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Dishwasher Care and Maintenance For Businesses Forced To Close Temporarily

How do I care for a dishwasher during the COVID-19 lockdown?

With pubs, restaurants, cafes and other hospitality businesses forced to close as part of the Coronavirus lockdown, we understand that business owners are facing a mountain of challenges right now. At JLA, we want to play any part we can, however small, in helping you manage your business even while in ‘hibernation’ – and ensuring you’re in a position to hit the ground running when the Government gives you the green light to open again.

Below is a list of top commercial dishwasher care and maintenance tips to help you protect one of your most important pieces of critical equipment during lockdown. By taking these simple steps, you can minimise the risk of faults occurring (and ensure the best cleaning results) when your customers return.

Important: Please make sure you follow all COVID 19 social distancing and other guidelines if you make the choice to leave your home to carry out basic maintenance in your business.

Dishwasher Care Tips  

  1. Empty the dishwasher 

    Make sure any plates, crockery and cutlery/utensils are taken out and store them away.

  2. Drain your dishwasher fully

    This will clean your dishwasher ready for ‘mothballing’. The machine should turn itself off – but you should turn any dials to ‘off’ if your machine has manual controls.

    To drain down a JLA machine, you need to remove the drain plug then press and hold the drain button until it starts to drain down….after this has finished your appliance will automatically go into standby.

  3. Remove the wash and rinse/sprayer arms, filter and wash tank cover.

    If these are easily removable, carefully detach and rinse them, making sure they are clean and free of food or debris, then leave out to dry.

  4. Wipe around the inside of your machine 

    Use a clean, damp cloth ideally with hot water, and leave the door open until the interior is dry. If any larger pieces of debris remain, remove these by hand before you wipe. You should also clean baskets, detergent dispensers and around the edges of the door.

  5. Replace the (dry) wash/sprayer arms, filter and wash cover

    Double-check for debris, then carefully re-attach these parts without forcing them into place.

  6. Close the door (or the hood if you have a passthrough dishwasher) 

    Make sure the door fully ‘locks’ to stop dust or insects getting into the dishwasher’s chamber.

  7. Turn off the water and electrical supplies

    Before you leave your premises, ensure these utilities are turned off as a best practice safety measure.


    If you need to re-evaluate your dishwasher requirements following business changes due to Coronavirus, our Total Care subscription plans could help - find out more here.