A well-maintained dishwasher should serve you about 10 years. The more attention you give to your dishwasher, the better it performs and the longer it lasts. Although your dishwasher can get grubby, clogged or even mouldy, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure it is is performing at its best potential.
Generally, to maintain your dishwasher at its best, you should use a dishwasher cleaner once a month. Dishwasher cleaner come in different forms. There are liquids and there are tablets. A liquid cleaner usually comes in a small, plastic bottle. You simply remove the cap and film, and then you place the bottle in your dishwasher upside down. Then you run a chosen cycle. Make sure your dishwasher is empty when you clean it. Cleaning tablets are used in the same way as dishwasher tablets. You simply inset a cleaning tablet into the tablet compartment, and you run a chosen cycle in an empty machine. A dishwasher cleaner will remove limescale, grease and any grime you cannot see. Additionally, it will get rid of nasty odours.
In order to maintain your dishwasher, you should use salt granules. Salt is used to soften hard water, which in turn reduces the build-up of limescale. Limescale growth contributes to shortening the lifespan of your dishwasher significantly. It attacks all those parts you cannot see and causes malfunctioning. Moreover, dishwasher salt helps keep your dishes sparkly and free from watermarks. If you are wondering how often you should top up salt, inspect your glassware. Can you see any blemishes? If yes, it’s time to add some salt granules. Generally, you cannot put too much salt in your dishwasher. If you are unsure how much to add, fill it up to the maximum capacity.
Although, rinse aid does not maintain your dishwasher it helps to ensure your machine is performing well. Rinse aid speeds up drying process and it creates a protective film on your dishes, which prevents watermarks from forming.
Maintaining your dishwasher is not time-consuming. Adding granulated salt on a regular basis is the most important action you can take to make sure your machine does not suffer from limescale build-up. Limescale is one of the most common reasons for dishwasher malfunctioning.