Ninja Coffee Bar: DEEP CLEANING/Enhanced cleaning [SOLVED]

The Ninja coffee bars are great devices but they do require descaling and sometimes the normal descale clean does not alleviate the clean light coming on. Thankfully, there is a longer deeper cleaning option available! (See below)

Oddly, Ninja seems to make it very hard to find their deep “enhanced cleaning” instructions for the Nina Coffee Bar. I checked their FAQ and support pages with minimal success.

Finally, I found the full instructions! 🙂 Here they are for your reference:


Applicable to all CF080Series and CF085Series

Cleaning is recommended before or as soon as the Clean button illuminates. Cleaning your Ninja Coffee Bar™ is recommended to keep your brewer brewing hot, rich, and smooth coffee. The Clean button will illuminate when your Ninja Coffee Bar™ senses there is a calcium build up on your machine, which could be affecting the flavor of your coffee. To clean your machine and keep the same great taste of Ninja® coffee, follow the directions below:

  1. Select the carafe size and set the carafe in place beneath the brew basket.
  2. Use a descaling solution or powder and follow the directions on the package and fill up to, but not exceeding the Max Fill line (43 oz.)
  3. Press the Clean Button to activate the clean cycle; after one minute press again the Clean Button to manually pause the clean cycle.
  4. Let the cleaning solution rest for 30 minutes in your brewer. Note: This will allow cleaning solution to break up any calcium buildup.
  5. After 30 minutes, Press the Clean Button to activate the clean cycle; after one minute press again the Clean Button to manually pause the clean cycle.
  6. Let the cleaning solution rest for another 30 minutes in your brewer. Note: This will allow cleaning solution to break up any calcium buildup
  7. Press the Clean Button once more to resume and complete cleaning cycle. Note: A full clean cycle will take approximately 65 minutes.
  8. Fill the water reservoir with fresh water up to, but not exceeding the carafe line (43 oz. Max Fill line). Run 2 or 3 clean cycles with fresh water to rinse using clean button to execute rinsing. Discard the water in the carafe after each cycle. Please take special care to thoroughly clean the carafe and water reservoir to remove any cleaning solution that could affect the flavor of your coffee


I hope these steps are helpful to you and that they keep your Ninja coffee bar in tip-top shape 🙂 -J.D.


  • Ziaul Kamal

    Thanks for the information

  • Tim Hestand

    The newer machines (cf091 and above) will automatically do that procedure when you press the clean button. It will automatically run the 60 minute cleaning cycle and then the display with change to “flush” and will run an 8 minute flush cycle.

    BUT… That is not the problem… This is a message I left on the Ninja FB page today.

    I got the Ninja Coffee Bar (CF091) in late Feb and was amazed at the machine. The “Clean” light came on in late march and I ran the clean cycle using white vinegar as per instructions and the light went out. About 2 or 3 weeks later it came back on so I did a clean again. Then within a week the light again came on. I cleaned it a 3rd time and it came back on in about 2 or 3 days.

    I called your company and they had me run the clean cycle again and it came back on the next day. I called again and they told me that there was a problem with the machine so they sent me another one to replace mine in May.

    I started using that one and after about a month the light came on again. I cleaned it using white vinegar and again the light went off. About a month later it came on again so I cleaned it again. Three weeks later it came on again so I decided to try the Brew Rite Coffee Pot Cleaner. The light went off and came back on in a few days. I called again on Thursday, Aug 10th and was told that I needed to clean again and this time to run it through 2 additional flushes to make sure the sensor was clean.

    Well I did it that evening and the light went off. I made coffee on Friday morning and then again this morning. The light came back on after brewing the coffee.

    I just called and this time I was told that the sensor was probably bad and the light will stay on, so I need to learn to live with it!!!

    Since I got the Ninja I only use water that has been softened (much less minerals than normal water) and also filtered with a Brita filter. There should be minimal mineral deposits in the machine with the type water I have SO I just don’t understand why the sensor (on a machine that’s only 3 months old) could be bad. And then to be told that I just need to “Live With It” really upsets me.

    This is my first complaint but there will be many more on Amazon, Bed, Bath and Beyond and other sites that sell this machine. People need to know how Ninja stands behind the machines and what to expect if you have a problem.

    Unbelievably horrible customer service and people need to know before they by this machine.

    • Hi Tim,
      Thank you for sharing your Ninja experience. I appreciate the detailed info and I am very sorry to hear about your poor customer service experience with Ninja 🙁

      Best regards,

  • CajuntaUno

    THANK YOU!!!! These instructions worked! Why-oh-why doesn’t Ninja include them WITH the coffee bar?!? One single, stinkin’ page. Even a note as to where to find the instructions online would have been helpful. None of the other instructions I found online worked. Yours did. Finally!

    • Hi CajuntaUno,
      Thank you for your kind comment. I am very glad these steps worked for you!

      Have a great day and enjoy you Ninja coffee bar 🙂

      Best regards,

  • Dana Griffin

    Add me to the list of people for whom the clean light will not go off. I only use filtered bottled water in my machine, so there should not be mineral buildup. It seems that it’s setup to sell lots of the descaling solution.

  • Kelly Binnie

    Hi ninja people I love your coffe bar .unfortunately after the clean light stays on for a month it just stops working at all.i have bought 4 coffe bars in 6 months average bar lasts 6 weeks. I have tried every cleaner and every 3 days the light is back on.Great idea great coffe.Customer service sucks and why not just solve the problem.

    • Hi Kelly,
      Thank you for sharing your experience. I am very sorry to hear that you have been having trouble with Ninja coffee makers 🙁

      If you want to try an alternative brand, I recommend the Moccamaster with a permanent filter. They seem to not have the reliability issues that are plaguing the Ninja Coffee Bars.

      Best regards,

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