Happy first day of Spring! It’s officially Spring in Southwest Florida and since most of us shudder at the phrase “spring cleaning”, we at Home-Tech have decided to go with spring sparkling instead! It’s time to make those beautiful appliances of yours sparkle – not just on the outside, but on the inside, too. While students get to be out of school and on spring break (by the way, why don’t adults get a spring break? It should be mandatory!), it’s time for us to open our notebooks and get to class for Appliance Cleaning 101. Maybe you don’t feel like cleaning your appliances because they are so old and broken down. If that’s the case stop by one of our showrooms and pick out some new shiny, sparkling ones.
Delving into the Dishwasher
First, run an empty cycle with white vinegar in the detergent cup to wipe out lime deposits. Next, do the same with powdered lemonade – the citrus agents help get rid of stains. Use a small vacuum attachment to clean the dust out of fan slats.
Fill a coffee mug with water and fresh lemon slices – put it in the center of the microwave on high for three minutes; wait another three minutes. The steam from the lemon water will not only cut odors, but also loosen grime for easy cleaning. A handy way to clean the turntable wheels is with an old toothbrush.
Wipe down the inner walls with vanilla extract on a paper towel – a simple and easy way to eliminate odors. Make sure you take out all removable shelves and drawers for a good soak in warm soapy water. Use a vacuum attachment to clean the coils behind the fridge where pet hair and dust accumulate. A great way to clean underneath is with a yardstick – just attach some duct tape to the end and swipe back and forth –- not only will it pick up the dirt – you might just find that earring that you lost last year.
The best way to keep your washer clean and running properly is to not use too much detergent. Home-Tech recommends you use HE detergent and only half as much as the detergent companies suggest. If you have a front load washer, we recommend you wipe down the seal around the door with bleach occasionally to help discourage the growth of mold. Both washers and dishwashers can use a good cleaning with Affresh or Washer Magic. We sell it in our showrooms.
Your dryer needs TLC especially around the vent area. Be sure to keep your lint trap clean and have your ventilation system professionally cleaned to prevent a build up of lint. It’s a true fire hazard.
Now that our air conditioners will likely start running full-time for the next several, warm, humid months — call Home-Tech for a thorough inspection and clean and check. When you purchase a Gold Member Service Agreement – this service is included.