Dishwasher Maintenance Checklist

Dishwasher Maintenance Checklist

When we talk about dishwasher maintenance we aren’t just talking about things needed to look after your dishwasher, we’re also talking about all the things that help boost your cleaning results.

Although your dishwasher can take all the strain away from washing up, and helps hygienically clean your dishes, it still needs some additional assistance in order to effectively be able to perform its role.

Who cleans the cleaner? How to clean a dishwasher?

Here are a few tips to help your dishwasher run at optimum efficiency.

Dishwasher Cleaner

Why?

Because, on average, 8,000 dirty items go through your dishwasher every year and who cleans the cleaner?

Although you should scrape excess food away, it’s not advised to pre-rinse your dishes before you stack them in your dishwasher[1]. Modern dishwashers can contain a sensor that let them know just how much they need to clean the items that they hold.

In addition to grease building up in parts of your dishwasher that you can’t see, and causing odours, limescale can equally be problematic. Whilst grease can cause odours within your machine, limescale can potentially block pipes and vital parts of your dishwasher reducing its cleaning efficiency. This is why it is recommended to use Finish Dishwasher Cleaner once a month to remove odours, grease and limescale.

Rinse Aid

Why?

Because it has five power actions that will help give you dry, sparkling, spot-free glasses.

This may not be something that is needed to maintain your actual machine but dishwashers are actually specifically designed to work with Rinse Aid, and it is can help ensure that your machine is performing at its best during every wash. Finish Rinse Aid speeds up drying time by creating a protective barrier that prevents water droplets from forming[2], whilst also providing your dishes, cutlery and glasses with film protection and a brilliant shine.

Dishwasher Salt

Why?

Because dishwasher salt reduces the hardness of the water and effectively prevents limescale from building up within those parts of your dishwasher that you can’t see.

It may not be one of the first things on your list in terms of maintenance for your dishwasher, but it’s certainly something that is one of the top things to think about when getting your machine to run well.

If you live in a hard water area you may be more susceptible to limescale. You should always contact your water authority if you’re uncertain about whether or not you live in a hard water area and follow the instructions for your dishwasher if you need to change the water settings.

If you haven’t been using salt in your dishwasher there is a chance that limescale may have already built up and you may need to descale your machine – you should also consult your dishwasher manual in order to do this. Once descaled, make sure your keep your dishwasher topped up with Finish Dishwasher Salt which softens water in your machine in order to help avoid scale deposits. Using dishwasher salt means you don't have the difficult task of removing limscale from the dishwasher as often. 

Finally, don’t forget to have a look inside your empty dishwasher

Why?

For the sake of your dishwasher’s health it’s vital to make sure the various components of your dishwasher is free from obstruction and waste material. There is a chance that food material and packaging is stuck in parts of your machine such as the sprayer arms, cutlery tray and drain. Dishwashers are sometimes programmed to stop mid cycle if blockages occur, protecting the machine. Before each wash cycle give the spray arms a spin with your hand to ensure it is free from instruction, while also ensuring the filter is free from food waste so the dishwasher can drain efficiently.

With these few simple and effective tips, you can be sure that you will be getting the most out of your dishwasher in every use.



[1] http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/a33322/stop-prerinsing-dishes/

[2] http://www.rsc.org/learn-chemistry/resources/chemistry-in-your-cupboard/finish/13