How To Clean a Black And Decker Coffee Maker

Whether you prefer a single cup or a full pot, the Black & Decker coffee maker is designed to meet your demands, providing the perfect dose of coffee whenever desired. Over time, oily residues and hard water can lead to clogs in the coffee machine, a buildup commonly referred to as scale. This buildup consists of calcium and minerals. While not harmful, it can impact the performance of your coffee maker and potentially alter the flavor of your coffee.

Why Cleaning Is So Important Of a Black And Decker Coffee Maker

It is a good idea to regularly clean out the coffee pot as well as the water reservoir. The taste of coffee can be affected by the presence of minerals and calcium in unfiltered water. The general performance of the coffee maker can be negatively affected by hard water deposits and oils that remain on the surface of the water reservoir, the interior tube, and the pot. 

A clean coffee maker from the inside and outside may ensure you receive the best cup of coffee and that the coffee maker lasts beyond the warranty period offered by Black & Decker.

Daily Care And Cleaning For Coffee Makers

If you remove the natural oils that are left behind after brewing ground coffee beans, the monthly maintenance will be easier. It’s important to wash the pot after every use to reduce the build-up of oils and calcium from hard water. Every time you use your coffee maker, be sure to clean it following the steps below. 

Step 1. Unplug and cool off your coffee maker.

Step 2. Lift the cover on your coffee maker and take out the brew basket. Throw away the used filter paper and coffee grinds in it.

Step 3. Wash the carafe and brew basket by hand in warm, soapy water.

Step 4. Use a soft, damp cloth to clean the external surfaces of the coffee maker, carafe plate, and electrical cord. 

Step 5. Then, use a damp cloth to clean the inside of the cover. Leave the cover in the open and wipe the surfaces with a damp cloth.

The Coffee Maker’s Self-Cleaning Function

The convenience of self-cleaning coffee makers makes monthly maintenance a breeze. The Auto Clean feature will automatically remove calcium build-up from hard water deposits on Black and Decker coffee makers.

Black and Decker claim the coffee maker will light up after every 60 brews. It can be useful if you see the little light, but when it flashes constantly, it can get annoying. This should be considered an alert that oily residue or hard water deposits are forming the inside of the coffee maker.

You may need to repeat the cleaning procedure if the Black and Decker coffee maker clean light does not turn off. Following a thorough cleaning of the coffee maker, you should notice the clean light is steady and no longer flashes.

How To Descale Using Auto Clean 

Minerals and hard water can clog your coffee maker over time. When calcification is detected after 60 brew cycles the word ‘CLEAN’ will display across the screen. An extremely calcified coffee maker may need several cleaning cycles to remove the ‘CLEAN’ notification.

Here are the proper steps you need to take to completely descale your Black and Decker coffee maker:

Step 1: Fill the water reservoir with equal parts white vinegar and cold water.

Step 2: In the brew basket, insert a paper filter and close the cover. Place the empty carafe on the carafe plate so that the vinegar mixture could pour into it.

Step 3: To activate the Auto Clean function, press and hold the ‘POWER’ button for 5 seconds. It will take 45-60 minutes to complete the entire cleaning process.

Step 4: Once finished, remove the paper filter and empty the carafe.

Step 5: Pour cold water into the carafe reservoir, put the carafe on the carafe plate, and then turn the coffee maker on for a complete brewing cycle. That will flush out whatever vinegar mixture remains.

Step 6: In heavy cases of calcification, the ‘CLEAN’ warning may remain on after cleaning. Then repeat the process.

Water Temperature Affects The Taste Of Coffee

If your coffee is still lacking in that perfect cup of caffeinated brew. It might be due to the water’s temperature. If the water is too hot, the coffee beans will be scorched and you’ll have a bitter brew. Adding cold water to the reservoir beforehand may help make the coffee taste better if it is bitter. 


Then Black and Decker should be contacted if none of the above methods succeed. It is important to maintain hygiene, so be careful how you clean. There are several tasks involved in cleaning a coffee maker. Proper care and maintenance are required for all things. By this, I mean don’t go beyond what the manual says until you’ve acquired enough experience.