time to cleaning the machine daily to ensure smooth functionality.

Nespresso Vertuo Descaling

Finally, we’ve reached the part where you’ll find quick yet efficient help for Nespresso Vertuo descaling. Here we go!

Things that you’ll need -

● A container that can hold over 21 ounces of liquid
● Nespresso Vertuo descaling agent or an alternative like white vinegar (4 ounces) or citric acid
● (1 teaspoon).
● Water (17 Oz) for diluting the descaling agent
● Water (17 Oz) for flushing out your Nespresso Vertuo machine


Step 1 - Removing the drip tray from the Nespresso putting the containers to hold the brewing liquid below the brewing spout.
Step 2 - Fill the water reservoir
Step 3 - Put the machine on descaling mode by pressing and holding the power button for 7 seconds
Step 4 - Enter the descaling mode by turning the machine on and enabling the locked mode and then returning back to the unlock mode, followed by repressing the power button for another 7 seconds to complete the enabling the descaling mode. The entire process takes up to 45 seconds.
Step 5 - Rinsing the water reservoir to ensure there’s no descaling agent is stuck in it.
Step 6 - Rinsing cycle by emptying out the catch container.
Step 7 - Filling the water reservoir with 17 Oz clean water and flushing it out of the machine to ensure thorough removal of the residues.
Step 8 - Completing the rinsing cycle by pressing the power button.
Step 9 - Holding down the power button for 7 seconds to exit descaling mode.

Nespresso Vertuo

How often should you clean your Nespresso Vertuo?

Ideally, you should descale your Nespresso machine every 600 coffees or, at least, every 6 months. If we go by the manufacturer’s recommendations, you should let the water flow to clean up the residues after preparing the coffee and removing the capsule.

Final Thoughts

A Nespresso machine is a priceless investment for those who love waking up to more than freshly brewed coffee. To keep this wonder gizmo working perfectly, it’s utmost important to make Nespresso Vertuo descaling and cleaning part of your routine.

So, the coffee-buffs, who’re just not addicted to coffee but in a committed relationship with this exceptional beverage and have got a Nespresso machine to celebrate their coffee-admiration, must go by the hacks we’ve shared here. Enjoy the love in the air, which smells like coffee! By doing so, you simply enable it to charge your day up or to renew your midday or a tiresome late evening.

This is a guest post written by Amit Ahuja from FriedCoffee.

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