How to clean a Nespresso coffee machine

Nespresso coffee machines (in general, any machine, whether an espresso or capsule machine) must be cleaned appropriately to ensure they work properly. Unfortunately, users do not know how to clean Nespresso coffee machines, and we tend to practice poor maintenance.

We do not pay attention to the instructions, let alone the critical decalcification cycles. That’s why we want to help you with this article so that you know what to do to keep your Nespresso coffee machine in perfect condition.

Tips for cleaning Nespresso coffee machines

  • Before using your coffee maker, run the water through all the circuits (only the water flow, without placing capsules or starting the coffee preparation). What for? Remove any coffee remains or deposits left in the circuits during the last brewing. It is one of the most effective and essential measures for cleaning your Nespresso coffee machine. Still, at the same time, it is one of the most difficult to carry out because when it comes to preparing our coffee, users look above all for immediacy and speed, and we don’t want to stop carrying out processes of this type.
  • When you clean your coffee machine from the outside (external housing or visible components), always do it with a slightly damp cloth and hot water. Be very careful not to touch the electronic components or wet them. If you want to use a detergent to remove especially encrusted dirt, always use a solvent-free detergent. The solvent is a great enemy of coffee machines.
  • If your coffee maker has a milk frother or fresh milk tank, as with Nespresso Lattissima or Nespresso Creatista, clean and dry these accessories thoroughly every time you use them. Milk dries out quickly and is a source of germs. Eliminate all traces of milk you see in your Nespresso coffee machine.
  • The tank of used capsules must be emptied from time to time, do not let it overflow or get stuck. If you wait that long, the used capsules may stick to the walls or collect dirt (remember that even if you have already used them, most of them will still contain coffee grounds).
  • The drip tray should be cleaned at least once a week. It does not affect the preparation of the coffee, but as we usually have it covered, sometimes we do not realize how much dirt accumulates there over time. As with capsule containers, it is easy for the grounds to dry out and stick to the walls.

Tips for maintaining Nespresso coffee machines

Maintenance is one thing; cleaning your Nespresso machine is another. Efficient, preventive and regular maintenance over time can extend the life of your machine more than you might think and will also make cleaning easier.

  • You know that coffee is a product that responds with high sensitivity to temperature variations. To maintain your Nespresso coffee machine, we recommend placing it in a dry place where the temperature is constant and warm (not too cold, not too hot). For example, you should not place it next to the heat output of the microwave, on top of the oven, or very close to the kitchen where you light the fire. The same should apply to the capsules: keep them in a separate cupboard safe from light and odours, even if you don’t always have them on hand when you use the coffee machine.
  • Avoid leaving any standing water in the tank. Empty it frequently, and renew the water. If you go on holiday or are not using your Nespresso machine for several days, leave the tank empty and fill it in when you arrive. And don’t forget to wash it in the dishwasher from time to time, either. Stagnant water, especially from the tap, will leave sediment at the bottom and on the tank’s walls, ending up in your coffee. It is one of the tips in our ten things you should never do with your capsule coffee maker.

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Of course, in addition to all these essential maintenance and cleaning instructions for Nespresso coffee machines, it is advisable to decalcify your coffee machine periodically. If you do not know how to do this, we recommend reading the following article, where we explain in much more detail how this process is carried out: how to decalcify Nespresso coffee machines. Now you know everything you need to clean Nespresso coffee machines and have your machine in perfect condition!

We also remind you that if you have an espresso machine at home, you can also learn its necessary cleaning and maintenance thanks to this article: how to clean an espresso machine.

This way, if you take care to clean your Nespresso coffee machine often and also decalcify it at least a couple of times a year, you can be sure that you will keep your Nespresso coffee machine in good condition and also extend its life.