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[ 2008-03-07 00:00:00 ] - lizc

Coffee makers that aren't properly cleaned will certainly have problems after a while. The best cleaning method that should be carried out regularly is descaling which means to remove limescale deposits from hard water that may cause damage to either the boiler or the pump.

Generally, descaling instructions can be found in the user's manual that comes with the appliance. In case the instructions aren't very clear as when they have been translated from another language, here are some tips that you may find of value.

Descaling should only be done when the coffee maker is cold. It should be turned off and unplugged for a couple of hours after use or there is a risk of being burnt by residual hot water when doing this chore.

Water Is not sufficient to remove the limescale. If you don't have a proprietary descaling product you can use vinegar or a citric acid solution. This should be mixed with water and poured into the water reservoir.

At this time the coffee machine should be turned on and water pumped out of the nozzle for 20 to 30 seconds before switching it off. This causes the descaling solution to work through the whole machine and rest in the pipes to do its work. Not all models have the pumping function but those who dont will just allow the water to run through until the machine is turned off.

It usually takes about 10 minutes for the limescale to dissolve. If the coffee maker is heavily scaled, the procedure should be done again so that the remaining liquid content in the container is pumped through the system. The entire process of descaling usually takes about half an hour.

While waiting for the descaler to do its work, wipe down the exterior of the coffee maker with a damp cloth then wash any removable parts, such as a drainage tray, in warm soapy water.

The final stage of coffee maker descaling is running plenty of clean water through the machine to remove any trace of descaling solution. This should be done several times as proprietary decsaling solutions can be caustic and definitely shouldn't be ingested.

After all that hard work, you can relax and make yourself a well-deserved cup of coffee. The taste should be like when the coffee maker was brand new. To make sure that it stays that way, don't forget to descale your coffee maker at least once a month, particularly if you live in a hard water area.
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