How do I descale my Tassimo?

Categorized as Tassimo

Last update September 3rd, 2022

Descaling your Tassimo machine is essential for its proper functioning. The Tassimo has a function that indicates when it is time: the red tassimo descaling indicator lights up.

Here is the procedure to to descale your Tassimo.

Tassimo descaling procedure

Clean and descale the tassimo regularly to prevent limescale build-up and to avoid breakdowns.

This is done with Tassimo descaling tablets which remove residues and limescale from the coffee maker so that it works perfectly again.

Remember to have some Tassimo descaling tablets in advance so that you don’t run out when the time comes.

Here is the tutorial to descale a Tassimo:

The red tassimo descaling indicator has come on, press this button for 4 to 5 seconds to start:

  1. Fill your water tank and melt 2 Tassimo descaling tablets in it
  2. Remove the yellow maintenance disc and place it in the percolation system: its barcode must be facing downwards (where the pods are placed)
  3. Replace the water tank.
  4. Place a 0.5 litre container where the coffee cup is placed to catch the water.
  5. Start the Tassimo descaling mode by pressing the button for five seconds: when it is finished (it lasts 30 minutes) the orange light on the Tassimo descaling button comes on.
  6. Discard the used decalcifying liquid from the Tassimo coffee maker and return the container to the coffee cup location.
  7. Clean the water tank well and of course rinse it to remove any traces left by the Tassimo descaling pods: fill it with water and put it back on the machine.
  8. Quickly press the on/off button to initiate the cleaning cycle: when finished, empty the container and put it back in the same place: repeat this procedure three or four times to remove any descaler.
  9. When you have finished descaling the Tassimo machine, remove the maintenance disc and replace it in the adhoc compartment.
  10. Fill the water tank and your Tassimo is ready to use.

Tassimo descaling without tablet

Vinegar is a natural descaler that removes limescale. As it is quite corrosive, it is recommended to use Tassimo descaling capsules.

However, if you don’t have a choice and want to try tassimo vinegar descaling, here’s how:

  1. Remove the water tank and fill it with a half and half water/vinegar mixture
  2. Turn on the Tassimo and place the cup under the pourer
  3. Pour about a cup.
  4. Stop and let it work for a few minutes
  5. Start the machine again and let it run until the tank is empty
  6. Rinse well so that the vinegar does not leave a bad taste: fill the water tank and restart the Tassimo 2 or 3 times.

Tassimo descaling without vinegar tablets is risky for the machine’s durability and is best avoided.

Reduce the frequency of Tassimo descaling

The frequency of descaling depends on the amount of limescale in the machine and the hardness of your water. To space out the descaling of your tassimo coffee maker, use filtered water (filter carafe, water softener, etc.).