Totem Appliance Service Blog - Vancouver, Calgary, Fraser Valley

By Laura on 2/18/2013 9:32 AM
Steam has been around for a long time. It used to power huge locomotives, automobiles, and we all still use it today for limited purposes. Most of us are familiar with that whistling sound that signifies our water is ready for tea. Other than that, steam has all but… lost its steam. This is changing now that different companies are discovering uses for steam in appliances. Many of us own or have used steam cleaners and discovered their impressive carpet and upholstery cleaning qualities but did you know steam cleaners can also clean countertops to get you back to a new looking finish?  Many dishwashers have started introducing steam cleaning functions. Steam can get hotter than water so it’s not surprising that people like this function from a sanitation standpoint. Many of us see steam cleaners in dentist’s offices or doctors’ offices to sanitize tools before they are used on patients. It may be overkill in our homes since an effective dishwasher should kill off bacteria at its current temperatures with...
By Laura on 2/11/2013 6:39 AM
“Continuous cleaning” ovens are coated with a texture layer that oxidizes food splatter to keep cooking debris from clinging to its surface. The amazing thing about is it cleans itself WHILE you’re cooking. The only thing you really need to worry about is spills. Clean up excessive spills with a damp cloth and it should take care of the rest. The most important thing to remember if you do have to clean anything up in it is to never scrape the surface up with anything from metal spatulas or anything abrasive as it will damage the surface.  It is a good idea to remove the racks from time to time or as needed to clean them off. The oven door can be cleaned off with glass wipes and stainless steel polish if need be. Do not use oven cleaners on continuous ovens because they can clog the textured surface that makes this oven style so effective at cleaning itself. Make sure you don’t use scouring pads, abrasive cleaners or any metal pads or scrapers as they will damage the surface of the oven....
By Laura on 2/4/2013 7:40 AM
Many of our appliances can usually go a long time without being cleaned as long as you don’t spill anything but ovens and cooktops are a different story. No matter how careful you are, when you are cooking, things can get messy so it’s just a matter of HOW messy.  There are a bunch of products that claim to work with a single swipe of their miracle product. I hate to break it to you QVC addicts but they don’t usually work. Cleaning takes some work no matter how good the product is and you need to be careful that cleaning detergents aren’t so strong that they damage what you’re cleaning. Many surfaces specifically say to only use non-abrasive cleaners and pads.  Electric burners should only be cleaned when they are cold to make sure there’s no way you can burn yourself. Most burner coils lift up then pull out. Grab a cleaning cloth and some soapy water and wipe them down. Never submerge the burners or any electrical portion of them in water but you may need to soak them down pretty well to get up any food...
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