Dishwasher Care and Cleaning Guide

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First, never use harsh chemicals, sharp objects, or abrasive pads to clean the outside of your dishwasher. Using these can cause damage, scratching, or permanent discoloration that will not be covered under a manufacturer warranty.

For cleaning control panels, use only a mild detergent and damp cloth and dry quickly and thoroughly.

To clean black, white, or bisque colored dishwasher doors use a high quality home appliance polish wax. Theses waxes are specially formulated for use on kitchen appliances and will clean and give a beautiful shine to the finish as well as leave a protective coating that will help guard against future smudges.

For cleaning stainless steel doors, purchase a high quality stainless steel cleaner. These are designed to polish and protect stainless steel surfaces and remove fingerprints, food stains, and water marks. You will also find that they can leave a beautiful shine and protective finish. Regular use of these cleaners maintains the appearance and makes future cleaning simple. Always use a soft and clean cloth with any cleaner unless otherwise instructed by the manufacturer’s instructions.

Interior of the Dishwasher:

Clean the interior or your dishwasher, as necessary, with a paste of powdered dishwasher detergent and water or straight liquid dishwasher on a damp sponge. Always wait to the dishwasher has cooled down to room temperature prior interior cleaning.

For white spots or films from hard water, use white vinegar. Note to use vinegar sparingly as vinegar is an acid and using it too often could cause damage to the dishwasher. Put 2 cups or 500 mL of white vinegar in a glass or dishwasher safe measuring cup on the bottom rack. Run the dishwasher through a full wash cycle without using any detergent and make sure to choose the air-dry only (note that this be referred to as something else but it is important to turn off heated dry). The vinegar will mix with the water and help to break down any of these residues that may be on the walls of the dishwasher interior. Upon cooling, follow up with the dishwasher detergent cleaning method described above.

Cleaning of Air Gaps

An air gap assists with the draining of the water at the end of a wash cycle. Not all installations require this so your home may or may not have one. If you do have one, periodically check to make sure this is clean and allows unobstructed air-flow especially if you feel your machine is having difficulty draining properly.

Long Term Storage

If you will not be using your dishwasher for extended periods of time you should follow these procedures:

During Warm Weather Months – during warmer months when there is no risk of freezing temperatures it is advised that you turn off the water and power supply to the dishwasher.

During Cold Weather Months – in times when freezing temperatures are a possibility, it is suggested that you avoid potential water damage by having your dishwasher winterized by authorized service personnel.

Using Steam in Appliances – Part 2: Steam Dryers

You may be asking yourself isn’t steam just water that is heated up? How is this going to help dry my clothes? Steam in clothes dryers is not necessarily designed to actually dry your clothes but it does have its advantages.

Even though steam is a natural byproduct of applying heat to wet clothes, dryers that add steam during the right part of a cycle can give you a number of benefits. Steam penetrates the fabrics of your clothing deeply to soften the fabric and reduce wrinkling. Steam can also sanitize clothing, eliminating allergens and bad smells.

Steam dryers can also offer you benefits for clothes that are already dry. If you have a shirt that is wrinkled or has an odor, some dryers offer a Steam Refresh cycle that can eliminate the wrinkles or odor without any water or detergent. The steam can also be useful if you are not around to take your clothes out of the dryer right away. If the clothing cools it can tend to harden and wrinkle. If you run a quick steam cycle, the clothing will soften back up and be wrinkle free.

Maytag Bravos Steam Dryer

One thing to consider when purchasing a steam dryer is how the dryer applies the steam. Some models have a true steam generator that pumps pure steam into the dryer while other models release a mist of water that heats up and turns to steam. While both methods are effective, a steam generator will do a better job. Another thing to consider is whether the water for the steam comes from a reservoir that you have to fill up or if the dryer has a direct water connection like a washer would. While both ways are effective, a direct connection saves you the hassle of constantly having to fill the water reservoir.

Steam dryers are a new convenience that is becoming more popular every day. They operate on the same principles people have been using forever such as hanging a wrinkled shirt in the bathroom while you take a steamy shower to eliminate wrinkles. With the prices and availability becoming better everyday, the steam dryer is becoming a realistic luxury for many households. For information on the complete line of steam appliances please visit Karl’s Appliance

MasterChef Technology from Miele Appliances

Miele was the first appliance company in the world to introduce touch controlled appliances in 1978. Today they are taking touch control technology to the next level with the introduction of the Masterchef technology. This technology known as Navitronics allows for smooth intuitive navigation through the touch screen menus.

Miele’s Masterchef collection aims to offer the customer the combined knowledge of all the great chefs of the world into one easy to use reference tool inside your oven. Masterchef is a system in slect Miele wall ovens that allows to choose from a huge menu of food items and push a button to cook the item to precise perfection every time. Miele ovens with Masterchef give you the benefit of :
– High-performance convection systems that eliminate flavor transfer so you can cook several dishes on multiple levels simultaneously.
– Cooking temperatures so precise that every cookie, every pastry and every filet is perfectly done.
– Unique programs that know exactly how long to sear, then roast at a lower temperature for succulent results.

Miele Masterchef Controls

The ease of use is what really sets the Miele Masterchef apart from other wall ovens. Just push the ON button and you will be directed step by step through an easy to understand menu that puts gourmet cooked food right at your fingertips. Also, if you have the recipe down pat yourself; you can use the oven normally like you would any other oven.