Your dishwasher needs to be cleaned itself, to do its job. If you don’t invest in this sort of cleaning service, you cannot expect to get clean dishes out of the machine. A lot of people believe the only part of the dishwasher they should be cleaning is the filter. While cleaning the filter is pretty important, it is undoubtedly not the only thing you should look into.
If you often allow stuck-on food debris on your plates to wash inside the machine, you will find the need to clean way more often. The best way to ensure the machine is clean is to run a full hot wash cycle on empty and then manually deep clean the interior. You may think it is somewhat time-consuming and bothersome, but that is not the case. If you follow a few specific steps, you can deal with the task in minimal time:
- Prep yourself and the area – before you start, put on some clothes and a cleaning apron. That way you will protect your hands and clothing during the cleaning process. It is also a good idea to lay down some newspaper or towels on the floor directly under the door of the appliance in case of any drips.
- Turn off the dishwasher and unplug it – as with any electrical appliance, you need to unplug it before cleaning it.
- Consult manufacturer’s instructions – the best way to educate yourself on how to clean the dishwasher lies with manufacturer’s instructions. Although the general process is pretty much the same, there may be some specific instructions for your model.
- Soak removable items – fill your sink with hot water and add dishwashing liquid. You will use that to clean any removable parts. You can also vinegar to remove greasy stains. Be diligent in regards to racks. While you are at it, check them out for rust stains. Use vinyl repair paint if needed.
- Clean the rotator arms – use skewers, tweezers or toothpicks to clean any food stuck in the rotator arms holes. If there is a blockage, spinners will hardly circulate water in the machine, thus contributing to failed cleaning cycle.
- Wipe the interior – grab a microfibre cloth and wipe down the interior area with hot water. Focus on the spinner arms and other protruding areas that may accumulate detergent residue.
- Scrub around the door and inner hinges – these are all areas that accumulate caked-on food over time, so it is important you clean them up nicely.
- Clean the filters – clean off any debris from the filters. Soak them in water if you must, all to make sure they are fully degreased. Rinse filters with clean water afterwards and let them dry.
- Place all removable items back in – now that you are done with cleaning, it is time to reassemble all parts of the machine. Do a short cleaning cycle to conclude the deep clean.
There you have it: a complete step-by-step guide to cleaning the washing machine. Follow it whenever you need to perform such a cleaning service, and you will see just how easy it is.
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