Appliances - Dishwasher

Carefully read your manufacturer's guide to understand all recommended safety tips and operating procedures for your dishwasher.

Care and Maintenance Tips Cleaning - Exterior

  • Do not wipe the dishwasher with a soiled dish cloth or wet towel. These may leave a residue that can damage the finish.
  • Do not use scouring pads, powdered cleaners, ammonia-based cleaners, bleach or cleaners containing bleach because these products can scratch and damage the finish.
  • Use a clean, soft, lightly dampened cloth, then dry thoroughly. Painted finishes (black, white, etc) can be polished with a good appliance polish.
  • For stainless steel finishes, regularly clean and polish the stainless steel doors with a commercially available stainless steel cleaner to preserve and protect the finish.
  • Do not use appliance wax or polish on stainless steel or clean steel.

Energy Saving Tips

  • If you will be running the dishwasher immediately after loading it, scrape rather than rinse the dishes to save water consumption.
  • Run the dishwasher when it has a full load and allow the dishes to air-dry. A full dishwasher uses less energy and water than washing dishes by hand.
  • Avoid regular use of the rinse and hold cycle.


  • Dishwashers usually come with a drying agent compartment which helps dry the dishes.  Make sure the compartment is full of the recommended agent and it will help prevent water spots and dry time.
  • Make sure that food or other particles do not get clogged around the screen in the bottom of the dishwasher.  Check this daily between washes.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.