Cleaning Freestanding Clear Ice Machines

Clear Ice Machines

Tips and Advice for Taking Care of Your Ice Machine

Part 3

 

Ice machine

Freestanding Ice Machines that produce clear ice will require regular cleaning and maintenance. The basics are the same for most brands with the exception that some ice machines have automatic cleaning and will require less maintenance. Here are some considerations:

  1. Water filters. While using filtered water is not always necessary, it's a good idea. Some ice machines come equipped with their own filters that must be replaced regularly. If not, you can always install a standard inline water filter on the incoming water line. Replace the inline filter at least every 6 months.

  2. Cleaning the icemaker should be done every 3-6 months depending on usage and manufacturer recommendations. If the ice cube harvest drops or the ice cubes are cloudy, it's a good sign that your ice machine needs cleaning. Typically, ice machines with built-in cleaning cycles require less frequent cleaning. Here are the steps to follow when *cleaning ice machine:

a). Turn off and unplug the ice machine. Turn off the incoming water supply.

b). Remove all the ice from the ice compartment and wipe out the interior.

c). Remove all the ice machines parts that come into contact with water. Clean all the parts with nickel-free ice machine cleaner. Rinse off and let the parts fully dry.

d). Re-install all the parts and making sure that the ice machine is completely dry.

e). Turn on water, plug-in ice machine and turn on. Discard the first batch or two of ice.

*These are general instructions. By all means follow the directions that come with your specific ice machine. Take good care of your ice machine and you'll enjoy a regular supply of crystal clear ice for years to come.

Here are links to our two previous blogs about clear ice machines:

Part 1: Clear Ice Machines

Part 2: Clear Ice Machines


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Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

Tips for Cleaning Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances

Easily the biggest concern about buying stainless steel appliances is keeping them clean. Stainless steel is a durable finish that will last a lifetime, but it shows fingerprints and easily smudges. The good news is that it's easy to clean if you use the right product and apply it properly.

Arizona Wholesale Supply has produced a series of YouTube videos providing guidance on appliance selection, use, and care:

Arizona Wholesale Supply YouTube Channel.

Here is the latest video from Arizona Wholesale Supply showing what cleaner to use to clean your stainless steel appliances and how to apply it properly.

We'll follow this up with another Arizona Wholesale Supply video on the more challenging cleaning of stainless appliances that have had some really tough usage like an outdoor grill.

P.S. Nearly all of the stainless steel used by appliance manufacturers today is stainless steel with a #4 brush finish. However, we've seen smudge-proof stainless being promoted. If you have an appliance that has some type of coating or treatment to the stainless steel be sure to follow the manufacturer instructions for cleaning.

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AquaLift® Self-Clean Technology

Whirlpool and Maytag Innovative Oven Cleaning System

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We recently produced a video showing how to use the self-clean cycle in your oven to clean your range. (Click on link: cleaning your self-clean oven.) Now you're about to learn about other methods of getting an oven clean.

Traditional self-clean ovens and ranges have pyrolytic self-cleaning systems. When it's time to clean the oven, homeowners switch to the self-cleaning cycle. The oven heats up to temperatures as high as 800-1,000 degrees fahrenheit for several hours and turns any spatters or food particles inside the oven to an ash which can then be wiped away. This process heats up and stinks up the kitchen.

However, today there are some other options to clean your oven. Whirlpool Corporation offers a new technology called Aqualift® on some of its Maytag and Whirlpool brand ranges. Here's what they say about Aqualift®.

Get your oven clean in less than an hour with odor-free, low temperature AquaLift® self-clean technology. This innovative coating on the oven interior activates with water and heat to release tough, baked-on soils from underneath so food and debris easily wipe away. Plus, with AquaLift® self-clean technology, temperatures stay below 200˚F as compared to ovens that require heat of up to 800˚F during traditional self-cleaning cycles.

The ranges have been engineered with an exclusive enamel oven coating that activates with water and low heat, allowing moisture to release tough baked-on messes. In less than an hour, the oven is ready for a final wipe-down to remove food and debris, with no odor or extreme heat like traditional high-temperature self-clean ovens.

The ranges are designed, engineered and assembled with pride in Tulsa, Okla.

The brief video below demonstrates exactly how the innovative Aqualift® technology works.

 

Several brands also offer a steam-cleaning cycle in ranges and ovens. We'll cover ovens that steam-clean in an upcoming blog. For more information on oven cleaning systems contact the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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How to Dust

11160896_SAs simple as dusting may seem, there are actually some rules and tips for doing the best job you can.

What is dust exactly? Dead skin, lint, pollen, animal dander, decomposing insects and dust mites. Ick! No wonder it’s important to dust weekly.

To make it as easy as possible keep a microfiber cloth in each room that needs dusting. A rag lightly dampened with water also works well. Just be careful it’s not too wet so you don’t ruin your wood furniture.

To prevent dust in the first place, seal windows and doors with caulk to make sure they’re airtight. Keep the furnace clean and change the filter often.

Get a HEPA air purifier and make sure that your vacuum also has a HEPA filter.

Dust from top to bottom. Start with the ceiling fan and tops of bookcases and then work your way down to the floor.

Most dust comes from what you track in on your shoes, so invest in doormats and clean them often.

Remember to periodically dry clean your draperies, wrap your mattress in a zippered allergen-proof cover and schedule annual professional carpet cleaning.

On a weekly basis dust your furniture and electronics. On a monthly basis dust your ceilings, baseboards, fans, windowsills and window treatments.

Be creative, a lint roller is great for dusting lampshades. A dryer sheet works great on computer and TV screens. A spray treated sock makes cleaning blinds a snap.

And there you have it, now you can dust like a pro!

Keeping Your Bathroom Clean

20992975_SBathrooms are one of those rooms that seem clean for a minute and then get dirty very quickly. Here are a few tips for keeping your bathroom looking sparkling and fresh.

Take a moment each morning to wipe down the sinks and counter tops with a terry cloth towel. Wipe down the facets in your shower and bath as well. This will help prevent soap scum build up and mildew.

Make sure you close your shower curtain completely after you are done. Squeegee your glass shower walls after each use. Hang your wet towels on hooks instead of folding them up and putting them on towel rods.

Turn on the fan in your bathroom for at least 30 minutes after a shower. This helps prevent mildew from forming.

If you like to take baths, especially using bath products, use a mildly abrasive cleaner and wash your tub after each use.

Prevent mildew from growing in your grout, as grout is porous. Use a cleaning solution of 10 parts water to one part bleach. Scrub your grout with a soft bristle brush.

Every couple of months give your pipes a good cleaning. Pour ½ cup baking soda followed by ½ cup white vinegar down your drains. Let this mixture stand for a few minutes – be aware that it will foam. Then follow up by pouring boiling hot water down the drain. This will remove greasy residue and wash away any clogs.

White vinegar and water are your friends for removing soap scum. Just be sure to wear gloves when using this mixture and rinse the solution away completely.

Wash your shower liner regularly in the washing machine. Be sure to promptly take it out when the cycle is finished and rehang so it can dry properly.

Chlorine bleach or white vinegar are great alternatives to commercial toilet bowl cleaners. Don’t mix the two, use one or the other. Let sit in the bowl for an hour and then scrub with a toilet brush.

Run bath toys and shower puffs through the dishwasher to sanitize and remove bacteria.

And finally, go green. Check your supermarket for “green” cleaning supplies.

Getting Clean Dishes from Your New Dishwasher

Dishwasher Use and Care

Advice from Arizona Wholesale Supply

KitchenAid Dishwasher

KitchenAid Dishwasher

We’ve written before about dishwashers, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions about getting the best performance from this fantastic appliance. So, we’ve just completed a brief (4 1/2 minute) video tutorial to help you get the most from your dishwasher.

Check out our you tube video below:

 

Check out our earlier blog comparing newer 21st century dishwasher models with those we might be used to from the past. Click the link below:

21st century dishwashers – better, but different

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Oven Cleaning Methods

Cleaning your oven

Evolving methods of oven cleaning

Maytag-Range

Maytag Range with Aqualift

One of the dirtiest jobs in the kitchen is cleaning the oven. The oven is far from the most used appliance in the kitchen, but it sure seems to be the one that we most dread cleaning. Since we don't use our ovens that often, you'd think that cleaning would be a snap. It might be if we cleaned the oven each time we used it. Instead, we continue to bake on dirt until we can't seem to tell the difference between the porcelain oven cavity and the coating of dirt that it has acquired.

Here are the systems of oven cleaning that have evolved over the years.

Elbow grease

This is the oldest method of getting an oven clean, and it is still with us today. Scrubbing out the inside of the oven has gotten easier thanks to oven cleaners such as Easy Off, but many people just don't like the rubber gloves and the caustic chemicals involved.

Continuous cleaning

Continuous cleaning ovens were quite common throughout the 70's and 80's. Ovens were sprayed at the factory with a gritty speckled material that coated the interior of the oven. The coating absorbed stains and tended to spread them so that they were less noticeable. Large spills needed to be cleaned up with a wet rag.

There were a couple of disadvantages to continuous clean ovens. They never were truly clean as they just tended to minimize small oven spills. In addition, you couldn't use any cleaners in these ovens because they would damage the continuous clean coating.

Self-clean

Self-cleaning soon became the preferred method of oven cleaning and remains so today. Self-cleaning ovens have a cycle lasting from 2-4 hours during which the oven is locked and heats to a very high temperature. Any spill overs stuck to the oven cavity are turned to ash by the extreme heat. After the cycle is over and the oven is cooled, you simply sweep away the ashes and the oven is sparkling clean.

Though the system works well, there are drawbacks. Your oven is not usable during the self-clean cycle. Afterwards, you still need to clean the oven, though admittedly, it isn't hard sweeping out the ashes and cleaning around the oven gasket and door. Anything accidently left in the oven during the cleaning cycle is likely to be ruined. Most oven racks must be removed during self-cleaning.

Steam_Clean

Steam cleaning an oven is a more recent cleaning cycle that is much shorter than a self clean cycle. Customers put about 10 ounces of distilled or purified water in the bottom of the oven and press the steam clean button. The water is heated and the interior of the oven is steam cleaned. The cycle lasts 20 minutes. When completed just wipe out the water from the oven. For any baked on stains that aren't removed by steam cleaning, the self-cleaning cycle is still an option. This is a great way to keep your oven presentably clean, and the self-cleaning cycle is always there as a “back-up”.

For a brief video demonstration of steam clean technology click here: STEAM_CLEAN

Aqualift

Like steam clean, Aqualift is much quicker than self clean and involves the use of water. With Aqualift technology, a small amount of water is poured into the bottom of the oven cavity. There is a special enamel coating in the floor of the oven that is activated with water and heat. The aqua lift cycle runs for less than an hour at a low temperature. Oven spills and stains are softened by the heated water, and can be wiped out of the oven after the cycle has been completed.

For a brief video demonstration of aqualift technology click here: AQUALIFT

 


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Save, Donate, Sell and Toss

6353050_SLooking at the pile of things on the floor of this living room is a good litmus test. Do you see a collection of treasures found at local estate sales? Or do you see a pile of stuff that needs to be gotten rid of? However you interpret this picture might be an indicator of how you feel about clutter in your home.

Having too much stuff can weigh us down both emotionally and physically. A house so crowded that you can no longer see the floor is the stuff for television shows about hoarding. Most homeowners don’t fall into that category…yet.  Most of us have stuff stashed throughout the house in basements, attics, closets and the garage.

Clearing out the clutter and vetting our possessions can be a daunting task that most of us avoid. Buying new stuff is so much more fun than dealing with the old stuff we no longer use or want. Facing the boxes and bins of our attics and garage is the stuff of nightmares for some of us.

However, de-cluttering is a great way to love your possessions and home more. Start small with a box, a closet or a room. Go through everything and put it in one of four piles: save, sell, donate or toss. If you don’t want to sell things, you can combine the sell and donate piles. Make sure to donate the bags and boxes of unwanted stuff right away so it doesn’t become just another pile of clutter.