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How to Clean the Freestanding Ice Maker

How to Clean Your KitchenAid Ice Maker

The ice-making system and the air-cooled condenser of the

KitchenAid Ice Maker, need to be cleaned regularly for the ice maker to operate at peak efficiency. Doing so helps avoid premature failure of system components. Moreover, the "Clean Cycle" button status light will prompt you when it is time to clean your ice maker. The light will change from green to yellow, indicating it is almost time to clean your ice maker. It is recommended that you clean the ice maker when the status light changes to red or when ice production significantly decreases.

If the "Cleaning Cycle" button is illuminated or after 9 months has elapsed, it’s time to clean the ice maker.  Minerals that are removed from water during the freezing cycle will eventually form a hard scaly deposit in the water system.  Cleaning the system regularly helps remove the mineral scale buildup. How often you need to clean the system depends on upon how hard your water is — you may need to clean the system as often as every 6 months if you begin to see buildup.

For instructions on how to clean the exterior

Painted/Colored Exterior

Wash the exterior enamel surfaces and gaskets with warm water and mild soap or detergent. Wipe and dry.  We recommend using a clean micro fiber cloth or a soft clean cloth to polish and dry.  Using paper towels may scratch and/or dull the clear coat of the painted door.

Regular use of a good household appliance cleaner and polish will help protect the finish.

Traditional Stainless Steel Refrigerator

IMPORTANT: To avoid damage to the finish, do not use soap-filled scouring pads, abrasive or harsh cleaners, any cleaning product containing chlorine bleach, steel-wool pads, gritty wash cloths or certain paper towels.

To clean and care for your stainless steel surfaces:

  • Spray Affresh™ Stainless Steel cleaner on a clean microfiber cloth.
  • Wipe the stainless steel in the direction of the grain.

To restore luster:

  • Use the Affresh™ Stainless steel wipes; follow the recommendations and directions on the label.
  • Wipe off any excess and use special care to avoid contact with any plastic parts, trim pieces, or rubber door gaskets. If the polish does contact any of these plastic parts, clean them with a nonabrasive sponge and mild detergent in warm water.
  • Thoroughly dry the area with a soft cloth.

affresh® cleaners are available at many retailers. Find one here.

If Affresh™ Stainless Steel cleaner is not available:

  • Wash surfaces with warm, soapy water using liquid detergent and a nonabrasive sponge. Always rub evenly in the direction of the grain.
  • Rinse with clean water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Use a clean, dry towel to polish the surface in the direction of the grain until it shines.
  • Water that is not completely dried off can cause discoloration - Water may contain iron that will initiate this discoloration