Make time to decalcify! The Saeco Descaler is an important part of the regular ongoing maintenance of any espresso machine. Think of it like this, a heart attack can occur in humans when arteries clog. In an espresso machine, scale build up can clog the machine's "arteries." Care for your Saeco espresso machine and it will reward you with delicious espresso for years to come.
Make time to decalcify! The Saeco Descaler is an important part of the regular ongoing maintenance of any espresso machine. Think of it like this, a heart attack can occur in humans when arteries clog. In an espresso machine, scale build up can clog the machine's "arteries." Care for your Saeco espresso machine and it will reward you with delicious espresso for years to come. Available as a liquid in 8.45 fl oz bottle.
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DaniD asked:The label on the bottle says to dispose to hazardous or special waste collection point. Does that mean that even after it is diluted with water and run through my machine it should be dealt with as hazardous waste? Instructions in the manual and on the bottle don't clarify. Thanks.Nov 2, 2013
Patricia S:I'm afraid I maybe of little help, or comfort, to you. We never noticed the instruction to discard with hazardous waste so unfortunately we placed the container in with our regular recyclables. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. We poured the used water down our kitchen sink; again, thanks for bringing this to our attention. We will do further research on it. As far as getting any residue from the descaler in your coffee, I cannot be 100% sure. However, the process takes a few hours and much of that time is rinsing. You will need to refill the reservoir a number of times before the process is complete. Like I said, it may or may not comfort you. I'm sorry I couldn't be of better assistance.Nov 4, 2013
Carma J:To be honest, I had never seen that warning. I have been disposing of it in the usual manner. In my opinion, most enviromental laws are crazy, and I don't know why this would be hazardous. But, if you need to worry about it in your state, maybe someone else could better help you with the answer.Nov 4, 2013
Armour F M:That's kind of silly. What's in the bottle is a variant of acetic acid. Acetic acid is VINEGAR, for corn's sake! I dilute my decaled solution about 3 to on after it's gone through my machine and swish, it's gone down the drain. I sure HOPE I'm not polluting. ::sigh::Nov 9, 2013
Kris S:The full 8.45 fl. oz. bottle needs to be used for each cleaning.
Per my Saeco Syntia instruction book, "Pour the entire content of the Saeco concentrated descaling solution into the water tank, and then fill the tank with fresh drinking water up to the MAX level. Place the tank back into the machine...."
(I've found that the Syntia machine's instructions are much clearer and detailed than the more general instructions that come with the cleaning solution.)Apr 30, 2013
Susan C:I use a full bottle added to the water tank for each cleaning. I descale my machine about every two or three months, but there are four of us using it so we go through a lot of coffee each month! I found that Seattle Coffee Gear has the best prices around, and usually order four at a time so I don't get stuck without a bottle when I need it.Apr 29, 2013
David V:One bottle per tank full of water. one cleaning per bottle but you can only use half of the mixture and store remaining half for the next cleaning. Depends on the mineral content of the water you are using.May 3, 2013
Teri KStaff:This Saeco Descaler is for descaling, and the packet that came with your Via Venezia is also very likely a descaler. We recommend descaling once every 2-3 months to break down minerals/scale that may be present in your water and built up in the boiler over time. If your machine came with a powder descaler then the only real difference is that our Saeco Descaler is a liquid that you don't need to dilute with water before using. Hope this helps clarify!Aug 30, 2014
Teri KStaff:It is much better to use a descaler like this Saeco Descaler rather than vinegar to descale, as vinegar can harm the internals of your machine over time by breaking down the rubber pieces. Vinegar also doesn't have enough acidity to do the job as well, and it is also more difficult to get rid of the smell of vinegar. As an alternative to the Saeco branded descaler, you could also use the product Dezcal.
This decalcifier saved my machine. My excellent Saeco Aroma made it through 7 yrs only being descaled once until it finally gave up and broke down. On the advice of an authorized repair facility I purchased the Saeco descaler. They recommended purchasing the brand-specific descaler. Combined with a replacement portafilter-also from SCG (a well-intentioned friend took it apart for the worse), I am now making delicious espresso and crema. Going forward I'll descale every 2-3 months. it's critical. Very pleased with my purchases from SCG and will be back here in the future for future purchases.