Trust your Princeton handyman when we say that you should always leave microwave repairs to the professionals. However, you can still do whatever you can on your own to prolong the life of your appliances. For starters, cleaning them regularly is a must. So, what should you know in order to clean your microwave properly and safely? Keep on reading to find out.
How to clean your microwave
Learning some tips and tricks to help you clean your microwave is actually a great savings strategy. For instance, it’s important to know that using abrasive cleaning agents or tools can actually damage the internal lining of the oven thus disturbing its functionality. Not to mention that something like this can put you in danger as well. Also, a damaged lining lets the dirt accumulate inside the microwave, in areas where you may not necessarily be able to spot it, which can further damage the appliance.
Daily cleaning of the microwave
If you want to prevent the accumulation of dirt, you need to clean your microwave every day. The whole process won’t take too much of your time. Generally, it’s enough to use a damp cloth to wipe the outside. You can use a 50:50 water and vinegar solution for this. But, make sure that the cloth is truly just damp – you don’t want the liquid to get inside the oven. Daily cleaning will help prevent the dirt from accumulating and damaging the appliance.
Remember that it’s necessary to turn the oven off and unplug it before you start your cleaning work. Also, once you’re done with cleaning, don’t use the microwave for at least 30 minutes. Actually, the best thing that you can do is to leave it unplugged for as long as you possibly can; this will allow every trace of water to completely evaporate. That said, you might want to take up this cleaning practice in the evening so that you can leave the microwave to dry overnight.
Cleaning after use
The practical thing to do would be to clean your microwave after each use. In this case, it’s enough to use a simple paper napkin and wipe the oven from the inside to remove any food residue and steam. If there’s an incident with food during the heating process, make sure to leave the oven’s door open for a while so that the appliance can cool properly. Then you should use a paper napkin to remove excess food that got on the oven. If that’s not enough, use a damp cloth.
How to get rid of stubborn dirt in your microwave
The easiest solution to clean, degrease and disinfect the microwave without putting yourself in danger is this:
- Put water in a microwave-safe glass or cup, filling it to ¾ of its capacity.
- Add about 4 to 5 tablespoons of white vinegar to the water.
- Put the glass or the cup in the microwave and turn it on at medium-high power (normal function) until you notice that the glass of the microwave door is steam-stained (depending on the power of the appliance, this may take 10 or 60 seconds: pay attention!).
- When you see steam-stained glass, turn off the appliance but do not open the door yet. Let the steam stay there for 15 to 20 minutes, while the interior cools.
- Finally, open the door, remove the cup, and clean the microwave’s interior with absorbent paper towels.
Repeat this procedure one to two more times, allowing the inside of the oven to cool completely before proceeding. Water vapor loaded with vinegar will loosen visible and stubborn dirt and, at the same time, eliminate the dirt that you don’t see. Excellent cleaning technique that’s scrubbing-free!
However, if you notice that your microwave isn’t working properly, even though it’s perfectly clean and you can’t find the reason for this, don’t hesitate to give your local Princeton handyman and ifixit a call. Leave the appliance repair to us as you don’t want to risk putting yourself in danger or damaging the appliance even more.