Posted on March 29, 2019 Topic(s): Dishwashing and Cleanup
Did you know that the water quality used with appliances in BC as well as water temperature, and the different wash and rinse settings on dishwashers have a lot to do with how clean your dishes will come out? We dish the dirt on how to best maintain your dishwasher so that your dishes come out sparkling.
If you’ve just brought home a new dishwasher, the first thing you should do after installing it is to do a test run to find out how your water quality works with your dishwasher detergent. While soft water requires more detergent, hard water usually requires less.
Okanagan residents who have bought a dishwasher at local appliances store such as Genier’s should note that while Kelowna has a water hardness of 110-120 mg/L, which is considered medium hard, Vernon has an even harder rating of 181 mg/L, meaning the water contains an excessive level of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Vernonites may want to stick a wee extra detergent in their dishwasher dispenser to get an even better clean.
While most BlueStar appliances are made to save energy, one thing to note with dishwashers is that they need to run on hot water (most cycles require the temperature to be at around 135°F). As some machines are connected to both cold and hot water pipes, the dishwasher will need to heat the water to the appropriate temperature in order to function properly. You can help this process along and actually save time and energy, by running your hot water tap for at least a minute or two before you turn your dishwasher on.
Many of today’s best brands in dishwashers normally have an auto cycle, which monitors the wash and rinse cycles depending on the level of dirt on your dishes. However, some dishwashers still require the user to select a cycle at the start of operation. Knowing how to use these cycles is important in getting your dishes as clean as possible. For example, you may want to use a lighter wash and rinse cycle for china and crystal, as not to damage them. For caked-on foods, the power wash cycle may be your best option. For dishes that you have pre-rinsed, you may want to use the quick wash, or for cooking utensils that have been exposed to bacteria, such as raw meat, you may want to use the sanitize cycle that heats the water up to 140-to-150 °F.
Maytag appliances’ 5-cycle dishwasher features a PowerBlast cycle that uses high-pressure spray jets and increased temperatures to remove tough, stuck-on food.
Have you ever ended up with spotty glasses? This may due to the lack of a rinse aid in your dishwasher. This blue liquid helps the heat dry option in your dishwasher to perform better as it allows water to sheet off rather than form water droplets that leave spots. Most dishwashers have a rinse aid dispenser with a gauge that is located next to the detergent dispenser. Rinse aids are often coloured blue so that you can easily detect how much rinse aid is in the dispenser.
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Genier’s appliance store in Vernon BC has all the best appliances that will make cleaning up easy as turning on a switch. Take a tour of our showroom featuring live kitchen demonstrations to see the Okanagan’s best selection of dishwashers and other home appliances.