How to maintain your miele dishwasher

For when it feels like the dishes never stop.

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

Stay-at-home orders and mandated social distancing have had many people turning to their kitchens for entertainment, experimenting with pantry-friendly recipes, and baking endless loaves of bread. But preparing three meals a day means the dishes never stop.

We turned to Good Housekeeping’s Home Appliances & Cleaning Products Director Carolyn Forte for tips and advice on how to keep your dishwasher in top condition while it’s working overtime. While a top-of-the-line dishwasher makes your job easier—there’s a reason GH Seal holder Miele’s Fully-integrated Dishwasher was named “best overall dishwasher” by the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab—Forte’s advice applies to models at every price point.

Load correctly

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

Yes, there is a wrong way to load the dishwasher. “My rule of thumb is if the water can’t reach it, it’s not going to get clean,” explains Forte. Make sure everything has space around it so that nothing overlaps or blocks anything else from getting clean, and always position the dirty side down or to the center.

Glasses should go between the rack tines, not over them, to minimize water spotting and the chance that they may break. Most Miele dishwashers have a top tier cutlery tray, but if your dishwasher has a flatware basket, place forks with the tines facing up, knives with the blade down, and spoons alternating so they don’t nest into each other.

Bonus tip: Always scrape or wipe dishes before loading, even if you are running a cycle right away. Pre-rinsing is necessary only if you aren’t running a load immediately.

Yes it cleans, but you have to clean it

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

“People think it’s clean, but there’s a lot of dirty stuff that goes in the dishwasher,” says Forte. Like any machine, dishwashers perform better when they are well-maintained, and that includes regular cleaning. If you see any food bits at the bottom or in the spray arm, remove them, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the filter. Forte suggests regularly rinsing the filter and using a toothbrush to scrub it.

And once a month, you should be running a cleaner through the dishwasher. “They dissolve, go through the filter and pump to clean the internal workings. They get rid of food debris, odors and hard water build up,” she explains. Miele also makes products specifically designed for their machines that should be used a few times a year.

Select the correct setting

There’s a reason why dishwashers have multiple settings. They all do different jobs, and it’s important to use the correct wash cycle for each load. Forte notes that most dishwashers today, including Miele’s, have sensors that determine how soiled the dishes are, so they know how much water to use. She usually prefers the ‘auto’ or ‘sensor wash’ cycle for the best cleaning. (It’s also worth mentioning that using products made for Miele’s models, like its dishwashing detergent and rinse aid, will also produce the most efficient cycles.)

For heavier loads, like pots and casserole dishes with baked-on food, use a stronger cycle—the “pots and pans” program on Miele models, for example—which typically include two pre-washes and a hotter main wash. A “rinse and hold” cycle is particularly helpful when you won’t be running a load immediately.

Sanitizing programs, which have an extra hot final rinse (the cycle on Miele models, called SaniWash, hits 158 degrees Fahrenheit) to kill bacteria, is great for baby bottles, cutting boards, and other preparation dishware. “That’s good, especially at a time like this when everyone is more attuned to germs,” says Forte.

Think beyond dishes

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

You can wash a lot more than just cookware in the dishwasher. “Kids’ toys, sponges, toothbrushes, [even] your dish-cleaning gear like dry racks and scrubbers, all can be washed in the dishwasher,” says Forte. “You can also do a separate cycle for pet toys and bowls.”

She also suggests throwing your stovetop grates into the washer—as long as they’re dishwasher-safe, of course—and the metal mesh filter from your range hood; just check the manufacturer’s instructions first.

But don’t wash every kitchen item

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

There are some things that you should never put in the dishwasher. Top on that list: wood and cast iron, which means no wooden cutting boards, and no Dutch ovens. She also notes that while most crystal and china is dishwasher-safe, you don’t want to put in anything that has decoration over the glaze, as that could come off. “The bottom line is that if an item isn’t labeled “dishwasher safe” or you’re not sure it will survive a cycle, it’s best to wash it by hand.”

When your dishwasher is malfunctioning, the issue often concerns a drain line. It can clog slowly as the problem reveals with the time. And the owner might use the dishwasher without a clue it’s functioning improperly. But be sure, the unit loses its efficiency in case of the clogged drain line. Fortunately, the issue may be eliminated easily. Most likely, you will be able to do it yourself. Miele dishwashers are produced to be economical and save water and energy. Still, bad maintenance can break even the most reliable and high rated appliance. Your Miele dishwasher drain hose connects the drain pump to your garbage disposal, air gap, or sink drain to deposit dirty water. Given the position of this hose under the sink or behind the dishwasher, it can bend and prevent water from draining. Check the hose for bends or kinks, gently straightening it if needed. Loosen the drain hose clamp with a screwdriver and disconnect the hose from the dishwasher. Use a bowl if the dishwasher drain hose has water in it. Disconnect the other end of the drain hose under the sink by loosening the clamp and pulling it off of the hose connection. This connection may be part of the sink drain or it may be located on the garbage disposal. If the clog cannot be reached through the drain pump connection, replace the hose and attempt to reach it via the disposal’s connection. If the blockage still cannot be reached the drain hose should be replaced. If your Miele dishwasher won’t drain even after these troubleshooting tips then it’s possible the drain pump has malfunctioned, requiring professional replacement. Arrange an annual maintenance visit to prevent the issue with your drain line.В

After becoming the ideal accomplice in the kitchen, the dishwasher stands as the saver of our precious time and commit to the most precious of our wealth: health; poses the ever-new challenge of how to maintain and clean a dishwasher, quickly, economically, safely and in real.

There are different models and dishwasher manufacturers that year after year competes to offer you the best washing technology for your crockery. Among those that stand out, we can know Bosch, Balay, Siemens, LG, Electrolux, Whirlpool, Miele, among others.

Its quiet service value is incalculable, both in water savings and in detergents, time and biosecurity.

The Covid-19 or coronavirus experience has renewed the need to “sterilize everything” as we use, frequently. Unless you can withstand water at temperatures between 45 and 75 degrees to hand scrub the dishes, it is better to entrust your toilet to this jewel of washing engineering and biological safety.

And what about water saving, because at least 7.5 litres could pour into your manual dishwasher for every minute, while one of the last dishwashers would need only 9.5 litres, in full cycles… saving size! Unless you are fast enough to wash all services in 60 seconds.

Love must always be reciprocated. If your dishwasher does so much for you and frees you up time for other more important tasks than scrubbing the crockery, the least you can do while driving, lees, browsing, working in your office or you’re in the gym, it’s planning a little darling that washes the one you always wash… to thoroughly clean your dishwasher.

To do this, in Hermanos Pérez appliances, dishwasher experts give you the following tips on how to clean and maintain a dishwasher.

5 steps of how to maintain and clean a dishwasher

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

Eliminate food scraps

Cutlery, glasses, plates and utensils will only come out clean if your dishwasher is clean. Be sure, then, to remove the food scraps from the dishes and check that there are none in the dishwasher, as it would affect the washing and cause bad odours.

Give fresh air to the dishwasher.

Whenever you can, at the end of the washing cycle, open the doors so that the steam is removed, so they will finish drying faster, and you will prevent the flowering of mould in rubbers and grooves.

Clean the swivel arms and filter

Rotating arms are the dirtiest elements and can obviously clog water outlets by their micro-sprinklers, reducing their efficiency. According to the instructions that each manufacturer includes in their user and maintenance manuals, you should clean them regularly. Remember that you can always search for it on the web if you don’t have it handy.

Besides, slide the last bottom basket until it comes out completely, so you can comfortably remove the filter located on the dishwasher floor.

It is almost always circular and is close to rotating water sprinklers. Release it by turning it anti-clockwise so you can remove it by gently throwing it away. Wash it outside with hot water if possible and once clean, reinstall it. Don’t forget to secure it with a twist.

Older dishwasher models instead of filter use a shredder, and in that case, it does not need to be removed, as it does not accumulate debris. Just clean your mouth.

Look at the water’s hardness in your neighbourhood; if it’s harder, they have more lime and obstructive tartar can be higher.

Maintain salt and shine level

Never forget to check the salt level of your dishwasher, it is necessary to decalcify the water.

Likewise, you must monitor the brightener, which is another essential product to feed the dishwasher. It optimizes the use of hot water to reach all corners and surfaces while avoiding stains and optimizing drying.

Thoroughly clean the dishwasher

At least once a month, we recommend that you thoroughly clean the dishwasher. You can use products specifically formulated for this purpose with degreasing power, odour inhibitor and tartar remover.

Opt for products of reliable brands, as far as possible, recommended by the manufacturer, which will ensure the preservation of the dishwasher and its effective cleaning.

You can also resort to greener methods such as Baking soda and vinegar, in which case you will place a cup (240 ml) with vinegar in the central tray and activate a cycle that includes hot water the mould will be removed. Afterwards, you will spread at least one cup of baking soda, let it rest for several hours and then activate a short cycle of cleaning with hot water.

If your dishwasher is white and yellow with a mixture of hot water and baking soda rub it. You’ll really notice the renovation.

Whatever the products used, with the help of a small brush, smeared with a soapy solution and/or baking soda and vinegar, rub on visibly dirty sites and grooves. Don’t forget door rails and hinges.

If available, turn on the preset disinfection cycle on your dishwasher dashboard.

Nobody knows what he’s got until he loses it

With the above tips on how to clean the dishwasher, we not only clean what has to be clean to wash our services, but we ensure correct hygiene in safeguarding the health of our family.

It would not make sense to wash our crockery in an appliance riddled with biological risks that favour the proliferation of germs that would endanger your health.

Not to mention that the well-deserved affection we have given to the dishwasher will prolong our lives; but also the usefulness of so faithful and always willing collaborator in our kitchen. Well, it’ll be worth it, then, to keep it.

8 easy maintenance tips to keep your dishwasher cleaning well for years to come

How long should a dishwasher last? About 10 years, according to most of the 20-plus manufacturers we asked.

CR members tell us they expect the same life span, on average, but that doesn’t necessarily mean 10 trouble-free years. Survey data from our members’ experiences with more than 70,000 dishwashers reveals that about 30 percent of all newly purchased dishwashers are likely to develop problems or break within the first five years.

So how do you get through a decade without calling the repair guy? A number of factors can affect how long your appliance will last—including how you care for your dishwasher.

That’s according to our own in-house dishwasher expert, Larry Ciufo, as well as engineers from manufacturers and repair technicians we asked for advice on how to get the most from these machines.

One tip all these experts called out: Heed the advice in the instruction manual, especially the part about rinsing out the filter if it’s a manual-clean type. If you’re not sure whether you have a manual filter or a self-cleaning filter, or what we’re even talking about, see “Why Your Dishwasher Filter Makes a Difference.”

Here are eight routine maintenance tips that will help make your dishwasher last longer.

1. Scrape the plate—but don’t rinse it. Most dishwashers don’t require a prerinse, but be sure to scrape off bones, toothpicks, and other solid items before loading your dishes. These hard bits can clog the drain hose, tear the filter, or damage the pump.

2. Give the filter a hand. The remaining stuck-on food has to go somewhere, and unless your dishwasher has an old-school food grinder, you’ll have to clean the filter manually. Adam Hofmann, director of dishwasher engineering at GE Appliances, says to do it every month or so, more often if necessary. “A telltale sign it’s time is when you notice a decrease in wash performance or dishes feel gritty,” he says.

Remove the bottom rack and you should find a plastic cylinder that you can unscrew to lift out (if it’s not there, consult the dishwasher manual). Rinse the filter under running water until it’s free of debris. It’s fine to use soft sponges and warm soapy water for stubborn food bits, but abrasive brushes or steel wool can damage the filter.

And if you find any holes, replace the filter immediately to prevent seeds or bits of bone from slipping through and into the pump. Otherwise they can damage the pump impeller and motor seals, which are costly parts to repair.

3. Degunk the door seal. As needed, use a rag and white vinegar to clean the seal between the dishwasher door and the tub, where residue and food particles collect. Buildup can cause odors, lead to mold growth, and potentially keep the door from sealing properly.

Richard Tarrant, director of dish care for Bosch and Thermador, says to avoid using bleach-based wipes, harsh chemicals, scouring pads, and anything abrasive on a stainless door and tub.

4. Remove hard-water residue. If you live in an area with hard water, the inside of your dishwasher is likely to develop mineral films and discoloration. These deposits look like a cloudy film on your dishes and the interior of your machine, and you may notice the rack rails and wheels moving with resistance, according to Hofmann. He recommends using a citric-acid-based dishwasher cleaner, such as Affresh or Finish, to remove the deposits monthly. Follow package directions for removing hard-water film from your dishwasher.

Bosch’s Tarrant also suggests using a regeneration salt in the water-softening system of the dishwasher if you live in an area with hard water. This improves cleaning, helping to prevent spotting and clouding. The salt also helps prevent mineral buildup in the dishwasher.

Which brand tops our reliability chart? Check out the winners and losers in CR’s latest Appliance Brand Reliability Rankings.

5. Inspect the spray arms. Every few months, check the holes in the wash arms—spray nozzles—to make sure they’re clean and unobstructed. If you see food debris clogging a spray nozzle, gingerly try to remove it with a toothpick or pipe cleaner. “You want to be gentle and make sure not to deform the hole,” says Larry Ciufo, who runs CR’s dishwasher test lab. “It can affect the spray pattern and how well the dishwasher does its job.”

If you need to remove the spray arms to clean them, the bottom one should lift off its base with a gentle tug. Unscrew the center wash arm from the bottom of the top rack using a Phillips head screwdriver.

6. Rustproof the racks. If the plastic coating wears off, repair it as soon as possible with vinyl paint or replacement tine tips. Otherwise the racks could corrode and allow small shards of rusty metal to enter the pump, according to Chris Zeisler, technical service supervisor at Imagine the pump is the heart of the dishwasher and rust flakes are like plaque buildup, threatening the system with an inevitable clot and full-system shutdown.

7. Don’t overload it. Cramming too much into one load will restrict the water spray patterns and prevent proper cleaning. You’ll have to rewash your dishes, running the machine unnecessarily, which whittles away the life span of the machine. “Mechanical parts wear out the more they are used,” says CR’s Ciufo. “You don’t want to run partial loads either, for the same reason.”

8. Dishes only—don’t wash anything else. You might find videos online that suggest you use the dishwasher to clean car parts. “Bad idea,” says Ciufo. “Car parts are greasy, and the dishwasher and detergent aren’t made to handle this kind of grease. It can clog the filter and ruin the pump.”

Zeisler says the biggest problem he sees is people washing candlestick holders. The hot wax embeds into every crevice and essentially destroys all components of the machine.

Your dishwasher cleans your dishes, but now and then it needs its own thorough cleaning. Food scraps, grease, and soap scum can slow down performance and even make it smell bad. Running the dishwasher with Cascade Platinum + Dishwasher Cleaner Action helps keep your dishwasher sparkling clean, but we have tips for every icky dishwasher problem. Check out how to clean out dishwasher yuckiness and keep it running efficiently. These steps work for most dishwashers, but sometimes you will find a discrepancy, so it’s a good idea to review your owner’s manual before getting started.

1. Clean Soils on the Bottom of Dishwasher

Empty your dishwasher and remove the bottom rack. Next, remove any visible food from the bottom of the dishwasher.

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

2. Clean Dishwasher’s Filter

This is a critical step for how to clean your dishwasher: If your dishwasher has a filter, remove it and throw away anything trapped inside. Consult your owner’s manual for help.

3. Wipe Dishwasher Seals

Add a drop of DawnВ® to a damp cloth and wipe down the dishwasher seals and around the bottom to sanitize and remove any food particles.

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

4. Clean the Dishwasher’s Spray Arm

Wipe down the spray arm with a damp cloth. Use a toothpick to unclog any debris or bits of food from the holes in the spinner arm. And if you want to know how to clean out dishwasher spray arms thoroughly, remove them from the dishwasher. It’s a simple procedure that doesn’t require tools—just check your owner’s manual for instructions.

5. Realign Dishwasher Rack

Make sure the wheels are aligned. If they’re off-track, the rack may block the spray arm from rotating and result in a poor cleaning. Also make sure to load dishes properly so they don’t block the spray arm either.

Now that your dishwasher is ready for any surprise inspections, take a look at our other helpful maintenance tips. And if that motivates you to dig in even deeper, a lot more dishwashing knowledge awaits you on this website.

At a minimum, though, clean your dishwasher once a month—and the simplest way to check that chore off your list is with Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Cleaner. Running the dishwasher in an empty wash cycle with just one single-dose pac gives you a clean machine!

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

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How to maintain your miele dishwasher

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

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If your dishwasher isn’t regularly maintained, then it could result in unpleasant smells or even dishes streaked with old food. Keep your dishwasher clean with this easy six-step maintenance that doesn’t take much time, but will help get your dishes clean and your dishwasher working better for longer.

Read on to find out when and how to do it. Or watch our 60-second video guide to keep your dishwasher in the best working order.

Video: 60 second guide to dishwasher maintenance

Watch our video, below, where we take you through quick and easy steps to keeping your dishwasher clean and in tip-top condition.

These simple tasks will help your dishwasher to last longer, and working as well as it can. They will also get rid of any unpleasant odours in your machine.

But if your dishwasher seems near the end of it’s natural life, or you fancy an upgrade, then our dishwasher reviews will help you to find one that will clean stubborn dirt and grease easily, is a breeze to use and won’t cost the earth to run. Or, if you’d like to fix an issue with your machine then head over to our guides on how to fix a dishwasher that won’t start , or a dishwasher that won’t drain .

1. Clean the dishwasher filter

Why? This prevents food waste that has become trapped in the filter ending up back on your dishes. The inner filters can be cleaned under the kitchen-sink tap with a soft brush. The outer metal filter just needs rinsing with hot water. For how to remove the filter, see our short video above.

2. Wipe the door seals clean

Why? Food stuck on the door rim can lead to the seals perishing and your dishwasher leaking, and it’s really easy to prevent this. If you use your dishwasher regularly, a quick weekly wipe of the rim and seals with a damp cloth is all you need to do.

If it’s too late to save the seal on your dishwasher, then find out how to fix a leaking dishwasher door .

3. Top up with dishwasher salt and rinse aid

When? Monthly/when indicated

Why? Salt stops limescale building up, and softens the water – dishwasher detergents only work effectively in soft water. Rinse aid helps dishes to dry without streaking. Most dishwashers have indicators showing when to top up both.

We know that a difficult to access salt well could mean that some skip this step, and 10% of Which? members told us this was the most frustrating thing about their dishwasher in a 2017 survey.

If you’re struggling when topping up the salt, try investing in a funnel to make it easier to access and reduce spills. Some dishwashers come with a salt well in the door, but these do tend to cost more.

4. Remove and clean the spray arms

Why? Blocked spray arms can lead to unsatisfactory dishwashing. Every six months, remove the spray arms, poke the holes clear of any blockages, and rinse under a tap.

5. Run the dishwasher empty and hot

Why? This won’t have a massive impact on the reliability of your dishwasher, but a hot wash will guard against your machine smelling. The hot water will help remove any food residue which can build up and lead to nasty smells. This is particularly important if you tend to use the eco program on your machine. Because these programs use cooler water, a build-up of food residue is more common.

6. Consider using a dishwasher cleaner

Every six months when you run an empty and hot wash, it’s worth considering whether you want to use a dishwasher cleaner, too.

Manufacturers recommend using a proper dishwasher cleaner, and we agree. Avoid using any ‘natural’ alternatives such as lemon juice or white vinegar.

Don’t use bleach or harsh cleaners, though. This can degrade the seals and components and cause damage to the machine.

When we rate dishwashers, we take a brand’s reliability into account, so you can be sure that the best dishwashers will not only be excellent at cleaning even the most hard-to-shift dirt, it will last a long time, too.

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

Does your dishwasher tip forward whenever you open the door or pull out a rack? Although this rarely impacts its performance, it’s still a nuisance that most consumers want to avoid. Each time the unit tilts forward, it gradually moves out of its “normal” position, and over time it can shift to the point where the front of the unit is no longer flush with the surrounding cabinets.

Why Dishwashers Tilt Forward When Opened

The most common reason why dishwashers tilt forward when opened is because of improper installation. Modern-day dishwashers are typically sold with installation kits that consist of brackets and screws. The screws run from the top of the unit up through the bracket and into the cabinet; thus, holding the dishwasher in place and preventing it from moving when opened.

If the builder or contractor failed to install the dishwasher correctly, however, it may tilt forward when opened. Failure to use the included mounting kit or installing it in the wrong location are just a couple scenarios that may trigger this phenomenon.

Dishwashers installed in granite counters are more likely to experience the “tilting” problem than others. This is due to the fact that granite, marble and similar stone materials often crack when drilled. When the screws are being attached to the stone counter, it may cause it to crack or split, preventing a secure hold.

How To Fix a Tilting Dishwasher

The only permanent fix for a tilting dishwasher is to install a mounting kit, securing the top of the unit to the counters. First and foremost, shine a flashlight in the area between the top of your dishwasher and the counter to see if there’s a bracket currently installed. If you’re unit tilts forward when you open it, you probably won’t see a bracket. If there’s a bracket that’s broken, damaged or not properly installed, you’ll need to remove it.

Make a note of your dishwasher’s manufacturer and model number and take it to your local home improvement store to find a compatible mounting kit. After acquiring the bracket, pull out your dishwasher and follow the instructions on how to secure it.

Most mounting kits feature brackets that slide on the mounting holes at the top of the dishwasher. Once the bracket is over the dishwasher’s “lip,” the tabs are bent to secure it in place. A drill and screwdriver is then used to attach screws through the bracket and into the counter.

How to maintain your miele dishwasher

Having a dishwasher at home can be a major convenience. It saves you the time it takes to wash the dishes by hand and also keeps you away from the dirty stuff. However, like with most appliances, they must be maintained regularly. After all, it’s responsible for cleaning some of the cleanest utensils in your house. Here are some tips to keep your dishwasher functional at all times.

Use it Regularly

This may sound counterproductive, but using your dishwasher on a regular basis is a great way to keep it in shape and in good condition. If you use your dishwasher to clean your dishes every day, you’ll never be able to gather up any debris inside. On the other hand, if you for whatever reason use it sparingly, the dishwasher will end up gathering dust. And, when you do decide to use it, you’ll have to clean it, otherwise, you’ll end up with dirtier dishes than before you put them in.

Clean the Exterior

Even though using your dishwasher on a regular basis can prevent it from gathering dust on the inside, that doesn’t mean it’s safe from outside dirt. This is especially true if you live in areas that naturally gather dust frequently. Inspect every inch of the dishwasher’s edges and exterior, and be sure to get rid of any dust or dirt that’s gathered in-between. The dirt found outside the dishwashers won’t directly affect its performance for the most part, but it’s a good habit to follow nonetheless. And besides, who wouldn’t prefer to keep their kitchen a little bit cleaner?

Clean out the Drain

The drain is where all the food and debris gather at the end of every dishwashing session. For some, it can be tempting to leave the debris and dirt after washing and just clean it up every now and again. But this can have consequences by clogging the drain or even causing a smell to build up inside the appliance. You’ll want to clean out the drain as much as possible, preferably after every time you use the dishwasher. Yes, it may be a bit dirty, but it certainly beats getting rid of every spot by hand.

Inspect the Spray Arm

The spray arm is responsible for the magic that cleans your dishes good as new. Because of this, they’re arguably the most important part of the dishwasher, and as such, they should be checked on frequently. If you’ve noticed that your dishes and utensils haven’t been nearly as clean as they once were, then it’s possible that there’s something wrong with the spray arms. Dishwasher rinse aid may not be enough if the sprinklers themselves are defective. Check if there’s anything blocking or affecting it, and if you aren’t sure what the problem is, have an expert check it out. You may need to spend a bit on repairs, but they’re well worth the cost if you want to keep using the dishwasher.

Get Rid of Any Mold or Mildew

Mold and mildew are commonplace in areas that are frequently damp and wet. This makes dishwashers possible places to find both growing in its corners, especially older ones. If your dishwasher’s seen some years, then you should check every inch of its insides to see if there’s any mildew or mold growing. If they are, you can remove them by rinsing the dishwasher with a bleach solution. Bleach gets rid of both mold and mildew quite easily, but they’re also bad on stainless steel, so don’t use them if your dishwasher’s made of the material.


Dishwashers are a convenience that many people take for granted. By keeping the appliance regularly cleaned and inspected, you won’t have to worry about cleaning grimy dishes for the foreseeable future.