How to Clean an Espresso Machine – Main Points to Know


Another great question that has come up time and time again across the community is how do you clean an Espresso Machine or which is the best way to clean an Espresso machine so if you need some tips in getting this task completed, then take a quick read through this short article which will outline some of the main steps. Many other reports have outlined this procedure in greater detail so this post will outline briefly the main steps which need to be completed.

Items needed for the cleaning of your Espresso Machine:

  • Espresso machine clean detergent, there are lots of brands to choose from (examples below)
  • Blind / backflush portafilter basket
  • Kitchen towel / Dishcloth / Paper towels
  • Steam wand cleaner brush (examples below)
  • Cleanser for dairy products
  • Green Scrub
  • Glass bowl for soaking the portafilter (or metal bowl)


Main Points to consider when Cleaning an Espresso Machine…


Clean out the oils from the Coffee every 60 minutes as they can start to go rancid after 40 to 50 minutes. The Portafilter basket and the interior surfaces of the Portafilter need to be cleaned every 60 minutes also. The gasket and the shower screen should also be wiped down and cleaned every few hours and the wand should be soaked in water and detergent at the end of every day for 15 minutes. The clean water backflush needs to be completed daily and the machine should be descaled every 3 months to 6 months on average.

The machine will also need a deep cleaned once per week with suitable detergents. Every day the parts should be allowed to soak overnight if possible in the cleaning solution with your selected detergent – there are several types available to choose from such as the examples provided below

Steam Wand

Clean and wipe away any deposits of milk from the Steam wand after every use if possible or every 2nd or 3rd use. Also use the steam wand brush to clean the inside surfaces of the steam wand and scrub thoroughly. Don’t forget to unwind the steam wand tip first and allow to be deep cleaned once per week and allow to soak for 30 minutes in a suitable espresso cleaner solution.

Shower Screen

Clear away all oil residues and coffee residues as regularly as possible and wipe down the exterior of the screen with a dishcloth or kitchen towel. Detach using a screwdriver and clean all surfaces thoroughly with a kitchen towel and then reassemble.

Portafilter and Basket:

Take out the basket from the Portafilter and scrub out all the debris and clean down both with water. Rinse and use the green scrub to clear away any debris on the Portafilter. Then add them to hot water and your selected detergent and let it soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Once soaked, rinse again with clean water. It is recommended once a week that you should break down your portafilter and allow it to soak in water and a coffee cleanser solution


Take note of the positioning of your gasket and again use a heavy cloth to scrub away all the debris and oils in sight and all the deposits.

Detergent Addition

Add a small quantity of detergent to water and add in the backflush gasket and portafilter and then flush and scrub. Once the backflush is completed, then rinse thoroughly with water. Always strictly follow the instructions provided from your chosen detergent brand.


This is the process of clearing and cleaning all the debris from the internal components. Be careful with your selection of detergent as the contents can be quite toxic so please ensure you select a specialized detergent. Add in a blind disk to the portafilter for backwashing and repeat the process when the water is removed.

Garbage Shot:

After the internal cleaning processes are complete, allow the first espresso garbage shot to run unconsumed so that any resides are fully cleared from all the surfaces.


The level of descaling depends on the amount of times you use the machine, some do it monthly and some do it yearly. We suggest every 3 to 6 months to descale and remove any mineral deposits and limescale build ups. The type of products that can be used are descale solutions, white vinegar or even citric acid. The amount of time between descaling should be no more than 6 months and if possible every 3 months.


In addition, feel free to view popular Espresso Machines in more detail by clicking on any of the images provided below…


Finally, it would be greatly appreciated by the community if you can share your own tips of cleaning your Espresso Machine by leaving a comment in the comment box below – So that people in the community can learn also!


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