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Maintaining Apartment Appliances

Park Station Blog, Gaithersburg, MD  In today's blog post we offer some tips on using and maintaining and using appliances properly.

One of the great things about living at Park Station is that our apartments come with all of the major appliances you need for your home. In today’s blog post we will be providing some tips for using them appropriately and for keeping them in tip-top shape.



— Maintain the temperature at 34 - 40 degree Fahrenheit for optimum food preservation.

— Let hot food cool to room temperature before putting it into the refrigerator.

— Clean up any spills promptly. This prevents the mess from spreading,solidifying, and potentially interfering with the proper functioning of the machine.

— Clean your refrigerator frequently. Never use abrasives to clean your refrigerator, as they can scratch the finish.

— Keep the door closed, and avoid putting too many items inside.

— Place an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator to act as an odor absorber, change once a month.


Microwave Oven


— Clean any spills promptly. If they are allowed to harden, they become more difficult to remove.

— Do not operate the microwave when it is empty as this will reduce the lifespan of the appliance

— Always used a soft cloth to clean your microwave. To loosen baked on food debri, fill a glass measuring cup with water and heat for several minutes, then let it stand in the microwave for several more minutes. The resulting steam will help loosen the bits and pieces.

— Use a cover to prevent splatters inside the microwave. In a pinch, coffee filters work well to cover plates or bowls of food.


Washing Machine


— Clean your machine once month with a commercial washing machine cleaner, or add a cup of white vinegar to the “hot” cycle and run your machine. Open the door and allow the machine to air dry; if there is still a sour smell, repeat the process.

— Use the appropriate amount of detergent for the load your are doing because excess detergent can build up.

— Leave the door of your washing machine open between loads so the drum can dry out, this helps reduce the chance of bacteria-laden residue from forming


Enjoy using the appliances that came with your apartment, and if there is an issue let us know. Do you have tips for maintaining appliances? Feel free to share in the comments.