Dishwashers have been in existence since 1886! They were invented by an extremely clever woman, Josephine Cochran, an American socialite who entertained a lot and wanted something that could wash dishes a lot faster than her home helpers – and without breaking them.
Dishwashers have become an absolute essential in most homes around the world, and at this time in our history, when a large portion of the world is in lockdown, they have no doubt saved many domestic rows about whose turn it is to do the dishes!
Although dishwashers are mostly self-cleaning, some care is still required if you are to ensure that your machine is in tip-top condition. We asked our appliance service expert, Lallie Maharaj who heads up Hirsch Service, about tips and advice on how to keep our washers safe and sound!
- Ensure that all dishes are cleared of excess food before loading.
- Load the baskets correctly. This is very important for the best results.
- Inspect & clean the spray arms regularly. Use a toothpick to clear the holes which tend to get blocked over time.
- Clean the outside with a soft cloth and a mild detergent. For steel surfaces, use an appropriate steel cleaner
- To get rid of mildew, use equal parts of vinegar and water to wipe around the edges of the door and especially on rubber seals.
- Because modern dishwashers use so little water, we suggest using detergents recommended by the manufacturer. Note that tablets are not effective when using quick washes.
- For best results and to extend the life of your dishwasher, it is important to descale. If you are in a hard water area, the use of dishwasher salt is recommended – but still, descale at least once a year
- Check and clean the filter regularly
- Use the dishwasher regularly or else water in the sump can give off an unpleasant odor. To refresh, select a hot wash, 65 degrees or higher. About half-hour into the cycle, carefully open the door and add 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda and two cups of vinegar – complete the cycle.
- Leave the door ajar when not in use
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