KitchenAid manufactures many different coffee makers, all of which require cleaning on a regular basis. Cleaning your KitchenAid coffee maker will ensure that you always have the best tasting coffee, and will extend the life of the coffee maker. Every few months, depending on usage, you must descale the coffee maker, which removes calcium deposits from the coffee maker heat pump, left behind as a result of hard water. When descaling is necessary, the "Clean" light will begin to flash on the front of the coffee maker.
Cleaning the Coffee Maker
Unplug the coffee maker and remove the carafe and brew basket, which is the basket in which the filter basket is inserted.
Wash the brew basket and filter basket in your sink using hot, soapy water. Alternatively, place these two items in your dishwasher and wash using your normal wash cycle.
Wipe the coffee maker using a cloth soaked with warm, soapy water. Wipe clean with a damp, clean cloth and then dry using a clean, dry cloth.
Descaling the Coffee Maker
Remove the water filter by opening the water tank on the top of the coffee maker and pulling the filter cartridge out of the water tank.
Fill the carafe with a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar. Alternatively, fill the carafe with descaling solution. Pour the contents of the carafe into the water tank.
Press the "Mode" button six times if you have a glass carafe or five times if you have a thermal carafe to enter "Clean" mode.
Press the "Program/Set" button to bring up the "Clean" indicator and then press the "+" button until "On" is displayed.
Press and hold the "Program/Set" button to save the "Clean" setting. Hold the button until a beep is heard.
Press the "Brew" button to initiate the "Clean" cycle and allow it to run. When complete, the "Clean" indicator will turn off.
Run two cycles of clean water through the coffee maker to rinse the coffee maker.
Wash the brew basket in your sink using hot, soapy water, or place the brew basket in your dishwasher to clean.
Reinstall the water filter.