Do your dishes come out spotty from the dishwasher? Is there a residue on things? Is it not cleaning as well as it used to?
Most people think it’s a problem with the detergent but actually it’s a problem with your dishwasher maintenance.
So, if you want to have spotless dishes every time you run the dishwasher, read on for our guide on dishwasher maintenance. Follow these steps to help your machine last its full lifetime.
Using your dishwasher regularly prevents a buildup of food debris from settling into the bottom and gunking up the mechanisms. If you use your dishwasher all the time the stuff doesn’t have as much of a chance to get stuck.
This means you’ll only have to deep clean the dishwasher a couple of times a year to keep it running smoothly.
Before you start disassembling your dishwasher you want it to run through an entire wash and dry cycle. This will loosen up anything that’s set in.
Once the full cycle is complete, empty the dishwasher and put the dishes away. Then remove the bottom rack. This will give you access to the interior of the machine.
The spinning arms of your dishwasher do all the heavy lifting of the machine. Dishwashers function by spraying pressured water out of the holes in these spinning arms.
Over time the holes where the water comes out can become clogged. You may also have hard water that can leave calcium buildup on these over time as well. If the arms aren’t spinning effectively and most of the holes are clogged your dishes aren’t going to get clean.
Spin both sets of spin arms and make sure they are both moving freely. Then, using a toothpick or a small needle nose plier, clean out all the holes in each of the spinning arms. Then give them a good wipedown.
Is your dishwasher smelly? While you may think that’s coming from inside the machine, the actual offender may be found within the edges and sealing rubber around the door. Sometimes these can stay damp and get moldy.
These edges never get washed during the regular cycle so, on top of the potential mold, they are also magnets for food spills and last night’s fried rice.
All you need to clean these are a standard all-over the house cleaner and a damp cloth. Wipe all the edges and seals thoroughly and make sure to get in the crevices. Then do a thorough wipe down of the whole exterior of the machine and the knobs and buttons.
Make sure to take out your flatware basket and give it a good scrubbing. Clean out the detergent dispenser, the gasket, and the inside and underneath of the door.
Make sure these are all detailed before you move on to the drain itself.
Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. At the bottom of your dishwasher is a drain. This is notorious for getting clogged up with food particles and other stuff.
When your drain is clogged up you’ll start getting less than perfect results from the cycle and be left with spotty, not so clean, dishes.
This seems daunting but it’s actually simple and you can get it done and cleaned out in just a few steps.
Making sure to do a thorough cleanout of the dishwasher drain a couple of times a year for regular dishwasher maintenance. Running a short cycle with white vinegar in the machine once you’re done gets rid of any remaining buildup.
Still having a hard time after you’ve cleaned your machine? Gulf Coast Appliance Repair is here to help.
Contact us today and we will get you all fixed up.