Proper microwave maintenance might be a low priority on your weekly chore list, but the benefits of it are more than worth it. Foregoing microwave cleaning can negatively impact the functionality, efficiency, and lifespan of your microwave.
Extending the longevity and efficiency of your microwave is easy, using these 6 tips from the professionals at Paramount Appliance Repair. If you have taken good care of your microwave, but it still seems to be experiencing issues, perhaps it’s time to call in for a repair. Our licensed and insured technicians at Paramount Appliance Repair have many years of experience performing microwave repair in Sherwood Park. Call today at 1-888-661-3305 to book a same-day repair!
6 Microwave Tips
Avoid Spills From Occurring
One of the easiest ways to keep your microwave clean is by preventing spills from happening. When you’re heating up food in the microwave, make sure it’s covered with a lid. Food will pop and splatter all over the microwave when it’s heated up too quickly. By properly covering it, you can keep the splatters minimal. There are also products that serve to cover bowls, plates, and tupperware while in the microwave; if your container doesn’t have a lid, one of these will do the trick.
Use Appropriate Dishware
To extend the longevity of your appliance, avoid placing incompatible materials into the microwave. Never place aluminum foil or metal dishware into the microwave can cause fires and explosions. Generally, ceramic, glass and plastic materials are microwave-friendly, but make sure to check your specific product to see if it is microwave-safe. To be safe, if you’re unsure, you can do a test to see if the dishware is microwavable. Place the dishware into the microwave along with a microwavable bowl or cup filled with water and heat it together for 1 minute. If the dishware is too hot to touch, it has likely absorbed too much energy, and is not microwave-safe.
Wipe it Down Daily
Make it a habit to include your microwave on the list of appliances you wipe down at the end of each day. People tend to forget about the microwave as it is closed- out of sight, out of mind. Wiping down your microwave daily can help keep it clean and further reduce the chances of it requiring a repair.
Steam Works Great Against Dried Spills
Wiping down your microwave is easy but sometimes, there are stubborn dried up spills that refuse to come off. Steam is a great method to apply to loosen up food particles. Place a half filled bowl of water in the microwave and heat it on the highest setting for five minutes. Do not remove the bowl right away. Allow for the steam to circulate around the microwave to loosen up any dried up spills. Remove the glass bowl with oven mitts. Use a paper towel or damp cloth to wipe away the spills. You will notice that the stubborn spills and stains are a lot easier to remove.
Keep Your Microwave Fresh
As your microwave is exposed to a variety of food, it is bound to generate an unpleasant smell after a while. Deodorizing your microwave can help keep it fresh and -prevent undesirable odours. Add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar into a half-filled glass bowl of water. Heat it for 5 minutes on the highest setting. Another method is to place a plate with 1 tablespoon of water into the microwave. Cut a lemon in half and place it face down on the plate and heat it for 1 minute.
Know When It’s Time For a Repair
Even with proper maintenance and cleaning, sometimes, microwave repairs are sometimes unavoidable. When you think your microwave is experiencing some sort of issue, do not try to fix it yourself, as this can cause further damage to the microwave. The microwave is composed of numerous complex electrical parts and if you were to make a mistake, it can cause serious damage that’s beyond repair to your microwave and yourself.