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Maintenance Tips For Your Dishwasher

When you think of kitchen appliances, which one would you say is the most important? The fridge, the stove, the microwave, but most importantly may be the dishwasher. This helps all homeowners make sure their chores take less time by the fundamental ease this appliance offers. Making sure your dishwasher is maintained helps it to continue to have optimal performance. You wouldn’t want to run your wash and create a larger mess than just dirty dishes. These tips from Dishwasher Guide provide great insight on what you can do to help your dishwasher continue to run at optimal performance long after you have purchased it. Are you currently performing any of these tips?

1. Scrape off food particles before washing:

“While the dishwasher does a great job of cleaning dried food, helping it out a little bit is always beneficial. So make sure that you remove the larger food particles that might be stuck on the dishes after a big meal. This will reduce the load on your machine and will help in providing a thoroughly clean job.”

2. Get the hot water started first:

“Cleaning the dishes in hot water always gives the best results. But it takes time for the water from the faucet to get heated up. So if you start your dishwasher at the same time, the first few cycles are always with cold water. The alternative is to turn on the faucet and let the water run for sometime till it starts getting warm. Switch on the dishwasher after this so that the plates get thoroughly cleaned. This can be very useful during the winter months.”

3. Handwash once in a while:

“Washing a few items manually is more sensible than cramming up the dishwasher with too many things. If you overload, none of the dishes will get properly washed.”

4. Purchase soaps with rinse aids:

“When purchasing soaps for your dishwasher, only go for the ones that have rinse aids. This makes cleaning a much easier process and you also end up saving some money. Another alternative to rinse aids is using white vinegar. It works just as well as any rinse aid and is much cheaper.”

5. Thorough cleaning is a necessity:

“Always remember to clean your dishwasher on a regular basis. Clean the gasket every few days to ensure its longevity. The nozzles should also be cleared along with the trap. Take out the filters and clean them thoroughly with warm water.”

6. Use dishwasher detergent in a proper manner:

“Always measure the amount of detergent you use. And always remember that detergents meant for hand washing are very different from the ones used in a dishwasher. Never make the mistake of using one for the other.”

7. Using an accurate cycle time:

“Another important dishwasher maintenance tip concerns the time duration of each cycle. Using shorter cycles can cut back on electricity bills and save water. But the downside is that dishes do not get cleaned thoroughly. So if you want to use shorter cycles, make sure that the really dirty dishes get a hand wash too.”

8. Use Vinegar to run an empty dishwasher:

“This procedure helps in removing dirt pieces that might be stuck in the washer. Just fill in a cup of vinegar into an empty dishwasher and let it run for a few cycles. Apart from cleaning the machine, it also ends up giving it a fresh fragrance.”

Quoted Content Sourced From Dishwasher Guide

Key Measurements for Kitchen Design

One of the most exciting, but also difficult renovation projects any homeowner comes across is the kitchen renovation. From deciding on what type of countertop, to the overall flow of the kitchen, this renovation project can cause any homeowner headaches. It is however, important to also make sure that you’re measuring each part of the kitchen correctly. Any wrong measurement can create a lot more problems and headaches than you had originally planned for. Kristen Whalen has outlined several measurement tips for each part of the kitchen that any home renovator should remember and consider when creating the plan for the project. Do you make sure to take a good look at your measurements to make sure they’re accurate, let us know!

Cabinetry

“New cabinetry will serve as the backbone of the kitchen. Configure the cabinetry to make the most use of your kitchen’s size and floor plan. Here are some basic dimensions that will help you envision your new space. Most standard base cabinets are 34-1/2” high. Add an additional 1-1/2” for a standard countertop and 18” for a standard backsplash. The standard depth will be 24”. Countertops typically will be installed around 25 1/2” in depth to allow for an overhang. An overhang allows for spills to fall onto the floor instead of onto your cabinets.”

“Sizes for upper wall cabinets vary a great deal. Standard depth varies between 12″ to 13” with the exception cabinets above the fridge which are 24’’. In height, cabinets often extend to the ceiling in order to maximize storage space. Standard widths for cabinetry are typically available in 3” increments, with the exception for custom cabinets that can be made to any dimension. This is a brief overview of cabinetry dimensions, but partner with your designer to see what’s available to fit into the dimensions of your room.”

Triangle

“If you’ve been thinking about a remodel, odds are you’ve heard a lot about the kitchen work triangle. In basic terms, the kitchen triangle refers to the connection of the three main work areas in your kitchen: the sink, stove and refrigerator. As a general guideline, the distance between these areas should be no less than 4’ and no larger than 9’. In addition, the sum of all the legs in a work triangle should not be greater than 26’. This will require careful space planning because if the sum of the legs in the work triangle is too small, the kitchen will feel too cramped and people will be bumping into each other.”

“Conversely, if the sum of the legs is too large, cooking can become a very tiring task. As well as the recommended distance between the points of the work triangle, another crucial thing to bear in mind is to make sure that the legs of the triangle aren’t obstructed by anything. Trash cans, islands and other kitchen necessities in the wrong place can end up making cooking a hassle.”

Islands

“When it comes to kitchen islands, we generally think of additional storage, preparation and serving space in the kitchen. It can also serve as additional seating in the room. The size and location of the island can really affect the efficiency of the kitchen if done incorrectly. Islands that obstruct the flow of traffic to and from the sink, refrigerator, stove and primary workstations can create blockages.”

“How can you tell if an island will work in your kitchen? At minimum, you want to leave 36” of floor space on the ends of the island and 42” of space between the working sides of the island. If there are multiple cooks in the kitchen, a minimum 48” work aisle is recommended.”

Appliances

“The availability of appliance options in size, style, configuration and features keeps growing. Where should you begin? Simplify the process by narrowing your focus to what will best fit your kitchen, your cooking habits and your aesthetics. Are you ready to start shopping? Before you begin, here are a few dimensions you need to know.”

“Industry standards on appliance sizes (widths) usually include reserving at least 30″ for a refrigerator, 30″ for a range and/or cooktop, 24″ for dishwashers, and 30″ for wall ovens. Many cooktops and ranges can add a 5th and 6th burner, increasing their size to 42″ and 48″ respectively. Refrigerators come in all sizes all the way up to 48″ and over. Appliances don’t always meet standard sizing, so decide on the appliances you want in your kitchen before you begin planning your cabinetry. This ensures that you know the exact height, width and depth your openings should be.”

Quoted Content Sourced From Kristen Whalen and Improvenet

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