How to Decalcify Nespresso Coffee Makers

You’ve probably read about the decalcification of Nespresso coffee machines many times, but in case there is any less experienced reader, let’s tell the whole process from the beginning.

Every time we prepare a coffee with our Nespresso coffee maker, the water we have in the tank goes through all the internal circuits of the coffee maker and leaves small traces and sediments of lime in them. They are tiny samples, barely perceptible, but with the passage of months (this depends a little on how often you use your Nespresso coffee maker), they become noticeable.

The circuits become obstructed, the machine works worse and worse, the pressure is not the same as at the beginning, and even the taste of the coffee can be altered by dragging all these impurities.

To solve this mess is what we must decalcify our Nespresso coffee maker from time to time.

If you want to know how to decalcify Nespresso coffee machines, pay close attention to the following explanations.

When do I have to decalcify my Nespresso Krups?

The frequency of decalcifying a Nespresso Krups coffee maker (or any other manufacturer) depends above all on the hardness of the water you use to make the drinks. If you use tap water, you should consult the hardness in your area. Still, in general, we can tell you that tough water, we must decalcify our Nespresso coffee maker for every 300 cups prepared approximately.

With very soft water, we can hold up to more than 1000 cups without decalcifying. And under normal conditions of hardness, the ideal is to decalcify the coffee maker every 500 or 600 cups.

What do I need to decalcify a Nespresso coffee machine?

Before you start decalcifying your Nespresso coffee maker, you must make sure that you have all the necessary accessories and elements to complete the decalcification process. Take note, and if you are missing any, we attach the direct purchase link so you can have it in your home in 2-3 days maximum.

The main element in the decalcification process of your coffee machine is the decalcifying liquid.

Nespresso Decalcifier

The official Nespresso decalcifier kit includes a liquid or decalcifier made from citrus fruits. It is always recommended to use this type of official decalcifiers and avoid home remedies such as vinegar or lemon juice, which can cause damage to your coffee maker. Usually, these decalcification kits (or Nespresso decalcifier) include the necessary doses to perform two decalcifications.

Krups GmbH F 054 00-descaler, Pack of 2
Krups GmbH F 054 00-descaler, Pack of 2
Genuine original Krups espresso machine & kettle 'anti-calk' Descaling kit; Krups 'F054'; Commercial reference : F054001B
Nespresso Descaling Nespresso Descaling
Nespresso Descaling Nespresso Descaling
Nespresso Descaling Kit for Essenza, Le Cube, Lattissima, CitiZ & Pixie Machines; For all models
Philips Saeco CA6700/10 Liquid Descaler 250ml ( Pack of 1)
Philips Saeco CA6700/10 Liquid Descaler 250ml ( Pack of 1)
Effective descaler for all bean to cup machines; Suitable for all automatic coffee machines, espresso machines etc
But also more powerful against lime deposits in coffee machines; The 500 ml packaging is sufficient for five decalcification processes

In addition to these products, you can opt for a universal decalcification kit for Krups coffee machines. If Krups have manufactured your Nespresso machine, this complete package will also be used to decalcify it: Nespresso Krups Decalcifier.

In any case, remember that you can find everything you need to decalcify your coffee machine in our online store of decalcifiers for coffee machines.

Decalcifier EcoDecalk Delonghi

Another good option is Delonghi’s EcoDecalc decalcifier, undoubtedly the most sold and famous decalcifier on the Internet:

  • But also more powerful against lime deposits in coffee machines
  • Dissolves calcium deposits up to three times more efficiently and faster than conventional decalcifies
  • The 500 ml packaging is sufficient for five decalcification processes
  • Regular use of De'Longhi ecodecalk ensures longer life and better energy efficiency
  • Suitable for all coffee machines

How to decalcify a Nespresso coffee machine step by step

Descaling your Nespresso machine is a very simple process, but you must follow all the steps in order and with care. Below we explain each of the steps to follow to descale your Nespresso machine step by step.

Time required: 20 minutes.

Descaling a Nespresso coffee machine at home:

1. Empty the machine
Make sure there are no capsules left inside the machine and empty the used capsule container.

2. Use a large glass to collect the dirty water
Place a container (as large as possible) to collect the water with the impurities that the machine will be pouring out during the process.

3. Pour in the water and the descaler
Fill the water tank with water and descaling liquid.

4. Start a descaling cycle in the coffee machine
Next, start the descaling process on your Nespresso machine. To put your machine into descaling mode, you must press two buttons for 3 seconds. The two buttons you have to press vary for each model of a coffee machine, so we advise you to consult your machine’s instruction manual. They are usually the ones for large cup and small cup at the same time… but check just in case.

5. Press the long espresso button
Once the descaling function is on, press the large cup button (as if you were going to make a long espresso) and wait for the descaling liquid to run through the internal tubes and circuits and out of the coffee spout. Empty the container into the water tank (i.e. reuse the water and descaling liquid solution) and repeat the process several times. The machine itself will stop the process when it detects that it is free of limescale residue.

6. Clean any remaining residue
At the end of the descaling process, do not forget to empty the water tank completely, rinse it or clean it very well, and fill it with fresh and completely clean water to have your coffee machine ready for the next use. At this point, it is very important that you press the button on the large cup again so that the fresh, clean water runs through the circuits of the machine once more.

7. Exit descaling mode
Press the two buttons you pressed in step 4 again to deactivate the descaling mode of your coffee machine and end the descaling of your Nespresso machine.

How to decalcify Nespresso? Videos

If you don’t know how to decalcify a Nespresso, you may want to watch this video rather than read all the other material. A picture (video, in this case) is worth a thousand words.

And now that you know how to decalcify your Nespresso in general lines. Let’s give a few small strokes.

One of the peculiarities of Nespresso machines is that the descaling process can have slight variations depending on each machine model. In case the basic instructions are not enough for you, here are also the links to the official Nespresso videos where they explain in detail how to decalcify Nespresso coffee machines of all models:

Decalcify a Nespresso coffee maker without tablets

The attached video does not reflect the recommended procedure, but we know that many users seek and demand this type of cheap solutions when decalcifying their Nespresso coffee machines. What to do if you do not have a Nespresso decalcifier at home? How to decalcify Nespresso without pills?

You know that decalcifying liquids are mainly made from citrus or acids, so vinegar or lemon juice can be a good substitute for decalcifying a Nespresso coffee maker. Even so, we insist that, while these natural products can also act against lime deposits, there are risks of damaging the internal circuits of your coffee maker. For this reason, we always recommend using official Nespresso or Krups decalcification kits.

Other useful tips for decalcifying your coffee maker

To get the most out of the decalcifications of your Nespresso coffee maker, be sure also to visit these other guides and documents that we think may be of interest to you. As they say, this is information of general interest:

We have also decided to include information about decalcifications in Dolce Gusto because all decalcification processes are similar in any coffee maker, and you can always get useful hints or tips, even if they refer to another brand.