How to Clean Stainless Steel Home Appliances?

All stainless steel appliances such as a Fridge, Kitchen Chimney or Dishwashers etc are very expensive buys. Once you have bought a costly piece for life, your periodic job is to maintain them well. While the inside of such appliances are cleaned via in-built cleaning mechanisms or specific methods, the outer panels needs regular cleaning and shining.

Here are some easy ways to clean your stainless steel (SS) fridge or dishwasher front panel etc.

Things you need to clean Stainless Steel

You don’t need any costly shining agents or material to clean stainless steel appliances but just go with one or more of the following.

  1. Microfiber cloth
  2. Fine paper towels of facial quality
  3. Window glass pane cleaners like Windex or Colin
  4. Baby wet wipes (You won’t believe it!)
  5. Vinegar

How to go about cleaning?

Well, depending on the clean state of your appliance you have to decide what to do?

1. Periodic dusting & shining

If your appliance doesn’t have any real dirt but only a few finger prints then all that you have to do is to dust it once with the microfiber cloth and shine it firmly with the paper towels.

Important Note: If your appliance’ steel if of glossy or matt finish, you have to work in circular motion while shining it. If it’s of directional grain (brushed) type, you will have to work along the direction of the grain.

2. Non-greasy dirt cleaning and shining

If your appliance has minimal non-greasy dirt, then the best way to clean is to first wipe the surface with the microfiber cloth dipped in warm water (wringed). Once the water is semi dry you can shine it with a dry microfiber cloth. It won’t be recommended to use paper towels here because one has to wipe out the water before it dries and forms dotted smudges.

3. Greasy dirt on steel appliances

For greasy dirt, you may use a light window cleaner such as Windex or Colin. Spray it on and wipe off with a microfiber cloth. After it’s completely dried, you can work with the soft paper towels to shine it further.

Please note, wet baby wipes can be very effective on cleaning grease and dirt on stainless steel appliances. It can do wonders on your SS chimneys and faucets.

4. Cleaning lime deposits on stainless steel

Hard water can invariably cause stainless steel faucets and sinks getting lime deposits (white patches). It’s important to remove these on a periodical basis because a thicker layer of lime deposit can be very difficult to clean.

The method here is to wipe such SS surfaces a soft cotton cloth dipped in vinegar and leave it like that for a couple of minutes. You can then wipe it off with warm water and cloth and further shine it with a microfiber cloth. This has to be done on a periodic basis (say every two weeks).

Additional Tips

Never ever use abrasive cleaning pads such as Scotch Brite or rough clothes to clean your expensive appliance. Also, avoid using harsh detergents, rubbing agents, powders and any other unknown cleaning agents or brands.

Touch Screen Maintenance & Cleaning Tips

Touch screens are everywhere these days – Not just on your Smart phones, MP3 player and Tablets but also on new generation All-in-One PCs, information consoles and many other devices.

However, improperly maintained touch screens result in scratches and other damages which in turn cause lack of response or total dysfunction. Here are some tips to maintain your touch screen devices using the right screen cleaning method.

How to take care of your Touch Screen devices?

If you are using your touch screen phones or gadgets under normal weather conditions, it would be good enough if you keep your nails trimmed and palms cleaned. However, if you happened to live in extreme cold conditions, you may have to use touch screen gloves.

While keeping the device down: Needless to say, one shouldn’t keep a touchscreen phone or gadget with its screen facing the surface. Moreover, it’s not advisable to keep touch screen gadget on potentially wet surfaces such as dining tables, kitchen counter or near a bathroom sink where water, soap form, acidic liquids such as vinegar or even your hand sanitizer drops could spoil the device screen.

While using the device: It’s better to avoid using touch phones while eating or doing chores. Also, if you have just washed your hands or sanitized, let it dry before you use your expensive smart phone or tablet PC.

Usage of screen guards: Screen guards, though slows phone response a bit, improves the lifespan of touch phones greatly. However, the proper sized guards may not be available for all models of phones.

Cleaning Touch Screens

You should not use paper towels or tissues to clean your touch screen phones as some paper types can cause permanent scratches on your phone or gadget screens. Also, never use your dry hand to clean or scratch a visible dirt piece out.

Here’s the right way of cleaning your expensive touch screen devices.

  1. Use a clean and dry microfiber cloth to gently dust the device including the screen
  2. Wet the microfiber cloth with a few drops of distilled water – Never wet the cloth too much or completely
  3. Gently wipe the screen with the wet cloth without putting any pressure on the screen
  4. Using a dry part of the microfiber cloth, gently clean the touch surface in a circular motion
  5. Dust off any remaining part of the fiber with the same cloth for super clean and responsive touch screen

Please note that you may also buy recommended touch screen cleaners for better finish.

If you don’t have access to any distilled water or any approved cleaning agent, you may also go by the proven method of breathing into the screen and wiping off the breath moisture with the microfiber cloth. And if microfiber cloth is not available, just use a clean part of the poly-fiber or light cotton shirt that you are wearing.

How to Clean a Coffee Maker or Thermos?

Cleaning a coffee maker or thermos can be tricky and regular dish wash soaps don’t do a good job with the. This is because the content of the thermos – usually coffee or tea – can badly stain it over a period of time. Moreover, many thermos have smaller openings where brushes won’t really work and they aren’t dishwasher safe either. Even worse is the situation with those thermos or vacuum flasks that have very fragile glass containers inside.

How to Clean a Coffee Maker?

Since cleaning of the Coffee maker, thermos or flask involve pretty much the same process and cleaning agents, let me explain it in the context of the thermos.

You may use one of the following methodologies to keep your coffee maker or thermos sparking clean.

1. Clean Thermos with Vinegar & Baking Soda

Sprinkle a tablespoon of regular baking soda into the thermos and add two ounces of vinegar. This will suddenly form up and hence you should not close the thermos at this point. When the form settles, close the thermos and shake it a little more to form it up further. Top up this form with more water (warm water will be more effective) and let it stay overnight. In the morning, just empty the mess and wash the thermos.

You need to do this kind of cleaning only three or four times a year for sparkling clean thermos.

2. Cleaning Coffee Maker with Denture Cleaning Tabs

Thermoses, tea kettles and thermal bottles can be easily cleaned with denture cleaning tablets such as Efferdent or Polident. Fill the thermos with water and put two to three denture cleaning tablets into it. Keep it overnight and clean the thermos with a bottle cleaning brush in the morning. Your thermos or tea kettle will be cleaner than ever before.

3. Clean with Hydrogen Peroxide

In the first method explained here, replacing Vinegar with hydrogen peroxide will produce much quicker results. Pour four ounces of hydrogen peroxide into the thermos and add a three or four teaspoons of baking soda. Close the thermos, shake it and keep for 15-20 minutes. Shake it again, pour out the dirt and clean the bottle with warm or hot water. Your stainless steel thermos is literally stainless now.

4. Clean Coffee Maker Thermos with Antacids

Effervescent antacids such as Alka-Zelter or similar over-the-counter tablets do wonders with dirty coffee pots, kettles and thermos. Fill the thermos with water and add three to four antacid tablets into it. Keep it overnight and wash thoroughly the next day.

5. Cleaning Thermos with Lime juice, Salt and Ice

This works ONLY with thermoses made of stainless steel. Fill one fourth of the thermos with some crushed ice, a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of lime juice. Close the thermos and shake it vigorously. Pour out the content and wash thoroughly and you have a clean thermos!

The first four methods work with glass vacuum flasks and coffee maker container parts as well. If you have any other method of cleaning the thermos easily, please add them as comment here.

Hope you got yourself answered on how to clean a coffee maker or cleaning a thermos!

How to Clean a Leather Couch?

Leather furniture are expensive and hence need to be cleaned and polished regularly especially if you have children and pets at home. However, you may be scared to experiment with those cleaning agents out of the worry of potentially damaging your leather pieces.

In fact, cleaning leather sofa or couch is very easy and here is how you go about cleaning your leather furniture.

How to Clean Leather Furniture?

  1. Using your vacuum cleaner with soft brush attachment, vacuum clean the furniture thoroughly with special focus on those folds, corners and gaps between the cushions or logical partitions. DO NOT set the vacuum cleaner to its most powerful suction setting because this can deform the leather
  2. Mix a few drops of shower shampoo in half a gallon of water, dip a fresh soft rug, wring it and test it on a small unnoticeable part of the furniture (e.g. the backside). After it dries up, make sure that the shampoo doesn’t leave any mark on the leather
  3. Dip the rug in the soapy water, wring it thoroughly and wipe the whole furniture one section at a time. Keep dipping and wringing the rug after each section is wiped
  4. Repeat the above process with a fresh bucket of water but without soap or shampoo so that any remaining shampoo tinge is wiped off
  5. Using another fresh dry soft rug, wipe of any remaining water on the leather surface in circular motion so that the leather retains its shine and glow
  6. Fluff up the seating and slanting areas using your hand and you are ready to enjoy your favorite place in your room!

Additional Leather Cleaning tips

If you would like to use leather cleaner products available in the stores, make sure that it is suitable for the leather type of your furniture. If you are in doubt, consult the manufacturer of your furniture.

Never add too much of shampoo into the water.

Wring the cloth well so that the water wouldn’t seep through into the stitches and folds.

How to Clean a Laptop screen?

Dust, finger prints and smudges are all attracted to a laptop screen. A clean laptop screen means less strain for your eyes and this also helps you with high precision computer tasks.

What to clean laptop screen with?

You don’t need to go for expensive cleaning agents to clean your laptop screen. All that you need are the following:

  1. Cotton balls, a soft cotton cloth or sponge
  2. Distilled water
  3. Isopropyl alcohol (an alternative would be white vinegar)
  4. Spray bottle

Steps to clean your laptop screen

  1. First of all, read your computer’s manual for any cleaning product restrictions
  2. Turn off the laptop and keep the monitor opened in a wide angle. Spread a towel on the laptop base covering the keyboard
  3. Wipe the screen with a clean cotton cloth or ball to remove any dust
  4. Make a mixture of 50% distilled water with 50% isopropyl alcohol (or white vinegar) in the spray bottle
  5. Spray a fresh cotton ball or soft cloth with the solution and wipe the laptop screen in a gentle circular motion

Enjoy your clean laptop screen!

Things to avoid

Never spray the bottle content directly onto the screen – it can easily seep through the panel and spoil the electronics.

Never vacuum your laptop with regular vacuum cleaners. You could however use low power blowers.

Never try to rub and clean the screen with rough clothes or even your fingers.

Never press the sprayed cotton ball too hard while cleaning the screen. Otherwise, excess solution may flow down into to the screen frame or keyboard area.

And needless to say, one may avoid expensive screen cleaning liquids, static dust cleaners, mini vacuum cleaners etc if you were to opt for the cleaning method explained above. At the same time, don’t over do it – It is ideal to maintain a weekly frequency schedule to clean your expensive laptop screen.