Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Appliances

Perry Hood kitchen

Our properties feature modern kitchens with granite countertops, Jay Rambo cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Even though the name ‘stainless steel’ sounds like those surfaces would be easy to clean, there are a few tricks to keeping your stainless steel appliances looking like new. At the Housekeeping blog on About.com, Sarah Aguirre put together a list of these stainless steel tips to ensure these surfaces stay free of rust and scratches.

  • Just Water

In most situations, you’ll only need some warm water and a soft cloth to clean any dust and spills from your stainless steel. There are two important tips that go along with this, however. First, you’ll want to wipe with the grain of the steel. There are no dramatic consequences if you don’t, but you’ll notice much more residue and grime left behind. That will leave you with surfaces that aren’t very shiny. Second, be sure to thoroughly dry your appliances after cleaning. Any water left will leave spots.

  • Mild Dish Soap

For tougher dirt or sticky substances, you can try warm water with just a drop of mild dish soap. Again, use a soft cloth to prevent scratching the surface and rub with the grain. When you’re done, rinse with water and dry thoroughly.

  • Glass Cleaner

If fingerprints are causing your stainless steel appliances to lose their shine, glass cleaner is usually the answer. You’re usually better off spraying the cleaner on your cloth, rather than directly on the surface. This helps prevent drips that you see later. You can rub in a circular motion around the fingerprints to remove them, then rinse with water by rubbing with the grain again.

  • Stainless Steel Cleaner

If your stainless steel surfaces have developed scratches or are in need of a polish, stainless steel cleaners and polishes are available. These help to fill scratches and chips, remove stains and polish the surface to restore shine. You’ll want to start in a small, inconspicuous spot just in case the cleaner isn’t right for your surface. Then, rinse and dry thoroughly.

With proper maintenance, your appliances will look like new for as long as you keep them in your home.

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4 Cabinet Customization Options For A More Efficient Kitchen

Kitchen with Jay Rambo cabinets

Moving into your home with beautiful and contemporary kitchen cabinets is only the start. There are a number of options you can add to your cabinets in order to make your kitchen more functional without sacrificing the look of those cabinets. At Perry Hood Properties, our homes are constructed with high-quality Jay Rambo cabinets, which give your kitchen an attractive look. To add additional functionality, Jennifer Ott put together a few suggestions at Houzz. Here are a few of our favorite ideas.

  • Lighting

Adding lighting underneath your cabinets serves a number of uses and doesn’t take up any additional room. These lights help with food prep and other work done on your counters and can serve as nightlights for those late-night trips to the refrigerator. Low-profile LED strips are barely noticeable during the day and are also inexpensive.

  • Outlets

The backsplash is one of a limited number of design elements in your kitchen. Sometimes putting outlets over your backsplash is unavoidable, but in most cases you could put outlets on the underside of your cabinets instead. This also ensures that there’s always an outlet close by when you need it. The one downside is unsightly cords hanging down from the suspended outlets, but that can be easily remedied by unplugging countertop appliances when they’re not in use.

  • Stemware or Bottle rack

It’s always difficult to find a space for your stemware. A similar problem is storing wine bottles without taking up a lot of counter space. By utilizing your cabinets, you can solve both problems and save space in an attractive way. A stemware rack can be added either inside a cabinet, or to the underside of one. The underside of your cabinet can also be used to add a bottle holder. Putting these two options together is extremely handy.

  • Device Docks

Do you use your tablet for recipes while you cook? Or do you talk on the phone or return emails while in the kitchen? Even if you just want to listen to music while you cook or clean, having docks for your electronic devices mounted under your cabinets is a great way to keep them out of the way but still accessible. These mounts hang down far enough where your device is easily readable but ensure it won’t ever be in the middle of spills.

There are a number of other ways to customize your kitchen to better fit your needs. Consider mounting your knife block under cabinets, or keep paper towels or a jar or can opener mounted to keep them handy.

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