How to De-Scale a Keurig Coffee Maker

So you have bought your lovely Keurig Coffee Maker as it has cost you a lot of money you will be very keen to make sure you get the most out of your coffee maker and for it  to last a long time. One regular piece of maintenance is to de-scale the coffee machine. A regular de-scale will prolong the life of your Keurig. Doing the de-scale is simple no nasty chemicals all you use is white vinegar that is readily available from any store.

With regular use scale will inevitably start to build up on those parts of the coffee machine that came in contact with water causing unsightly staining, furring up of the heating element and a  build up of scale that can harbor bacteria and clog the dispensing mechanism.  

How often you need to de-scale the coffee maker depends on so many factors it is impossible to set a time. If you live in an area that has water with  a lot of calcium carbonate in it limescale will form rapidly on your coffee maker, also if you use the machine numerous times a  then the need to de-scale will become more frequent.

Luckily the Keurig has a de-scale light to alert you when to de-scale, but you should expect to de-scale every 3-6 months.

To successfully de-scale your Keurig coffee maker, you need to take the following steps:

1. Switch off the auto shutdown feature of your coffee maker. Check you don’t have as K-cup left in the coffee maker.
2. Fill up the water reservoir with 48 ounces of undiluted white vinegar.
3. Place a large mug under on drip tray plate.
4. Lift the brewer handle and put the lid back on after 5 seconds.
5. Press brew to dispense the vinegar and throw the hot contents into your sink.
6. Repeat the process until you see the ADD WATER sign switch on.
7. Leave the brewer be for at least 4 hours.
8. Discard residual vinegar and wash the reservoir thoroughly.
9. Fill the reservoir with tap or cold water.
10. Once more, press brew and place the large mug on the drip tray plate.
11. Pour the warm water into the sink and repeat the process until you see the add water sign switch on.
12. Should you taste residual vinegar, repeat the brewing process with water until it disappears.

Keep these tips in mind whenever you see the de-scale sign on the coffee maker.

Resources and Further Reading

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limescale

http://www.keurig.com/customer-service/brewer-registration-and-support/maintenance-and-cleaning

 

 

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