Pet Stain Removal

If you own pets then you know that accidents can happen at any time. While they can be difficult to deal with it’s important to know how to clean up these accidents properly based on what type of floor it occurred on to ensure the longest life!

 

It is imperative that you clean up your pet’s mess as soon as you notice it so that it imparts minimal damage to your floor. Next it is time to figure out what cleaning method to use based on what type of floor you need to treat.

 

First up, we will tackle an accident that you have to clean out of your carpet. Carpets can be tricky with pet stains because it can absorb the odor and stain and sometimes this makes it harder to remove the stain. You will want to remove any solid waste first if there is any and then you can blot the affected area. Next you will want to use carpet cleaner to clean the area. Be sure to remove excess cleaner and rinse the area with warm water so that it doesn’t collect soil. To find the perfect carpet cleaner for you, reference this site for carpet stains.  Also remember to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.

Hardwood floors that have been finished and sealed can be cleaned up with paper towels and regular cleaner to remove any liquids and solids there may be. Be sure to not use harsh chemicals so that you do not damage the finish. 

Ceramic tile floors are easy to clean too. Simply remove any of the excess liquid and solid mess and then use warm water to clean. Use a rag or micro-fiber mop and clean in a circular motion across the affected area. If there is staining in the grout you can use a toothbrush to scrub. After you have cleaned the area you can choose to use a mild cleaner to disinfect, but be sure to use a cleaner without bleach or ammonia as this can damage your floor. 

 

These are different ways of protecting the life of your flooring and making sure to promptly clean any pet stains as soon as possible is the best way to do this. Let us know what cleaning tips and tricks you’ve learned yourself below!

Safe and Proper Use of Glass or Ceran® Cooktops

How to Protect your Radiant or Induction Cooking Surface

Smooth glass/ceramic cooking surfaces have many advantages over traditional electric elements. In addition to the smoothtop's clean uninterruped appearance, they're far easier to clean and they provide an even, reliable source of cooking heat. Smooth “glass” cooking surfaces may also referred to by trade names such as Ceran® or even by the manufacturer such as Schott. Whether you're cooking with induction or radiant systems, both cooking surfaces need to be used with care. In the case of induction, spills can be easily wiped up immediately because the top stays relatively cool.

These tops are durable and long-lasting. With care, you can look forward to using them for many years. Nevertheless, they can break if you drop something on them. My daughter's cat pushed a decorative pot off a shelf above her range, and KABOOM! In her case, replacing the top cost almost as much as purchasing a new range.

Cookware

Any cookware with a rough bottom can permanently scratch glass surfaces. This includes your Grandma's favorite cast iron frying pan. Also, check that colorful and expensive ovenware and make sure the bottom is perfectly smooth before you use it on your cooking surface.

Be careful about leaving cooking utensils on the cooking surface. if the plastic handle melts and sticks to the surface, it could ruin the top.

Cooking Ingredients

Sugar and salt, two of the most common ingredients used for cooking can be the enemy of your rangetop. Sugary overflows can carmalize and seep into microscopic spaces in your cooktop where it cannot be removed. A heavy pan on top of gritty salt crystals can permanently scratch the cooking surface. Wipe up spills, especially sugary overflows immediately, and keep the top clean.

Using the top as a work surface

I've recently recently seen advice from a well-known designer, stating that an advantage of a smooth cooking surface is that it can be used as a work surface and even as a prep area. Danger! Danger, Will Robinson! That glass surface is not a cutting board. Nor is it designed as a storage area for heavy items.

Do I need to say this? NEVER stand on the cooktop. It may seem to support your weight. However later, when you turn on the cooktop, as the glass expands it could easily begin to crack or shatter due to unseen stress fractures. The same holds true for placing and leaving heavy items on the cooktop.

Much of this is common sense. It's easy to think of the cooking surface in your kitchen as a continuation of your countertop, but it's not. It's an expensive major appliance.

Please read the manual that came with your cooktop or range for detailed instructions on your specific appliance. In addition, Schott has detailed information on their glass by clicking on their FAQ below:

Schott Ceran


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Oven Cleaning Methods

New Appliances Offer More Cleaning Options

Over the years, we've seen a variety of methods for getting ovens clean. Starting with the elbow grease method along with the home remedies that always seem to involve vinegar and/or baking soda, and on to the continuous-clean (never clean) ovens, and of course the self-clean method that has become so popular for some time now.

But now we're seeing some new cleaning methods such as Steam-Clean, as well as Aqualift, an oven cleaning technology developed by Whirlpool. Here is a brief description of these new methods:

Steam-Clean Ovens

Steam-Clean

Some range and oven manufacturers have added a steam-clean option to some of their products. Essentially, this method involves pouring a cup of water into the oven bottom, and selecting the oven's steam clean setting which lasts about 30 minutes. During the cleaning, the steam should loosen minor food spills. Afterwords, the oven needs to be wiped out to remove the water and softened grime. Using this method, the temperature is much lower than self-clean, there are no chemicals or cleaning agents involved, and it takes only 30 minutes. Evidently, steam-cleaning is not a “total” solution since these ovens still have a self-clean cycle for heavily soiled ovens.

Aqualift Ovens

Aqualift

Aqualift is an oven cleaning technology developed by Whirlpool. The oven bottom has a special coating that activates with water and heat. Using two cups of water and a low temperature cleaning cycle, the coating acts to release (lift) soil from underneath so that the water and soil can be easily wiped-up. It's worth noting that LG has now introduced their version of this which they've dubbed EasyClean™.

Click on the links below to view a brief video on each of these technologies:

Aqualift

Steam Clean

If you're in the market for a new range or oven, ask the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply about different oven cleaning options.


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New Options to Get Ovens Clean

Trends in Oven Cleaning

The Old Way

Years ago, all ranges and wall-ovens had to be cleaned by hand, which meant lots of tedious scrubbing. Over time, three oven cleaning systems evolved:

  1. Commercial oven cleaners.
  2. Continuous cleaning ovens.
  3. Self-cleaning ovens.

Commercial oven cleaners which can still be found on your ovens shelves are highly caustic – get out the rubber gloves, and produce toxic fumes. If you have a self-cleaning or continuous cleaning oven, the manufacturer's operating instructions will provide a strong warning against using commercial oven cleaners.

Continuous clean ovens are ovens have a rough, porous, ceramic coating that will, over time, absorb and spread minor spills so that they are less noticeable. They work continuously (hence the name), and do not require any work from the homeowner. Any attempt to clean this surface with chemicals and/or abraisive pads or cloth, may cause the coating to peel away.

Self-clean ovens have a CLEAN selection on the oven controls. This requires locking the oven with a latch on the oven door, and putting the oven into the self-clean mode for several hours while the oven becomes super heated up to 900 or more degrees, thus burning off any stains or debris in the oven cavity. Of course, everything (*including the racks) must be removed from the oven before cleaning.

New Oven Cleaning Trends

Whirlpool-Oven

Whirlpool Steam Clean Oven

Now, there are some new cleaning methods that have been developed recently, and are gradually being rolled out by appliance manufacturers as new range and oven products are being introduced. Whirlpool has developed a cleaning system for ovens called Aqualift®. The oven bottom has a special porous coating that with a cup of water and a low heat setting will loosen soils on the oven floor so that they may be wiped off. Other cleaning systems becoming available are steam cleaning methods which rely on the power of heat and steam to remove baked on food from all oven surfaces.

We've written about oven cleaning before, but we'll be updating some of the newer oven cleaning methods in some upcoming blogs so check back often.

For help in selecting a new range or oven from AWS, be sure to contact your contractor or design consultant, and then make an appointment with the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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Refrigerator Use and Care: Condenser Coils

Cleaning condenser coils on your refrigerator

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Do the refrigerator coils need cleaning

Most of the time, on recent models, you’re not going to need to worry about cleaning refrigerator condenser coils. Here’s what the use and care booklet from my KitchenAid® refrigerator has to say about cleaning the coils.

“There is no need for routine condenser cleaning in normal home operating environments. If the environment is particularly greasy or dusty, or there is significant pet traffic in the home, the condenser should be cleaned every 2 to 3 months to ensure maximum efficiency.”

Instructions to clean the refrigerator condenser coils

First, turn off or unplug the refrigerator. Most often, you’ll find the condenser coils at the bottom of the base grill underneath the refrigerator. Remove the grill and use your narrow vacuum cleaner attachment vacuum underneath your refrigerator and coils as well as you can. You can purchase a special brush to reach the hard to get places (see photo below) from an appliance parts company or directly from one of the manufacturers, GE, Whirlpool, etc.

Coil Cleaning Brush

Coil Cleaning Brush

Below is the link to a Whirlpool video on cleaning refrigerator condenser coils:Next, move the refrigerator out of the way, and clean behind it. Then remove the back cover to the machine compartment to access the machine compartment. Clean any dust in this compartment and the condenser fan blades. Re-attach the cover, plug the refrigerator in and move it back into place.

 

Whirlpool Corp. Refrigerator Condenser Cleaning

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Refrigerator Tip Sheet


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Refrigerator Use and Care: Icemaker Issues

Refrigerator Icemaker Issues

1. Clearing ice that is clogged in your icemaker bin or mechanism.

It is not unusual for ice cubes to occasionally freeze or clump together in a corner of the ice bucket. Don’t use a knife or other sharp metal device to pry the ice from the bin. You might very well damage your ice bin. The easy and simple way to remove clogged ice cubes no matter where they are in the ice bin is to remove the ice bin from the freezer, turn off the icemaker, and let the ice thaw out. This method works well and avoids damage to your ice bin.

2. Too much ice production or icemaker doesn’t shut off. Not enough ice or icemaker isn’t producing ice.

Issues with insufficient ice production can somtimes be caused if the freezer temperature is too high. Make sure the icemaker is holding a temperature near zero. Refrigerators that are out of level can also have reduced ice production because some of the cube molds don’t fill with water.

If your icemaker doesn’t stop making ice when the bin is full, check the shutoff arm. It could be stuck in an open position. Release the lever and remove excess ice cubes. Similarly, if your icemaker isn’t making ice, the shutoff arm could be stuck in the off position.

If the problem isn’t with the icemaker shutoff arm, examine your water supply line for leaks or kinks. Adjust the water valve for more flow if necessary.

Finally, the filter may be clogged and need replacing.

3. Ice tastes bad.

Clean the ice bucket and the ice tray. Test water in water supply line. Replace the water filter if necessary.

This is part of an ongoing series on refrigerator use and care. Click links below to related blogs:

Refrigerator water filters

Moisture in the refrigerator

 


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Getting to know your new dishwasher

New Dishwasher? What Now?

3 Steps to get you going with your new dishwasher.

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You finally have the new dishwasher you’ve been wanting for so long! You’re just itching to load it full of dirty dishes, and let the new dishwasher do its magic. Well, not just yet. Let’s take a few minutes to familiarize ourselves with this magic machine. Here’s a list of three steps that will get you headed in the right direction:

  1. Check the exterior. Is the dishwasher level? Does the door open and close without rubbing or hitting anything? Make sure that the dishwasher is fastened in and doesn’t fall forward when you open the door. The electrical should be connected to a grounded outlet or junction box, and the water line connected to the water supply and turned on. The dishwasher drain line must also be connected at your disposer or sink. The water inlet and drain fittings should be tight and the hoses should have no kinks. All OK? Let’s move on to step 2.

  2. Check the interior. Have all the packing materials, and manuals been removed? Remove any pieces of styrofoam wedged against the dishwasher racks that keep them from rolling back and forth during shipping. Now, roll the racks back and forth to make sure there is nothing impeding their movement. If everything looks good inside and out, we can move on to step 3.

  3. Find your use and care manual. Somewhere inside your dishwasher, or in an adjacent drawer there should be a plastic bag with the warranty, install instructions, a use and care manual, and various other treasures. Before throwing all this in a box with the rest of your papers, remove the use and care manual from the bag. Well, maybe you’re not going to read the entire manual, but at a minimum you should familiarize yourself with the dishwasher operation and controls…please!

If you want to find out even more on general dishwasher use and care, we’ve produced a new video covering some of the essentials. It’s only about 3 minutes long, and should get you going in the right direction. Watch below:

 

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Dishwasher Detergent: Pods or Powder?

The great debate for getting dishes clean

Should you use dishwasher detergent powder or pods

Dishwasher-Pods

I’ve done some research on this subject and have expressed my opinion in the past. That’s all about to change.

Reasons to use dishwasher detergent powder:

  1. It’s less expensive to use powder than it is to use dishwasher pods.
  2. Users can control the amount of detergent based on the size of the dishwasher load. It makes sense that if the dishwasher is only half full, you wouldn’t want to use the same amount of detergent, but the pods are one size fits all.
  3. When the detergent pods are dispensed from the soap dispenser they can easily fall behind a cup or dish where they won’t get the water spray that causes them to dissolve. Failure for dishwasher pods to dissolve is probably the number one complaint that users make regarding pods.

Reasons to use dishwasher detergent pods:

  1. The pods are very convenient: no measuring, and no spillage.
  2. Detergent pods are dispensed from the dishwasher just like the powder is, but unlike powder, the pods dissolve over time providing a continuous supply of detergent through the cycle for cleaner dishes.
  3. Recommended not just by the detergent companies, but also by the major dishwasher manufacturers, AND Consumers’ Union.

The Appliance Guru Recommendation

In the past, I’ve held the view that while pods are money makers for the detergent company, the powder gives the user more flexibility and costs less. However, I cannot escape the reality that the pods seem to do a better job. After conversations with users, personal observations, and reviewing the testing of CU, I have become convinced that pods are the better choice over dishwasher detergent powder.

HOWEVER, I am adamantly opposed to the pods being manufactured in multi-colored packets that small children perceive as candy. I know that parents should keep chemicals away from their kids, but I still can’t see why detergent manufacturers have to make their detergent appear to be edible.

P.S. Chemicals are one small part of getting clean dishes. Call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply for advice on the best dishwashers to choose for your new home or kitchen remodel.


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Spring Cleaning Your Dishwasher

4 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining your Dishwasher

1. Clean the dishwasher filter

Some dishwashers have built-in food disposers, i.e. choppers (above) while others have filters that collect larger food particles. Periodically, the filters need to be removed and cleaned. Read the operating instructions of your dishwasher to determine how often your dishwasher filter needs cleaning. We clean ours about once a month.

2. Check for water leaks and bad seals.

It’s a good idea to examine and clean the gasket that seals the dishwasher door with the liner. Eventually, this seal could develop tears, gaps, or cracks. Replace when necessary (service call). Also, take a look at the water inlet connection and hose, as well as the drain hose. If your house is older, the water inlet valve might show some corrosion. Be aware, that this could become a problem, so keep an eye on it. When you eventually replace the dishwasher, replace the connecting hoses as well as the valve. In the meantime, any hoses that show signs of kinks, splits or leaks should be replaced.

3. Inspect the dishwasher interior.

Do the dishwasher racks roll in and out smoothly? You might be able to tighten or replace a faulty wheel. Also, if any of the coating on the racks has worn off, the racks could begin to rust. Take a good look at the dishwasher tank itself, and satisfy yourself that it is also in good condition.

4. Test the controls and give the dishwasher front a good once over.

As long as you’re doing periodic maintenance, test the dishwasher controls. You never know when you might want to use the quick wash, the china cycle, the sani-cyle, etc. Finally, run your hand along the door edges, examine the latch and hinges: lubricate if needed.

Depending on the dishwasher, an average life expectancy could be 10-12 years. Premium dishwashers might easily last for up to 15 years. And at least one of the very high end luxury (expensive) dishwashers is promoted as being built to last 20 years. Take good care of your dishwasher and it will take good care of you.

When it’s time to replace, have your contractor or remodeler contact Arizona Wholesale Supply to help you with a new dishwasher that meets your needs and your budget. Arizona Wholesale Supply carries all the major brands as well as a wide variety of specialty brands, and has been Arizona’s leading distributor since 1944. Family Owned and Operated.

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Spring Cleaning for your Appliances

Tips for keeping your appliances in good shape

appliances

It’s that time of year again – spring cleaning. While you’d like to be outside enjoying the orange blossoms, you also need to devote some time to getting your appliances ready for the workout ahead, since the busy summer that follows can put stress on your major appliances.

In general, you should move your freestanding appliances away from the wall and clean underneath and behind them. Replace burned out bulbs, both inside and out, clean filters, and make sure all appliance clocks are set accurately. Below are some more specific tips for your refrigerator. We’ll follow with spring cleaning advice for your washer, dryer, range, and dishwasher so be sure to return to this blog page regularly.

Refrigerator

General check-up

Clean the gasket. Does it appear to be in good shape. Perform the dollar bill test. Close the door with a dollar bill against the refrigerator door opening. Will the refrigerator hold the dollar bill? If the bill falls out by itself you’ve got an air leak, and should consider replacing your gasket.

Gasket

Refrigerator Condenser Coils
Depending on your refrigerator, there may be condenser coils that require cleaning. These coils can get very dusty and should be vacuumed or cleaned with a brush. If you don’t know where the coils are, the owner’s manual may be helpful. Many refrigerators have coils that are self-cleaning and not accessible. So don’t worry about them if you can’t get at your condenser coils. That’s a good sign that they are self-cleaning.

Refrigerator drip pans
Just as the condenser coils above, you may have a drip pan that needs attention. For removable drip pans, all you need to do is slide them out and empty any build-up of water. They should accessible from the bottom front of your refrigerator, behind the toe plate. Honestly, in Arizona it’s not that common that you’ll have an issue here. The refrigerator drip pan collects any excess moisture that is created by your refrigerator’s operation. In most cases this is a very small amount and it evaporates quickly, so you won’t need to worry about it. Again, refer to your owner’s manual.

Water Filter
If you have an automatic ice maker and/or water dispenser, you’ll typically have a water filter cartridge in your refrigerator. The filters are good for 6 months to 1 year and have a capacity of 200-750 gallons of water.

The filter indicator alarm or light will notify you that it is time to replace the filter. In some refrigerators there is also an early warning so that you can purchase a filter to have it on hand when it’s time to replace. It’s not something that you should ignore indefinitely. Most of these filters are of the carbon block variety. If you continue to use an old filter, not only does it lose its ability to filter your water, but it could eventually begin to release the contaminants that it has previously removed.

Other Refrigerator Filters
Recently, appliance firms have been adding air filters and/or produce preservers. The air filters are there to reduce odors in the refrigerator, and the produce preservers reduce ethelyne in the air emitted by certain produce and are there to make your produce last longer.

That’s it for your refrigerator tune-up. Check back on this blog soon for maintenance tips on other appliances.


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