Category Archives: Refrigerator Cleaning & Organization

How To Clean a Stainless Steel Refrigerator

Stainless steel material is top rated for refrigerators thanks to its clean look and functionality. But, for as good as it looks, can also require some extra maintenance.Speedy sub zero port washington

Want to get rid of those pesky watermarks and fingerprints from your stainless steel refrigerator? You can count on two main ingredients – oil and vinegar. Sounds like a salad dressing but really, it works wonders!

If you’re looking to shine up your stainless steel fridge to leave it looking sparkly and new, here are some things that you’ll need:

  • Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Paper towels or a very soft microfiber cloth

Now that you have your supplies handy, follow these directions, adding a little elbow grease into mix and you’ll have a spotless fridge in no time:

  • Since stainless steel is easily scratched, make sure to always use a soft, microfiber cloth, or some paper towels. If you really want to make sure your fridge is streak-free, use both! Take to it first with a microfiber cloth and a mild cleaning agent, and then wipe it down with paper towels for a double dose of cleanliness.
  • Always make sure to clean in with the grain–we repeat–always clean with the grain! This is a crucial step in ensuring a smooth and streak-free shine. Once you detect which direction the grain is going, rub your cloth in the same direction. Going against the grain will leave permanent scratches on the surface of your appliance.
  • To cut through greasy fingerprints and debris, mix together 3 parts vinegar with 1 part water in a spray bottle, spray on your fridge and then wipe it down with paper towels.
  • After all of the debris is removed, polish your refrigerator with oil of any kind, giving it a high gloss shine. But beware–cleaning with oil does require a little extra time for the steel to soak it all in.

If you run into any problems with your refrigerator that go beyond cleaning the surface, the experts at Speedy Subzero are just a phone call away. With more than 75 years of experience serving Long Island and New York City, don’t trust anyone else with your refrigerator and freezer repairs. Call us to schedule your same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

 

How To Kill Mold in Your Refrigerator

Refrigerators are mold magnets, due to the dark and moist environment. Foods and liquids spill, leftovers get lost in the back, and condiments seem to expire much faster than expected, leaving prime breeding grounds for mold. Mold can be very dangerous, but luckily is easy to clean in your refrigerator. Here are some ways to keep that fridge sparkling clean and safe:

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  1. Locate the Mold: Visible mold is usually just a small percentage of how much mold is actually in your fridge. Completely remove all of the contents from your drawers and shelves and locate any extra debris and spills.
  2. Clean the Shelves and Drawers: Shelves and drawers should be cleaned with dish soap and water to get any sticky food, residue or debris off. Once they are cleaned, spray them with a solution of one part bleach and one part water. Allow the mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes and wipe clean. Make sure to pay attention to the drawer tracks and any nooks and crannies to get rid of any mold spores that could linger. Cotton swabs are good tools to help get into those hard to reach places.
  3. Wipe Out The Inside: Spray the bleach solution onto the interior walls of the fridge, let sit for 10 minutes, rinse with cold water and thoroughly dry it.
  4. Don’t Forget the Gaskets: Gaskets cannot be cleaned with bleach because it damages the rubber seal. Instead, combine one part white vinegar with one part water inside the other spray bottle. Spray the gaskets on the fridge door and allow them to sit for five minutes before wiping clean. Scrub them with an old toothbrush to remove grime in any hard-to-reach places. Remember, mold breeds from moisture, so be sure to dry thoroughly in order to prevent more spores from growing.

Keeping your refrigerator clean and free of mold is important for the safety of your food and the efficiency of your fridge. Should you run into any refrigerator trouble let the experts at Speedy Subzero help! We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. To schedule your appointment with one of our licensed technicians, give us a call at 866-782-9376 today!

4 Ways To Get Rid Of Bad Smells In Your Refrigerator

How many times have you been in your kitchen and wondered what that horrible smell was? Chances are it’s almost always coming from inside of your refrigerator. Not only does a bad smell in your fridge ruin your appetite, but it can take a long time to figure out where it is coming from. To avoid the hassle of having to troubleshoot the smelly culprit, here are some ways to eliminate bad smells and keep them from coming back in the future:

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Clean it out, completely: Go through your fridge and throw out all food that is expired, looks rotten, or you won’t eat in the next few days. To make sure you’ve thoroughly cleaned everything, follow this cleaning checklist.

Leave the odor removers on the shelves: We’ve all heard about leaving an open box of baking soda in your fridge to absorb odors. But did you know that you can spread baking soda on a cookie tray to soak up any odors that remain after cleaning? Another solution that helps eliminate tougher odors is by mixing baking soda with a tablespoon of vanilla and letting it sit there to work it’s magic. A dish of dried coffee grounds, or even a bowl of oats also help bust those smells!

Keep your fresh foods visible and towards the front: Many times a bag of lettuce or a bundle of broccoli gets pushed to the back, only to go bad and leave your fridge smelling less than pleasant. Foods that perish quickly should be kept visible so you’re more aware of when they are about to go bad.

Use airtight containers for storage: Packing up leftovers is an easy and economical way to eat for the rest of the week, but it’s crucial that they are properly stored. Don’t keep your sandwich wrapped loosely in a napkin or have pizza resting openly on a plate. Keep all leftovers in an airtight container to extend their shelf life and keep foul odors from escaping. You should also make sure to label and date everything so you know exactly when your food is good until.

Are you experiencing a bad smell coming from your fridge? Foul odors in your refrigerator might be caused by warm temperatures. If your appliance is running warm, the fridge-fixing experts at Speedy Subzero can help keep it cool. If you live in New York City or Long Island, call us to schedule your same-day refrigerator repair at 866-782-9376.

Refrigerator Cleaning Checklist

This summer your refrigerator is going to be working overtime. Between storing all of your BBQ leftovers and stocking up on treats to stay cool, your fridge is probably the most used appliance in your home. Why not show it some love and appreciation with a thorough cleaning? You might think you got the technique down cold (pun totally intended!), but here are some tips to help leave your refrigerator sparkling clean.

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Step #1: Remove all of the food

The entire fridge cleaning process shouldn’t take you too long, but if you’re worried about meat or dairy spoiling, store them in a cooler to keep them fresh.

Step #2: Clean the crispers and bins

Now that your fridge is empty, remove all of the shelves and drawers and scrub them in the sink with soap and warm water. For tougher stains, use a steel wool pad and raise the water temperature. This should help to loosen up any caked on residue.

Step #3: Vacuum it out

It can be hard to thoroughly pick up all of the loose crumbs in your fridge. That’s where a vacuum comes in handy! After sucking up the tiny morsels, use a wet cloth with a mild dish soap to wipe down the interior of your refrigerator and then thoroughly dry it off.

Step #4: Refill

Once your shelves are dry, you can start re-stocking your fridge. Organize like items together and pay close attention to your food’s expiration dates, tossing out anything outdated.

Step #5: Don’t forget about the outside

Wipe down any stains, dirt, dust or fingerprints from the outside of your refrigerator as well. For enameled steel, you can use a multi-surface solution and paper towels, but stainless steel should be treated with a damp microfiber cloth and distilled white vinegar. Make sure to rub in the direction of the grain to avoid scratching, too!
Now that your refrigerator is clean and organized, let the summer barbecues and parties begin! Should you run into any refrigerator trouble before your big events, let the experts at Speedy Subzero help! We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. To schedule your appointment with one of our licensed technicians, give us a call at 866-782-9376 today!

Pros & Cons of Refrigerator Ice Dispenser

There’s nothing better than reaching for an ice cold drink to cool off in the warm summer months. When it comes to purchasing a new refrigerator, ones with built-in ice dispensers may seem like a no brainer, providing luxury and instant refreshments. But could the bad possibly outweigh the good? Here are the pros and cons of having a refrigerator with a built-in ice dispenser.

       

Pros:  

Convenience: A built in ice/water dispenser makes it easier to fill up your glass with just the push of a button and stay hydrated throughout the day. Manufacturers are starting to offer sparkling water options and even dispensers that produce cold and hot water.  Many refrigerators also offer a crushed or cubed ice option, for added convenience.

Cleaner Water: Ice dispenser water is run through a built in filter to help remove mercury and unwanted minerals, leading to better tasting water.

Environmentally Conscious: Using a built in water dispenser will not only help eliminate the cost of constantly buying plastic water bottles, but is also much better for the environment.

Cons:

Cost: Refrigerators with an ice/water dispenser typically costs a few hundred dollars more to purchase. They require more energy to run, making your electric bills higher. And don’t forget the expense of replacing the filter, which is another added cost.

Repair Rates: According to Consumer Reports, refrigerators with ice dispensers tend to break down a lot and repairs can be very costly.

Reduced Storage: Depending on the make of your refrigerator, the ice/water dispenser can take up very valuable space in either your refrigerator or freezer side.

Is your refrigerator or ice-maker in need of repair? The refrigeration experts at Speedy SubZero are here to help! Serving Long Island and New York City for more than 75 years, there is no make or model of refrigerator, freezer, ice maker, or wine cooler that we can’t fix. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County and Suffolk County, call us today at 866-782-9376 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.