Descaling and Cleaning your Nespresso VertuoLine Machine

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Descaling Nespresso VertuoLine machine is a critical process and something that must be performed every 3-6 months to keep espresso machine in perfect condition. Especially if you are living in an area where there is hard water and you don’t have water softener, then it is really important to descaling Nespresso VertuoLine machine.
If you are using a machine after a long time then it is recommended to descale it for the best results. Left water and residue can create some problems. Also, there is an indicator light in the Vertuoline machine which blinks 3 times to show descaling alert. Here is a simple process for how to descale Nespresso Vertuoline machine.

How to Descale Nespresso Vertuoline

Descaling and cleaning of Nespresso Vertuoline is really simple. Before starting the descaling process, unplug the machine and then plug it again.

Step 1- Remove Capsules

First of all, open the lid of the machine and eject the used capsule from pod bay. If the capsules go in the trash receptacle, don’t worry because you are emptying that out. Make sure to turn the knob to “unlocked”.

Step-2 Cleaning the Drip Tray and Used Capsules

Eliminate the drip tray from the Nespresso Vertuoline, open it up and remove the water from it. If there is any used capsule in the capsule tank, throw them out.

Step-3 Filling the water tank

Take 500 ml of clean water and fill up the water tank with it. Don’t forget to add a Nespresso descaling solution. You will get the descaling solution if you are a part of the Nespresso club. If you don’t want to use any branded solution, try natural descalers like vinegar or citric acid.

Step-4 Turn on the Machine to enter descaling mode

Now lock your Nespresso machine. Turn on the machine by pressing the button on the top. Unlock it and close Nespresso Vertuoline. As the machine pre-heats, the button will eventually flash and become solid. After it becomes solid, press and holds the button of the machine for about 7 seconds to enter into descaling mode. Now you have 45 seconds to begin the descaling procedure.

Lock the Nespresso Vertuoline machine by turning the level to the lock sign and then unlock by turning it right. Now again press and hold the button for about 7 seconds.

Place the large cup (20 ounces) under the nozzle and let your machine drain in the vessel. (If the draining doesn’t start, lock the machine; press the button again to begin the process).

Step-5 Rinse it out

After removing the water, eliminate and rinse out the water tank along with a drip tray. Now fill the tank with more than halfway with the water and place the tank in the machine. Lock the machine and press the button again to rinse the water from the machine. The Nespresso Vertuoline machine will automatically stop once the process is completed.

Step-6 Exit Descaling mode

For the last time press and hold the button for about 7 seconds. The machine will stop flashing automatically and become solid. It indicates that the machine descaling process is completed.

Step-7 Let the Machine Dry

Finally, give some time to your machine to dry completely. Give it about 15-20 minutes and then you can comfortably start using the machine again.

Descaling Nespresso Vertuoline  with Citric Acid or Vinegar

To be honest, Nespresso Vertuoline descaling solutions are expensive. This is prime one of the prime reasons why most people prefer to use natural alternatives for descaling. You can use white vinegar or citric acid as alternatives to commercial descaling solutions to get the same results. Citric acid is highly recommended as it is richly concentrated to provide best descaling results.

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Buy some citric crystals from a nearby store and dissolve them in the water to create the solution. In order to make mild but effective acid, take a gallon of water and dissolve one or two tablespoons of citric acid crystals in it. Citric acid is effective and it smells much fresh as compared to vinegar. Vinegar may react with rubber seals in the machine and can cause these parts to degrade.


  • When regular coffee tastes get odd
  • When It takes longer to brew a pot
  • When Nespresso Vertuoline machine makes noises but doesn’t brew


Descaling Nespresso Vertuoline machine is not a difficult process if you have proper knowledge about the process. Descaling and cleaning of the machine is very important if you want to enjoy the premium taste of espresso and coffee.

One of the common mistakes most people make is that they don’t give proper time to the machine for drying and use it in wet condition which may lead to some serious problems. Always give it an additional 5 to 10 minutes to dry completely before using Nespresso Vertuoline machine.

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