*Life Hack Alert* Cleaning your Stainless Steel Appliances

Smudged Stainless Fridge       ref stainless

We all love our stainless steel appliances, they add that perfect final touch to any kitchen setup, but anyone who has them knows there’s a sneaky little side effect that accompanies them. SMUDGES! Be it rubs, spills, or simply finger prints, even the tiniest little touch can leave behind a streaking smudge. Try as we might, at times it can seem impossible, and expensive to keep our stainless appliances looking fresh and streak free clean like the day we got them. Forget trying all those store bought cleaners, they can be expensive and often times leave behind a residue themselves.

There are only a few things that you need to have to keep your stainless steel appliances clean and streak free and most of them you may have already at the house: a small spray bottle, micros fiber cloths, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, dish soap and water!

spray bottle     micro fiber cloths     vinegar

alcohol     dish soapwater

When it comes to removing streaks and smudges, we like to start of easy and increase from there….Start with your refrigerator since it’s the largest. Simply fill your spray bottle with water and spray down your entire appliance. Starting at the top and working down simply wipe down the appliance with your microfiber cloth and work in a side to side motion. Remember to go with the grain of you stainless so you don’t accidentally scratch the appliances. Once you reach the bottom use another microfiber cloth or the other side of your current cloth and repeat the same pattern. When you step back you’ll be surprised how nice your stainless looks!

Now, if you find that you need a little more cleaning power then we recommend one of nature’s number one natural cleaning helpers, vinegar. Vinegar can be used in a number of fashions when it comes to cleaning the house, many of which we’ll discuss in later blogs, but for now, lets clean some appliances! In your spray bottle mix 1 part water and 1 part vinegar, then simply repeat the method I mentioned earlier. Now, these tips are for cleaning off those pesky smudges and streaks, if you already know you have food caked onto your refrigerator, then we need to add a step at the beginning. Mix two to three squirts of dish soap into your spray bottle of water and spray the entire appliance from top to bottom. Wipe down the appliance in the same fashion we’ve been discussing, remembering to turn over or use a fresh cloth after the first pass, and then remove the streaks with plain water or your water/vinegar mixture.

The final step to a sparkling bright kitchen is to make those stainless appliances shine! To make your kitchen shine mix 1 part water and 1 part rubbing alcohol, spray down the appliance and repeat the wiping side to side motion. Then step back and observe your money saving efforts, your appliances should be clean and shine like new without breaking the bank! Happy Cleaning!

*Life Hack Alert* Cleaning your Stainless Steel Appliances

Preventing a smelly situation….

Do you have a front load washer? Do you find that your clothes are coming out smelling slightly mildewed?

Is there a moldy situation in your washer? We can help....

Most people don’t realize, or even think about the fact that a front load washer is actually very different than a top load. The main difference is the seal. If you think about it, a top load washer lid simply closes, or lies down over the machine. The weight of the lid itself keeps it down and in place, but with a front loader there a lot more involved. There is a rubber seal that goes around the inside edge and the door itself locks in place. These features are critical to keep water from leaking out the front of the machine, but in doing so; they create an air tight seal inside. This air tight seal is a perfect environment for mold and mildew to thrive.

Here are a couple of things you can do to help….

Keeping your door open prevents mold from building upNumber 1: Keep your washer door open at all times except when it’s in use! It doesn’t have to stay wide open, only cracked. This will not only allow air into the machine so that it can properly dry out, it will also help keep moisture from sitting on the rubber seal. Rubber is a prime location for mold and mildew to develop causing a foul odor.

HE-symbolNumber 2: Pay close attention to the type of cleaning and softening products you are using! All front load washers are recommended to be run using ONLY HE detergent. HE detergent can be found at any of your current laundry supply locations. The solution is compounded differently and therefore the dissolving agents are very different. Again, everything is about keeping that rubber seal is good condition and not putting harsh chemicals on it that may cause it to break down. It is recommended to use VERY little fabric softener and detergent in front load washers…If you over use fabric softener it can affect the composition of the rubber seal as well. Never use more than 1 tablespoon per load.

Affresh can be found at any local laundry supply stores...Number 3: If you find that you already have a slight smell developing, never fear! Simply buy a cleaning agent to run through an empty cycle. The most common one out there and the one we recommend is ‘Affresh’. It can be found at most any of your current laundry supply locations. Simply follow the directions on the box, though sometimes if a smell has set in already you may have to run two applications….

It is not recommended to start a cycle of clothes in the morning and leave the house, even sitting all day can cause mildew to begin and once started it will continue….Following these simple guidelines stated above is guaranteed to help keep your front load washer and clothes smelly fresh and clean!!

A clean and happy front load washer!

Preventing a smelly situation….

Keeping a happy Dryer

If you want to ensure a long and functional life for your dryer, routine maintenance is important! Every time you use your dryer it is important to clean out the lint filter. If you run several loads in one day make sure you are cleaning it every time, not just every couple of cycles. From time to time and after heavy use, lint may get behind the screen; it can build up around the edges and just beneath where the screen sits. Over time, lint accumulates in the venting system which will restrict airflow and consequently will cause the dryer work harder and eventually malfunction. Therefore, it is important to clean out any lint that you can easily touch beneath and around the inner area as well when cleaning off your lint screen, this also helps prevent potential fires.

A clean dryer is a fire free dryer!!
A clean dryer is a fire free dryer!!

Along with doing this daily preventative maintenance, you should have your entire venting system clean professionally once a year. If you think you are feeling up to the task of giving your dryer its once a year “deep cleaning,” feel free to give it a try. Start out by making sure you have unplugged your dryers power source and turn off the gas supply if its gas. Once you’ve pulled the machine forward from the wall disconnect the duct from the back of the dryer.

Taped and magnetic connections
Taped and magnetic connections
Clamp connector
Clamp connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use your vacuum’s attachments to vacuum the back, underneath and surrounding wall areas. Then, vacuum the exhaust ducts. If you have flexible aluminum tubing, you may need to replace the entire length. Rigid tubing should be disassembled and each section cleaned.

Dryer vent pipe cleaner
Dryer vent pipe cleaner
Choosing the correct venting system is important, here are rigid versus flexible vent options
Choosing the correct venting system is important, here are rigid versus flexible vent options

 

Once this is done you can reconnect the vent to the dryer, plug it in and you’re ready to go.

If you ever find that your dryer is taking longer to dry, it’s often times as simple as having the dryers venting cleaned properly either by yourself or professionally. If the problem persists after a thorough cleaning, it may be necessary to have it inspected.

Make sure your dryer is a happy Dryer
Make sure your dryer is a happy Dryer

 

Keeping a happy Dryer