Coffee is a daily ritual for many of us, and so are Keurig Coffee Makers. If you want to keep your coffee maker running at its best, then regular maintenance is crucial. Whether you have an original model or a newer one that allows you to brew different types of beverages, following the steps below will help ensure that your machine lasts as long as possible while producing delicious drinks every time!
To clean the outside of your coffee maker, use a damp cloth with mild dish soap. It’s also important to remove any buildup from inside and around it as well – this is where descaling comes in! Descaling helps break down scale deposits that build up over time and prevent water from flowing smoothly through the system. We recommend doing this every few months.
Keurig Descaling Solution vs Vinegar – Which Works Better?
When it’s time to descale, use either the Keurig Descaling Solution or vinegar. Both will work in removing scale and mineral buildup from your system–though one should be more effective than the other!
Vinegar Keurig Descaling
- If you’re using a Keurig that has water filters like this model does then we recommend following these steps:
- Fill up an empty pot with half tap water and half white vinegar at 20 ounces each. Pour out this solution into another container (like a measuring cup) before soaking/filtering it again for later use as clean water when next brewing coffee–or throw away and start over which is easier than trying to scrub hard stains off sometime down the road! You’ll repeat these steps two more times for a total of three pots.
- Now, fill up the pot with half white vinegar and half water at 20 ounces each–and repeat steps one & two again so you have four filters soaking in solution (total).
- -Put your filter back into place after all that’s done.
- Fill up your coffee maker until it reaches the MAX line or nears it then brew on high power to clean out any remaining gunk! If there is still some scale build-up leftover–just rinse and refill with fresh water and try brewing once more till you get rid of as much residue as possible! Once everything seems clear of stains–drink another pot without cleaning anything else first just to make sure no oily residue is left behind in your machine.
- The vinegar descaling solution is a popular alternative to cleaning out your machine monthly or quarterly, and it’s just as effective if used correctly!
General Cleaning Tips
- The best way to clean a coffee maker is to run plain water through it, using the brew cycle. This will remove any loose grounds and oils that may have been left behind from a normal brewing process without risking damaging the machine’s internal components or leaving an oily residue on its surface.
- Run one cup of distilled white vinegar mixed with ten cups of water through the brewer until you’re down to about three-quarters full (this should be plenty). Follow this up by running four more cups of plain water in order for everything to rinse out properly. Empty all removable parts and make sure they are dry before putting them back into place.
- If there is no visible buildup inside or outside, just run one cup of vinegar mixed with ten cups for a couple of minutes and then leave the brewer to cool off.
- Cleaning your Keurig coffee maker should be done at least once every two weeks, although it may need more frequent attention depending on how often you use it. Be sure not to mix up water temperature since hot water is likely to do damage if left too long in contact with delicate internal parts or electronics. You can also dispose of any used paper filters as they accumulate during this process instead of leaving them inside the unit where sugar residue could harden over time and cause problems later on.
“My coffee tastes awful.” Discoloration of the water, mineral deposits on surfaces, or a dirty-looking brew may indicate that your system needs to be descaled.
How often do I need to descale my system?
The frequency will depend on how much you are using it and which type of Keurig machine you have. Coffee machines in offices with high traffic should be descaled every two weeks while those at home can last up to four months before needing another round of cleaning. The single-serve brewers also offer some advantages as opposed to larger models since they allow for better control over when and where each cup is made so there’s less opportunity for things like sugars from used paper filters clogging plumbing or minerals building up.
Tips for Regular Coffee Maker Maintenance
Cleaning your Keurig brewer regularly is important to keep it in good working order and avoid the buildup of mineral deposits or stale coffee smell, but there are a few other things you can do besides descaling:
- Clean out any food residue from the water reservoir filter between each use which will help prevent clogging that could lead to mold growth inside the machine.
- Always take care not to leave wet or damp paper filters hanging around as they’ll just start growing bacteria themselves! Keep spare dry ones on hand so you always have one handy when needed.
- If anything looks like it needs replacing (such as a worn-out carafe), replace it immediately to avoid a moldy mess in the future.
- Cleaning your brewer regularly will also help keep it looking good and working well. Unplugging it, wiping down exterior surfaces with water or a dry cloth, and giving it an occasional wipe under where you would place cups is all that’s necessary to prevent sticky spills from ruining its finish.
- The filter on the back of the machine needs replacing every six months so check for wear & tear there too!
How To: Descale a Keurig?
To descale: Add white vinegar to an empty cup in place of grounds then run it through as if you were brewing normally, allowing hot water to drip into a pot below where no one can see (or smell) what’s happening.) The boiling vinegar mixture should clean away mineral build-up on internal surfaces within minutes without damaging sensitive components like heating elements or seals. If this doesn’t work after two rounds of descaling, follow manufacturer instructions for descaling with vinegar and water.
Clean the outside of your machine too! All it takes is a few minutes to wipe down the exterior parts after using them, every couple of weeks or so.
Fill up an empty pot from time to time (even if you don’t need any more coffee) just in case there’s a mineral buildup that you can’t see on its own. Then pour out this cleaner mixture into another container like a measuring cup before soaking/filtering it again to use as normal clean water when next brewing a fresh batch of java–or throw away and start over, which will be easier than trying to scrub hard stains off at some point down the road!
In this way, your Keurig and coffee maker will stay clean, fresh, and function smoothly.