Appliance care

Appliance care - Gas burningFollowing these tips will ensure that you keep your product in tiptop condition and do the best to ensure its long life:

Fridges and freezers

  • Install fridges and freezers in a dry, well ventilated room. These appliances should not be installed in direct sunlight or near a heat source such as a radiator
  • Regularly defrost your freezer if it is not “frost-free”
  • Occasionally clean the rear of your fridge or freezer and make sure that the drainage hole is clear

Ovens and hobs

  • Check your cooker is turned off after use, particularly the hob
  • Clean your oven regularly when cool. Some models have cleaning cycles that burn off dirt – but ensure that your oven is empty first
  • Wipe Glass and ceramic electric hobs clean after each use.  Manufacturers supply tools and products for burnt on stains
  • Clean gas hob grates, drip pans, and burner caps with warm soapy water
  • Keep tea towels and kitchen roll away from burners and plates

Dishwashers

  • Check the filter regularly and clean it if necessary, using the method described in the instruction booklet/on-line
  • Follow the instructions for using additional products such as rinse aid, salt and soap

Food-waste disposers

  • Occasionally scrub the rubber splash guard with a long brush and hot soapy water
  • Never pour oil or grease into the disposer

Microwave ovens

  • Do not attempt to heat non-food products unless the instructions say you can
  • Keep vents on a standalone microwave clear and don’t put metal dishes directly onto the turntable
  • Clean after each use. Wipe with a clean soapy sponge, rinse, and dry. Remember to wipe the door seal and frame

Washing machines

  • Leave door open after using to allow to dry
  • Keep the soap dispensers clean.  Occasionally remove the detergent drawer and clean it using hot water and an old toothbrush
  • Check the filter from time to time and clean if necessary
  • A few times a year, run a maintenance cycle – see the instruction booklet for details
  • If washing towels that could contain oil based contaminants such as residue of grease or oil, particularly from vegetable and animal based fats, then make sure you do your wash at the right temperature, usually your hottest setting, with the appropriate detergent. This ensures that the wash cycle is hot enough to remove the residue before drying

Tumble dryers

  • Install in a dry, well ventilated room
  • Clean the filter of fluff, lint and any other debris after every use
  • Periodically clear the vent tubes of any accumulation of fluff or lint
  • Remove items from the dryer immediately after the end of the cycle
  • Don’t stop the dryer mid-cycle as cooling part of the programme is designed to reduce both the temperature and the amount of creasing
  • If towels are dried in a tumble dryer it is important that the cycle is allowed to run to the end, including the cool-down cycle, and that the towels are removed immediately and left to air rather than being folded or placed in a bag

Small appliances

  • Leave portable hot appliances such as irons to cool down before putting them away, and keep them out of reach of children and pets. Hair straighteners and curlers get extremely hot so be sure to lay them on a heat resistant protective pouch or mat
  • Use kettles and toasters in the open. Never in a cupboard. Regularly remove the crumbs from the rack and crumb tray of the toaster. If you live in a hard water area you should descale your kettle from time to time
  • Don’t cover electric heaters or fans or leave them close to curtains
  • Never use electrical equipment in wet conditions and don’t use appliances in the bathroom unless the instructions say that you can
  • When packing appliances away ensure that any cables are kept loose