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Superyacht Stewardess

HOW TO CLEAN A DISHWASHER

Dishwasher maintenance is far from glamorous, but it is something that every yacht stewardess must do on a regular basis, especially if you don’t want the engineer breathing down your neck.

Considering a superyacht could have anywhere from 2 to 8 dishwashers onboard, the dishwasher is one of the most time-saving appliances on board. Furthermore, it is essential that the superyacht stewardess maintain these machines well.

Please note: 

This is general information only. Please refer to your user manual for specific instructions or ask our friendly engineer to help.

What you will need:

Regular cleaning will eliminate any nasty odours. To clean any part of the dishwasher, the necessary tools you need are:

  • Dish soap
  • a soft sponge or brush
  • Dry clean dish towel
  • We all know that yachties have a good supply of cleaning vinegar onboard, so the next thing that you will need is a good supply of baking soda, or cleaning soda will also do a good job.

How to clean a Dishwasher – The eco-friendly way

Cleaning with vinegar. You first need to empty the dishwasher and clean out the trap at the bottom of your dishwasher.

Next, put two small cups of white vinegar in a bowl or a dishwasher container on the upper rack of the machine, pour hot water in the vinegar and pour it through your dishwasher until the grease and odours are removed.

To use the baking soda; sprinkle one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher, pour hot water onto the baking soda and run it through the washer to have a brightened and stain-free interior.

(Remove the bottom dish rack. Check for Gunk in the dishwasher drain; remove junk or food caught there. This will improve drainage, increase cleaning efficiency and prevent damage to the dishwasher.)

How to clean a dishwasher

HOW TO CLEAN THE DISHWASHER FILTER

Your dishwasher could either be self-cleaning and manual. Dishwashers with self-cleaning use a grinder to pulverise this waste and wash it through the drain, but this makes the dishwashers to be much louder than those with standard filters.

Manual filters require consistent cleaning  depending on usage.

HOW TO CLEAN A DISHWASHER FILTER

  1. Locate the filter

You can find this by removing the bottom rack of the dishwasher, after that, remove the cylindrical tube, below that if you find a flat filter, remove it also.

The filter you need to locate is one that has a hole in the middle through which the inserted cylindrical pipe, it also twists counter-clockwise; you need to clean this area well by removing it first.

To do that, make sure it is unlocked, gently pull up, and lift out the lower filter if there is one.

  1. Wash the filter(s)

Wash in soapy water and rinse under running water. Make sure you don’t wash with hot water, scrub the filter if the food debris won’t remove, make sure all the debris are removed and us a dry towel to wipe the area clean if necessary.

  1. Mix a half cup of salt, half cup of baking soda, and 1 cup of bleach. Pour it in the bottom of the dishwasher and let it stay for at least 12 hours, then, set it to run a wash without any dishes.
  2. Insert the filter and the cylindrical filter back, make sure the cylinder filter is locked in its place.

HOW TO CLEAN A DISHWASHER FILTER DRAIN HOLE

  1. Clean the sump

If there is some liquid in the slump or particles in the sump it is important to remove this so that it does not clog. You can make use a small container to remove this obstacle. However, you don’t have to do this if the amount of water in the sump is small.

  1. Assess the drain hose

The drain hose is located under the sink, between the pump and drain line. If you find any particles in the drain hose, take them out by; removing the hose from its position, loosen the clamps that hold the drain hose, and removing the blockages and blowing through one end of the hose

  1. Check the garbage disposal

Remove the drain plug in your garbage disposal, it’s in the form of small plastic, and run the disposal to make sure the drain isn’t clogged. While doing this make sure you don’t put your hands down the garbage disposal

PRO AND CONS

Apart from liquid soaps, other things you can use to clean dishwashers are baking soda and white soda. Both have a downside.

Apart from the fact that baking soda absorbs any leftover musty smells and remove bacteria, it can’t be used to perform a quick wash as it may leave a white residue behind.

the benefits of cleaning vinegar are endless. Vinegar also helps a lot with smells; it removes clogs inside the dishwasher.

Not just that, it can also dissolve grease, dissolve mineral deposits from hard water and eliminate odours.

Previously on The Stewardess Bible Blog: How to Maintain Your Washing Machine