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Top 5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Dishwasher

Maintaining your dishwasher is essential for its longevity and optimal performance. At Queensland Appliances, we understand the importance of keeping your appliance in top shape so here are our top 5 tips for cleaning and maintaining your dishwasher.

1. Regularly Clean the Filter

A clean filter ensures your dishwasher operates efficiently. Over time, food particles and debris can clog the filter which can lead to poor performance and unpleasant odors.

  • Locate and remove the filter: Refer to your dishwasher’s manual for specific instructions.
  • Rinse thoroughly: Use warm, soapy water and a soft brush to remove any build-up.
  • Inspect for damage: Replace the filter if it shows signs of wear and tear.

2. Use the Right Detergent and Rinse Aid

Choosing the correct detergent is crucial for your dishwasher’s performance because using low-quality or incorrect detergent can cause residue build-up and inefficiency and potentially even damage your dishwasher.

  • Opt for high-quality tablets or powders: Ensure your chosen product is suitable for your dishwasher model and adding rinse aid will help produce a better clean.
  • Beware of bubbles: If using highly concentrated products such as dishwashing sheets, use sparingly or opt for tablets/powder instead as highly concentrated products can create excess bubbles that will damage internal components.
  • Follow manufacturer’s guidelines: Use the recommended amount to avoid excess suds and a better wash result.

3. Clean the Spray Arms

Spray arms distribute water evenly during the wash cycle, by keeping them clean ensures your dishes come out spotless.

  • Remove the spray arms: Check your manual for guidance on how to carefully remove the spray arms.
  • Clear blockages: Use a toothpick or small brush to clean out any debris from the holes whilst taking care not to split the arms.
  • Rinse thoroughly Run water through the spray arms to ensure they are clear and re-fit as per your user manual.

4. Run a Monthly Cleaning Cycle 

A monthly cleaning cycle helps remove grease, lime, and other build-up inside your dishwasher.

  • Use a dishwasher cleaner: Run an empty cycle with a commercial dishwasher cleaner.
  • Vinegar and baking soda alternative: Place a cup of white vinegar on the top rack and run a hot cycle. Follow with a sprinkle of baking soda on the bottom and run a short cycle.

5. Check and Clean the Seals and Gaskets

Seals and gaskets can accumulate grime and mold, leading to leaks and inefficiency.

  • Inspect regularly: Look for signs of wear and tear.
  • Wipe down: Use a damp cloth to clean the seals and gaskets, preventing build-up.

By following these simple tips for cleaning and maintaining your dishwasher, you can keep your dishwasher running smoothly and efficiently. Regular maintenance not only extends the lifespan of your appliance but also ensures optimal performance.

If you encounter any issues or need professional assistance, Queensland Appliances is here to help. Our qualified technicians specialize in appliance repairs, ensuring your dishwasher is in expert hands. Contact Queensland Appliances today for all your dishwasher repair and maintenance needs.