How To Descale Nespresso Machine [Step-by-Step]

Descaling your Nespresso machine is an essential maintenance task that ensures it continues to produce delicious, high-quality coffee. Over time, mineral deposits can build up inside the machine, affecting its performance and the taste of your coffee. Descaling helps remove these deposits, keeping your machine running smoothly.

In this guide, we’ll take you through the steps to descale your Nespresso machine effectively.

Materials Needed to Descale Nespresso Machines

Gather the following items before starting the descaling process:

  • Nespresso descaling solution or a descaling agent suitable for coffee machines.
  • Water – preferably filtered or distilled.
  • A container large enough to hold the water capacity of your Nespresso machine.
  • A sink or an area suitable for the descaling process.

When Should I Descale My Nespresso Machine

The manufacturer estimates that you should remove the lime from your Nespresso every 3 months if you consume an average daily of 4 cups of coffee or every 300 capsules.

Descale My Nespresso Machine

But, if you do not keep track of the time or the frequency of its use, your coffee maker will surely begin to show obvious alarms that it deserves to be descaled.

Investigate the most frequent signals!

  • The quality of your drink has deteriorated, it does not have the same flavor or body
  • Your coffee is not as hot as usual
  • The process of preparing the drink is extremely slow
  • The water is held in the water tank
  • Leaves less amount of coffee per capsule
  • The coffee is dripping or has stopped flowing
  • Control buttons blink intermittently
  • The coffee maker makes strange sounds during the preparation of the drink or stops throwing an error

Have you experienced any of these signs? Then, it is time for you to descale your Nespresso machine and thus enjoy its original performance again.

Steps to Descale Your Nespresso Machine

Descale My Nespresso Machine

Follow these steps to descale your Nespresso machine effectively:

1. Prepare the Machine

Ensure your Nespresso machine is turned off and has cooled down before starting the descaling process. Remove any capsules and empty the capsule container.

2. Prepare the Descaling Solution

Mixing desclaing solution

Refer to the instructions on your descaling solution for the appropriate ratio of solution to water. Mix the descaling solution with water in the container according to the instructions. Ensure the container is large enough to hold the mixture and fits under the coffee outlet of your machine.

3. Start the Descaling Process

Insert the empty container under the coffee outlet of the machine. If your Nespresso machine has a descaling mode, follow the specific instructions provided in the user manual. If not, follow these general steps:

Run Descaling button
  • Turn on the machine and start the descaling cycle as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This usually involves pressing specific buttons or a combination of buttons to initiate the descaling mode.
  • The descaling solution will start running through the machine. It will pass through the internal components, removing the mineral buildup.

4. Rinse the Machine

Once the descaling cycle is complete and the solution has passed through the machine, discard the liquid from the container. Rinse the water tank thoroughly to remove any remaining descaling solution.

5. Run a Rinse Cycle

Run a Rinse cycle

Fill the water tank with fresh water. Place a container under the coffee outlet. Run a few cycles of water through the machine to flush out any remaining descaling solution. This helps ensure that no traces of the solution remain in the system.

6. Clean and Dry

After completing the rinse cycles, empty the container and clean all removable parts of the Nespresso machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow the machine to dry completely before using it again.

Recommanded: How To Descale Nespresso Vertuo

Descaling Nespresso with Vinegar or Lemon (homemade method)

The use of vinegar, lemon juice, or even baking soda has become an affordable alternative for a quick “organic home descaling”, and I am not denying the natural disinfection properties that these ingredients offer, but I must raise awareness about their use as an emergency option.

I’ll clarify the point for you, this type of solution does not have the same descaling power compared to the commercial kit. Therefore, the percentage of descaling will be very low and your coffee maker will continue to accumulate mineral residues that result in clogging and loss of the quality of your drink.

So, it is not the option recommended by the manufacturer, as this technique does not guarantee the life of your Nespresso machine.

Watch this video for more help:

Helpful Tips for Cleaning and Descaling Nespresso Coffee Machines

Also Read: Nespresso Vertuo Cleaning Cycle

In order for you to successfully complete the descaling of your Nespresso coffee machine, here are some tips that will be very useful to you.

  • The descaling kit solution is highly corrosive, avoid contact with your skin and face.
  • Do not apply a descaling solution to other compartments of the coffee maker.
  • Follow the descaling kit instructions for its action to be effective.
  • Void the capsule container and dribble plate much of the time.
  • Turn off your coffee maker to clean it with a damp cloth.
  • Do not put scented or abrasive disinfectant liquids in the water reservoir.
  • Do not descale with chlorine or commercial household cleaning products.
  • Clean the coffee spout frequently with a clean, damp cloth.
  • Do not interrupt the descaling process.
  • Do not unplug your coffee maker immediately after exiting “descaling mode”.

If you’re looking for more information on how to fix a Nespresso machine stuck in descaling mode, be sure to check out our other post on the topic. In that article, we dive deeper into the causes of the issue and provide even more troubleshooting tips to help you get your machine back up and running smoothly.


Regular descaling is crucial to maintain the performance and longevity of your Nespresso machine. By following these simple steps, you can effectively remove mineral deposits and keep your machine running smoothly, ensuring a delightful cup of coffee every time.

Remember to consult your machine’s manual for specific descaling instructions and recommendations. With proper maintenance, you’ll continue to enjoy the rich flavors of your Nespresso coffee for a long time.


A. I. Moon

A.I. Moon, an experienced SEO Pythonista, spends his days coding and developing web applications to help business owners. A passionate coffee enthusiast, he believes that drinking coffee fuels his creativity and productivity. His day isn't complete without the rich aroma and invigorating warmth of a perfectly brewed cup. This love for coffee inspired him to found EspressoRivo, a platform dedicated to sharing his coffee knowledge and fostering a community of passionate aficionados.

4 thoughts on “How To Descale Nespresso Machine [Step-by-Step]”

  1. Lisa Longerot

    I’ve been meaning to descale my Nespresso machine for a while now, but I wasn’t sure where to start. Your blog post came at just the right time!

  2. Thank you for this detailed guide! Descaling my Nespresso machine used to be such a daunting task, but your step-by-step instructions made it a breeze. My coffee tastes so much better now!

  3. I just tried descaling my Nespresso machine for the first time using your guide, and it was so easy! I was a little worried about using the descaling solution, but it didn’t seem to harm the machine at all.

  4. My Nespresso machine was starting to make weird noises and the coffee wasn’t coming out as hot as usual. After descaling it, everything is back to normal.

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