Question

Do I need to descale my kettle?

Answer

Yes, you have to descale your kettle regularly. Minerals present in tap water will cause scale to build up inside your kettle when water is heated.

Descaling your kettle regularly will help to:
  • Keep the inside of your kettle clean
  • Reduce the boiling time and thereby save energy
  • Extend the lifetime of your kettle
  • Limit the risk of premature breakdown


Descaling frequency
Regular descaling prolongs the life of the kettle. In case of normal use (up to 5 times a day), the following descaling frequency is recommended:

-Once every 3 months if you use soft water (up to18dH).
-Once every month if you use hard water (more than 18dH).

Contact your local or regional water board for information on the hardness of your tap water. If you use the kettle more than 5 times a day, you may have to descale it more often.


Descaling procedureYou can use any type of descaling agent to descale the kettle. If you use a descaling agent, follow the instructions on the bottle or package to descale your kettle. We advise you to use white vinegar.
 
Descaling procedure using white vinegar.


1. Fill the ketlle with water up to three-quarters of the maximum level and bring the water to the boil.
2. After the kettle has switched off, add white vinegar (8% acetic acid) to the maximum level.
3. Leave the solution in the kettle overnight.
4. Empty the kettle and rinse the inside thoroughly.
5. Fill the kettle with fresh water and boil the water.
6. Empty the kettle and rinse it with fresh water again.
7. Repeat the procedure if there is still some scale in the kettle.


Note
: If you dislike the smell of vinegar, use citric acid or a descaling agent.

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