Your coffee machine needs some attention

Spring is around the corner, and it´s the time of the year where we clean our house from top to bottom, and make space in our cupboards for the new things to come. But not only your home needs a deep clean. Your coffee machine that has been working hard for you all winter also wants attention. The quickest way to get your coffee machine ready for spring is to do a quick descale.

Why should I descale my coffee machine?

All coffee machines and appliances that come into contact with water build up deposits of calcium and lime scale over time (the white build up you see in kettles). This build up can cause blockages and also reduce the effectiveness of the boiler / thermoblock to heat up the water.

What is descaling?

“Descaling” is the act of stripping these deposits from your machines internal components such as the boilers / thermoblock, pump and pipes using a specific cleaning agent. To keep your machine functioning properly, you should remove these build-ups regularly.

The results of descaling regularly

Below we see a typical boiler for a small commercial coffee machine. The one on the left is new and as you can see the one on the right is covered in calcium and lime scale deposits that will build up over time. If your machine is not descaled regularly, it will reduce the efficiency of the boiler and the taste of your coffee.


Boiler before and after


Below we see a typical thermoblock system found in most domestic coffee machines. The picture on the left is full of deposits and build up whereas the one on the right is a fairly clean thermoblock.


Thermoblock before descalingThermoblock after Descaling








Thermoblocks are affected in 2 ways.

1. They become inefficient reducing the temperature of your coffee.
2. Because of the small size of the water channels, they are prone to getting blocked and to stop working if not descaled regularly.

How often should I descale my coffee machine?

In order to get the most out of your coffee machine, make sure to descale it regularly. This can extend the life span of your machine. Depending on usage and water hardness, you should descale your coffee machine every 3 to 6 months. Best is to use a descaler that is made from high quality non-polluting, biodegradable raw materials of plant origin, for example the EcoDecalk lime scale remover. Always check that the descaler is suitable for your type of coffee machine.

Once the deep clean of your coffee machine is done, make sure to enjoy your first cup in the garden or on a balcony, right next to the beautiful spring flowers. Love is in the air!

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