How to clean a BLACK+DECKER coffee maker

As our long-term practice has shown, users rarely read instructions. When they inevitably face the problem of scale, the instructions are lost, and the owner is in panic … You can take the coffee maker to a service center, or you can clean it yourself. This article will help you keep your BLACK+DECKER coffee machine running for years to come!

Decalcification is a must!

Your BLACK+DECKER coffee maker needs to be descaled from time to time—even the most expensive and modern coffee machine, which is filledwith distilled water. Inevitably, as the best solvent in the world, water contains ions of various substances with which it comes into contact. These ions interact and precipitate on the entire water path walls, most of all – directly in the boiler. Good, tasty water has a particular mineral composition; read the small print on the label. It is the limescale composition: chlorides, sulfates, and nitrates of calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and much more. As a rule, the basis of plaque is calcium, so the descaling process is also called decalcification.

What will happen to the coffee maker if it is not descaled?

If the coffee equipment is not descaled, sooner or later, the boiler walls or the connection, or the nuts, will corrode, and the coffee machine will either become unusable or require expensive repairs. Even before the accident, coffee will become terribly tasteless, moreover, harmful. The porous structure of lime deposits is an excellent breeding ground for microorganisms, including pathogens. Clear signs that it is time to descale coffee equipment: musty coffee smell, drop in steam pressure, constant under-extraction, strained pump sound. Top-class automatic coffee machines are equipped with an alarm that it is time to decalcify. Usually, it is either a red light on the panel or a system message on display.

How to descale your BLACK+DECKER coffee machines and why

Decalcification is a straightforward procedure. To do this, purchase one of the recommended descaling products and follow a series of simple techniques. It is incredibly convenient to carry out this cleaning in automatic mode; some expensive coffee machines are equipped with a unique program.

We strongly recommend using the manufacturer’s recommendations, and each manual has a separate item: instructions for cleaning the coffee maker (coffee machine) from a scale. The general principle is always the same: the water path of the coffee machine is filled with an acidic medium that interacts with scale. Solid salts pass into ions and, together with the liquid, are washed out of the equipment, after which the tract is rinsed clean.

We do not recommend using descaling agents from pipes or baths, the aggressive composition of which can damage some elements made of light alloys or plastic. Vinegar also has negative effects. Only a balanced chemical composition of products for coffee machines with special additives is safe for your device and health.

https://www.espressoschool.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/coffee-cleaning.jpgCleaning the coffee machine

The durability of a BLACK+DECKER machine depends on the care that is given to it. They must be periodically cleaned at least minimally, and if it does not provide for automatic cleaning, then such an operation must be done regularly.

Separately, I would like to highlight two universal tools. Durgol is expensive but the most gentle and perfect Swiss product, suitable for any technique. You need to calculate the proportions carefully. Saeco decalciner from a very respected manufacturer of professional chemicals for cleaning food technology is interesting. The liter economy packaging is very profitable, and the cost of one cleaning is minimal.

Instructions for using a decalcifier (descaling) for coffee makers WITHOUT an automatic descaling cycle:

  1. Pour Saeco cleaning agent into the water tank and add approximately 1 liter of warm water (maximum 60 degrees Celsius).
  2. Turn on the coffee maker and run 2-3 cups of water through the hot water pipe.
  3. Unplug the coffee maker and let the detergent settle (about 5 minutes) with the hot water tap open.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 approximately 3-5 times.
  5. Close the hot water tap.
  6. Brew 2-3 cups of coffee with a cleaning agent in the water tank (if there is a pulver for ground coffee in the coffee maker, you can prepare coffee using this option without using ground coffee; you also do not need to add coffee in car-loader coffee makers. 2-3 cups of coffee made from coffee beans).

ATTENTION! The prepared coffee/water is not drinkable!

  1. Repeat this process until the water in the detergent hopper is empty.
  2. Rinse the water tank with fresh water and fill it. Do all of the above using only cold freshwater.
  3. After completing the process, rinse the working unit of the coffee maker with warm running water.

Instructions for using decalcifying (descaling) for coffee makers WITH an automatic descaling cycle:

  1. Pour Saeco cleaning agent into the water tank and add approximately 1 liter of warm water (maximum 60 degrees Celsius).
  2. Turn on the coffee maker and run 2-3 cups of water through the hot water pipe.
  3. Close the hot water tap.
  4. Brew 2-3 cups of coffee with a cleaning agent in the water tank (if there is a ground coffee Pulver in the coffee maker, you can prepare coffee using this option without using ground coffee. In automatic coffee makers without a Pulver, prepare 2-3 cups of coffee using coffee beans ).

ATTENTION! The prepared coffee/water is not drinkable!

  1. Now activate the automatic descaling cycle by following the instructions included with the coffee maker.
  2. After completing the process, rinse the working unit of the coffee maker with warm running water.

Also, most BLACK+DECKER coffee machines should be cleaned of coffee oils using special tablets soluble in water in the same way. Removing coffee oils helps remove the bitter taste of old coffee that develops over time.

 

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