We often take for granted just how essential home appliances have become in our everyday lives. It's just a given in our modern world that our ovens will turn on every time we fire them up, that our fridges will keep on ticking for decades, and that our washing machines will keep chugging through thousands of gallons of water each year without a problem. But what if something was to go wrong and one of these appliances breaks down on us at a bad time?
While such breakdowns are generally rare, they aren’t unheard of. At the end of the day, our miraculous appliances are just machines, and they are all vulnerable to the march of time. Put another way, regular appliance maintenance is very useful and necessary to maximize the life of our home gadgets. After all, our home appliances do so much for us, so it's only fair that we do the little things necessary to keep them trouble-free.
You may think that appliance maintenance always requires a certified skilled technician and a hefty maintenance bill, but the good news is that isn’t true. Most of the basic maintenance jobs your kitchen and bathroom machines need are easy DIY tasks that anybody can do.
Stove and Oven Maintenance
Whether you have a top-of-the-line gas range with all the bells and whistles, or just a simple unit with two burners, proper stove and oven maintenance is key. Keeping your stove and oven in good shape will ensure that they produce many tasty meals for the years to come. This is even more so the case if you have an outdoor kitchen stove to take care of.
If you use your stove every day you’ll find that it can quickly become coated in many layers of grease and crud. If left uncleaned this grime becomes very difficult to remove and can be a real fire hazard. So head this off by cleaning your stovetop regularly.
You can reduce a lot of the mess by wiping down your stove immediately after using it with a natural cleaning solution. However, it's still advisable to do a deep clean once a month. Most of the time that means cleaning off your stovetop with warm water and some dishwashing soap, though you might have to use a harsher stove cleaner for more stubborn stains.