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 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.

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.

Krups GmbH F 054 00-descaler, Pack of 2
Genuine original Krups espresso machine & kettle 'anti-calk' Descaling kit; Krups 'F054'; Commercial reference : F054001B

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; The 500 ml packaging is sufficient for five decalcification processes

How to decalcify a Nespresso coffee machine step by step

Decalcifying your Nespresso coffee maker is a straightforward process, but you must follow all the steps in order and with care. Below we explain each of the phases you must carry out to decalcify your Nespresso coffee maker.

  • Make sure that there are no capsules left inside the coffee maker, and empty the used capsules tank.
  • Place a container (as big as you can) to collect the water with the impurities that the machine will be pouring during the process.
  • Fill the water tank with water and decalcifying liquid.
  • Then start the decalcification process in your Nespresso coffee maker. To put your machine in decalcification mode, press two buttons for 3 seconds. The two buttons you have to press are different in each model of coffee machine, so we advise you to consult the instruction manual of your machine. They usually are the ones with the big cup and the small cup at the same time, but consult it just in case.
  • Once the decalcification function has started, press the large cup button (as if you were going to prepare a long coffee) and wait for the decalcifying liquid to pass through the tubes and internal circuits and exit through the coffee nozzle. Empty the container into the water tank (i.e. reuse the solution of water and decalcifying liquid) and repeat the process several times. The machine itself will stop the process when it detects that it is free of lime residue.
  • At the end of the decalcification process, do not forget to empty the water tank, rinse it or clean it very thoroughly, and fill it with fresh and immaculate water to have your coffee maker ready for the next use. At this point, you must press the button on the large cup again so that the fresh and clean water runs through the circuits of the coffee machine once again.
  • Press the two buttons you pressed in step 4 again to deactivate the decalcification mode of your Nespresso coffee maker and thus terminate the decalcification of your Nespresso coffee maker.

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.