Descaling Your Dolce Gusto Machine: Everything You Need to Know
Cleaning and descaling your Dolce Gusto coffee machine: here are our tips on how to do it easily! If you’ve just bought a Dolce Gusto coffee machine and are wondering how to maintain it, you’ve come to the right place!
Cleaning and Descaling a Dolce Gusto is Simple and Necessary!
When Should a Dolce Gusto be Descaled?
Have you noticed that your machine is not working properly? That your coffee has started to taste bad recently? Or perhaps it has started to show less pressure during extraction? You are most probably facing a case of a scaled coffee maker.
Before talking about descaling, let’s talk about a few tips that can reduce the amount of scale in your coffee machine. First of all, you should reduce the use of raw tap water and, if possible, use water that is low in limescale. You can either use water that has already been filtered using a filter carafe or bottled mineral water.
This will greatly reduce the build-up of limescale in your Dolce Gusto machine but it does not mean that you are exempt from descaling it from time to time. Descaling is necessary about every three months, which is only four times a year, even if your machine seems to be in good health.
Why is it Necessary to Clean your Krups’ Dolce Gusto Machine?
Cleaning your Dolce Gusto machine is not enough if you want to maintain it properly. Like all coffee machines, regular descaling is essential. Limescale contained in the water will clog up the internal mechanisms which can lead to a serious breakdown and/or long-term damage.
Therefore, if you want to maintain your Dolce Gusto properly, you must descale it. This will remove any residue, mineral deposits or scale. Don’t worry, it’s very simple and it will ensure that the taste of your favourite drinks remain the same!
Descaling your Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine
On Using the Right Products
The first step in descaling your Dolce Gusto is to choose the right descaler. There are a number of different brands of descaling products available in liquid or tablet form that are completely compatible.
Whatever you choose, the most important thing is to use the right product. Don’t be fooled by all the talks about white vinegar otherwise your machine will die prematurely! The acetic acid it contains is too corrosive for the pipes of your Dolce Gusto machine.
How to Descale a Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine: Step by Step
Once you are equipped with the right descaler, you can follow these steps:
- Mix the descaling solution with water in your machine's water tank and place it back in your machine
- Place a large container under your Dolce Gusto's spout
- Press and hold the 'On/Off' button for five seconds until it flashes green
- Select the setting for the maximum amount of water and press the 'hot water' button
- Your coffee machine will then automatically start descaling for about two minutes. When your machine is done, it will stop flashing
Once the descaling process is complete, rinsing is next! When in doubt, check out Nescafé’s tutorial video on how to descale and rinse your Dolce Gusto coffee machine. Otherwise, here are the final steps for rinsing your coffee machine.
You need first to empty and rinse the water tank and filling it completely again with water. Put is back on the machine and start rinsing:
- Place back your large container under your machine's spout
- Keep the water level setting at maximum
- Press the red 'hot water' button
- Repeat step 3 a second time but this time by pressing the blue 'cold water' button
What Else Should you Consider for a Deep Cleaning?
Of course, descaling is one thing but it doesn’t do everything for a deep cleaning. It’s not rocket science or anything you don’t already know. We recommend cleaning about once a month, and whenever your machine splashes coffee.
Read the instructions to find out the specifics of your Dolce Gusto machine and consider each component:
- Rinse the water tank
- Clean the cup holder with hot water and a damp cloth
- Depending on the machine, the filter basket can be removed and put directly into the dishwasher. When you remove the filter basket, gently clean the inside of the machine with a damp cloth, paying attention to the water injector at the top.
- Rinse your machine by making a coffee with the hot water button without using a pod.
- For the exterior of the machine, use a soft damp cloth rather than a sponge.
Again, we do not recommend the use of white vinegar as it will cause long-term damage to your coffee machine.
Now that you know everything, the lifespan of your machine is in your hands! All you have to do is enjoy delicious drinks and try out the many Nescafé Dolce Gusto pods and also the compatible ones.