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How to care for your household appliances

APPLIANCES: they’re the unsung heroes of our homes, tirelessly working behind the scenes to make our lives easier.
From the trusty refrigerator to the faithful washing machine, these marvels of modern technology deserve a little TLC to keep them humming along smoothly.
So, grab your cleaning supplies and let’s dive into some essential appliance care and cleaning tips that will have your home shining brighter than ever before.
Regular maintenance routine: Like a well-oiled machine, your appliances need regular maintenance to stay in top shape. Set aside time each month to give them a once-over.
Check for loose screws, clean out any dust or debris, and inspect hoses and cords for signs of wear and tear.
Prevention is key to avoiding costly repairs down the line.
Keep it clean: A clean appliance is a happy appliance! Get into the habit of wiping down surfaces regularly to prevent dirt and grime from building up.
A gentle cleaner like white vinegar and a microfiber cloth will keep stainless steel appliances looking shiny and new.
And don’t forget about those hard-to-reach spots — a toothbrush or cotton swab can work wonders.
Tackle those filters: Filters are the unsung heroes of many appliances, from the air conditioner to the dishwasher.
Make sure to clean or replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Clogged filters can decrease efficiency and even lead to appliance malfunctions, so take notice of this important step.
Defrosting delight: If you have a frosty friend in the form of a freezer, be sure to defrost it regularly.
A build-up of ice can create an ice monster, restricting airflow and making your freezer work overtime, leading to higher energy bills.
Plus, nobody likes chipping away at an iceberg to get to the ice cream.
Gentle care for delicates: Certain appliances, like the microwave and coffee maker, require extra attention.
Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive scrubbers, as they can damage delicate surfaces.
Instead, opt for gentle cleaners and a soft touch. Sometimes, washing up liquid will do the trick.
Your appliances will thank you with years of faithful service.
Don’t forget the exterior: While it’s easy to focus on the inner workings of our appliances, don’t neglect the exterior.
Dust and grime can accumulate on knobs, buttons, and handles, so wipe them down regularly.
For appliances with vents or coils, like the refrigerator or dryer, vacuum or brush away debris to ensure proper airflow.
Safety first: Last but certainly not least, safety should always be a top priority when caring for your appliances.
Never attempt to repair a malfunctioning appliance yourself.
Enlist the help of a qualified technician to avoid accidents and ensure proper repairs.

Roll up your sleeves

By following these simple appliance care and cleaning tips, you’ll extend the lifespan of your trusty machines and keep your home looking and functioning at its best.
So, roll up your sleeves, put on your cleaning cap, and show those appliances some love.
Michelle Sterling is the owner of Sterling Renovation.
Contact her on 0413 745 485.

Designer shortlisted for prestigious design award

RENOVATING is a dream for many people.
We have all watched those reality TV shows where a complete home renovation comes together in the space of an episode.
The “reality” is a bit more complicated than that.
So where do you start, and who do you speak to?
You can manage it all yourself — finding architects, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, painters, tilers, and cabinetmakers — or employ someone with the expertise and knowhow to make everything come together seamlessly, on time, and within budget.
Ok, so who?
This is where Warrandyte local Michelle Sterling from Sterling Renovations comes in.
With 15+ years of experience and countless head-turning projects completed, Michelle says she can help you make your dreams a reality.
And it is not just Michelle’s customers who think she is brilliant at what she does; luxury kitchen appliance manufacturer Gaggenau also loves her work.
A kitchen designed by Michelle for a home in St. Kilda caught the attention of Gaggenau’s judges and was shortlisted in the 2022 Kitchen of the Year Awards.
Michelle has lived in the area for over 15 years, moving to her current home in Warrandyte in 2021, which she has spent the last two years lovingly renovating.
If she is not sighted with sandpaper and paintbrush in hand, you might catch her floating down the Yarra on a somewhat questionably buoyant floaty thing.
Michelle sat down with the Diary to discuss her passion for creating amazing spaces.
“I used to be in the beauty industry, and during that time, I was buying and renovating houses.
I said to myself, ‘you know what? — this is what I’d rather be doing’.
So I opted for a complete career change, went back to university, and studied interior decoration and design, and that’s where it all began.
Initially, I worked predominantly in kitchen design, then progressed to laundries and bathrooms.
Now my work has expanded into many different areas — all types of cabinetry, even complete house renovations.”
Michelle said that often her clients have just moved into a house and want to renovate everything — kitchen, bathroom, laundry, wardrobes, living room.
“I begin by obtaining a design brief from the client and then respond with a proposed design concept.
“We then discuss the pros and cons of various materials and finishes, and I provide samples for the client to ponder over.”
She said she then produces computergenerated plans and elevations for the trades to work from.
“Sometimes the plans are for the client’s builder whom I liaise with — other times clients need me to provide and coordinate all the trades; I’m happy either way.”
She said being a woman with a comprehensive knowledge of the building industry helps her to translate ideas from the homeowner into language the tradies understand.
“I often assist clients who don’t know anything about the trades required for their project.
“I manage all the tradespeople and deal with all the headaches, so the client doesn’t have to,” she said.
Michelle says the surprising thing about engaging the services of Sterling Renovations is that it costs less than you might expect.
Her job is to prevent you from making expensive mistakes that could have been easily avoided with the correct advice.
Michelle works with professional trades that deliver work to a high standard and turn up when expected.
As an independent designer, Michelle works for you, not for a large company on commission, so she has your best interests at heart.
She can visualise how a space will look and advise on the suitability of different design considerations, colours, and materials.
From experience, she knows what will work and what will not.
Michelle insists it is important that your space not only looks fabulous but is also practical and functional.
Often, she is able to create designs that clients have never thought of, providing options that incorporate your ideas and her suggestions for a fantastic outcome.
So, whether it is a luxurious kitchen, tranquil bathroom retreat, enviable wardrobe storage or a complete house renovation, Sterling Renovations can make it happen.
Michelle is offering a free one-hour initial consultation for your next house renovation for residents of Warrandyte and surrounds until the end of April, mention this article when arranging your consultation.
Call her on 0413 745 485