Four Ways to Stay Safe While Cleaning

Cleaning jobs require physical strength and stamina. Whether it is in private homes or organizations such as schools, hospitals or hotels, you’ll be stretching, lifting and/or bending – activities that can all potentially lead to health problems and injuries. However, there are ways of staying healthy while working as a cleaner.

Don’t be slippin’ out here in these streets. Not surprisingly, slips and falls are the most common accidents that cleaners experience. While cleaning, wear appropriate footwear that will be comfortable and safe. Athletic footwear such as trainers are the best option since they provide stable support for the feet and have soles that will keep you safely grounded. Open-toe shoes and sandals are for the beach, not for cleaning.

Exhibit proper form by channeling your inner ballerina. Cleaning requires a lot of lifting and stretching, so performing these activities in a way that does not injure the body is important. Learning the right way to lift, for example, by bending the knees rather than the waist, will lessen the risk of injury. Also, try to ensure that any equipment you use has been ergonomically designed to prevent injuries due to repetitive movements. If you are required to use specialized cleaning equipment such as buffers, your employer should ensure that you have been adequately trained in its use ( if you’re a professional cleaner). If you have to clean the top of wardrobes or other high places, make sure that you use a proper ladder or stepping stool – do not try to channel your inner Shaquille O’Neil.

You are what you breathe. When dusting, do not use a feather duster, as this will increase the risk of inhalation. Instead, use damp dusting methods. When sweeping, you should also reduce the risk of dust inhalation by using a damp mop or vacuuming. Cleaning agents are commonly used in cleaning, but it is better to use pump sprayers rather than aerosols. Spray a small amount on to a cloth for cleaning rather than smothering the surface. This will reduce the number of fumes that you inhale. If you have to use caustic cleaning agents, always wear gloves to protect your skin.

Don’t repeat if you sense defeat. Repetitive strain injuries occur when the body is asked to perform a physical task over and over again (like singing that Tim McGraw song featuring Nelly over and over again). Even repetitive “non-demanding” tasks can lead to long-term health complications, like typing at a computer, which can lead to RMI injuries. Common RMIs include tendonitis, bursitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Once developed, these can be very painful and will significantly impact on productivity. If you have suffered a muscle injury, compression clothing may help. Copper is known to have anti-bacterial properties, so a copper brace may be beneficial not only for support but also for preventing infection. A back brace for women may be worn to provide support and to provide relief from aches and pains. As the brace improves circulation, it can help to reduce muscle fatigue.

Cleaning can seem like a safe task, but without taking the proper precautions, you’ll put yourself in grave danger. Follow these four guidelines and you’ll be well on your way to a safe and responsible cleaning lifestyle. In all honesty however, the safest thing you can possibly do is call Maid Sailors.

Thinking About A Career In Cleaning?

Can Cleaning Be A Viable Long-Term Career Option?

Yes! But you didn’t venture over here for the short answer, did you? Let’s face it, when you consider careers, cleaning probably isn’t at the top of your list. After all, is more like a chore than a career, isn’t it? That’s not always the case. Having a career in cleaning can be a viable long-term career opportunity. Let me tell you why…

What Does It Involve?

Cleaning jobs are stereotypically viewed as an activity performed by financially struggling students or mothers determined to generate a reliable source of income in order to raise their children. While the supply of dirty homes is high, the payment for cleaning them might not be – or so the story goes. Logically, this makes sense. While cleaning comes with an undying stamina and a willingness to work hard, it does not require any formal education. Most of the time on the job training will be provided to you.

Each cleaning job varies by a number of factors including location and whether it’s residential or commercial. Some cleaning jobs don’t involve actual cleaning, you just organize things. I’ve cleaned Doctor’s offices, pet clinics, homes, oil changing places, cars, and even closets alone. There are so many things you can do when it comes to cleaning that most people don’t realize. People tend to put cleaners in this category of ‘not being good enough.’ When in all actuality we are the ones that make the world go around.

So part of the job, unfortunately, will involve unnecessary hatefulness from certain clients and/or accounts who feel they are entitled to have you polish their shoes so to speak. But that shouldn’t shy you away from having a career in cleaning. A lot of people acknowledge your hard work and tip you very good money. There’s good and there’s bad. But doesn’t every job have that? Every job I’ve ever had has.

What Makes A Good Cleaner?

There is no doubt about it, cleaning is a tough business. A lot of people think it’s easy to be a cleaner. I mean all you have to do is scrub toilets, right? Wrong. In order to be a good cleaner, you’ll need an eye for detail, strong organizational skills, and a willingness to fix your mistakes.

In order to be a good cleaner, you need to clean. It’s not enough to just do the obvious, or what’s right in front of your face. You need to be able to do more than what’s expected of you. Grab that cobweb in the corner that your client may not see. Be able to go the extra mile. That’s what makes a good cleaner.

Is There Room For Growth?

Depending on the company you choose to work for when starting your career in cleaning there may be room for growth. Some companies don’t need to promote their cleaners on behalf of their business needs. Let’s say you start cleaning at a hotel or residential house cleaning company as a housekeeper. As you learn and grow with that company you may have an opportunity to be promoted to housekeeping manager or scheduler. But if you were to start cleaning houses, let’s say on care.com, potential growth is probably not something that’s going to happen for you there.

On the flip side, if you choose to go into freelance cleaning ( cleaning houses on your own) , there is room for you to grow and build your business by gaining positive reviews and spreading the word. Who knows, maybe you’ll even have your own cleaning business one day.

Maid Sailors

Here at Maid Sailors, we are always looking for good reliable cleaners. If you would like to join our team please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You must have a valid driver’s license, be able to pass a background check. And aside from that you must be 100% reliable , dependable , have a good work ethic , have a strong work history, and be able to obtain your own cleaning products ( products from the Honest Company or Method are strongly preferred.)

Does this sound like something that interests you? Contact us today!

6 Easy Steps To Manage Your Small Apartment

One of life’s greatest mysteries is how even tiny apartments can end up horrendously dirty. Small spaces make little messes into gargantuan tasks. Fear not, Maid Sailors has drafted a shortlist of effective methods to organize your tiny living space so your friends don’t make negative assumptions about your ability to handle even the tiniest responsibilities.

Declutter

This simple tenet, while easier said than done, should be followed religiously (which is why we’ve written about it before): get rid of the things you don’t need. Face the facts: you will never read those old issues of Vogue and Cosmopolitan. You don’t need last year’s copy of the Wall Street Journal greeting guests as they maneuver to your bathroom. Lastly, do you even have a way to actually play those DVDs? Think of it this way. The less stuff you have, the less cleaning you do.

Vertical Storage

To maximize your space, think like an NYC skyscraper. By elevating structures within your apartment (e.g. bed frame), you can subsequently unlock a mini-universe of storage options that don’t impede your living space. There are a lot of vertical storage options that you should consider. Additionally, shoe racks and wall hooks are key assets for small apartments. Vertical storage can also make tasks like organizing and packing bags easier. Lastly, use shelves. If it’s winter, you don’t need your bathing suits, tank tops and flip flops at hand; they can go on the top shelf.

Tidy A Little Bit Every day

Snowflakes make snowballs (which in turn, can make snowmen). The reason for this odd analogy is this: if you fix little things here and there every day, you may never actually have to spend a lot of time cleaning. Tasks, like making the bed, putting dirty laundry in a hamper, and wiping off the coffee table, are really simple and effective. Do little 5-minute chores on a daily basis so you don’t ultimately waste a Sunday scrubbing floors and doing laundry. Plus, your apartment will look presentable throughout the week, allowing you to actually invite friends back to your place (subject to occupancy). Lastly, always tidy before you leave town for an extended trip. The harrowing, depressing feeling of departing paradise and coming home to dirty dishes is incurable.

Deep Clean One Thing A Week

Once a week pick something to clean. Things like Microwaves, refrigerators, and your closet can get messy really easily. Pick one thing to deep clean each week and you will get into a cycle so that everything stays clean and neat. This really helps if you hate cleaning appliances because you only have to do one at a time, and it only takes about ten minutes to do.

“Clean” the Air

Your apartment can’t be clean if it’s not fresh. Small spaces can easily become stuffy and dusty, so investing in an air filtration system or fans will be worthwhile. Even after de-cluttering, make sure to purify the air so your cozy abode will become a welcoming, bright environment for your guests.

Be Furniture-Smart

Furniture is a double-edged sword; it can either help open up space or consume it entirely. Making smart furniture choices can allow you to keep your apartment clean and manageable. For instance, buying furniture that can also double as a storage mechanism is an ideal way you to optimize apartment space. This also prevents you from defaulting to the floor as your go-to shelf; blankets and extra pillows can sit on the ottoman instead. If you can’t seem to get an open feeling in your apartment then it might be worthwhile to get rid of extra furniture (like the lamp you never need because your apartment has one room and you have central lighting). Any space you can get will make your apartment feel cleaner and more open.

And Finally…

Call Maid Sailors. We understand Labor Day is around the corner, and afterward, it’ll be full steam ahead until 2016. If you still can’t find time to clean your oversized-closet of an apartment, book a Maid Sailor and we’ll be done before you finish brunch

7 Tips To “Green-ify” Your House

Summer is coming to a close and it’s time to tidy up. However, don’t rush to Duane Reade or CVS and start squandering money (although, let’s be honest, you’ve might’ve already done this throughout the summer) on products for your windows, carpets, and floors. Not only are many of these cleaners excessive, more importantly, they’re unhealthy. Tap into your inner Hulk (in a non-violent way) and go green! There are a variety of ways to do some quality house cleaning without adding all the chemicals in your home. Plus, you won’t contribute to the pollution of the environment (which may cause you to sleep soundly at night).

Here are 7 solid tips to help you have a greener home:

1. Use Things You Already Have In Your Home 

You would be amazed at how many things you have in your kitchen that can do the job just as well (if not better) as widely marketed products. Baking soda, salt, and vinegar will do wonders for the cleanliness of your home. Add some lemon juice as well and it will freshen up the place with some nice fragrance. Kitchen cleaning and carpet cleaning have never been easier.

2. Ventilate Often – Especially While Cleaning

A lot of toxins are probably already stored in your house and you are breathing them as you read this (we are implicitly assuming that you’re home. If you’re outside, then there’s a 100% you’re definitely breathing toxins). Open windows as often as you can to keep the air currents running and avoid having stale rooms.

3. Recycle Your Plastics

Remove plastic from your home. Instead of holding onto one-time plastic containers (“Chinese” food anyone?), buy reusable glass containers (you’ll save money in the long run).

4. Use Bar Soap For Cleaning Table-Tops

Yes, cheap standard soap bars are often as effective as expensive cleaners. There are also many home-made soap recipes which you can use to save yourself the money for soap in the long run.

5. Re-Use The Unusable

This might be confusing, but once you understand, you’ll smack yourself for not doing this earlier. Instead of wasting money on disposable washcloths, use old t-shirts or towels to wipe windows and dirty surfaces. Save money, save time.

6. Watch Your Water Usage

Water conservation is an effective way to have a positive impact on the environment while simultaneously saving money. Don’t leave the water running when you brush your teeth. Don’t flush the toilet five or six times “just to make sure”. These behaviors will prevent you from flushing dollars down the drain.

7. Book Maid Sailors

Who are you gonna call If you’re too busy to do the dirty work? Maid Sailors. Our cleaners are equipped with eco-friendly cleaners and understand that these services have to be provided with environmental thoughtfulness.

Once you go green, you won’t go back. You’ll save money, feel refreshed and who knows, maybe elongate the lifespan of our planet.

You can read more basic cleaning tips on this site

Can I Use Borax To Clean My House? Yes!

What Is Borax?

Borax is a simple chemical compound consisting of soft and colorless crystals that easily dissolve in water, which makes it an easy solution. It’s also known as sodium borate and it’s used in many commercial cleaning products. There are many different tasks you can use it for when it comes to cleaning.

How To Use It For Cleaning

So you’re interested in cleaning your home with borax? You’ve come to the right place! And if you’re not quite sure what it is or why people would want to clean with it, you’re also in the right place. Cleaning with this compound mineral is a sure fire way to create a green home. Since it severs many different household purposes, it’s not a waste of money. Using it around the house will actually save you money and time.

Check out this simple infographic that serves as a guide:

You’re Cleaning Windows Wrong

Which is why Maid Sailors is hoping you’ll read this twice. While cleaning windows sounds like an easy task, it’s actually a very nuanced art and there is a way to properly accomplish it. For instance, after wiping windows, if they’re streaky or soapy, the job is technically unfinished. Given the shocking nature of this realization, we’ve decided to help you cope by listing a few easy tips to get the job done like a window replacement or maintenance expert

Be Prepared: Make a Plan

A plan goes a long, long way. Make a cleaning plan (even if it’s only mental) and assemble all of your materials. Additionally, make sure to work on your windows from the inside first before heading outside. Here’s the list of items you should keep ready before starting your cleaning job:

  • bucket
  • squeegee (+10 points if you actually have one of these)
  • mop
  • detergent
  • rags
  • poles
  • ladders (maybe)

Also, find out if you can remove the window sash from the frame on the upper floors, as this will save you some time spent on the ladder. With less of the window in the way, it will be easier to reach the nooks and crannies where dirt accumulates.

Easy Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Water temperature. Use cold water instead of hot water. Hot water evaporates quickly which ultimately leaves less lubricant for the squeegee and leaving soapy residue behind

Pick a sunny day. Check the weather forecast for sunny weather

Invest in a squeegee. Professionals spend their money on the squeegee, which is the most important tool you have when cleaning windows

Use a “soapy” cleaner. Non-soapy cleaner will not allow the squeegee to work as well

Now, follow these steps for pristine, Church-like windows.

  1. Wet the mop and pass it over the window. Scrub difficult areas like you would with the dishes.
  2. Squeegee from the top of the window downwards and from side to side, while maintaining even pressure across the blade. Practice the movement a few times to get the experience of swiping (many Millennials should already be good at this), which you’ll perform smoothly by the end of the day.
  3. Keep the blade at a 45-degree angle.
  4. Do not leave the edges until the end and try not to go over cleaned areas.
  5. Use a clean microfiber cloth to clean any residue.

To clean the outside of the windows, follow the same procedure. You may be tempted to fetch the hose and spray the outside of your home and rely on water pressure to remove sticky residue. This is a huge window-cleaning no-no. The dirt that accumulates on the outside will require scrubbing with a mop before it can be completely removed. Using the hose will only leave watermarks after the hose-water. You will use far more water than the job actually requires, while unnecessarily wetting the outside of your home.

Did You Put Decals on Your Window?

Decals stick to the window using a gentle adhesive, but over time, the glue may find itself stick more to the window than the decal itself. To remove difficult decals, use an oily ingredient from the kitchen and a soft scraper to work the oil into the adhesive. You can maybe try using your credit card and mayonnaise (yes, we never thought we’d say “credit card” and “mayonnaise” in the same sentence within an article that wasn’t about buying necessary condiments).

Just imagine all the amazing things you can do with glistening windows. For example, how much more refreshing will a cup of tea feel as you look through your sparkling glass windows? Cleaning is fun when you have ample time and right tools. If you don’t think its fun and you don’t have the right tools, call Maid Sailors and head out to brunch.

Gina Brewton, a mommy blogger and fitness freak, contributed to this piece. Follow her on twitter, here.

Things You Can Use Vinegar For

We’re worried that you’re not tired of all the chemical-ridden, toxic cleaning products you’ve been using since you’ve moved to New York City. How long has it been? Do you even notice the chemical aromas scurrying around your home or the discoloring of your walls? In any case, we’re happy you’re still able to read this post: we’ve got your solution. Simply walk into your kitchen and open your cupboard. See the bottle of white vinegar? This is all you need for an eco-friendly summer cleaning.

If Superman could be any household item, he would be Vinegar, because it handles every household enemy: stains, marks, grease, and grime. Remember the motto: “only a few swipes and you’ll see white.” It does not only serve a cosmetic purpose. It also has highly protective attributes and doubles as an antibacterial, herbicidal, and pesticidal agent. Thus, Vinegar is probably the most efficient non-living multi-tasker; best of all, it won’t eliminate your savings like more expensive “off the shelf” cleaning products.

Here are some quick fixes for common cleaning conundrums:

Dirty Dishes

Use vinegar and water to clean all your dishes going forward. After you’re done eating, the vinegar will eat through the grease and grime. As you sleep, the vinegar will be wide-awake, eradicating the stains in order to leave your dishes clean and bright for breakfast.

Dirty Ovens

What was once an Mt. Everest-esque challenge is now simply a walk in the park. Oven cleaning is now much easier. Apply with a  cloth and scrub affected areas to remove the greasiness on the inside. As a bonus, the process will simultaneously eliminate bacteria so that you won’t have to worry about them sprinkled all over your cupcakes.

All Germs

Speaking of germs, vinegar is a great way to kill the ones that aren’t shacking up in your oven, too. Get a mop and a sponge, create a vinegar and water solution, and go Robocop on these bad guys. It also does wonders with your drains.

Odd Odors

In some instances, vinegar can be an effective deodorizer. Whether it’s your walls or carpet, find the troublesome region and mat the area. it’s also great for fridges, toilets, and bathtubs.

Clothes

Yes. If there is a small stain or scorch mark, gently rub over it with a vinegar-soaked cloth and watch the spot disappear. We’d use this one with caution, however; for serious stains (especially those on expensive clothes), consult the instructions on your clothes or your dry-cleaner.

Of course, for real cleaning jobs, don’t hesitate to book Maid Sailors. We’re the vinegar of the on-demand cleaning industry.

How To Winterize Your Home

I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to share my knowledge with your readers. Today, I think we should focus on one aspect of home maintenance and safety that many homeowners tend to ignore – winterizing your homes. There are many reasons why you should winterize your home. One of the best benefits is that it helps in reducing your repair and maintenance costs.

In fact, winterizing your home can help you save thousands of dollars in repairs and costly replacements in the long term. If you don’t winterize your home, you risk roof damages, higher heating costs, carbon monoxide leaks, higher insurance premiums and much more. It is because most homeowners take it as a hassle that they don’t winterize their homes. But if you want to have a safe and comfortable winter, you shouldn’t ignore this crucial aspect of your home’s maintenance.

Utilize the following tips to winterize your home:

1. Protect Roof Against Ice Dams

Ice dams have extremely damaging effects on the roof. It could cause damages to the attic and walls by preventing drainage. You should take the following steps to prevent this from happening.

  • The attic should be adequately ventilated. A cooler attic means lesser chances of formation of ice dams.
  • The attic floor should be insulated and re-insulated appropriately and regularly. This will help in minimizing the amount of heat being transferred from within your living space to the attic.
  • It is recommended to avoid lighting in the roof, which can generate heat and melt the snow on top of the roof.

2. Properly Insulate The Attic

Properly insulating the attic and crawl spaces mean a reduced need for heating. In fact, it can help reduce your heating requirements by 20% to 30%. An easy way to determine the need for more insulation is to check its thickness in different places across the coverage area. The cellulose should be at least 15 cm, and the fiberglass should be 20 cm thick. If it is anything less than this, add more insulation.

This is an important part of your home’s winterization and one that shouldn’t be ignored at all. Amid other benefits, it will also help create a more comfortable environment.

3. Check/Clean Heating Ducts

Ask your HVAC service to check and clean the heating ducts. This can be done when the professional comes to inspect your furnace. Do you know that ducts could lose almost 50% of the heated air? This will translate into a significant amount of loss in terms of heating costs every year. Get the professional to check and detect any heat loss and get it fixed.

4. Block Air Leaks

According to government figures, you could be losing up to 30% of energy to drafts. They can be found near windows and doors. Although there are some temporary fixes to address this issue, you must fix all the leaks permanently. All leaks near the doors and windows should be fixed using weather-resistant caulk. Another good option includes weather stripping.

The points where the wires and pipes exit the basement are also critical points for checking leaks. Besides, there are many places in the attic that will need to be insulated to prevent drafts.

Use these tips to winterize your home. They will not only help save unwanted expenses, but they will also help create a safe and comfortable living space.

How to Conserve Energy In Your Home

As our carbon “footprint” begins to resemble a full-out, “Earth Angel”-style print, it’s no surprise that eco-friendly construction practices have skyrocketed over the course of the last decade. More and more homes and commercial buildings are undergoing “green” renovations and upgrade projects to cut costs, conserve energy, and ultimately increase the probability that we’re actually here in fifty years.

Going green rarely requires a colossal budget or extensive time. With Summer in full effect, now is the perfect time to tackle that remodeling project you have put off for the last few years and an excellent opportunity to save some cash in the process!

The word “renovation” generally triggers the three E’s: extensive, exhaustive and expensive. We’re here to show you that a “greenovation” is actually fairly simple and straightforward.

 

Upgrade To A Programmable Thermostat

For good reason, these devices have become the norm for most new homes. Since they have to be adjusted by hand, manual thermostats are an incredibly inefficient. Alternatively, automatic counterparts feature a number of pre-set configurations, allowing homeowners to fully customize the temperature output of their heating and cooling system. It is more expensive to keep a home at 72 degrees than it is to adjust the temperature according to your schedule.

Swap Out Energy-Hogging Light Bulbs

Conventional incandescents may be bright, but they are not light (on the wallet)! Replace the old lights in your home with a new set of CFL or LEDs, and expect savings up to $60 per bulb (that’s the equivalent of $10,000 at Taco Bell). To give you an idea of their efficiency, LED-lighting technology lasts 25 times as long and consumes 80% less energy than regular 60-watt bulbs!

Double-Check Your Windows And Doors

You should always check these for potential intruders, but in this case, it’s actually what might leave your home that matters. Windows and doors can be a major source of heat loss. This is why more people opt for energy efficient windows and doors. By considerably lowering energy costs, they represent substantial savings while providing comfort to your home. Not to mention, you’ll sleep better at night knowing that you’ve provided amazing benefits to this beautiful, healing planet.

Don’t Let The Water Run

We’re not talking about the type Drake exhibits on the microphone; we’re talking about your toilet. Did you know that conventional toilets consume up to 3.5 gallons of water per flush? PER flush? Thankfully, you can save a few hundred gallons per month by converting to a low flow model? (PER month) Water conservation is a vitally important aspect of green living, and this is an excellent place to start. Since the sole purpose of toilets and drains is to flush away waste, there is no need to use any more than is necessary. Install a high-efficiency toilet and watch that utility bill drop (down low)!

Concluding Remarks

When you go to buy new appliances, always choose an Energy Star model. Manufacturers are required to meet strict industry standards in order to have their products qualify, so customers who purchase them reap the benefits. Savings run up to 50% and that is definitely no small measure. Dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, washers, dryers, and much more are available via ENERGY STAR. The more you use, the more you save.

Lastly, you may also want to schedule an energy audit to assess your home’s current energy-efficiency. Local utility companies typically offer these to residents free of charge!

Tips On Using Your Self-Cleaning Oven

Most of the modern oven has a self-cleaning feature. However, it does harm than good sometimes. Because people often lose track of the manuals for their oven, I have provided this essential guide. Here are the tips on how can you use a self-cleaning oven correctly.

TIP 1: Know Your Stuff

Clean the areas. Do not move or bend the gasket. You may get poor cleaning, roasting, and baking. Remove the broiler pan and grid and any pots and pans being stored in the oven. Remove the oven racks into the oven if you want them to remain shiny. You can also clean the rack on a self-cleaning cycle but it will become harder to slide. Heat and odors are normal during the Self-Cleaning cycle. Keep the kitchen well ventilated by opening a window or by turning on a vent hood or other kitchen vent during the cycle.

TIP 2: Know Your Oven

A decent cook knows his or her oven through both perusing the guidelines that accompany the oven and experience through use. In spite of the fact that formulas may show certain temperatures, your own insight into how your oven functions are basic and it is at last up to this learning combined with your cooking background that will help to focus the most proper temperature and cooking length times. Each time that you need to get used to another oven, dependably start with your fundamental, genuine stand-by formulas and modify as required before spreading out into more muddled formulas. Always consult your manual when using or troubleshooting your self-cleaning oven.

TIP 3: Know The Different Cooking Impact

 It is useful to learn this to get its best result. Before turning on the oven, place oven rack where you need them. And put aluminum foil for spilling and dripping protection. Be sure the rack is level. If the oven is hot, use a pot holder to move a frame. If you are baking or roasting with one rack like frozen pies, large roasts, and food cakes, place the food in the middle center of the oven. With two racks of Bundt cakes, quick and yeast bread, casseroles and meats, position rack in oven to allow proper circulation of air all around the food. For cookies, biscuits, muffins, or non-frozen pies, you can use third layer rack, or if none, minimize the heat.

TIP 4: Make Temperature Conversions

It is useful to have a tricky conversion of oven From Celsius to Fahrenheit’s. We’ll often come across a recipe that we would love to make, but find the oven temperature listed in the recipe is not what we are used to.

DescriptionAmerican Standard  Metric 
very cool 225 F 110 C
lukewarm cool 250 F 130 C
cool275 F 140 C
cool moderate 300 F150 C
very moderate 325 F170 C
moderate 350 F 180 C
moderately hot375 F190 C
fairly hot 400 F200 C
hot 425 F220 C
really hot 450 F 230 C
very hot 475 F 240 C

 

TIP 5: Adjusting Temperature Control

Although your new oven is properly adjusted to provide accurate temperatures, it may cook faster or slower than your old oven. If you are not satisfied with the baking/roasting results, you can change the offset temperature by following the steps:

  1. Press and hold the bake pad for 5 seconds, the display will show the current offset temperature, for example, “0,” if you have not already adjusted the temperature. Set the new offset temperature.
  2. Press ↑ to raise the temperature or ↓ to lower the temperature at 10°F amounts. You can establish the temperature change to as low as -30°F or as high as +30°F. A minus (-) sign will appear before the number when decreasing the temperature setting. The minus sign shows the oven will be cooler by the displayed amount. There is no sign in front of the number when increasing the temperature setting.
  3. Enter the adjustment.

TIP 6: Maintain The Cleanliness 

Before cleaning, make sure all controls are off and the range is cold.

  1. Turn the control knobs off and pull them away from the control panel. Wash it with a sponge and soapy water. Do not soak it. Do not use steel wool. Rinse with water and let it dry.
  2. Wash the control panel with the sponge and soapy water. Do not use steel wool. Wipe it clean water and dry well.
  3. Wash the exterior surfaces with a sponge and soapy water. A paper towel and a spray glass cleaner will do. Do not use steel wool. If you use soap or detergent solutions, wipe and rinse thoroughly to prevent filmy residue.
  4. You don’t have to clean open coil elements because splatters or spills will burn off. Do not immerse the coil element in water.
  5. Wash the pan and grid with a steel-wool pad and warm, soapy water. Rinse and dry well.
  6. Wash the oven racks with a steel-wool pad and warm, soapy water. Rinse and dry well or leave it on the stove while doing the Self-cleaning cycle.
  7. Wash the oven door glass with a paper towel and spray glass cleaner or a nonabrasive plastic scrubbing pad and warm, soapy water. Wipe with clean water and dry well.
  8. Wipe up food spills or oven cavity containing sugar as soon as possible after the oven cools down.

TIP 7: Using The ‘Self-Cleaning Cycle’ Feature 

A self-cleaning oven is an oven that uses high temperature approximately 500 degrees Celsius (900 degrees Fahrenheit) to burn off leftovers from baking, without the utilization of any chemical agents. Do not remove the racks to remove its grease while having the ‘self-cleaning cycle’ mode. Do it for about 4 to 6 hours. Turn off the oven and open the door. Make sure to cool the oven before you wipe the light gray ashes of burnt leftovers. Use the standard cleaning solutions: baking soda and solvent. Mix the baking soda with the water to enough amount until it became a paste. Apply it to the surface using a brush. Let it sit in 15 to 20 minutes and rinse well with water using a damp sponge. Always wash the sponge so that the water running is clear.

As you can see, learning how to use a self-cleaning oven takes a lot of time. From memorizing the tips on how to clean it, the temperature control, making your own version of oven temperature, and reading the rules and guidelines. All of these steps can really help you on taking care of your oven.