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How to Care for Your Refrigerator

Settling into your new apartment home and loving it?

Repair and replacement of appliances are very expensive. Remember that you are responsible for maintaining these appliances throughout your lease term and will be financially responsible for anything above normal wear and tear. Keeping that in mind, we want to offer you up the best information possible to keep your appliances and home in tip top shape!

Stainless-steel appliances are super easy to maintain BUT they ARE different than what you may be used to. Here are some easy tips and tricks to keep your appliances smudge-free!

STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES (DISHWASHER/REFRIGERATOR/MICROWAVE):

To get your stainless steel appliances shining like new, you’ll need to invest in some microfiber cloths. These super-soft, non-abrasive cloths will last you a long time — especially since you can throw ’em in the wash and reuse them! You’ll also need white vinegar (in a spray bottle, preferably), paper towels and mineral oil like olive oil.

1.      Gather your supplies: This task (and most others!) will be so much easier if have all of your supplies collected and ready to go.

2.      Determine the direction of the grain: I know that we usually reserve the term “grain” for wood; however, stainless steel also has a grain. Look closely. It will either be running horizontally or vertically. To clean your stainless steel, rub in the direction of that grain.

3.      Do a preliminary clean of your appliance with vinegar: Spray your appliance liberally with vinegar.

4.      Wipe it down: Using either a paper towel or a very soft cloth, wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain. This should remove the initial debris from your appliance and start to shine it up a bit.

5.      Dip your soft cloth into a little bit of oil: You don’t need a ton, as you can always come back for more.

6.      Polish your appliance: With your oiled-up cloth, wipe in the direction of the grain. You will start to see all of the marks disappear! Now you have a shiny new appliance again!

You can also purchase a pretty inexpensive Stainless Steel cleaner from the store but it should always be a two-step process, one that cleans, and one that buffs or shines.

 

There you have it! All of the easy tips and tricks you’ll need to keep your refrigerator looking like new!!! Enjoy!

 


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