For many Italians, the coffee has always been considered u n real ritual to which you can not give up. Every family now has a coffee machine at home . On the market there are many types : traditional, automatic, pods or espresso blend. To keep it efficient over time you must have small and constant precautions . In fact, after the purchase, it needs numerous and periodic cleaning interventions . If you do not clean it with the right precautions, you will run the risk of damaging your machine due to the limestone that forms in the internal mechanisms.So let’s find out how to clean up properly . 

It is a sign that the moment has arrived to purge your coffee machine at the first signs of malfunctioning. Often it is the formation of limestone that prevents water or coffee itself to pass correctly through the machine. Do you wake up one morning and your coffee has an unpleasant taste ? Do not panic. Before considering buying a new one , try to solve this problem, almost certainly due to excess of limestone.

How to clean the espresso machine

Get some vinegar and a large container – even plastic – that will help you to collect the water that will come out of the machine during the wash . Place it where you usually put the coffee cups . Empty the water pan and put in it a part of pure white vinegar and two of water. An economic and effective solution . Before making this step check the package insert of your machine if there are any components that could be damaged. For most of the coffee machines on the market it is possible to make a nice wash based on white vinegar. We advise you in any case to always read the indications of the parent company, to avoid causing irreparable damage to the object. Alternatively, you can use a specific descaler to clean the tank and the internal circuits periodically. 

Wait for the machine to warm up – after operating the switch. When you have the signal that the correct temperature has been reached , press the coffee exit button. Wait until the whole solution of water and vinegar comes out : the tray must empty completely. Never press the off button until this operation is completed. You will immediately notice that the color of the vinegar inserted in the tray is very differentfrom the one introduced initially. We are on track: the purging operation is working. 

At this point, you will have to finish with a last wash only with hot water. This step will remove all vinegar residue and will completely eliminate its strong odor. If even after performing this operation the pump still made some nasty noise, repeat it even two or three times in a row. To eliminate limestone, you can also choose a decalcifying product of confidence instead of vinegar . Only by making a few attempts will you be sure of your work. If your machine allows it , at this point, you can also insert a thin wire into the tubeand try to detach any calcareous deposits . Once this is done, put it back into place and make another wash with vinegar and then water again . 

If you have previously done the washing with water and vinegar to descal the appliance you can also increase the doses. Once you have tested the effect on your machine, you can create a 50% solution of white vinegar and 50% of hot water . Never use the sodium bicarbonate dissolved in water to clean the tank or you risk to clog it and then ruin it. If you’ve just done try to solve the problem by washing with white vinegaras we have described before. It works 3 times out of 4. If the machine is still clogged, s unplug it and pull out the water tank . Check if it is possible to disconnect the small tube that brings the water to the boiler so as to check it better. 

At a later time, you can also pay more attention to cleaning the dispenser and the milk container – if the machine is equipped with it. Clean these components after each use because the fat component of milk is comparable to limestone. Also leaves an invisible patina that in the long run will no longer go away. 

If you want to go even deeper and make a proper maintenance of your espresso machine,here’s what you can do more . Unplug the appliance and make sure it is at room temperature . Remove the limescale filter and the tank. Leverage all the components that can be dismantled and placed on a work surface over an old tablecloth, so as not to damage the table. Take a spray with a degreaser inside – like the Easy Clean Bref – and spray it on all the parts disassembled leaving it to act for a while. After a few minutes rinse all the components under running water and clean them with a soft bristle brush. Take a clean cloth and make sure to dry everything well.