When it comes to loading your dishwasher, certain strategies keep plates and glasses from breaking while ensuring that they become as clean as possible. Here are some tips to getting the most out of this appliance after a professional dishwasher installation in Washington DC.

First Things First
If dishes are going to sit in the machine all day, you should probably prerinse them. However, with today’s dishwashers, prerinsing isn’t necessary if you’re starting a cycle right away. Items with baked-on food should be placed face down and toward the spray arm.

When loading your new machine after a professional dishwasher installation in Washington DC, load forks and spoons with the handles facing down. For safety, load knives with their handles facing up. Watch out for utensils with long, thin handles as they might slip through the rack and prevent the spray arm from spinning freely. Stick with hand washing large kitchen knives, as the heat and chemicals in the dishwasher can take a toll on them.

Cups and Glasses
Place cups and glasses on the top rack and set them between the tines (not on top of them). Ensure that they are evenly spaced apart as to avoid risk of cracking or breaking when they vibrate during a cycle.

Plates and Bowls
Plates and bowls should be loaded in the lower rack and face the center in order to receive a proper rinse. Keep one plate per single holder.

Pots, Pans, Baking Sheets, Etc.
Large items should be placed face down on the bottom rack. Keep them along the sides and back of the rack, as loading them near the door will keep the detergent from reaching the other dishes. Pots and pans made of aluminum or stainless steel are usually dishwasher safe, but look for the indication on the bottom of the cookware to be sure. Although some nonstick pans may be labeled as dishwasher safe, we recommend washing them by hand.

Some homeowners prefer to stock up on dish detergent after a new dishwasher installation in Washington DC, but the liquid, powder, or packets need to be fresh to be effective. Only purchase what you can use up within two months, and store it in a cool, dry place.