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How To Properly Maintain Your Microwave

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

How To Properly Maintain Your Microwave

It's important to keep all of the appliances in your kitchen properly maintained so that they work well for many years. Don't overlook your over-the-range microwave in your cleaning routine. If not cleaned thoroughly, it can start to give off an unpleasant smoke smell. Call a professional right away to conduct a fire damage assessment if you suspect smoke damage.

Wipe Down After Each Use
The best way to keep your appliance clean is to wipe it down after each use. If dried bits of food remain, they can affect the function of the unit.

Lift out the tray carefully and wipe it with a damp towel that's been dipped in sudsy water. If hard, crusty food particles don't come off easily, soak the tray in the soapy water for a few minutes. Rinse and dry with a clean towel.
Wipe down the inside of the appliance with a soft, damp towel. Don't forget to gently scrub the vent grill.
If you've had a spill inside the unit, making it difficult to remove the dried food, you may need an additional step. Add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar to a bowl of water and heat it in the microwave. You should then be able to easily wipe away the debris with a soft towel.

Clean Thoroughly Every Month
Once a month, clean the grease filter. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for removing the filter and soak it in water with a few drops of gentle dish detergent. Using a soft toothbrush, lightly scrub the filter to remove any dirt.

Replace the Charcoal Filter
Charcoal filters absorb pollutants to keep your appliance from producing a smoke smell or other unpleasant odors. Once the pores in the filter fill up, however, the filter will no longer be effective. Replacing the filter every 6 months or so will keep bad odors at bay.
Keep the kitchen appliances in your Spring Hill, OK, home sparkling clean to reduce unpleasant smoke smell and other odors.

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