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.

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

mar. 27

Few of us give much thought to the range hood that takes up a significant amount of space over the stove. It is, however, an absolutely essential appliance. That range hood helps keep your indoor air as pure as possible by drawing up all the grease, smoke, steam, odors, and fumes, and exhausting all those pollutants to the outdoors.

At least once per month, especially if you cook a lot, you should give your range hood a good top to bottom cleaning. Use a natural, citrus-based cleaner on the hood to clean up any accumulated dust and stains. Then unhook the housing that holds the filter and fan in place. Most range hood filters can be put through a regular dishwasher cycle. That makes keeping it clean easy, right?

If your range hood has been around for many decades and is just not working as well as it used to, it might be time to consider ripping it out and replacing it with a new one. Consider, too, that the latest range hoods come equipped with a series of modern and convenient technologies. Cleaning reminders, multiple fan speed options, multiple power grades, touch sensitive options, and even timed on and off functions.

Not to mention the varied styles and sizes available today, too.

Need help choosing a range hood for your home and lifestyle? Call us!

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

mar. 13

Your range hood does a lot for you. It draws up all that grease, smoke, steam, fumes, and odors that cooking produces. Those other appliances we depend on – the refrigerator, stove, microwave – they off gas fumes, too. Your range hood clears the air of all those potentially toxic pollutants. The best thing you can do for yourself and your family is to make sure your range hood is in peak working condition.

Start by giving it a really good cleaning. Use a natural, gentle, citrus-based cleaner. You just want to make sure that the cleaner is gentle enough to use on any surface – stainless steel, aluminum, copper, iron, or even wood. Most range hood filters can be easily detached from the housing and placed in the dishwasher. Run it through a regular cycle and reattach.

Depending on how frequently you cook at the stove, or how much frying you do, you should consider hiring a professional to clean the ducts at least every few years. New range hoods are excellent at separating grease from smoke, fumes, and steam. They trap the grease in the filter and allow everything else to escape to the outdoors. Some of that particulate matter can settle within the duct that leads from the range hood to the outside. A professional duct cleaner will make sure that the ducts are as pristine as possible.

An older range hood may not be very effective at separating the grease from all the other pollutants. In that case, any grease that settles in the ductwork can become a fire hazard. Cleaning out the ducts is very important if your range hood is very old.

Here’s a thought. if your range hood is old, why not take the opportunity now to toss out the old and bring in the new? You’ll get to update the look of your kitchen with a modern range hood and your home’s indoor air quality will be much healthier thanks to improvements in range hood technology.

Need help choosing the right range hood for your kitchen? Give us a call!

Spring Maintenance Tips – Refreshing Your Range Hood

mar. 1

Happy Spring!

Yay, springtime! Sure, I know it’s only March the first, spring won’t actually arrive until March 20th. Still, I like to think of March as the month of spring.

So, let’s take today and the next couple of weeks to jump into the spirit of spring. Let’s do that by looking at the ways we can refresh the kitchen. You can go with a full-on kitchen renovation. Or, if your budget isn’t quite that expansive, you can focus on giving your kitchen a true top to bottom spring cleaning.

Once all the grease and grime is gone, you’ll feel fresher and happier. So, let’s get to it. Here’s how to make sure your range hood stays looking and functioning its best for many decades to come.

  • Wash the filter. Whether your range hood is equipped with a baffle filter, a charcoal filter, or a mesh filter, keeping the filter clean is very easy. Most filters – except charcoal filters – are dishwasher safe. Charcoal filters should be replaced once per year.
  • Clean the range hood cover with a gentle, natural cleaner. Standard glass cleaners are very effective. The key is to make sure that you don’t use an abrasive or harsh cleaner.
  • Many range hoods allow you to unhook the fan and lift it out of the housing. Once it’s out, you can either run it through a regular cycle in the dishwasher or wash it by hand with dish soap and water.

Some range hoods come equipped with a cleaning reminder. If your range hood doesn’t, don’t despair. Mark your calendar. Spot clean your range hood daily and weekly. Once per month, give the rest of it a good wash. A little effort will go a long way in keeping your range hood looking and working its best.

Yes! A Range Hood Can Ease Allergy Symptoms

mar. 21

A range hood doesn’t replace an air purification system. Ok, now that we’ve got that one out of the way, let’s talk about what a range hood can do for you.

Your range hood works with your air purification system to clear out as many irritating particles as possible. Turn the range hood fan on every single time you cook. Turn it on at least 15 minutes before you begin cooking, and leave it running at least 15 minutes after you’re done cooking.

It will help clear the air of grease, smoke, steam, odors, and potentially harmful fumes.

You might be wondering what those typical by-products of the cooking process have to do with allergies. Good question.

Here’s the answer…

Even in our draft-free, highly efficient homes, pollen, dust and all the other particles that offend our senses are always present. A range hood fan can draw those irritants out of the air and exhaust them to the outdoors where they belong.

Just make sure that your range hood isn’t adding to the problem. Give it a good inside-out cleaning using a natural, non-abrasive cleaner about once per week. At least once per month, depending on how often you cook and what you cook, unhook the filter and run it through the regular dishwasher cycle.

Now you can breathe easier!

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You Might Need A Backdraft Damper

feb. 27

The backdraft damper is one of those range hood components that most of us don’t ever spare a thought for.

And that’s ok.

Having said that, though, I’m going to spend a little time telling you about what a bonus a backdraft damper is.

The whole point of a range hood is to help maintain clean and healthy indoor air quality. It does that by drawing up cooking odors, smoke, grease, and potentially toxic fumes and exhausting all of them to the outdoors.

But, what stops outside air from making its way into your home? Usually, nothing. If you’re trying to make your home as energy efficient as possible, then you don’t want outside air leaking in.

That’s where the backdraft damper comes in.

The backdraft damper opens when you turn the range hood on allowing all that dirty air to escape to the outdoors. Once you turn the range hood off, the damper falls back into place blocking any outside air that might otherwise make its way into your home.

Not all range hoods come equipped with backdraft dampers. For instance, range hoods that are not ducted to the outside don’t need them. Actually, not all range hoods that are ducted have them. Sometimes, a backdraft damper isn’t really necessary, especially if the duct is located in a wind-protected side of the house.

Think that you might want a range hood with a backdraft damper? Give us a call. We’ll explain which modes might work best for your home.

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.