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Identity Crisis?

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What is stainless steel? When it comes to appliances stainless steel is considered a color. It really is a finish, a very popular finish, but not everyone loves stainless steel. Avoiding stainless steel for new appliances isn’t always black and white.  There are shades of grey and red and blue and green and…..

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With stainless, more and more we get the fingerprint complaint. Yes, stainless does show finger prints more readily than painted finishes. If you have been licking your fingers after scraping the cake batter bowl you will most likely be leaving a sticky mess on any finish, no matter what color.  Not everyone has the dexterity to touch only the handle so when visiting our customers we do often see fingerprints at kid heights or even nose prints at Labrador retriever height.

 Tuscany

For years, Viking Range Corp has offered special order finishes in several colors.  BlueStar is famous for their ranges but now has a great line-up of cooktops, ovens and hoods as well. The BlueStar name came into being when Prizer Painting (yes, a paint company) purchased the residential division of restaurant range manufacturer.  So it’s no surprise that a special order of a new BlueStar can arrive in nearly any color as well as a variety of metal finishes. We mentioned KitchenAid’s new Black Steel a few weeks ago (Link to KitchenAid’s “Black Steel My Heart” Blog); many of our customers think it looks awesome. Blue Star Color WheelIf color alone won’t meet your design requirements, check out the classic designs of AGA’s CookerLa Cornue’s French design, and Viking’s Tuscany SeriesVent-A-Hood goes a step further and doesn’t just offer traditional, classic and modern hoods in stainless steel and painted finishes, but allows special orders on their hoods in brass or copper with custom applied metallic trims.  Go crazy with it! In keeping with our tradition of being the best appliance dealer in Central Florida, Aggressive Appliances has all of these products on display with the exception of Viking Tuscany due in soon.  Don’t pass up the chance to see the Duck Egg Blue Aga, three different La Cornue ranges, and two custom Vent-a-Hoods.

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(Chrissy’s Favorite Appliance Color)

** A Special Birthday shout out to Aggressive Customer, Mr. Russell Bizette. Happy Birthday!!! **

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…