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Keeping it Clean

For over 20 years (despite my desire for “Avocado Green” and “Harvest Gold” to make a comeback) stainless steel dominates appliances. While other colors are peeking onto the appliance scene, stainless is still the go-to choice. It is sleek, neutral, and complements a variety of designs and interiors. And while fingerprints continue to strategically decorate the steel surfaces in our homes, try stealing these tips for your stainless and your sanity.

After reviewing use and care manuals on stainless refrigerators for a few major manufacturers it seems the following cleaning tips ring true for just about every brand.

On all stainless steel handles and exterior:

Use soap and water (wow! what a concept!)

Use a non-abrasive stainless steel cleaner

Clean and wipe the stainless steel in the direction of the grain

Use a soft, lint free cloth

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For removing rust, tarnish, or small blemishes:

Use cleaners with Oxalic acid

Things all manufacturers stress:

Do not use an abrasive cleaner

Do not use any cleaner that has chloride or bleach

Do not use appliance wax

SS-2Manufacturers did vary in their cleaning advice. Read the use & care manual for your appliance. I know, I know, who has time? Make time! They are online on manufacturers’ websites. If you need help finding elusive model numbers and/or want an email with a PDF attachment of the use & care manual…call us. With the kids getting back to school it will be great to display their true artwork or achievements, not their handprints, nor yours, nor Aunt Edna’s…

Tang You Very Much

Working within a family owned company the opportunity exists to really get to know the people that keep Aggressive running and vibrant. There are some pretty wise, colorful, and interesting personalities here! So when trying to compile some helpful tips on upping the clean-ability factor of a dishwasher, I naturally turned to our human appliance database of a team. Here are just two Tang-tastic tips to keeping your dishwasher running and vibrant.

It turns out that dishwashers can be degunked and get things to “SPAH-kuhl” (as my daughter would say) with Tang and white vinegar. So let’s say dishes aren’t coming out quite as shiny and clean as they used to…..there’s a way to fix that easily and cheaply and make a citrusy salad dressing with the leftovers! Okay the dressing might be a stretch. Tang has a high citric acid content that aids in cleaning the inside of a dishwasher. There are a variety of ways to do this varying from filling the soap dispenser with two table spoons of Tang, to dumping a small container of the stuff completely in the bottom of the dishwasher tub before running a cycle. Voilà! All cleaned up in there! As for white vinegar? Place a filled cup of vinegar face up on the top rack of the dishwasher.  Run the dishwasher. The cycle will wash into the cup and distribute the vinegar. Instant cleaning action! Give these two tips a try and let us know how they worked out for you in our comments section.

Special thanks to Doug and Buzz for sharing their brains by offering these tasty tidbits of dishwasher tips.