When it comes to washing your dishes via a dishwasher, you’re going to have to look into a variety of different steps to get moving forward. After installation, you’re going to see that there are several cycles. It’s important that as you maintain your washer, make sure that you take a moment to understand the cycles, and how to keep the functions of your paneling and controls clear and clean. That means not using any harsh chemicals on the outside as that could cause electrical issues.
To illustrate the cycles, you should denote several elements:
- Rinse and hold takes around 12 minutes
- Soap cup opens between 4 – 5 minutes
On average, most dishwashers have 4 cycles including normal, rinse and hold, auto (1 hr 45 minutes), pots and pans (which is the longest cycle), and a normal cycle that can take 2 hours and 20 minutes.
The Loading Option
When running your dishwasher, make sure that you don’t allow the water to get too hot. Use lukewarm, which is usually the best. Furthermore, don’t be stunned if you see water at the bottom of your appliance, as that’s normal. Before you load up your racks, make sure that you remove all food from plates, and do a quick rinse. From that point forward, make sure that you and your family do not slam the door shut, that can damage things.
Tips For The Loading (Racks)
Lower Rack – The plates that you are going to put in the lower rack should be centralized. You want the water to spray on them, so that you are able to get the most coverage. Cutting boards should get placed more to the outside of the rack, and pots should be placed upside down. You want to maximize this space so that the water doesn’t miss any surface you want cleaned.
Upper Rack – This is where you want to put a lot of smaller items, such as plastic cups, glassware, and other elements. You want to allow for space between elements, and you don’t want to block the water ways at all. You’ll want to lay things flat in some instances, such as spatulas.
It’s been stated that stainless steel sanitizes better, therefore a dishwasher that is stainless on the interior is going to do much better to clean your dishes. However, you can still get away with a porcelain tub if you’d like. While the difference may seem like a matter of preference, it really does matter in terms of price, and full sanitation. If porcelain wasn’t viable, manufacturers wouldn’t use them. It’s a balancing act. If you are going to spend a little more, go with stainless as it definitely cleans better, but use the tips mentioned above to ensure longevity of your appliance.
Read the use and care guide before using the dishwasher. Make sure the dishwasher is connected to The power supply. Always use the factory recommended detergent and drying agent and make sure your dishwasher is properly grounded.