Just because your free-standing dishwasher cleans the dishes doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need cleaning itself. Such home appliances must be cleaned and maintained all the time to keep functioning efficiently and deliver the desired results. Below are some tips on how to maintain and clean your dishwasher:
Wash It regularly
You need to run your dishwasher regularly to make sure it is always clean of any food or dirt buildups. Using your dishwasher regularly will prevent debris from building up in the bottom and causing it to malfunction.
Check the Racks!
Make sure your racks are looking good and their paint is still good and not chipped. In case your racks are already chipping then you need to consider getting rack paint, there are multiple types of paint that you can either order from your free-standing dishwasher manufacturer or an online retailer.
Make Sure the Spinning Arms Are Clean
The main purpose of spinning arms is to spray water to clean the dishes inside your free-standing dishwasher, so you need to make sure that they are functioning properly and that the water holes are not clogged, or else your dishes are not going to come out clean.
If possible, refer to the manufacturer manual to remove the sprayers and get a better look at them. Check the sprayers and unclog the holes by using a toothpick or a pipe cleaner to make sure the water flows freely through the holes.
Clean the Filter
Dishwashers’ filters are at the bottom of the dishwasher and are one of the parts that need to be regularly washed and cleaned since it is the most commonplace for food residue to accumulate, which can cause a clog and affect the cleaning process.
To clean your filter, you need to read the manual to learn how to remove it correctly without damaging your dishwasher. After removing the filter, wash the big parts and clean the smaller parts with a toothbrush or a piece of cloth.
Remove Soap Scum
You can make sure your free-standing dishwasher is free of any soap scum or rust by adding a cup of vinegar to the dishwasher’s top rack and running it for a full cycle. Since vinegar is an acid, it will help you clean your dishwasher’s inner walls from any rust, hot water deposit, and soap residue. It can also help with any bad odors inside the dishwasher. You can do this process once every month to maintain your dishwasher and keep it smelling fresh.
You can also remove the racks and utensil holder and sink them in water and vinegar solutions then dry them off with a clean rag.
Clean Dishwasher’s Exterior
Clean your free-standing dishwasher handles, door edges, the seal around, and exterior body once every week. Cleaning the door seal and inside edges is really important to get rid of any trapped food especially that these parts don’t get cleaned when doing the washing cycle, we mentioned above.
Sometimes your dishwasher may have a weird and bad-smelling odor, and even though you cleaned it thoroughly from the inside, you cannot get rid of the smell. In such cases, the smell may be caused by food scraps stuck in the door seal. So, make sure you clean it using a cleaning solution and a wet rag.
Also, don’t forget to clean under the door, the flatware basket, the gasket, and the detergent dispenser.