How To Clean A Stainless Steel Air Vent That’s Above Your Stove Top

How To Clean A Stainless Steel Air Vent That’s Above Your Stove Top

Above stove air vents (range hoods) are almost always covered in grease. It doesn’t matter if your kitchen is cleaned every 6 months or weekly. If you cook, your hood range is going to get dirty. Grease, dust, finger prints. this is how to clean a stainless steel above stove air vent. By the end of this article you will know how to make your stainless steel range hood be clear of grease and shine like new.

Before You Start Cleaning Tips

  • To avoid unnatural smears always wipe in the direction of the stainless steel grain
  • Always spray your cleaning product directly on your cleaning rag to avoid slippery and damaging products from resting on your floor.
  • Never use the same rag for two different cleaning solutions
  • Learn more about general stainless steel cleaning here.

1. We need to gather our cleaning supplies

When cleaning any area of your home I believe that your selection of supplies is extremely important. This is definitely true in a kitchen that features stainless steel appliances. We want to choose products that help the hood range shine and not leave behind ugly smudges. For this clean, we will depend on 2 products. We are going to need a stainless steel cleaner and a stainless steel polish.

409 Stone & Steel Cleaner

This is an amazing cleaning product that helps remove grease and fingerprints from stainless steel. It’s the only stainless steel cleaners that I have found to actually work. What makes this product different from other cleaners and polishes is this product cleans down deep. It’s able to remove dirtiness from your appliances without damaging them.

Zep Stainless Steel Polish

Zep makes a fantastic stainless steel polish. I have found that this polish vs all others is better at leaving a consistent shine that lasts a long time. This difference in the polish and the cleaner is the polish doesn’t really clean. The polish is oily and helps make the stainless steel look glossy. Because of the oily base polish has it leaves your hood range with a like-new gloss.

Microfiber Cloths

You are going to need four microfiber rags in total. Two drying rags (one for the cleaner and one for the polish). you will also need one rag for applying the cleaner and one rag for applying the polish. I ALWAYS recommend using clean rags and don’t use the same rag for two different cleaning products. We want to use microfiber rags because they help spread cleaning product evenly and are gentle on your stainless steel surfaces.

2. Clean your air vent with the stone and steel cleaner

We always need to start the cleaning process with our cleaner. The cleaner’s job is going to be to remove all the built-up grease. This process is going to use two rags. You are going to use one rag for cleaning the steel and another rag for drying. Remember to always spray your cleaning product directly on the rag and not on the stainless steel its self. Also always wipe in the direction of the grain.

After you have cleaned the stainless steel go ahead and switch to your drying rag and dry the air vent thoroughly. Once you have finished drying the 409 stone and steel cleaner go ahead and swap your rags out for two new unused rags so we can begin the next step.

3. Polish your range hood with Zeps stainless steel polish

Once your air vent has been fully cleaned and all the grease has been removed it’s time to polish it. The polish is going to remove any minor steaks the cleaner may have left behind. The steel polish is also going to leave behind a glossy coat that will brighten up your kitchen.

Remember to follow the same practices we used before. Spray this product on your rag not the range, wipe in the direction of the grain and dry the product after you applied it.

Conclusion

Follow this article as your guide to a clean and shiny like-new kitchen air vent and range hood.

This Magical Trick Will Help You Clean A Microwave Fast And With Ease

This Magical Trick Will Help You Clean A Microwave Fast And With Ease

If you are anything like me, you hate taking the time to clean the microwave oven. It’s not that it’s hard to clean it. I’ve actually come across a trick to cleaning the microwave that makes it so easy a child could do it. It’s something about the angle. Having to clean on top of the inside, the sides, and having to pull the glass plate out to clean underneath. 

I assume it’s difficult to stay on top of cleaning your microwave also or maybe your instant oven is just extra dirty from food splatter right now. Well, like I said, I have a trick that makes it extra easy to clean a microwave oven. Even if it’s really nasty.

What you will need to clean your microwave oven

Before we start, we are going to need a few things. 

  • 3 microfiber rags (honestly this is one of the only appliances where paper towels could work)
  • 3 sheets of paper towels folded together to make a square
  • A multi-surface cleaning product of your choice (I use method)

The Magic (Wet Paper Towel) Trick To Clean A Microwave

We are going to use a moist paper towel to create steam inside of your microwave and remove all unwanted food splatters and buildup.

Step 1. Fold your 3 paper towels over its self till you have a small square shape.

Paper towel folded into a square.
Fold your towels together so they will hold the most amount of water.

Step 2. Soak your paper towel stack with tap water.

The paper towels can be lightly rang out but I think the more water the better. 

Wetting down paper towel using the kitchen faucet until it's dripping wet.
Run your paper towel square under water until it is soaking wet.

Step 3. Place your wet paper towels in the microwave for 30 – 45 seconds.

The water and warm air from the microwave will start to create steam and steam helps loosen up almost all kinds of nasty gunk, grease, and dirt. 

An exterior shot of the microwave oven. Showing the timer set to 45 seconds.
Set the instant oven to 45 seconds and press start. (Sorry the outside of this microwave is so dirty… That’s why we are cleaning it!)

Step 4. Pull the glass plate out of the microwave and dump the wet paper towel in the sink.

Be careful, the paper towel is still very hot.

Dirty microwave glass plate sitting in the kitchen sink ready to be cleaned off.
Leave the plate and hot paper towel in the sink for just a second to cool off. You don’t want to burn yourself!

Step 5. Use your first microfiber cloth and wipe all interior areas of the microwave oven.

Don’t forget to clean the top, side walls, bottom, glass plate and microwave oven door.

Wiping the inside of a dirty microwave oven with a clean microfiber cloth.
Don’t miss any spots. Hit all the areas of the microwave.

Step 6. Use a second microfiber rag to dry all the areas you just cleaned and remove any leftover specs of food.

Step 7. Put the plate back inside the microwave.

Step 8. Use your third microfiber rag and clean the exterior of your microwave oven.

Bottle of method degreaser being used to clean grease and food off the exterior of the microwave appliance.
Use a multi-surface, degreaser, or window cleaner of your liking to clean the outside of your microwave.

The Wet Paper Towel Trick Will Help You Clean A Microwave or Instant Oven Fast And Easy.

Simply follow my guidelines of how to utilize a wet paper towel to steam clean the interior of your microwave oven. Soon, your microwave appliance will look beautiful and new again.

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10 Most Common Areas Overlooked While Cleaning

10 Most Common Areas Overlooked While Cleaning

Your home is beautiful and you keep it looking super clean all the time. But sometimes it’s the areas that you overlook that stops your home from having that true “like new” shine. This is the most common areas overlooked while cleaning. I hope the list will help you recognize where most people miss while cleaning so you don’t ever overlook an area again!

Clean the Bottom of Your Toilets

The grooves under the toilet catch a lot of unnoticed dust, urine, and unwanted bacteria. This area of your toilet should be cleaned bi-weekly and definitely more frequently in bathrooms used by young males.

Dirty base of toilet that hasnt been cleaned in a while.

Disinfect Your Toilet Paper Dispensers

Have you ever thought about what you do when you use this dispenser? Do I need to say more? This area of your bathroom is full of bacteria and is hardly ever cleaned in any home.

Dust Your Ceiling Fans

It’s not that you don’t know dust collects on your ceiling fans but these areas are frequently missed. To avoid the need of heavy cleaning in the future, take 2 minutes a month to dust these areas. If you keep up with them, it’s as easy as rubbing a duster on them.

Clean Fingerprints, Dust, and Scuffs off of Interior Doors

It’s not something that typically needs to be done more than once or twice a year but it is over looked. To keep a house looking nice and elegant clean your doors yearly.

Heavily Clean Cabinets Above Stove

All cabinets need to be cleaned more frequently than you are cleaning them, but we want to focus on the cabinets directly above the stove most. These cabinets get grease covered and look aged much faster that the rest of the cabinets. Clean these after every heavy cooking and remember to use your stove vent every time.

Clean Your Stove Vent

These areas are expected to get grease and should be cleaned yearly to insure long lasting and properly working stove vents.

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Dust Air-Conditioning Intake Vents

Air is constantly circulating through your home. To help your home from accumulating dust clean these vents when you change your air filters.

Clean and Disinfect the Inside of Your Drains

You have no idea how many times I’ve gone to clean around a garbage disposal and have found the most nasty case of mold and fungi.

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Dust and Clean all the Baseboards in Your Home

I’ve noticed that clean baseboards make a home look 1000X newer. It’s not hard but let’s be honest, it’s also not fun. Yearly or every 6 months, take some time to go over them with a damp cloth to get all the nasty dust and gunk off.

Dust all of Your Window Blinds

Did you ever notice your blinds get dirty? Take a quick moment to look over yours and I bet they are. Be gentle and dust these about every 2 months to keep them looking like new!

Conclusion

Now you know the areas of the home that are typically neglected. Use this knowledge to keep your home looking like new and happy cleaning!

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5 Reason Why You Should Get Your Home Professionally Deep Cleaned

5 Reason Why You Should Get Your Home Professionally Deep Cleaned

Maybe you are asking yourself if you really need to hire a professional to help you clean or not. Honestly, you probably don’t do as good of a job as someone with more experience. Cleaning is also exhausting. These are the 5 reasons why you should get your home professionally deep cleaned.

1. Easing Your Stress Off Your To-do List

It’s a simple yet super awesome reason. Do you really have time to clean your home the way it needs to be cleaned? Deep-Cleaning is a lot of work. Cleaning inside of light fixtures, ceiling fans, and chandeliers, inside of your refrigerator, oven, and dishwasher, scrubbing soap scum off shower walls, and cleaning doors and baseboards. Just hire someone and just like “poof” it’s clean.

2. Professional House Cleaners See The Details That HomeOwners Overlook 

As an interior house cleaning pro I realize I see a lot more details that the average person over look. Things like finger smudges on cabinets and around door handles. Soap scum building up on tub and shower walls, grease on kitchen light fixtures and dusty baseboards. 

3. Keeps your home looking new and Elegant

Deep-Cleaning your home helps keep that elegant, new and beautiful look around longer. In the long run you will notice less need to paint the cabinets, doors and baseboards. Most importantly your home will feel relaxed and homey for you and your guests.

4. Professional House Cleaning Helps Keep Your House Allergy Friendly

Experienced maids and housekeepers know the importance of dusting ceiling fans and around vent intakes. This helps keep dust, dirt and bacteria from floating around your house. In return you can breath happy.

5. Hiring professional and trusted company’s vs individuals insures a better customer experience

Professional maid and deep-cleaning companies cost more but are known to do a good or bad job based on previous customer reviews. These companies are also bonded and insured in case of damages or misplaced items. Another perk is that these companies have systems for organizing clients so you don’t have to deal with missed appointments or communication issues.

When You Get Your Home Professionally Deep Cleaned You Help Ensure Your Cleaning Project Gets Completed The Right Way

By the right way, I mean that professional cleaning franchise and larger local companies make it easier for you to get the job done and they do a good job. You can gamble on someone to do a good job by hiring a not so know individual. If you want someone that is known to do a great job, hire a service like ExBode Clean.

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We Are The Best Local Maid Service In Bentonville, Arkansas. Let Me Tell You Why.

We Are The Best Local Maid Service In Bentonville, Arkansas. Let Me Tell You Why.

First, I want to introduce us. We are ExBode Clean. A local maid service in Bentonville, Arkansas. We are up and coming and one day will be the leading maid company in NWA. If you have a second I want to explain to you why I believe why we have what it takes to win your business and keep you as a customer long term.

Simply put, we are taking the steps necessary to make sure the customer experience is flawless.

To us, this means a few things. For you to have a perfect experience while hiring a maid company we have to make it easy for you. Easy to book appointments, easy to remember your appointments, easy to pay, and easy to reschedule when needed. Another step in the flawless experience is ensuring the cleaning service was as expected. That’s why at ExBode Clean we double check our work and always ask our customers for feedback.

For more information about how great our customer service is, check out our Customer Satisfaction Program.

Extensive Product Knowledge And Training

Our maids, housekeepers, and cleaning professionals believe it’s important to keep learning and growing. I’m very confident to say that our cleaning pros have the best product knowledge in Bentonville, AR. From daily cleaners to specialized products for unique tasks.

Using Natural Products So You Family Is Happy And Healthy

We believe that it’s important to hire a company that actually cares about your family. A big reason why ExBode Clean is the best house cleaning service in Bentonville is that we use organic and natural products. Some people are in debate if these products are as good at killing bacteria or not. Simply, they kill just as much bacteria, they smell great and these cleaners are healthier for you!

Hire The Best Local Maid Service In Bentonville, Arkansas

If you are ready to hire a maid company that will go above and beyond, do a great job, and makes the experience easy while using healthy products, you need to hire ExBode Clean.

4 Tips On How To Stay On Top Of Doing Laundry

4 Tips On How To Stay On Top Of Doing Laundry

Laundry is one of those things that no one likes doing. It’s boring, time-consuming and depending on living situation doing laundry can be extremely inconvenient. For people that live in homes with no in-unit washer or dryer, this is going to be a task that’s always going to be a bit difficult. For people that have in-unit hookups, I’ll help you enjoy clean laundry without the stress!

1. Never Put Clean Laundry In A Basket

The biggest mistake I’ve made while doing laundry is putty clean laundry back in a laundry basket. It’ a bad habit for two reasons.

  1. Someone else might mix it up for dirty laundry
  2. I’ve found throwing clean laundry straight of the dryer into a basket makes it easier to get it out of the way and push off folding and putting it away.

The alternative is to keep the top of your dryer 100% cleared off and well dusted. Use this space as a folding area. As you grab clothes out of the dryer fold it and stack it on top of the dryer. When you have finished unloading your dryer put the laundry away.

2. Do Small Loads Daily Or Every Other Day

Depending on your families size you might want to choose daily or every other day. The goal here is to do much smaller loads. When you take on smaller tasks it makes the tasks seem much easier and not as much like a sluggish chore.

My wife and I are the only two people in out household. We still run the washer and dryer daily. It makes the doing laundry task super easy and quick. The best perk is we now never have laundry sitting around everywhere!

3. Don’t Throw Clothes On The Floor Or In A Hamper

  1. Clothes on the floor is tacky and makes your entire home look messy.
  2. Leaving dirty clothes in a hamper or behind doors is a sure way to forget about them.

Instead, always take your clothes directly to the washer and throw them in. (Obviously, sort whites. Lucky for me we almost always wear dark colors.)

4. Never Leave Your Home While Laundry Is In A Cycle

A sure way to forget about your laundry and have nasty smelling “clean” clothes is to leave your home while you are doing laundry. The next day you will wake up “where is my shirt?” and then realize it’s stiff, smelly, and still sitting in the washing machine.

You’re busy, again, I get it. If you have to leave tell someone that is home or will be home soon, set phone reminders for later in the day, or set a time delay so the cycle is ending after you get home.

Conclusion

Laundry is a huge chore and a TON of work. No one likes to do it and it’s extremely inconvenient. Luckily for us, there are processes we can take to help us stay on top of our laundry tasks. My biggest tip is to just do it and get it done as quick as possible. Add laundry to your to-do goal list every day. Follow these practices and soon your friends will wonder how you are so good about staying on top of laundry!

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