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There is food partcles in the bottom of my dishwasher and I want to clean it out. What do I do and use to get the job done?

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Remove the bottom strainers plates and make sure that there is nothing obstructing the outlet pipe and the pump or the selector valve. If possible back flush through the outlet pipe and try draining the machine again before using it again.

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