Here’s some advice on keeping the dishes clean and your hands dry.
1. Make sure to load your dishwasher correctly.
Rinse items quickly before loading and stack them so that all surfaces are exposed and the spray arms are not obstructed. Most importantly, don’t overload your dishwasher. Listen out for any knocking or rattling during the cycle as evidence of improper loading.
2. Select the cleaning programme most appropriate for the soil level of your dishes.
Furthermore, check that the temperature of your mains water supply is appropriate to your dishwasher and the program you have selected.
Modern dishwashers run on lower temperatures, working in conjunction with improved detergents (which work equally as well at low temperatures) in order to be more environmentally friendly.
3. Inspect the filter at the bottom of your dishwasher regularly.
Food collecting here can affect the performance of your dishwasher and should be removed. You may have to remove the filters and rinse them under running water.
Alternatively, throw a cup of vinegar in to the bottom of the dishwasher and run it, empty, on its highest temperature setting. Following step one should minimise the amount of waste collecting in the filter.
4. Ensure that there is always the correct amount of salt and rinse-aid in your dishwasher.
Not enough salt and your crockery may be left with white stains and a milky appearance, especially in hard-water areas. Too much salt however, and your cutlery might come out rusty instead of clean.
Rinse-aid helps your dishes dry quickly and come out sparkling. Too much will leave behind smears on glasses and cutlery, giving them a metallic appearance. Having too little rinse-aid however, and glasses will come out dull and watermarked.
5. Regularly wipe the door seal with a damp cloth to remove deposits.
This will help to keep grime levels to a minimum.
6. Check the spray arms for grease and limescale.
To remove any such residue, simply run the dishwasher empty, on its highest temperature setting, with your regular detergent. For more stubborn deposits, consider removing the spray arms and soaking them in vinegar or diluted bleach, before scraping away any solids obstructing the flow of water.
7. Try to get a long term warranty for your appliance.
Although there is a lot you can do to extend the life and efficiency of your dishwasher, you may at some point have to seek help from a professional. Purchase your dishwasher from a company that provides competitive-rate warranties, and from an established and trusted supplier such as the Co-operative Electrical shop.
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