How to Spring Clean Your Home Appliances
Spring cleaning is a big job, but if done right, it will leave your Fort Bend, Texas, home with a certain freshness and sparkle that makes it a joy to come home to. As you’re going through your spring cleaning routine, make sure you don’t neglect your everyday appliances. These items get a lot of use and have some unique needs that go beyond simply wiping them down.
Perk Up Your Coffee Pot
Keep your coffee tasting fresh with a monthly cleaning routine. Place the coffee maker’s carafe in the top rack of your dishwasher, or wash it thoroughly with warm water and dish soap. Get rid of mineral deposits with either a commercial solution designed for coffee pots or a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and water.
Pour your preferred solution in the coffee maker and run it for half a cycle. Turn the coffee maker off halfway through and let it sit for about 30 minutes. This will give the solution time to soak in all the inner nooks and crannies of the system. Turn it back on after half an hour and let the cycle finish. Run clean water through the coffee maker for three more cycles before brewing coffee again to protect the flavor.
Wash Out the Dishwasher
Your dishwasher’s job is keeping things clean, so you may assume that the unit itself is naturally fresh and sparkling. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Your dishwasher needs a thorough cleaning of its own about once a month to stay in top condition. Remove the racks so you can access the inside of the dishwasher. Wipe it down with warm, soapy water, focusing on areas that show a dingy buildup. Clean off the wheels of the dishwasher racks with a toothbrush.
Fill the detergent cup in your dishwasher with white vinegar and run an empty cycle. This will help break up stubborn stains. Finally, you should vacuum the fan slats on the outside of the appliance with a brush attachment.
Tune-Up Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system needs both monthly and annual maintenance to keep your air clean and breathable. You should schedule an HVAC tune-up with one of our qualified technicians annually. Your maintenance visit includes thermostat calibration, a thorough inspection of essential components, condenser cleaning, tightening, lubrication, and other services as needed.
You can make sure you never fall behind with these essential maintenance visits by signing up for a maintenance agreement and joining the Davis club. This increases your warranty to two years and gives you the Annual Fixed Right Guaranteed HVAC System Tune-Up promise. In between your professional tune-ups, make sure you’re changing the air filters in your HVAC system every one to three months to improve indoor air quality throughout the year.
Freshen Up the Refrigerator
Your refrigerator is home to a never-ending cycle of foodstuffs going in and out. This can leave a lot of spills and drips on the interior. Clean it out regularly by emptying the shelves and washing them with warm soapy water with a little baking soda added. If you’re facing caked-on spills, soak them under a damp cloth or sponge to loosen the mess.
To improve energy efficiency of this appliance, clean the coils on your refrigerator with your vacuum’s wand or brush attachment. Older fridges typically have coils on the back, which may require carefully moving the appliance. If you have a newer unit, the coils are usually on the front, making them easier to access.
Cook Up a Cleaner Oven
The oven is always a tough spot on the kitchen cleaning agenda. Even a self-cleaning oven will have a buildup of gunk between the double doors, on the hinges, and around the frame. Vinegar and soapy water will work on these areas with a little elbow grease. If you don’t have a self-cleaning oven, you can take care of the rest of the interior with a homemade cleanser of one part salt, one part water, and three parts baking soda. Mix into a paste and let it sit on messy spots in the oven overnight before scrubbing off.
If you’re ready to spring clean your HVAC unit, contact Davis Air Conditioning & Heating at 888-710-553 to schedule your HVAC service. We’ll help you keep things fresh and clean for the season ahead.
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