The whole point of having a dishwashing machine is to relieve yourself of the manual duty of washing dishes. So when you find yourself hand-wiping cloudy, white spots from your dishware after they come out of the dishwasher, it can be an extremely frustrating and eye-opening realization. No one has time to be an assistant to their dishwashing machine, which is why it is time to learn how to stop these problems from continuing in your kitchen.
Continue reading to learn what causes dishwasher spotting, and how to easily get rid of the problem for good!
The leading cause of dishwasher spotting is lime-scale buildup. Lime-scale is produced overtime as a result of heated water and calcium. You see, your dishwasher uses hot water, which evaporates quickly during the drying cycle. And when hot water evaporates, it often times leaves behind hard calcium deposits. Overtime, these old, hard calcium deposits begin to appear in the form of a crust or film, known as lime-scale.
Lime-scale can form in all areas of a dishwasher, including the pump, interior walls, racks, and all the connected plumbing. Not only does lime-scale formation affect the appearance of your dishware, it also greatly reduces the performance of your dishwasher and related plumbing pipes. A lack of performance will eventually cause your dishwashing machine to lose its quality, which will require you to replace it sooner than you should have to.
Fortunately, lime-scale is something that can be easily prevented, managed, and resolved. Your first step is regular cleaning. You should routinely clean your dishwasher. There are a few ways of doing this; you can place a bowl of distilled white vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher, then run it on the hottest setting. Do not add anything else to the dishwasher. You can also use store-bought products for sanitizing dishwashers.
Also, be sure to use a dishwasher detergent that contains a clear rinse cycle additive, but also retains low or no Phosphates. Popular brands include Cascade Pure Rinse formula ™, which comes highly recommended. If you have hard water, avoid using detergents that are scented with citrus elements or oils. If you are not sure how hard your water is, read our blog, “How to Test the Level of Hardness in Your Water” for information on water testing.
Another important part of abating lime-scale buildup is to have minor defects repaired as soon as they are discovered. A properly-functioning dishwasher and connected plumbing will lead to less lime-scale development, so be sure to handle any repair needs early on, before they can become larger, costlier problems.
If you already have a lime-scale problem on your hands, there are several options for getting rid of the buildup in your dishwasher system. You can use a store-bought product, such as Jet Dry™ or Dishwasher Magic™ to remove hard calcium deposits from within your dishwasher. You can also incorporate a glass cleaning product in your dishwashing cycles to keep your glass clear of deposits, such as Glass Magic™.
Hard Water Treatment
If you have hard water, your dishwasher spotting troubles will be there for good, no matter how many products you use with your cycles. To properly treat such problems, you have to treat the hard water first. Hard water removal is vital for all elements of the home, not just the dishwasher! Treating hard water will improve and protect all other water-related appliances and plumbing systems in your home, such as the water heater, refrigerator, freezer, washing machine, showers, fixtures, and more. Contact a local and trusted Indianapolis soft water company for information on water softening, water conditioning, and water purification.
Indianapolis Water Softening Services
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