How To Prevent Clothes From Fading

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Everyone has a favorite t-shirt, pair of jeans, or some other “go to” article of clothing in their wardrobe. But what happens when your favorite garment begins to fade? Its natural brilliance and luster will slowly seep away, leaving it with a dull, bland tone that takes away from its aesthetic value.

 

Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common problem that nearly everyone will experience at some point in time. Whether it’s cotton, wool, polyester, etc., all fabrics are prone to fading. So, how can your protect the color of your clothes from fading?

 

Wash Dark and Lights Separate

 

Clothes receive their color through dye; therefore, washing dark and light-colored clothes in the same load may result in some of the dark dye bleeding onto the light clothes. Separate your clothes into two different stacks when you’re preparing to do laundry: dark and white/light clothes. Taking a few minutes to separate your clothes can make a world of different in preserving their original colors.

 

Read The Care Label

 

Before washing your clothes, read the attached care label for recommendations and advice on cleaning. It may advise you to wash in cold water only, tumble dry, or dry clean only. Being that these instructions come straight from the company which produced the garment, it’s usually a good idea to follow them.

 

Flip Your Clothes Inside Out

 

A third tip that’s helpful for preserving the original color of your clothes is to flip them inside out before washing them. By washing your clothes inside out, they are less likely to fade and bleed. In addition, this will also protect them against damage incurred from your washing machine and dryer.

 

If your clothes are stained or otherwise exceptionally dirty, spot treat them with detergent and warm water before turning them inside out and placing them in your washing machine. Place a small amount of detergent directly on the stain, let is sit for 2-3 minutes, and scrub it out using warm water.

 

Wash Using The Color Water Setting

 

Washing your clothes in hot water as opposed to cold water will increase the risk of bleeding colors. Hot water may help clean your clothes just slightly better, but it can also bleed/fade the colors. As long as your clothes aren’t heavily soiled, try washing them in cold water instead. In addition to preserving their colors, cold water will also conserve energy and protect against shrinkage.

Continuous Feed vs Batch Feed Garbage Disposals: What’s The Difference?

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Purchasing a garbage disposal is a smart investment that will reduce unnecessary food waste while promoting a cleaner environment. Rather than tossing your leftover dinner scraps in the trash where they will be carried away to a local landfill, you can place them down the garbage disposal where they are flushed through your home’s plumbing system and into the septic tank or municipal sewer. It’s a quick and easy process that will save you time and energy – not to mention its eco-friendly benefits.

 

While there are dozens of different types of garbage disposals available for sale, most of them fall into one of two different categories: continuous feed or batch feed. If you’re thinking about investing in a garbage disposal, you should educate yourself on both of these types to determine which one is best suited for your needs.

 

Continuous Feed

 

The most common type of garbage disposal, continuous feed models run from the moment the power switch is turned on, and will continue running until the power is turned off. With the motor constantly running (assuming the power is on), these models are capable of chopping up a greater amount of food in a short period of time. Large families often prefer continuous feed garbage disposals for this reason alone.

 

Continuous feed garbage disposals are typically cheaper and easier to install than batch feeds. One of the drawbacks to using them, however, is their lack of safety. Without a cover on top, it’s easy for knives, forks or other cutlery to fall into the motorized blades.

 

Batch Feed

 

Batch feed garbage disposals differ from their counterpart in a few different ways, the most distinguishable being the cover on top. Unlike continuous feed models, batch feed garbage disposals have a cover/lid that’s placed on top for an additional layer of safety. The cover is placed on top and twisted so the magnets on the cover align with the magnets in the actual unit. This helps prevent any silverware, dishes or fingers from finding their way into the unit when it’s running.

 

Another advantage of batch feed models is their ability to contain food splatter. The top cover prevents organic matter and juice from splattering throughout your kitchen, which in turn may reduce the risk of food-borne illness.

 

Batch feed garbage disposals also produce less noise than continuous feed models. The cover works to muffle the sound of the motor. Parents of newborns may prefer batch feed models for their minimal noise production.

Appliance Repair: How to Troubleshoot a Malfunctioning Oven Temperature

Your oven is probably one of the hardest working appliances in your home, and while most of the time it causes you little to no stress, there are those few moments when a malfunction strikes and you’re left frustrated with its performance. To help you cope with some of the most common oven temperature issues we’ve listed 3 helpful repair tips below.

Temperature Discrepancies

  • When you suspect your oven’s temperature isn’t reaching the correct level or it’s getting hotter than you want, the issue could be the appliance’s built-in thermometer. To test the thermometer, simply purchase a separate oven thermometer and place it in your appliance. Once you’ve turned on your appliance and you’ve given it enough time to completely warm up, remove the thermometer to check if your appliance has reached the temperature you’ve set it to. If it has not, then you may be dealing with a thermostat malfunction. If that’s the case a call to your local oven appliance repair company may be needed.

  • A burned out bake element could be another reason why your oven is having temperature difficulties. The bake element is a black tube located at the bottom of your oven. When it’s working properly, it glows orange as your appliance gets hot and when the part is no longer performing correctly, you will most likely notice a hole in the element or blisters forming on the outside of the tube. Unfortunately, you will need to install a new bake element to fix your temperature problem.

  • If you notice your oven’s temperature is constantly fluctuating , the problem could simply be a damaged door gasket or loose door hinges. Thankfully both issues are easy to fix. To start off, check your oven’s gasket for any dirt or tears. If dirt is the issue, you can merely clean it off with hot soapy water. On the other hand, if the gasket is worn down, it will need replacing. Your next step is examining the hinges on your oven door. Loose hinges can lead to heat escaping the appliance. Simply tightening the hinges should correct your oven’s fluctuating temperature.

If you’re unhappy with your oven’s inability to heat properly, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to diagnose and repair the malfunction.

Appliance Repair: Proper Maintenance Can Keep Your Refrigerator Running Without A Hitch

Your refrigerator is on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Its hard work keeps your food fresh and provides you with cold, invigorating drinks on hot summer days. Unfortunately, your appliance’s ability to get the job done, often leads to a lack of maintenance, which can end up causing it to waste energy or breakdown prematurely. The tips and tricks supplied below can help keep your refrigerator running and save you money on your energy bills.

1. Your refrigerator’s temperature should always stay between 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. While your freezer is best set to zero or below. Both temperatures are ideal for safely preserving your food without needlessly wasting energy.

2. An important tip that should be implemented at least twice a year is cleaning your appliance’s coils. Dirty coils make your refrigerator work much harder, which means a waste of energy. Although, you may view this as a tedious task, it truly can cut back on your appliance’s energy use, while also prolonging its life. Keep in mind, if you have a dog or cat, you may want to up the number of cleanings you perform.

3. Keeping your freezer and refrigerator filled allows them to run at their highest efficiency level. However, be careful not to block the vents in your appliance; otherwise you could hinder its performance.

4. Occasionally testing your fridge’s door gasket will stop your appliance from loosing cold air due to an ineffective seal. An easy way to accomplish this task is by enlisting a handy dollar bill. Simply close your refrigerator’s door on the dollar, and then give the money a nice yank. If you can pull it out, your gasket is either dirty or needs to be replaced. Be sure to perform the test around the whole door, including the freezer.

5. November 15th is national clean out your refrigerator day. While giving your appliance a good scrub down is probably not your favorite thing to do, it is an essential step to avoiding the need for appliance repair. Take advantage of this national cleaning day by throwing away all spoiled food and wiping down the shelves in your fridge.

If you’re concerned with the amount of energy your refrigerator is consuming, please contact us today, and we’ll be happy to help you.

How to Get Burnt Popcorn Smell out of the Microwave

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There’s no faster way to stink up your house than by overcooking popcorn in the microwave. The nose-turning stench can linger for hours – sometimes days. And using air fresheners, candles, diffusers and other scented products will only make the problem worse. So, how do you remove the burnt popcorn smell out of the microwave?

 

If you peek inside your microwave, you’ll probably notice a layer of brown/caramel-colored grime coating the interior. This is essentially the smoke residue from your burnt popcorn, which happens to be the source of the odor. Cleaning this residue out of your microwave should eliminate the foul odor, allowing you and your family to breathe fresh air once again.

 

One neat microwave cleaning trick that’s particularly effective at removing foul odors is to heat a coffee mug full of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Best of all, it’s highly acidic, which allows it to eat through tough grime.

 

Fill a thermal-resistant coffee mug with store-bough apple cider vinegar, and heat it inside your microwave until it comes to a boil. Once it reaches a roaring boil, turn your microwave off and leave the door shut for 10-15 minutes. This allows the vinegar steam to penetrate through the caked-on popcorn grime.  When 10-15 minutes has passed, open the microwave door and carefully remove the vinegar-filled coffee mug.

 

The steam from the apple cider vinegar alone isn’t going to remove the burnt popcorn grime. Instead, it loosens up the grime so it’s easier to clean. To completely eliminate this grime – and the horrible smell – from your microwave, you’ll need to use a little bit of elbow grease (AKA your hands). Using either a dish sponge or steel wool, scrub down the inside of your microwave, rinsing your cleaning tool when needed. If any areas of grime are too hard to scrub off, soak your sponge or steel wool in warm water.

 

After cleaning the popcorn grime out of your microwave, you should notice an almost immediate improvement in the odor. But there’s one last step in eliminating the burnt popcorn odor. Place a small microwavable-safe dish of lemon juice inside your microwave and heat it for 45 seconds. Lemon juice  is an all-natural cleaner and deodorizer that will clean and eliminate foul odors (much like apple cider vinegar). Let the lemon juice sit for 1-2 minutes, at which point you can remove it from your microwave.