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Handy Hints For Spring Cleaning Your Home Appliances

Spring is well and truly here and now’s the time to get rid of a Winter’s worth of dust and freshen up your home! 

Does your annual Spring clean include checking, cleaning or replacing your home appliances?

Spring Cleaning Tips

Many people don’t realise the importance of cleaning and maintaining their home appliances. Deciding if an item simply needs a new replacement part or should be entirely replaced, often comes down to your budget. 

To celebrate the arrival of Spring, we’ve created these handy hints to cleaning and maintaining your household appliances – to help you keep them in tip top condition!

Refrigerators

A clean and properly functioning fridge is more important than you might realiseIf you only have time to Spring clean one appliance, make it this one. 

Tips for Cleaning Refrigerator

  • Check the setting on the thermostat:  Make sure it’s stable and sitting within a range of 0 to 4 degrees to keep your food fresh.
  • Take a look at the seals and replace them if they’re damaged: If the seals are cracked or split, your fridge could be struggling to maintain its temperature and possibly also using extra energy which can increase your power bills.
  • Clean the outside of the fridge, above and below: Yes, this means pulling it out from the wall and grabbing a step ladder and getting rid of the dust.
  • Clean out your freezer: Do this before buying groceries so you can transfer items into the spare fridge space to keep them cool.  You might find some very old items way past their expiry date – even if they’ve been frozen, it may be time to throw some things out.

Is it time for a new fridge?

If the exterior of the fridge is hot to the touch, or the temperature of your fridge isn’t stable, it could indicate it’s nearing the end of its life. The average lifetime of a domestic fridge is 8 to 12 years, and if yours is close to this age, or is showing signs of malfunctioning, it might be worth considering a replacement. 

Washing Machines

It’s something most of us never think about, but the appliances that clean things for us, do in fact need cleaning themselves. Luckily, cleaning your washing machine is a simple process, and doing this regularly helps keep your clothes fresh and in good condition.

  • Run a cleaning cycle:  Spring cleaning is a good reminder, but it’s a good idea to do it throughout the year too. There are both commercial products and DIY options for this. Your appliance manual will tell you the best way to clean your machine based on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Take a look at the seals: Yes, this applies to most appliances. A toothbrush is a handy little tool for getting right into the folds of the seal and giving everything a good clean.
  • Check for leaks: Excess water is never a good thing, so make sure there are no signs of dripping or leaking as this could be increasing your water bill or causing damage to your walls and floor.

Tips for Cleaning Washing Machine

Does it need replacing?

If it’s time for a new washing machine, take a look at our guide for choosing a new washing machine here. We’ve got some helpful hints to assist you in making a decision on the best machine for your needs. 

Dishwashers

Regular cleaning and maintenance really does make a big difference to how dishwashers function, and how clean your items are after they’ve been through a cycle. In addition to  regular cleaning throughout the year, make sure you do a deep clean in Spring. It’s a great way to extend the life and functionality of your dishwasher.

  • Clean the filter: It’s often where food scraps get stuck, so keeping the filter free of food debris is necessary for so many reasons: hygiene, plumbing, and efficiency. Hand wash any removable elements.
  • Run it empty: Choose the hottest, longest cycle available and let it run to help flush out any residual grease or odours.
  • Check the spray holes: Even if you clean your dishwasher regularly, small particles can still get lodged in the jets. Check your manual for the best way to clean this out – often this will be by using a soft brush.
  • Look out for rust: While you’re going about your cleaning, make sure any rust you see, is treated as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your appliance.

Does it need replacing?

How are your dishes looking after they’ve been through a cycle? One of the biggest indicators of the state of your dishwasher, is how they look. Keep an eye out for cloudy glassware, dishes that need to be re-washed, and too much residual water after a drying function. Increased noise or stopping mid-cycle can also indicate it’s time to replace the unit. On average, dishwashers last up to 10 years.

The best way to get good value from your appliances is to buy a reputable brand you trust from a reliable retailer, and to maintain it regularly.

Don't Forget Furniture!

Putting up with lumpy, torn, scratched, or just plain uncomfortable furniture is normally the time when you’ll want to consider something new. If your first thought is to turn to an online marketplace to get a good deal, think again! Just because your savings might be limited, it’s no reason to settle for second hand vs brand new. Renting could be the ideal option for you. With Radio Rentals, you can rent lounges from only $7 per week or less, and beds from only $12 per week or less as well as bundle deals to help your dollars go further. We offer a range of products and when renting, you get service cover at no cost. If something goes wrong, we’ll fix it, for free!

Tips for Cleaning Furniture

Monitor wear and tear before it becomes costly to repair

Replacing appliances or furniture can be a costly exercise – especially if something breaks down when you need to use it the most. Knowing the signs of wear, tear and age will help you plan ahead, save some dollars and shop around when the time is right for an upgrade. If you decide to replace any of your household appliances or furniture, there’s more ways than ever to get what you want.

Radio Rentals Rent & Upgrade it option is an affordable way to keep up with technology and style. As manufacturers release products with improved energy efficiency, being able to update your items could mean lower utility bills. 

Radio Rentals offers four different ways to shop, giving you the opportunity to get what you want, when you want it.