You probably already know that you should regularly clean the detachable parts of your coffee maker by washing them in hot, soapy water or by placing them on the top rack of your dishwasher. (Whether you actually do so is a different matter!)
However, regular cleaning can only go so far in maintaining the functionality of your coffee maker. Occasionally, a more thorough cleaning is required to remove buildup that can cause your coffee to taste bitter, stale, or just plain unpleasant. This descaling procedure is designed to thoroughly clean the inner components of a coffee maker, as well as removable parts such as filter baskets and carafes.
“What is scale removal? Jacques Paradis, an in-house coffee expert and trainer at Philips Domestic Appliance, explains: “All water contains minerals, and these minerals, over time, create scale in your machine’s internal tubes, causing flow problems and coffee that is not as hot as it was when you first purchased the machine. By adhering to the manufacturer’s instructions, your machine will always produce delicious coffee.”
In the following section, with the assistance of Paradis and other experts, we outline all the steps you need to know to keep every type of coffee maker in pristine condition, from regular cleaning recommendations to deep cleaning and descaling instructions, as well as the necessary tools.
Tools indispensable for cleaning your coffeemaker
Regardless of the type of machine, cleaning a coffee maker typically does not require expensive or specialized products. These are the tools and products you should use to clean your coffee machine.