How to Descale Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee Machines in 6 Easy Steps

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Enjoying your Nespresso Vertuo Next means you need to maintain it properly. A big part of that is descaling. That’s why in this step-by-step guide, we uncover how to descale your Nespresso Vertuo Next effectively and extend the coffee machine’s life span.

Keep reading to learn more about descaling and how to clean Nespresso Vertuo Next – one step at a time!

How Often to Descale Nespresso Vertuo Next

If you desire the best-tasting coffee from your Vertuo Next Machine, descale every three months at least. High usage or hard water conditions may require more frequent descaling. 

Nespresso recommends you descale your Vertuo machine every three months – or after 300 coffees if you use your machine heavily – to keep your coffeemaker in optimum condition. 

Benefits of Descaling Your Nespresso Machine

If you use Nespresso regularly, it’s important to descale the machine so it continues working well and making delicious brew! 

Regular descaling of your Nespresso machine ensures consistent coffee temperature, improved taste, and longer machine life. It also reduces the risk of breakdowns and keeps your Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine running efficiently.

The descaling mode is designed to clean your Nespresso machine periodically. The process involves running a special descaling solution through the machine to remove built-up limescale and mineral deposits. This enhances the lifespan and the function of the machine. And descaling rinses away the minerals that affect the taste of your coffee. After descaling, the Nespresso Vertuo Next produces fresh, aromatic cups of coffee, just like new.

Signs it’s Time to Descale 

Common signs indicating that it’s time to clean and descale your Vertuo Next include inconsistent coffee temperature, unusual noises, or slow flow rates. Regular maintenance can prevent these issues.

What You Need to Descale a Nespresso Vertuo Next

To descale your Nespresso machine, use a Nespresso descaling kit. This kit contains the Nespresso descaling solution, which is formulated specifically for Nespresso machines. Honestly, the easiest thing to do is pick some up on Amazon or the next time you go out to the store and have it handy.

The descaling solution removes mineral build-up efficiently without damaging the Nespresso machine. Avoid using vinegar or other descaling substances, as they may damage the internal components of your Vertuo Coffee Machine.

Using a Descaling Kit for Nespresso Machines

The Nespresso Vertuo Next descaling kit includes a descaling solution and instructions for usage. It’s the same thing as the solution above, just more of it. Once you have it on hand, prepare the solution as instructed, fill the water tank, and start the descaling process.

Preparation Steps Before Starting the Descaling Process

Your Vertuo Next machine has a removable water tank. Fill it with fresh water mixed with Nespresso descaling solution for the descaling process.

Before starting the descaling process, remove any used capsules, empty the drip tray and ensure the machine is in standby mode. Load the descaling solution into the water tank.

How to Enter the Descaling Mode on Nespresso Vertuo Next

You need to press and hold the start button for at least 7 seconds. The light on the machine starts blinking to confirm that it has entered the descaling mode.

Machine head position for entering descaling mode

It is essential to keep the machine open when you initiate the descaling process. Only after you have entered the descaling mode should you close the machine head.

When the descaling mode is initiated, the machine heats the descaling solution and runs it through the machine. The process takes about 20 minutes. You need to make sure you place a container under the coffee outlet to collect the used descaling solution.

After the descaling process is complete, press the start button for 5 seconds to turn off the descaling mode. Rinse the machine before your next use. 

Remember that how often you should descale your Nespresso Vertuo Next depends on your water type and how often you use the machine. The Vertuo Next gives you an automatic alert when it’s time to descale, so you don’t have to keep track of it yourself. 

A Detailed Guide on How to Descale Nespresso Vertuo Next

Step 1: Preparing Your Nespresso Vertuo Next for Descaling

Ensure the machine is turned off and unplugged. Then remove the water tank, drip tray, and used capsule container, cleaning them thoroughly.

Step 2: Starting the Descaling Process

Plug in your Nespresso and turn the machine on. Then, press the button three times within two seconds. This will make the button light up steadily on the front of the machine, indicating that cleaning mode has begun. Remember to place a container capable of holding at least 1 liter of water under the coffee outlet before starting the process.

Step 3: Rinsing the Water Tank and Coffee Machine

Refill the water tank with fresh water and run two descaling cycles back to back to make sure all the solution has been entirely rinsed out. Return the water tank to the machine, and press the button to start a brewing sequence, but do not insert a coffee capsule.

Step 4: Lock the Machine and Load the Descaling Solution

For step 4, you lock the machine and load the descaling solution. Secure the machine’s top, ensuring a capsule is not in the holder. Fill the water tank with 500 ml of water and the Nespresso descaling solution. Then it’s back to the coffee outlet. Place the container under it, press the button, and wait for all the solution to cycle through the system.

Step 5: Rinse Your Machine One More Time

Empty and clean the water tank again. Refill it with fresh water, and place it back onto the machine. Press the button to start another brewing cycle to give a final rinse. You want to be sure the scale build up inside your Nespresso is gone.

Step 6: Exit the Descaling Mode

Once the cycle is over, your Nespresso Vertuo Next has been correctly descaled and cleaned. To exit the descaling mode, press and hold the button for 7 seconds, and the light will flash three times before going out – a sign that you indeed have exited the descaling mode and your machine is ready to get back to brewing again. 

This process ensures that your machine remains in top condition to provide you with a tasty cup of coffee, optimal performance, longevity, and efficiency. 

In Case of Problems: How to Exit Descaling Mode and Troubleshooting Tips

In case you ever run into issues with your Nespresso Vertuo Next machine, here are some crucial hints to assist you in promptly rectifying them. To begin, when attempting to exit the descaling mode of your Nespresso Vertuo Next, follow these straightforward steps:

Once the descaling procedure is finished, the machine will cease blinking. To exit, you must then power off the machine by holding the button for approximately seven seconds, and when you turn it back on, the machine should have exited the descale mode.

However, if your machine doesn’t seem to want to exit descaling mode, be sure not to panic. This could be caused by a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal software issues or even a potentially blocked water passage. Troubleshooting these common descaling issues primarily involves resetting the machine and checking for any obstructions.

Moreover, as part of your descaling practices, ensure to thoroughly rinse your Nespresso machine after the process – this not only prevents any descaling solution left behind but also optimizes the machine’s performance over time.

Should you notice that your Nespresso Vertuo Next still isn’t brewing good coffee even after descaling, it might be worthwhile to also check the coffee pod for any defects or possible impairments, or the machine might require a more substantial intervention, such as a professional servicing. 

Final Thoughts on How to Descale Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee Machines

I hope these troubleshooting tips and maintenance advice have you feeling like an expert now! More importantly, your Nespresso Vertuo Next should be ready to deliver that perfect cup of coffee time after time after following this guide. If not, Nespresso’s how-to video may be able to help answer anything we missed:

So, did it work for you? Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments.

FAQs on How to Descale Nespresso Vertuo Next

  1. What is the step-by-step guide to descaling my Nespresso Vertuo Next machine?

    First, you’ll need a descaling solution kit from Nespresso or an official Nespresso descaling solution. Start descaling by turning on your machine. Next, open the machine head and insert the Nespresso Vertuo Plus capsule, then lock the machine. Press the button to start the water flow and wait for 7 seconds to enter descaling mode. Rinse the machine thoroughly by running it without any coffee. Repeat the descaling if necessary.

  2. How often should I descale my Vertuo coffee machine?

    Descaling your coffee maker is essential to maintain the best taste and prolong the machine’s lifespan. Ideally, you should descale your Nespresso Vertuoline once every three months or sooner if your machine needs it.

  3. Why is my Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine not brewing coffee even after descaling?

    There may be still some descaling solution left inside your Nespresso machine after the descaling process. It’s recommended to clean and rinse the machine thoroughly after descaling to ensure that all the solution is out.

  4. What should I do if I can’t enter descaling mode in my Vertuo Next machine?

    Check to make sure your machine is turned on and the lever is left to lock the machine. Then you wait for about 7 seconds to enter the descaling mode. If it still doesn’t work, contact Nespresso customer service for further support.

  5. How can I clean my Nespresso Vertuo?

    Cleaning your Nespresso involves removing the capsule container, drip tray and water tank. Wash these parts in warm soapy water and clean the Nespresso Vertuo exterior with a damp, non-abrasive cloth. Remember to rinse the machine well after cleaning.

  6. Why does my Vertuo Next machine need descaling?

    You must descale your machine to remove mineral build-up from water that can affect the machine’s performance and the taste of the coffee. It also helps to maintaining your Nespresso machine’s optimum temperature and water flow.

  7. Can I use any descaling solution to descale the Nespresso Vertuoline?

    It’s recommended to use the official Nespresso descaling solution because it is specifically designed to remove lime scale build-up from your Nespresso coffee maker. Other descaling solutions may not be as effective and could potentially harm your Vertuo model coffee machine. 

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