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How to descale a Nespresso machine

While it is not always as easy as brewing a drink, keeping your Nespresso in top condition is a must if you want to enjoy quality coffee and make sure your machine is working properly every time. Descaling a Nespresso machine is necessary not only to ensure you continue to enjoy it, but also to extend the life of your appliance. After all, if you’ve invested in one of the best Nespresso machines, you’ll want to make sure it performs at its best.

Even the best coffee makers build up calcium and lime deposits during their daily operation. If left on, these deposits will affect the taste of your coffee and damage your machine. You should descale your Nespresso at least every six months, with Nespresso itself recommending cleaning every 600 coffees.

When you bought your machine, you probably received instructions on how to descale a Nespresso. But if these are long lost, then you’ve come to the right place. Here we show you what you need and the steps to successfully descale some of the most popular Nespresso machines.

Before you start descaling your Nespresso, you will need to find a solution. You will find all the latest prices on the official bags just below.

Descaling Nespresso Vertuo

Nespresso Vertuo Plus

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First, make sure that there are no more pods left in your machine and that the water tank is empty before turning off your machine. Add an empty 0.8 liter container under the spout at the front of the machine.

Add the contents of one sachet of Nespresso descaling solution and 0.5 liter of water to the water tank.

You must now put your machine in descaling mode. To access the special functions menu, simultaneously press the main button and the down lever for three seconds. Enter descaling mode by pressing the lever down once. Note that you will only have two minutes to set the descaling mode before the machine returns to the “Ready” settings.

Once you are in descaling mode, simply press the button at the top to start descaling.

The machine will stop automatically when finished, at this point remove the water tank, rinse and fill with water.

Press the button again to rinse the system with fresh water, the machine automatically stopping again when you are finished.

You can then exit the descaling setting by pressing the button and lever simultaneously for three seconds – a new green light will confirm that you are ready to start brewing again.

Descaling Nespresso Lattissima

Nespresso Lattissima

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The Nespresso Lattissima will tell you when it’s time to automatically descale. When this happens, make sure all the capsules are out of the machine and empty the water tank.

Add a sachet of Nespresso descaling solution to the water tank and fill up to the descaling line inside the tank.

There is a descaling hose at the back of the machine, place this nozzle in the connector of the steam nozzle at the front. Your Nespresso will now automatically enter descaling mode.

Place a liter container under the main hose and spout and press the espresso button to start the descaling process.

Once the water tank is empty, empty the capsule compartment and the drip tray and fill the tank with fresh water. Press the Lungo button to flush the system.

Descaling Nespresso Pixie

Nespresso Pixie

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Empty both the capsule compartment and the drip tray and fill the water tank with 0.5 l of fresh water and a sachet of Nespresso descaling solution.

You will have to place a 0.6 l container under the main spout of the machine, turn on your Nespresso and wait for the light to light up.

Press both buttons at the same time for three seconds to enter descaling mode, then press the Lungo button to circulate the water and solution through the system until the reservoir is empty.

Take the container and pour the used descaling solution into the water tank, before pressing the Lungo button again to perform the descaling step a second time.

When the tank is empty again, fill it with clean water and press the Lungo button a third time to flush the system.

When you are finished, press the two buttons on the top of the machine for another three seconds to exit the descaling mode.

Descale Nespresso Essenza (Plus or Mini)

Nespresso essence

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To descale your Nespresso Essenza Plus or Mini, first remove all the capsules from the used pod container and the pod bay of the machine, then empty the drip tray and water tank.

Add a Nespresso descaling sachet and add 0.5 l of water (for Essenza Plus) or 0.6 l of water (for Essenza Mini) to the water tank and place a 1 liter container under the spout pourer.

Put your Essenza Plus in descaling mode by pressing the hot water, lungo and espresso buttons simultaneously for five seconds. If you are descaling a Nespresso Essenza Mini, simply press the Lungo and Espresso buttons for five seconds.

Press the hot water button (Essenza Plus) or the Lungo button (Essenza Mini) to start the descaling process and run the full water tank through the system.

Return the used solution to the water tank when finished and run the process again before filling the tank with fresh, clean water.

Press the hot water or lungo button again to clean the system. The Essenza Plus will automatically turn off when finished, but you will need to manually exit the descaling mode on your Essenza Mini by pressing the Lungo and Espresso buttons again for five seconds.


Now that you have descaled your Nespresso machine, you can replace a pod and continue enjoying your coffee from a sparkling machine.

Nespresso produces a wide range of coffee makers, which means there may be slight differences in the process if you are using an older model. In case of doubt, Nespresso offers a complete guide to descaling all of its machines via its product help pages.

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