Dishwasher Loading Tips – To Rinse or Not to Rinse…

Bosch Home Appliances brand ambassador, Danny Seo, has some dishwasher loading tips for Bosch dishwashers. To rinse or not to rinse, with Bosch there is no need to pre-rinse in their dishwashers. Check out the video below and we at Karl’s love the third rack in dishwashers…

To see the inside of  Bosch dishwashers up close in personal visit a Karl’s Appliance store located throughout New Jersey and servicing the entire NY City Metro area. We have many models on display including Benchmark, 800 Series, 500 Series, and more and we are always having sales.

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Easy Clean Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel Appliances

Are you concerned about purchasing stainless steel appliances because you think they will be too difficult to keep clean? Frigidaire offers a solution that may work for you – Smudge-Proof stainless steel. There have been other easy to clean finishes that try to replicate the look of stainless steel but the Frigidaire finish is truly stainless.

Frigidaire Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel Logo

Not sure which Frigidaire appliances offer the Smudge-Proof finish? Look for Frigidaire Gallery and Frigidaire Professional Series models that end in the letter F. Products include top freezer, side by side, and french door refrigerators, gas and electric free standing and slide in ranges, microwaves, wall ovens, dishwashers, and more. To see, touch, and feel this amazing finish visit one of Karl’s Appliance stores located throughout New Jersey.

Nope, it’s not the dishwasher…it’s the automatic dishwashing detergent!

You may have noticed that after you run your dishes through the dishwasher they end up with a film or spots or food still stuck to them. It’s been happening to me. I put dirty dishes in and I seem to take dirty dishes out. I end up having to run them through a second time or washing them by hand. My first thought was that there was something wrong with my dishwasher. Nope, it’s not the dishwasher…it’s the automatic dishwashing detergent that I’m putting into it.
As it so happens, 16 states created laws which prohibit the sale of automatic dishwashing detergent that contain more than 0.5% phosphorus. These laws took effect on July 1, 2011 in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Since phosphates are an effective cleaning agent it was a standard ingredient in automatic dishwashing detergent. It helped with the removal of grease and food, softened water, reduced spotting and kept food from redistributing on dishes. With all the benefits it created in the dishwasher, phosphates are causing problems in the environment. Eventually phosphates end up in our local water supply – rivers, lakes, streams and reservoirs.

Here phosphates act as a fertilizer and promote plant and algae growth. Large blooms of algae form when there are excess phosphates in the water. Once their food source is depleted the blooms of algae die. As they die, bacteria feed on the dead algae and consume the water’s oxygen. This kills fish and other marine life, creates dead zones and can cause drinking water to have an odor and poor taste.

Because of these laws and the need to protect our bodies of freshwater, makers of automatic dishwashing detergent have changed their products. And they made the change across the board. It is more cost effective to change the product completely then make some with phosphates and some without. Many of these companies are now fielding questions on why these changes have been made and how to handle concerns. Concerns like why, after washing in the dishwasher, do dishes and glassware are filmy, cloudy and have spots.

The main culprit is hard water. Hard water is water that contains higher levels of calcium and other minerals. When hard water combines with detergent, it can cause dishes and glassware to become filmy, cloudy and/or have spots. The longer it continues; your dishes and glassware will become etched and damaged. Where ever you find hard water this is a common problem. Much of New Jersey has hard water, particularly in Bergen County.
Here are some tips for controlling hard water deposits

1. Fill up both dish detergent cups. More detergent may help reduce hard water effects.
2. Use a rinse aid. Modern dishwashers accommodate automatic dispensing of rinse aid.
3. Check your water temperature. Many automatic dishwashing detergent manufactures recommend a temperature of 130 degrees.
4. Consider a dishwasher with an on-board Water Softening System.

Some dishwashers include a built-in water softener that removes calcium and magnesium from the water. Some brands that make these types of dishwashers include Miele, Kitchenaid, Fisher Paykel, and Blomberg. If a dishwasher has a built-in water softener there will be a special compartment inside the dishwasher where the salt is to be added when needed. This salt compartment is separate from the detergent compartment, and generally located at the bottom of the wash cabinet (this is below the bottom basket). On most dishwashers, an automatic sensing system will notify the user when more dishwasher salt is required. If you have a dishwasher with a built-in water softener or are considering purchasing one please use the recommended water softening salt tablets because using table salt in the dishwasher’s water softening unit can damage it.

Also, as you know, not all automatic dishwashing detergents are made equal. Do your research, try different automatic dishwashing detergent products and use the one you feel works best for you. Also, try using a rinse aid or non toxic home remedies like white vinegar (for non-metal items only).

Home Remedy Tip #1: To remove film from dishes place white vinegar (2 cups) on the bottom rack of the dishwasher in a container. Load the dishwasher with the glassware and dishes that have film on them. Without any automatic dishwashing detergent run the dishwasher. Then with the detergent of your choice run the glassware and dishes through another cycle to remove any remaining white vinegar.

Home Remedy Tip #2: This one comes from my mother-in-law. She does this every time she runs the dishwasher. In one detergent compartment use your detergent of choice as normal. Fill up your second detergent compartment with Tang (keep in powder form) and leave the detergent compartment cover open. Yes, I said it…Tang. You know the orange powder the astronauts drink. If you do not have two compartments or only one cover for both compartments pour an 1/8 of a cup of Tang into the dishwasher. Load the dishwasher as normal and run them through a cycle.

Here are some other tips to help you get better results from your dishwasher:
• Scrape and rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
• Follow the loading instructions for your dishwasher.
• Run the dishwasher when no other water is being used in your home. This will help prevent low water pressure.
• Let the hot water run for several minutes in your kitchen sink. This will bring the temperature of the water up before the dishwasher even starts.
Personally, I am going to try a couple of automatic dishwashing detergent products and see which one works best for me and my family. I applaud the changes that the companies have made to automatic dishwashing detergent.
Remember we can have a healthy environment and clean dishes!

If you need a new dishwasher, please visit Karl’s Appliance at any one of our six appliance stores, Paramus 469 Rt. 17 South (in the Verizon complex), Fairfield, Madison, Sparta, Orange and Montclair or visit us at http://www.karlsappliance.com.

New Miele Futura Series Dishwashers Available Now

Miele Futura Dishwasher

Karl’s Appliance is proud to carry the brand new line of Futura Dishwashers from Miele. Miele has redesigned their entire dishwasher line to be the smartest and most intuitive dishwasher on the market. The new Miele Dishwashers offer a wide range of basket configurations as well as the new FlexiCare basket which secures all of your dishes from stemware to expensive china. The new Futura models also utilize AutoSensor technology which automatically chooses the best cleaning intensity to guarantee the optimal results every time. The new LED interior lighting allows you to clearly see exactly how clean your dishes get.

The new line of Futura dishwashers are on display now at a Karl’s Appliance NJ appliance store near you.

Dishwashers Buying Guide – How to Choose the Right Dishwasher for Your Kitchen

Stainless Steel Dishwasher

One thing is for certain when it comes to buying new appliance – there is more choices, perhaps too many, then ever before. Competition has been growing fiercely in the home appliance industry as both European and Asian manufacturers are bringing their products to the United States. This is especially true when it comes to the built in kitchen dishwasher. This article will try and make selecting a new built in dishwasher simple and easy.

1. Determine your size

Dishwashers come in two standard widths – 18″ wide and 24″ wide. The large majority of dishwashers sold in the U.S. are 24″ wide models. 18 inch wide machines are generally used where space is at a premium or a large dishwasher is not necessary. For instance, city dwellings, home wet bars, or one bedroom apartments are places you will often see an 18 inch side dishwasher. Dacor has recently introduced a 30 inch wide dishwasher available in both stainless steel as well as custom panel ready. However, since they are the only manufacturer for the sake of this article I will not label this as a standard size.

2. Determine your preferred door style

Full Console: The days of all dishwashers looking the same are over. Traditionally, dishwashers all had what I will call a Full Console and these are still available. Full console dishwashers are still popular especially in lower priced models. This type has the control panel at the top of the dishwasher door – usually about 4 inches high. Since a picture is worth a thousand words here is a link to a popular full console dishwashera

Fully integrated: perhaps the most popular style in recent years due to their sleek, clean look – these dishwashers have the controls on the top leaving only a solid door and handle. Cycle options are selected and then the user closes the door which activates the dishwasher to start the cycle selected. Since many new dishwashers are so quiet you literally can not tell they are on, some fully integrated add a small display on the front or a light that is aimed on the floor as visual indicators of cleaning status.

Semi or Partially Integrated: It was mentioned at the beginning of this article that there are more and more choices and the semi or partially integrated dishwasher is one of the newest types to come to market. These are a sort of cross between full console and fully integrated dishwashers having the controls on the top while at the same time having a display or panel in the front.

Custom wood panel ready: These are dishwashers that are designed to accept a custom wood panel to match the kitchen cabinetry and are available in both full console and fully integrated styles with the later dominating the market. Matching appliance handles or cabinet hardware may be used as a means to open the unit. This is a popular choice during kitchen remodels as it allows the designer to “hide” or blend in the dishwasher focusing guests attention to the homes décor.

Dishwasher Drawers or the DishDrawer: The DishDrawer was original designed and manufactured by Fisher Paykel Dishwasher, an appliance manufacturer from New Zealand who holds dominant market share in its home country as well as Australia. These are available in double drawer and single drawer configurations. More recently, dishwasher drawers have been introduced from DCS, Jenn-Air, Kitchen Aid, and Maytag. These are an excellent choice for those who would benefit from running smaller loads more often as the drawers can operate independently.

Other Types:

Portable dishwashers

These are on wheels and are not required to be built in having finished sides. Often used when the cost of modifying cabinetry is not in the budget or when space does not allow a permanent dishwasher. Portable dishwashers may be left freestanding or could be kept in a closet, rolled out, and hooked up to a kitchen faucet and sink as needed.

Conclusion:

While we did not cover the specific features of dishwashers, using this guide to narrow down you selection will save you a great deal of time when beginning the selection process. Remember that nearly any dishwasher you choose will be quieter, more efficient, and offer improved cleaning when compared to your current machine.

Steam Dishwasher Features and Benefits

Steam Dishwasher

Most people by now have heard of using steam in their washers and dryers, but did you know they also make dishwashers that utilize steam? Steam dishwashers are designed to provide a deep cleaning without pre rinsing, sanitize dishes, and also gently clean fine china. This article will explain how and why steam dishwashers work.

Steam dishwashers work by using highly pressurized, high temperature steam to break the bond of hardened food on your dishes, glasses, and silverware. Steam is able to clean so effectively mainly because it can get so hot. When water reaches 212 f it turns to steam. The steam can continue to heat up beyond that point which is why it is so effective at sanitizing things. When water turns to steam, it also expands and covers a lot more space. This allows a tiny bit of water to produce enough steam to clean your dishes even better than a traditional dishwasher. Steam also eliminates the need to use harsh or harmful chemicals on your dishes. Because only water is needed to produce steam, you save money on energy and detergent cost.

Traditional dishwashers often require you to rinse or scrub your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher to make sure they get clean. This time and effort really takes the convenience out of owning a dishwasher. With steam, no pre rinse is necessary. The steam can break down even the toughest baked on food. When steam is generated, it is absorbed by the food which essentially rehydrates it and allows to be easily rinsed off. The high temperature of the steam also kills the bacteria and sanitizes your dishes. Steam is also perfect for your fine china and crystal. As opposed to a traditional dishwasher, no heavy, direct sprays are needed and the steam gently cleans delicate items.

There are a few different steam variations to look for when purchasing a new steam dishwasher. Be sure to look at whether the model you are interested in uses a dedicated steam generation unit or whether it heats water in the tub to produce steam. The dedicated steam can release steam at the right point during various cycles, while steam heated from water generally is used for pre wash or finishing cycles. Another thing to look for is which cycles have the ability to use steam. Some can incorporate steam into various wash cycles, while some dishwashers only use a steam pre wash.

While steam technology in dishwashers is still in its infancy, the benefits are clear. You can save time, money, and energy by using steam in dishwashers.

Dishwasher Care and Cleaning Guide

Dishwasher in NJ

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.