6 Steps to Better Dishwasher Performance

Is your dishwasher ready to take on all those dirty holiday meal dishes? If not, here are some tips to get better dishwasher performance during its hardest working season!

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You may find that your dishwasher isn’t working like you expected even if it is fairly new. You may even wonder why they don’t make them like they used to. The truth is that dishwashers and dishwashing detergent have changed completely and we need to adjust to how we use them. It used to be that dishwashers used 35 gallons of water and phosphate-based detergents. In 2010 phosphates were eliminated from detergents, leaving a lot of users disappointed and manufacturers in a panic. At the same time, the Department of Energy has become more stringent on the amount of water and energy a dishwasher can consume before it can be released for production.

You can't complain about better dishwasher performance! Love these tips! | Duerden's Appliance

 

The good news is that dishwashers, if used properly, can actually do a better job than they used to. Here is our advice on how to get the best performance from your machine:

1. Use the right detergent.

Manufacturers have tried every detergent available and rated Finish Quantum soft tablets the best. We have also tried these in the dishwashers in our showroom and agree that they are the top performing product.

2. Make sure your rinse aid reservoir is full.

Rinse aid is very important because it causes the water to sheet over the dishes instead of beading up and causing spots. It also helps them dry better. Any brand of rinse aid is fine.

3. Don’t rinse your dishes before loading them.

Just scrape off the bigger chunks of food and throw them in. The white powder in your Finish tablet is an enzyme that will biologically react with the food on your plates. If there is no food, the powder will become a chalky film on the dishes.

4. Run the hot water in your sink before you start the dishwasher.

Most dishwashers have the ability to heat the water, but they may take the whole cycle to do it. Better dishwashers such as Asko, Bosch, G.E. and Kitchen Aid have a guaranteed water temperature and won’t start counting down the cycle until that temperature is reached.

5. Run the dishwasher whenever you want.

We know your mom taught you not to run it until it was completely full. Back then she was right because her dishwasher used 35 gallons of water and was louder than a freight train! With our new dishwashers that use 2-3 gallons of water, even a half full dishwasher is more energy and water responsible than washing dishes by hand. Also, dishwashers are so quiet now that they can be run while you’re watching TV in the same room.

6. Clean your dishwasher with vinegar.

If you live in an area with hard water you will get a build-up of white film inside the dishwasher. When you see this, pour two cups of white vinegar into an empty dishwasher and run a full cycle. It will look brand new on the inside!Good luck and happy dishwashing!

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Millcreek Modern Kitchen Remodel

A 1980’s home has become a modern masterpiece with this fun modern kitchen remodel! Even though the budget was tight, our client was able to treat herself to the appliances that are most important to her. We love that she has a mix of appliance brands, and yet the style stays consistent. Kitchen designer Jon McGill of Chris and Dick’s Cabinets helped make her dream kitchen a reality!

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

 

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Range & Hood

Since our client loves to cook, she splurged on a top of the line dual fuel Wolf range with gas burners and true European convection baking. Now she can bake 3 racks of cookies at once! The ventilation for the range is a Zephyr Luce wall hood with a sleek modern look that fits seamlessly into the kitchen.

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Refrigerator

The Samsung 23 cubic foot french door refrigerator has a built in look to blend with the cabinets around it. Its clean modern lines work perfectly with the design. Best of all, it performs like a champ and has a budget friendly price tag!

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Dishwasher & Microwave

Dishwashers should be seen and not heard. This ultra quiet Bosch model also has a discreet pocket handle that goes well with any other style of appliances.

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Such a beautiful modern kitchen remodel! | Duerden's Appliance

Microwaves can be placed under the counter to be tucked out of sight. This Sharp drawer model is a practical addition to the lower cabinets between the sink and refrigerator.

LIST OF MODELS:
Wolf 30″ Dual Fuel Range – DF304
Zephyr Luce Wall Hood – ZLUM90AS
Samsung Refrigerator – RF23HCEDBSR
Bosch Dishwasher – SHP65TL5UC
Sharp Drawer Microwave – SMD2470AS

For more photos of this kitchen visit our Houzz page.

Photos by Lindsay Salazar Photography

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Zion Summit Kitchen Remodel

This downtown Salt Lake City condo remodel maximizes every inch of the limited space available in the kitchen. Working with designer Bengt Erlandsson, our clients chose to combine several different brands of appliances including Wolf, Samsung and G.E. Profile in a way we haven’t seen before and the results are fantastic! Check out the Zion Summit kitchen remodel!

This beautiful Zion Summit kitchen remodel is what dreams are made of! | Duerden's Kitchen

This beautiful Zion Summit kitchen remodel is what dreams are made of! | Duerden's Kitchen

Range & Hood

The high-rise  building doesn’t allow natural gas for a gas cooktop, and so the G.E. Profile induction cooktop  is the perfect choice. The heat can be ventilated and recirculated with this Zephyr hood instead of having to vent to the outside. A Wolf 36″ wall oven is big enough to handle full sized catering trays which is important for entertaining.

This beautiful Zion Summit kitchen remodel is what dreams are made of! | Duerden's Kitchen

Refrigerator

The design called for a freestanding refrigerator and this Samsung 4 door beauty fits the style and space of the kitchen. It has a flex zone in the bottom left door that can either be a refrigerator or a freezer.

This beautiful Zion Summit kitchen remodel is what dreams are made of! | Duerden's Kitchen

Steam Oven & Dishwasher

The addition of a Wolf steam oven under the counter is something our clients adore. If you have ever wondered what steam ovens do better than regular ovens, the answer is….everything!

This beautiful Zion Summit kitchen remodel is what dreams are made of! | Duerden's Kitchen

Because of the wide open floor plan of the condo, the kitchen needs a dishwasher that is quiet as well as stylish. The Bosch dishwasher is so quiet that you don’t even know it’s running until you see the indicator light!

This beautiful Zion Summit kitchen remodel is what dreams are made of! | Duerden's Kitchen

Scotsman nugget ice maker completes the kitchen. Once you have tasted this chewable ice in your drinks, you will never want to go back to regular ice cubes again!

LIST OF MODELS:
Zephyr Luce Wall Hood – ZLU-M90AS
G.E. Profile 36″ Induction Cooktop – PHP960SMSS
Wolf Wall Oven – SO36U/F
Samsung 4 Door Refrigerator – RF32FMQDBSR
Wolf Steam Oven – CSO24TE/S/TH
Bosch Dishwasher – SHP65TL5UC
Scotsman Nugget Ice Maker – SCN60PA1SS

Cabinets by Peppertree Kitchen and Bath.

For more photos of this kitchen visit our Houzz page.

Photos by Lindsay Salazar Photography

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