How to Clean Nespresso Vertuo

The VertuoLine from Nespresso is amongst the least expensive of the system, but it isn’t operated by a pod, but instead by capsules. A message will display on your screen showing the number of capsules to be used; you then push one of the three buttons with each capsule in order to prepare the coffee–you can push water only.

It is a little challenge to clean Nespresso Vertuo.

Descaling your Nespresso machine

Nespresso has a cleaning program that you can use to descale your machine. It should be used at least once a year and is easy to do. To descale your Nespresso machine, follow these steps:

  • Run the cleaning program on your machine. This will take about 15 minutes. While it runs, make sure you don’t touch or unplug it until the program is finished or you might damage the machine.
  • Once the cleaning program has finished, turn off the machine and unplug it from the power source. Wait until all water has been expelled from the machine before opening it (about 30 minutes).
  • Open up your Nespresso Vertuo by removing the top cover with a coin or screwdriver.
  • Remove all parts from inside the machine by hand, being careful not to lose any screws or springs.
  • Put them aside in a safe place so they don’t get lost while you clean out your machine.
  • Fill up a bowl with warm water and add some white vinegar (about 5 tablespoons per liter).
  • Place all parts in this solution for 20 minutes, making sure that all holes are submerged in liquid – this will remove any traces

Cleaning the capsule container

Cleaning is easy with Nespresso Vertuo. You can clean the capsule container using the cleaning brush provided or a damp cloth.

Cleaning Capsule Compartment

To clean the capsule compartment, remove it from the machine by pressing on the release button at the back of your machine and pulling it out. You can then use the cleaning brush or a damp cloth to clean it.

Cleaning Coffee grounds holder

To clean the coffee grounds holder, remove it from your machine by pressing on the release button at the back of your machine and pulling it out. You can then use a damp cloth with warm water to clean it thoroughly.

Cleaning the drip tray and water compartment

The Nespresso VertuoLine coffee machines are easy to clean. The drip tray and water compartment are removable and can be washed in the dishwasher or with hot soapy water. The coffee machine must be turned off before cleaning these parts as well as the capsule holder.

Cleaning the drip tray and water compartment

Remove the drip tray by gently pulling it out of the machine. Remove the water tank by pressing on both sides of it and pulling it out of its housing. Clean both parts thoroughly with warm soapy water and rinse well before re-inserting them back into their housings.

Descale your water reservoir

If you’re using the Vertuo System, it’s important to descale your water reservoir regularly. Descaling involves the use of a special cleaning solution that will remove mineral deposits from inside the machine.

These deposits can build up over time, which affects the taste of your coffee and can eventually lead to damage. You should descale your Vertuo machine every 6 months or so (or as soon as you notice any changes in taste).

To descale Vertuo machine

Fill your water tank with warm water and add 1 teaspoon of citric acid cleaning tablets or 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid powder (available at most supermarkets). Let it stand for 5 minutes before running a normal coffee cycle.

Resolve any error messages

The Nespresso VertuoLine machine uses the VertuoLine capsules, which feature a one-button system. The coffee maker uses a pressure pump to extract the coffee into your cup, so you can use any coffee you want and not worry about burnt taste or grounds in your coffee. If you experience an error message on your Nespresso VertuoLine, there are a few steps that you can take to resolve the problem.

Press the “Auto” button two times, then press it once more to turn off the machine. Unplug it from its power source for at least 30 minutes and plug it back in. Once plugged back in, press the “Auto” button once more to turn off the machine again. Plug it back in and wait until it is fully charged before trying again.

Take care of your machine

Nespresso Vertuo machines are easy to use, but they need a little bit of care to keep them in good shape. It is important to clean your Nespresso machine regularly so that it can perform like new. The first thing you should do is clean the water tank, which will help prevent mold and bacteria from growing in your coffee maker.

To clean the water tank, open the lid on top and remove the filter by pulling it out with your fingers; be careful not to touch any part of the filter except for its edges. Next, fill up a bowl with warm water and add two drops of dish soap into it; then place the filter inside the bowl and let it soak for about 10 minutes. Rinse off any soap residue with water from the sink; then put everything back together again before using your machine again.

Cleaning Machine’s Chamber

If you have been using espresso pods in your machine and you notice that there are stains or build-up inside its chamber, then you will need to clean them out by running a couple cycles of hot water through it without any coffee pods in place first (just make sure there isn’t any water left behind). After this step has been completed, run another cycle just like


You can save yourself a lot of money by learning to clean your own Nespresso machine. The Nespresso VertuoLine is arguably one of the best drip coffee machines in the world. That’s because it’s clean, consistent and makes espresso-based drinks with ease.