One of the hardest workers in our home is the humble dishwasher. This appliance, while making our lives extremely convenient, can cause us a world of issues if neglected or improperly used. If your dishwasher isn’t washing as it used to; covering dishes in gross residue or leaking water, then this blog post should help you!
Washing the washer
If things are looking grimy after every wash, then your dishwasher is due for its own cleaning. Using a specific dishwasher-cleaning solution, you’ll need to run a rinse without any cups, plates or cutlery. Before you run this rinse, get at the nooks and crannies of your machine with a strong cloth. The rinse will do the rest of the work for you. Try to do this at least twice a year – your dishes will thank you for it!
Cleaning the exterior
Sometimes, the exterior of your dishwasher can cause it to smell weird, as the edges around the door of your dishwasher don't get washed when running it. A regular clean with a cleaner and a cloth can help prevent any foul smells in your kitchen. make sure to clean the detergent dispenser, gasket, under the door and inside.
Don’t forget the filter
In the base of your dishwasher lies the filter: it collects scraps of food and residue from unrinsed plates, cups and cutlery. You won’t need to clean this filter often if you load your dishwasher with well-rinsed items. We generally suggest doing this once a week; run your dishwasher’s filter under water and scrub it like a dinner plate with a brush and dishwashing liquid. Please remember to thoroughly rinse everything that goes into your dishwasher, or else the scraps will end up on future dishes, or worse...blocking your filter so that your dishwasher can’t properly drain.
A job for your Wellington plumber?
Two features of your dishwasher’s plumbing and pipework are usually left to the professionals: these are the hoses that fill and drain your dishwasher. These hoses are easy to forget...until they cause a flooding emergency in your kitchen.
Our Wellington plumbing team can replace your hoses before they break. We can also unblock your drains if the water is no longer draining in your dishwasher. If any of these issues are plaguing your appliances, give the team at Maxey a call today!