How to Load a Cove Dishwasher

Stop! You’ve been using your dishwasher all wrong. Loading the racks seems quite simple, but most people don’t stop to think before filling the unit up before washing the dishes. Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider when you load your Cove-brand Sub-Zero appliance.

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  1. Don’t Rinse First: Scrape any excess food off the plate into the garbage. If you rinse the dishes first, then they’ll be too clean for the dishwasher to do anything except waste gallons of water. Don’t worry if the plates and silverware are dirty and grimy when you put them in. The water and detergent will get them clean.
  2. Don’t Use Pods or Liquid Detergent: Powder detergent works much better when you’re washing dishes. Plus, it is less expensive and less damaging to the environment. It also avoids using plastic bottles; cardboard packaging is less harmful.
  3. Don’t Forget the Rinse Aid: Adding a rinse aid promotes sheeting, a phenomenon in which water spreads out instead of beading up into droplets. The sheets of water help clean the dishes easier and allow for faster drying. You’ll also need less than a tablespoon of liquid, which releases later in the wash cycle.
  4. Don’t Run the Cove Dishwasher Half Full: Soap can be very damaging to plates, bowls, utensils, and pots and pans. If the rack is only partly full, the soapy material will target the dishes instead of the residue. By waiting, you can help your dishes last longer; fill up every space you can.
  5. Do Load the Right Items on the Right Shelf: To properly utilize your dishwasher’s racks, load cutlery on top, while cups, wine glasses, bowls, and large cooking utensils should be placed on the middle rack. The stemware rack is in the upper compartment. Plates, mixing bowls, saucers, pots, and pans should be placed on the lower rack.
  6. Do Mix it Up!: You can also be flexible as to how you load your dishwasher. Put the dirtiest dishes towards the center of the rack, and place angled mugs and wine glasses onto the stemware rack when it is down. Just don’t place cutlery like spoons one inside the other or leave knife blades sticking up. Or, avoid putting knives in there altogether.
  7. Do Try Soft Water: Using soft water or a water softener can leave dishes cleaner and glassware free of clouding and streaking. It also helps eliminate stains and deposits in the unit, such as on the spray jets.
  8. Trust Your Dishwasher’s Automatic Cycle: The most effective way to wash your delicate tableware is to let the dishwasher figure out how to clean your plates. Today’s high-tech smart equipment can adjust water and energy usage to reduce household energy consumption in your kitchen.

More Fun Features of a Cove Dishwasher

There are many things to consider with a dishwasher, from placing fragile dishware to setting the right temperature. But when you have a Cove dishwasher, there are many advantages. Some of these that appliance owners have come to appreciate are:

  • It is silent: Early dishwashers were quite loud. In fact, some were too loud to run at night and would keep people awake even if they were upstairs.
  • LED lighting: The interior is well-lit, so loading the unit day or night is simple. You can even feel confident about cleaning the dishes after a dinner party.
  • “Dirty” and “Clean” Light Indicator: Since it’s so quiet, the light will tell you if the load is in progress or the clean cycle is complete. A red light shines on the floor if the load is running and green means it has been cleaned.

Wilshire Refrigeration supplies, installs and repairs Cove dishwashers and other appliances. For service or advice on cleaning your dishwasher, contact us today at 800-427-3653, continue browsing, or request service online.