How to Descale Nespresso Vertuo Next – Easy Guide

How to descale Nespresso Vertuo Next

If you’re a coffee lover, you know how important it is to keep your coffee machine clean and well-maintained. Descaling your machine is an essential part of this process, as it helps remove mineral buildup that can affect the taste and quality of your coffee.

In this article, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide on how to descale your Nespresso Vertuo Next machine.

Why is descaling important?

Over time, mineral deposits from water can build up inside your coffee machine. This buildup can affect the taste and quality of your coffee, as well as the performance of your machine. Descaling your coffee maker helps remove these mineral deposits, ensuring that your coffee tastes great and your machine continues to function properly.

Materials needed

Before you begin descaling your Nespresso Vertuo Next machine, you’ll need to gather a few materials. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Nespresso descaling kit
  • Water
  • Container to catch water (34oz+)
  • Clean cloth to Wipe and Dry

Step-by-step process

Now that you have your materials, you’re ready to begin descaling your coffee machine. Follow these steps:

1With the machine plugged in, empty the capsule container and drip tray and place them back onto the machine.
2Fill the water tank with 1 packet of Nespresso descaling solution and 17 ounces of water.
3Make sure there is no capsule in the machine. Close the machine head and lock the lever to the left to turn the machine on. Wait until the light is steady (approximately 30 seconds).
4Unlock the lever with the head closed. Press and hold the button until you see the steady light turn off first, and then start blinking orange quickly. It may take approximately 7 seconds before the light starts to blink.
5Turn the lever to the left to lock the lever, then turn the lever back to the front to unlock the lever.
6Press and hold the button until the light turns off and then starts blinking orange and quickly again (approximately 7 seconds). Steps 5 and 6 must be completed within 45 seconds.
7Lock the lever. The light should still be blinking orange quickly. This is an indication that you have entered the descaling mode. If not, start over from Step 3.
8With a large container (minimum 34oz) underneath the spout, press and release the button once to begin descaling. The light will continuously blink throughout the process.
9Once the solution has finished running through, the machine should be silent. Discard the solution and return the empty container underneath the coffee spout.
10Empty the drip tray and capsule container. Rinse the water tank and clean it thoroughly. Refill the tank to the top with fresh water and place it back on the machine.
11Press and release the button to begin the rinsing phase. When the machine stops making noise, discard the water from the container. The machine will stop automatically and the cup button should become steady on its own.
12Refill the water tank and place it back onto the machine.
13Empty and rinse the capsule container and drip tray and reinsert them.
14Wipe down the machine with a damp cloth. Let the machine rest for 10 minutes.

Tips and tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to make the descaling process more efficient:

Descaling kitAlways use the Nespresso descaling kit to ensure that you’re using the right solution for your machine. The kit contains the appropriate amount of descaling solution and instructions for use. Using other descaling solutions or vinegar can damage your machine and void your warranty.
InterruptionAvoid interrupting the descaling process once initiated. Allow the machine to complete the cycle uninterrupted.
Water tankAlways wait until the machine has cooled down before removing the water tank. During the descaling process, avoid filling up the water tank. Instead, fill it with the recommended amount of water and descaling solution as per the instructions on the kit. Overfilling the water tank can cause the solution to overflow and damage your machine.
SpillIt’s also important to note that a descaling solution can damage or discolor surfaces. We suggest placing something underneath your machine in case a spill should occur. If a spill does occur, please make sure to clean up the solution immediately to avoid any damage.

What solution can I use to descale my Nespresso?

There are two main options for descaling your Nespresso machine:

Nespresso Descaling Kit

To descale your Nespresso Vertuo Next, it is recommended to use a Nespresso Descaling Kit. This kit contains a natural solution that thoroughly dissolves the scale build-up, ensuring that your machine stays in good condition.

You can purchase this kit from Amazon by visiting our curated Best Nespresso Descaling Solutions.

White Vinegar (Optional)

  • Not officially recommended by Nespresso and may void your warranty if used incorrectly.
  • Can be a more affordable alternative, but the effectiveness might be less consistent.
  • Requires precise dilution (typically 50% vinegar, 50% water) to avoid damaging your machine.

Regular Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Vertuo Next

Keeping your coffee machine clean and well-maintained is crucial for optimal performance and delicious coffee. Here’s a comprehensive guide to your cleaning routine:

Daily Cleaning

1Discard any accumulated water after each use.
2Rinse the capsule holder under warm water after each use to remove any coffee grounds.
3Wipe the spout with a damp cloth after each use to remove any coffee residue.

Weekly Cleaning

DescalingDescale your machine every 3 months (or 300 capsules) to remove mineral buildup. Use the Nespresso descaling solution and follow the instructions provided in the user manual or online.
Clean the capsule holderSoak the capsule holder in warm water with mild dish soap for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely before re-inserting.
Clean the spoutRemove the spout cover (if removable), clean both the spout and cover with a soft brush and warm water with mild dish soap. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely.
Clean the water tankWash the water tank with warm water and mild dish soap. Rinse thoroughly and dry completely. Do not put the water tank in the dishwasher.

Monthly Cleaning

Clean the brewing unitAccess the brewing unit by opening the lever and pressing the button for 4 seconds. Remove the brewing unit and rinse it thoroughly under warm water. Dry completely before re-inserting.
Clean the grinderIf you notice a decrease in coffee quality or grinding noise, you can clean the grinder by running a cleaning capsule (available from Nespresso) through the machine.

Here you can follow this guide for exit descaling mode-related issues.

If the descaling light continues flashing after descaling, perform a factory reset

How do I reset my Nespresso Vertuo next after descaling?

Resetting the factory settings on your Nespresso Vertuo Next is a simple process that can help resolve various issues, such as brewing inconsistencies or error messages. Here are the steps:

1Make sure the capsule is ejected and the machine is cool. Lift the lever to open the head.
2Close the head and leave the handle in the unlocked position. Press the button (the one you use to brew coffee) 5 times within 3 seconds. The light will flash quickly while the machine resets.
3Once the light stops flashing and becomes steady white, the factory settings are restored.
4You can now eject the used capsule and use your Vertuo Next as usual.


Descaling your Nespresso Vertuo Next machine is an essential part of keeping it clean and well-maintained. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can ensure that your machine continues to function properly and that your coffee tastes great. Remember to descale your machine every 3 months and use the Nespresso descaling kit for best results.

How to descale Nespresso Vertuo Next

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