Remodeling Your Kitchen on a Budget

So your New Year’s resolution is to finally update that kitchen, but you don’t have stockpiles of cash to do it all at once. Two things to remember:

  • You don’t have to do it all at once. Start with the smaller changes while you save for the big ones.
  • Plan ahead. Have at least an idea of measurements and color scheme of your new kitchen before forging ahead—this will save you many headaches.

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How to Prepare Your Kitchen for the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

You too can have a deliriously happy Thanksgiving with by preparing your kitchen appliances.

It’s the last thing on everyone’s mind, but the worst thing that could happen on Thanksgiving: your appliances malfunctioning. If your home is the stage for your holiday meal, your appliances are your stage crew. Keep them happy, and the show will go on.

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7 Ideas to Create the Perfect Guest Bedroom

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Preparing for holiday visitors doesn’t require a complete overhaul of your home. No matter how small or large your guest room, a few personal touches can take a spare bedroom from makeshift-closet to marvelous. Here are a few ideas for creating the perfect guest bedroom without calling the red alert: Continue reading

Sparks Flying… in Your Microwave?

Did sparks fly (not the romantic kind) while you were in the middle of heating up your pizza pocket?

An arcing microwave, which is the likely cause of the sparks, happens when the center rack isn’t properly fitted in the rack holder. If arcing repeatedly occurs, it could cause damage to the microwave’s interior paint, as well as permanent damage.

If this paint has already worn off and you continue to see sparks in your microwave, you can touch up the interior with an appliance paint, found at any appliance specialty shop like Appliance Factory Parts. Check out our video above for more details.

Winterization Checklist: 8 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Winterizing your home sounds like a complicated process, but it’s really a checklist of regular maintenance to prepare for cold weather and higher energy bills. Winterizing your home or vacation home will not only help you reduce energy costs, but will also give you peace of mind in the event of power outages during harsh weather.

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Easy Homemade High-Efficiency Laundry Detergent with Baking Soda

Conventional laundry detergent seems more convenient in theory–all you need to do is buy a bottle or box and throw it in. But conventional laundry detergents can take up a huge chunk in a family budget. The homemade stuff is cheaper and simple to mix.

Most ingredients can be found in your cupboards and local grocery store. After scouring the interwebs for the best detergent, we decided on this quick and easy recipe from blogger One Good Thing by Jillee. We’ve tweaked the recipe a little so you can customize your favorite scents.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 c. Hot water (Boil the water first, then let it sit while you assemble everything else)
  • 3 Tbsp. Borax
  • 3 Tbsp. Washing soda (TIP: You can buy it, or you can learn to make your own here.)
  • 2 Tbsp. of your favorite dish soap, fresh-smelling shampoo or ½ c. grated bar soap
  • A small plastic funnel
  • A gallon-sized bottle or jug
  • Throw all ingredients in the gallon jug, then pour in the hot water.
  • Swirl the jug until all ingredients are dissolved. There will be bubbles—that’s okay!
  • Once all ingredients are dissolved, pour in cold water almost to the top of the jug.
Presto! This batch will make enough detergent for about 12-16 large loads. The materials are so cheap, each load of laundry will run you less than a nickel a pop.
Have you tried making your own laundry detergent? What’s worked for you?

How to Attempt Stainless Steel Scratch Removal

Stainless steel—it’s modern, durable, and attractive until scratch disaster strikes. Here are some tips to remove stainless steel scratches. While these tips may help lighten scratches, stainless steel scratches can be extremely difficult to remove and often times are irreversible.

Because stainless steel comes in a variety of finishes, it’s always best to first check with your manufacturer for recommendations before undertaking a cosmetic stainless steel repair.

For fine scratches, use vegetable oil. Simply pour vegetable oil on a paper towel and rub it onto the surface. Remove the excess oil with a cloth.

For deep scratches, use a professional scratch removal kit such as Scratch-B-Gone, recommends Frank Benton, a longtime appliance service technician from BrandSource Service in Denver. This product will provide you with a step-by-step process for scratch removal and can help in some circumstances.

Unfortunately, stainless steel scratches are very difficult and sometimes are impossible to remove. While Scratch-B-Gone or another removal product may help some, these products don’t provide a guaranteed solution. We hope these tips have prevented your kitchen from resembling an elementary school’s art room with art projects blocking unsightly stainless steel scratches.

*Always buff with the direction of the metal. If you buff against the grain, you will create additional scratches!

*Beware of using sandpaper or steel wool to buff the scratch. These materials can dull the appearance of the stainless steel finish.

Summertime Recipes! Burgers & Salad

Summertime is here again! The sun is warm, the thunderstorms are a-kickin’ and the smell of good ol’ charcoal or.. propane, if you prefer, is in the air. It’s time to ready up the grill and get cooking.

Here are two easy-peasy recipes for a great summer night: Black bean burgers & Cucumber dill salad.

Black Bean Burger Recipe.

Click to enlarge, then print!

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Spring Cleaning: 6 Organizing Ideas for Laundry Rooms

Your laundry room isn’t just the last-resort location for the family cat litter. Organization is key — the more organized your laundry room, perhaps the less you’ll loathe spending time there every weekend.

Organizing your laundry room can allow you to re-purpose it into an office space.

But where to begin on organizing a space you hate using?
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Spring Cleaning: Four Easy Tips for Cleaning Your Refrigerator

Welcome to part two in our Spring Cleaning for Appliances series. This week we’ll be showering our spring cleaning love on refrigerators.

Meaty

That fridge better be clean.

Chances are you clean the inside of your refrigerator every once in a while, but have you ever cleaned the condenser coils? If not, chances are they are so dirty that your refrigerator might not be cooling properly. Dust, pet hair and other gross things can get caught in the compressor fan and cause your refrigerator to get too hot. The coils will either be on the front or behind the fridge, covered by a vent plate. You can clean it with a special condenser-coil brush (found at hardware stores) or a vacuum hose. Unplug it or cut the circuit breaker first.

The door gasket can be wiped down with a mixture of hot water and detergent, as well. For the insides, use a wet sponge to pick up any food residue first. You can use white vinegar to wipe down all the dirty old food spills and then use a dry towel to make it squeaky clean.

If you’ve got a Side by Side fridge with an icemaker/water dispenser, wipe down and clean any residue off the dispenser itself to remove any lime residue. You can also use approved ice-maker cleaner to clean out hard water deposits inside the machine. This will be a good time replace your water filter, too (here’s a video on how).

Next it’s time to defrost the freezer. Again, make sure the power is off. Frost isn’t always bad, but sometimes it can actually make the freezer too cold and cause freezer burn. Empty the freezer’s contents and then wipe down the interior with a solution of 2 tbsp baking soda in 1 quart of hot water. Wipe it down with a dry towel and don’t forget to put all the food back in the freezer.

The refrigerator is fairly easy compared to the dishwasher, huh? There are less moving parts. Do you have any refrigerator cleaning tips that I missed?

Spring Cleaning: Four Easy Tips for Cleaning your Dishwasher

 This is the first article in a series that we’ll be doing to celebrate the coming of Spring: Spring Cleaning for your Appliances!

Appliances need spring cleaning love, too, and cleaning an appliance thoroughly can extend its lifetime significantly.  Spending a small amount of time cleaning the gunk and goo out of your appliance could save you massive amounts of cash in the long run.

Aggh! My arms are too short!

 This week’s article is about cleaning out your dishwasher. Since most people don’t properly rinse their dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, this appliance can get clogged by food. You’ve seen when old dishwashers don’t clean properly: bits of food stuck to the underside of your dishes and inside your glasses even after the wash cycle is over. It might be that all you have to do is clean it.

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Denver Water Rebates Being Reduced by 33 Percent

The Denver Water rebate is being reduced by 33 percent on March 16 and Appliance Factory Outlet is helping consumers apply for those rebates to save as much as possible on Energy Star certified appliances before the funds dry up.  

Currently, Denver County residents can get up to $150 off qualified high-efficiency washing machines. After March 16, that rebate will drop by $50.

 

 
Continue reading for info on other Colorado water rebates.

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Microwave Maintenance

With Americans leading the busy lives they have, one appliance stands above the rest in its ability to save you time- The Microwave. Being such a staple in American cooking, there are a few tips that should be followed to maintain its peak condition.

1. Proper cookware.

  • Never use metal in a microwave. Anyone who’s done this on accident know it causes electrical currents that can cause fire and damage to your microwave.
  • Make sure other cookware used is “micro-wave safe”. Micro-wave safe is made to withstand the heat.
  • Avoid square containers as heat concentrates in the corners and can cause food to dry out.

Via The Sultan’s Secret Garden

2. Internal cleaning.

  • It’s important to wipe out the spilt contents of your food from the oven. If left, these spills can cook into the microwave causing burns and damage to the microwave interior. 

3. Exterior cleaning.

  • Exterior elements of the microwave like the touchpad will last longer and perform better when kept clean.

4. Don’t use when empty.

  • According to repairclinic.com running your microwave with nothing in it can damage the internal mechanism of the microwave because the energy is fed back into the microwave.

5. Safety

  • A proper working door is essential to keeping microwave energy in the microwave.
  • Leave lids ajar to prevent steam build-up.
  • Don’t heat a baby’s bottle in the microwave as this can cause scalding from hot spots in the liquid.

How to Care For Your Mattress

Did you know Appliance Factory Outlet also sells mattresses? Even Jake Jabs can't beat our price.

How long should a mattress last?

  1. Many factors play into this, such as how often a mattress is used (guest bed, or every night?) and the size and weight of the people sleeping on them. On average, a regular mattress will last 5 to 7 years, and a premium mattress will last up to 10 years.
  2. Inner coilspring mattresses last about 5-7 years
  3. Memory foam mattresses can last up to 10 or longer.

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