Category Archives: Cleaning the Kitchen

Keeping the kitchen clean is a big task, but it can become easier with some tips and tricks you will learn in these articles.

The Basics: Touch Sensitive Vs Knob Control

Feb. 21

Do you prefer touch sensitive controls or knob controls on a range hood? Many kitchen appliances – including stoves, microwaves, and even toasters – come equipped with touch sensitive controls. They certainly have a lot going for them.

Touch sensitive controls are sleek and fit perfectly with a modern kitchen decor. They’re also easy to keep clean. A simple wipe is all it takes to eliminate fingerprints and other stains. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that a digital touch sensitive control pad can be as reliable and durable over the life of the range hood as a knob, but it can be. Today’s touch sensitive control pads have evolved into well-made components of a great range hood.

Despite the popularity of a sleek, modern kitchen look, knobs on range hoods (and other appliances) are still as common as ever. Knobs are just as reliable and durable as touch sensitive control pads. Though they do require a bit more cleaning effort. Dirt can sometimes become lodged behind the knob. Otherwise, one of the features that people love most about knobs is the feel. Some people appreciate having something to grab on to. They even like the “click” sound that some knobs make as they turn.

Which do you prefer – touch sensitive controls or knobs?

Featured Product: Cavaliere-Euro Wall Mount

feb. 19

We love the look of this wall-mounted Cavaliere 30-inch range hood. It’s made from high quality stainless steel featuring a brushed finish, and the baffle filter is dishwasher safe making clean up a breeze! Right now, the this CAV-X06 30″ wall mount range hood is on sale! Buy it now and save $530.99, plus shipping is free! 

Check out all the great features:

  • touch sensitive control panel
  • 860 CFM centrifugal blower
  • six-speed fan control
  • 30 hour cleaning reminder
  • 2 dimmable halogen lights
  • telescoping chimney
  • comes with duct or ductless option

Wondering what centrifugal blowers are all about? Get the answers here.

This Is Why Variable Fan Speeds On A Range Hood Rule

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Did you know that range hoods can use up a lot of electricity? You can’t just decide not to use one, either. The kitchen range hood plays a very important role in keeping your kitchen clean and the air inside your home pristine.

Turning the range hood fan on at least 15 minutes before you begin cooking and leaving it running at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking will optimize how well the range hood does its job. That important job is to draw up as much grease, smoke, odors, and potentially toxic fumes as possible and exhaust them all to the outdoors where they can just dissipate naturally in the environment.

So, now you know how important a range hood can be to you and your family’s health. But, how can you maintain a healthy home environment without increasing your electricity use?

Glad you asked!

Look for a range hood that is equipped with variable fan speeds. Most range hoods come with at least two speed options – low and high. If that’s what your range hood has, use the low setting just before you start cooking. Switch to high while you’re cooking, and drop the setting down to low again once you’re done cooking.

Some range hoods come equipped with a greater number of setting options, anything from 1 to 6. Range hoods that offer more settings allow you to better control how dirty air is drawn up and exhausted out. So, if all you’re doing is boiling a small pot of water, you will probably only need to use a setting between 1 and 3. If, however, you’re using your stovetop grill or dealing with oil splatters from frying, you will probably want to use one of the higher settings.

A range hood that features greater setting options may cost more at the outset. But, you will make that money back in terms of energy savings and better air quality in your home.

The Amazing Automatic Cleaning Reminder Function

jan. 30

Many of our range hoods have one feature (among many) that is really particularly exciting. That feature is the automatic cleaning reminder. Here’s how it works: every 30 days, the range hood will let you know that it’s time to clean the filter.

Range hoods work silently to draw up all the smoke, odors, steam, and all other potentially toxic fumes that are produced every time we fire up our stoves to cook. We remember to turn the range hood fan on about 15 minutes before cooking, and we remember to leave it running for about 15 minutes after we’re done cooking. But, do we remember to wash the filter regularly? Well, if you’re at all like me, the answer is probably not!

No worries, though. Most filters – whether they are baffle or mesh – can be placed in a dishwasher and put through a regular cleaning cycle. Easy, right?

Now, with the three automatic cleaning reminder function, there’s no reason to not maintain a perfectly clean range hood.

Contact us today to find out which range hood (with automatic cleaning reminder feature!) is best for your kitchen.

Benefits of Routine Granite Counter Cleaning

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Contemporary architecture involves the best materials used in construction of modern houses and kitchenware. Granite is a popular stone that is used these days to cover and beautify the surface of kitchens, house floors, bathroom surfaces etc. The stone is often considered to be the highest quality material used for countertops in the market. Because of its unmatched beauty and durability, the countertops made using this material are costly to construct but very easy to maintain.

Since, these countertops are the main area where all the action takes place with all the stains and dirty utensils being placed on it, one of the key aspects to consider when getting a countertop made is how easily it can be maintained. The benefit of using this stone for construction of countertops are innumerable. The counters become naturally waterproof, remain durable, and is a practical and eco-friendly option.

In order to ensure that the beauty of granite countertops remain intact, it is highly recommended to carry out routine cleaning of the surfaces. The following tips may provide some useful guidance on cleaning up granite counters and the benefits that routine cleaning of granite counters will bring to your home:

  1. Willingness to use the countertops – Let’s face it. No one wants to work around a messy counter, especially one with old marks and stains from continuous use and very less proper cleaning. Since granite counters are very easy to clean and maintain, simply making use of warm soapy water, non-acidic surface cleaner or baking soda as well will help you to remove any stains or marks on the counters keeping their beauty intact and making them visually appealing to use for long periods of time.
  2. Keeping the value of the house intact – Anything that is well-maintained and kept as good as new will reflect good worth and keep the value of the area intact for further resale purposes. Keeping your granite counters clean by carrying out routine cleaning jobs will enable you to ensure that these granite tops remain intact and looking brand new when you plan to resell your house to someone else. You could make use of a long lasting high quality permanent seal that would last around ten to fifteen years and will penetrate into any space of grooves that the counter may have in order to protect it.
  3. Keeping the bacteria out – Usually the most significant counters which are used frequently are kitchen and bathroom counters. It is imperative to keep bacteria away from these counters because of course kitchen counters is the place where all your food comes in contact as well as utensils and bathroom counters will often have items that you will use on your face, in your mouth etc. on a regular basis. Therefore, routine cleaning of granite counters will prevent bacteria from residing on it. Making use of a disinfectant will help keep the bacteria out.
  4. Keep the surface scratch and streak free – even granite countertops may get scratched by the grit that gets trapped on its surface. Light surface scratches may occur on the areas of high-use around the sink or cook-tops. Most scratches can be repaired and fixed in due time but it is better to avoid them by keeping extra care for the counter beforehand.

Other tips to keep these granite counters clean would be to use coasters when possible and do not let kitchen items have direct contact with the surface of the counter, make use of cutting boards, mop and clean gently with warm water and do not use any substance that may pose risk to the counter altogether.

Touch Sensitive Controls Are The Next Big Thing

jan. 10

Touch control technology is here to stay. The idea that all we need to do is to simply touch something to make something happen has gone far beyond the capabilities offered by our smart phones. The technology has taken the kitchen by storm.

Enter touch control systems on the range hood.

Touch control technology makes using the range hood even easier than you might have thought it could be. All you need to do to activate the fan to whatever level is appropriate for what you’re cooking is to touch a button.

Touch control enhances accessibility, too. The technology makes using a range hood very easy for people with mobility or fine motor issues.

Best of all, the touch controls are super easy to clean. You know that grime that can hide behind knobs? Well, it just won’t be there anymore. Touch controls are typically embedded into a panel that requires a simple wipe to clean.

Contact us to find out with range hoods come equipped with touch control.

The Amazing Centrifugal Fan

jan. 8

Can’t picture what a centrifugal fan looks like? Just think of a whirligig or spinny wheel that some people place in their gardens and that spins when the wind blows. It’s basically a series of blades enclosed in a container inside a range hood. That’s why it’s called a fan wheel.

When the hood fan is turned on, the wheel spins. The spinning motion creates high pressure that draws air in. Centrifugal fans are typically found in more powerful range hoods because they need more power to operate properly. Centrifugal fans are particularly good at removing smoke, steam, grease, and odors from the kitchen.

Contact us if you want to find out what kind of fan is built into the range hood model you’ve chosen.

All About Automatic Shut-Off

jan. 2

Many range hoods come equipped with a heat sensor. This is a very handy feature, indeed. It allows you to concentrate on cooking, entertaining, and eating instead of trying to figure out how much grease, smoke, steam, or odor that cooking is producing.

The point is that if there is a lot of smoke, grease, steam, and odor being produced, you would have to stop whatever you’re doing and select a higher fan setting. Then, once you’ve finished cooking – and you’ve let the fan keep running for another 15 minutes or so – you would have to remember to go turn the range hood fan off. The heat sensor takes that responsibility off your shoulders.

But now, some range hoods can go one better.

Not only do they control the fan setting automatically as you cook, they even switch on and off automatically.

The heat sensor on these range hoods is programmed to activate, then de-activate, when the air reaches a particular temperature.

The fact that the range hood keeps the indoor air in our homes clean and fresh is great. The fact that it does that without us needing to worry about it at all is simply fabulous.

All About Range Hood Fan Speeds

dec. 27

We’ve been recommending that you turn on your range hood fan each and every time you cook. Turn it on at least 15 minutes before, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. But, do you know which fan speed you should be using?

The purpose of a range hood is to keep indoor air clean and fresh. The fan draws grease, smoke, smells, and steam up and out of your home reducing stains on paint and tiles, and improving the air you breathe.

The fan power you need depends entirely on what and how you’re cooking. Frying in oil or boiling a big pot of water will require a stronger draw, while keeping food warm in the oven will require a low setting. Because most of us use different methods of cooking, most range hoods come equipped with 2 to 6 speeds. Range hood manufacturers always have recommendations regarding which fan speed should be used for different kinds of cooking.

Better yet, opt for a range hood that features a heat sensor. These switch from low to high and back again according to temperature. So, you won’t ever have to wonder if you should be using a higher setting or not. The range hood will automatically monitor the temperature of the surrounding air. When the programmed temperature is reached, the range hood immediately switches to a higher fan setting. When the air cools, the range hood switches back to a lower fan setting. Neat, right? Yes, it is.

Contact us for more information about range hoods equipped with heat sensors.

Choosing Energy Efficient Kitchen Appliances

dec. 25

Energy conservation is more important now than it has ever been before. Most of us want to live in healthy homes. When we spend time outside, we want our environment to be as clean as possible.

The kitchen is one of the keys to a healthy home environment. Using the range hood fan every time you cook, bake, or roast goes a long way toward keeping the air in your home clean, fresh, and healthy.

The other key to a healthy home environment is to choose new appliances that are energy efficient. Most energy efficient appliances are marked as such. Sometimes, they bear the Energy Star logo. Sometimes, they’re identified in other ways.

In the end, energy efficient range hoods, refrigerators, stoves, and more save us money. They are less of a strain on the environment and on utility companies, and ultimately on the climate.

Contact us to find out which range hoods are the most energy efficient.