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If you’re one of the many people who cannot bring themselves to function without a cup of coffee every morning, then your coffee machine has probably seen better days. The more you use it, the dirtier it gets and at some point, you should give it a thorough clean. If you don’t, you might notice the impurities in the taste of your morning drink – a tiny moment that could ruin your whole day.
In this post, you’ll learn how to clean and descale your coffee machine, how often to do it, and how to keep your appliance clean and neat.
It depends on the type of coffee machine you own. As a general rule of thumb, you should clean the brew basket, lid and carafe after every use. If you live in an area with hard water, then your coffee machine’s inner mechanisms will be plagued by limescale buildup. For that, you’ll need to run a cycle with a descaling agent ideally once a month.
Some coffee machines will notify you when they need to be cleaned, either with a visible, or an audible signal, or both. Some of them might even stop running until you activate their cleaning cycle. If you own one of those, make sure to study their instructions manual, so you make sure your coffee machine is working when you most need your daily fix.
Here we’re going to explain the proper maintenance of a coffee machine after each use! Here’s your daily cleaning checklist to follow:
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Time needed: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
When you use an appliance too often, especially if this appliance uses water, limescale and mould could build up in its inner workings. This is particularly true if you live in an area with hard water.
Here is how to descale your coffee machine:
Check your instruction manual for any information about descaling your coffee machine. In most cases, it would be fine to use a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. If your instruction manual says not to use vinegar, purchase the kind of commercial cleaner the manufacturer recommends.
Fill your water reservoir with your vinegar and water solution (or with commercial descaler).
Run your coffee maker through a brew cycle with the water and vinegar solution. Let it drip into the carafe. Stop the cycle in the middle. This ensures that the solution has filled the entire inner system.
Now that you stopped the brew cycle, let the solution do its magic upon the mould and limescale buildup. Let it sit there for 30 minutes to about an hour.
After an hour has passed, pour the liquid from the carafe away and resume the brew cycle. You may notice brown or white particles floating in the solution – this is dirt the mixture managed to remove from the inside.
Once the cycle has finished, run another one, this time with fresh water. Repeat as many times you need, until the smell of vinegar is gone. This might take about four or five times.
When you stop seeing dirty particles in the carafe, and your coffee machine doesn’t smell of vinegar anymore, you’ve done a good job. It’s time to give one thorough wash of the carafe, brew basket and permanent filter. Don’t forget to wipe the exterior as well. Once everything is dry, reassemble your coffee machine.
Prevention is the best medicine. And while using preventative measures will not replace the need to clean your coffee machine, they will keep it clean for longer. In order to keep your coffee machine in generally good health, here’re what you can do:
Taking care of your coffee machine is not hard, but it’s very easy to forget to do it for a long time. Luckily, there are cleaning services available to never let you forget. The regular cleaners from Fantastic Services can clean your coffee machine and the rest of your property, so you don’t have to worry about these things ever again. Get in touch with us and ease your cleaning schedule starting from today.
How often do you usually clean your coffee machine? How do you fight limescale buildup? Tell us in the comment section below!
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