How Do I Clean KitchenAid Refrigerators?

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KitchenAid is a company that is recognized as a manufacturer of appliances for the home. In 1986, KitchenAid added refrigerators to their host of large appliances for the kitchen. KitchenAid refrigerators come in a number of attractive finishes and are spacious and functional. If you have a large family, chances are your refrigerator gets plenty of use, which also means fingerprints and food spills. Naturally, your refrigerator will require cleaning to look good and prevent a build-up of odors, which KitchenAid recommends that you preform once a month.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice chest
  • 2 buckets
  • Mild detergent
  • 2 Soft clothes or sponges
  • Plastic brush

Preparation

  • Prepare two buckets or basins: one with warm water and mild detergent and the other with plain warm water. Set both of the buckets besides the refrigerator along with a soft cloth or a clean, unused sponge.

  • Take all food from the refrigerator and set it into ice chests. Cover any open foods tightly to prevent drying out and place ice packs on top of frozen items in the chest.

  • Move the refrigerator from the wall to disconnect the power plug from the outlet.

Clean the Exterior

  • Clean KitchenAid refrigerators by dipping the sponge or cloth into the bucket containing the warm water and mild detergent mix. Wipe the outer surface of the refrigerator clean. Wipe to dry with a lint-free cloth.

  • Gently wash KitchenAid refrigerators with stainless steel exteriors using the bucket of warm water and mild detergent. As you clean, rub evenly, going with the grain. Rinse with plain clean water. Dry gently using a lint-free cloth.

  • Wash brushed KitchenAid refrigerators with aluminum exteriors using the mild detergent and water. Avoid using cleaners that are designed for stainless steel. After washing down the exterior, wipe it dry.

Clean the Interior

  • Open your KitchenAid refrigerator. Carefully remove the tempered glass shelves by lifting them up and out of the brackets. Take them to a flat surface where there is no risk of falling. Use care not to bump the glass to prevent the glass from breaking. Allow the shelf to come to room temperature and wipe off the glass using the warm water and detergent. Rinse the shelf with plain warm water and dry immediately to prevent water stains.

  • Remove buckets and drawers from the refrigerator. Place them in your sink and fill with warm water and mild detergent. Wash thoroughly with your soft cloth, rinse and dry completely.

  • Wipe the inner walls of the refrigerator with the warm water and mild detergent using the wet sponge or cloth. Take a plastic brush and clean into hard to reach crevices. Wipe again with a cloth dipped in plain water and then dry immediately to prevent water spots.

  • Replace the shelves carefully. Return any removed drawers or buckets. Plug the KitchenAid refrigerator back in and move it back against the wall.

Tips & Warnings

  • When cleaning your refrigerator, clean out your freezer as well. If left unclean, odors from the freezer will transfer to your newly cleaned refrigerator.
  • In homes with several pets or if there are significant amounts of dust or grease, clean the condenser every two to three months. Remove the base grille. Hook up your vacuum cleaners attachment with a soft brush and clean the grille, behind the grille and the front surface of the condenser.
  • Do not use bleach, harsh abrasive cleaners or abrasive scrubbers on your KitchenAid refrigerator.

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