Renovation Street: Jimmy The Renovator - How to Maintain Your Appliances

Renovation Street: Jimmy the Renovator

How to Maintain your Appliances

Here are some simple tips to go about cleaning and maintaining your appliances.

Microwave: Remove the glass tray from the microwave and wash it by hand or in the dishwasher. Wipe down the inside of the microwave using a mild dish washing liquid, general all-purpose cleaner or a mild baking soda solution.

If there is built-up dirt and you’re having a hard time removing, try placing a microwave safe bowl containing 1 cup of water and ¼ cup of vinegar in the microwave and boil it for 2-3 minutes. Turn off the microwave and leave the bowl there for 15 minutes with the door closed. Remove the bowl from the microwave and again wipe down the inside. The built-up dirt should be easy to remove now

Refrigerator: Remove all of the food from the refrigerator. Remove the drawers and shelves. Wash the shelves and drawers with a mixture of mild soap, lukewarm water and a small amount of baking soda. (The baking soda helps to dissolve grease and dirt and removes odors.)

Dishwasher: Place a coffee cup filled with vinegar in the dish washing rack and run it through a complete cycle, using the hottest water setting available. If your dishwasher still doesn't smell right, try this: sprinkle a cup of baking soda around the bottom of the tub and again run it through a complete cycle using the hottest water. If your dishwasher has a filter in the bottom, pull it out, rinse it and clean it thoroughly. Finally, wipe down the outside of the dishwasher using a mild detergent. And, don't forget to clean the top, bottom and side edges of the door.

Stove: Cleaning the stove top is probably the toughest job in the kitchen. Start by removing the knobs, grates and burner covers and cleaning them. Wipe the stove top down to remove any lose dirt. Then wash the whole surface with hot, soapy water using a good dish detergent.  If things are really grimy, you might want to try a commercial decreasing product. Just make sure to follow the package directions. Avoid using abrasives on your stove top because they can scratch or damage the surface. And, if you have a gas stove, be careful around the gas ports because you can wipe dirt, grease and cleaning solution into the port and the port can get clogged. If this happens, use a toothpick to carefully clean the opening before using the burner.

Washing Machines: Release grime and soap by putting lemon juice or two cup vinegar along with hot water. Remove the container of the fabric softener and bathe it in a detergent with hot water. Cleaning the bleach dispenser is done using Q-tips, paper towels and spray cleaner. The top rim of wash bucket is usually being forgotten to clean because it is hardly seen and it could easily becomes dirty.

After this, put in a hot water and run the washer.While the washing machine is running, check all the hoses for leaks because this may lead to leaks and bursts. It is good to practice maintenance in checking hoses periodically for any signals of leaks and weaknesses. Make sure that your hoses are replaced because manufacturers recommend replacing a new hose in every 5 years because this could be a mess if not replaced. After soaking the container of the fabric softener, replace one and don't forget to polish up the exterior part of washing machine by using cloth towel and vinegar. You can now wash happily with a better washing machine. .

Don't forget, take care of your stuff
See you later, Jim

Ernie Arrizza

Ernie Arrizza

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CENTURY 21 Kelleher Real Estate Inc., Brokerage*
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