Microwave 1The microwave is one of the newest kitchen appliances and also one of the most popular. Since being invented in the 1940s and sold for home use in the 1960s, the microwave has revolutionised how we cook.

In a bid to help you understand your microwave, and therefore get the most out of it, we’ve produced the following guide. This guide looks at how the microwave works, the best way to clean it, and how to replace the waveguide cover should it become faulty.

So without further ado….

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Keep your Washing Machine FreshThe washing machine is an important appliance within the home. Yet despite being an important appliance, it is one which very few of us give too much attention to.

Failing to pay attention to our washing machines can result in faults occurring or going unnoticed. But there are a number of steps which you can take to enhance the maintenance of your appliance and increase its life, as explained below….

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vacuum_skirtingWhen it comes to vacuuming, many of us will understandably believe that whizzing the vacuum cleaner over the floors will remove all dirt, dust and debris, leaving our homes clean. However, dirt can hide in areas where the standard vacuum cannot reach, which is why it is important to make sure that your vacuum is tooled up.

Some of the vacuum tools we recommend ensuring you have to utilise your vacuum cleaner include….

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vacuumlove.jpgThe vacuum cleaner is the one household appliance which we rely on to clean the home. Unfortunately as with all household appliances wear and tear through general use can take its toll and prevent the vacuum from working; as discussed in our previous post “Prolong the Life of Your Vacuum Cleaner”.

If your vacuum cleaner has recently stopped working, before you go and purchase a new one there are a few things which you’ll need to consider. To give you a helping hand we’ve highlighted three key areas below.

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leavesFor many the garden is their own little slice of paradise during the spring and summer months, as it’s filled with bursts of colour and the smells of various flowers and plants. But as the colour fades and autumn turns into winter, many homeowners will abandon their gardens.

For those more green-fingered amongst you though, you’ll appreciate that the change in seasons doesn’t mean that the gardening work ends; but that those garden appliances which have been trusted over the last few months are put away in place of other garden appliances.

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Fridge CleaningPreviously at BuySpares we have discussed within our blog how to keep your fridge clean and running, how to maintain the fridge and how to keep it at a steady temperature. Whilst all of these are important to get the most from the appliance, it is also important to make sure that you’re storing the right things within it.

To help make sure you’re storing the right food within your fridge, below we’ve outlined some of the food you should and shouldn’t refrigerate – despite common misconceptions.

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tumble2There are a few things which whatever the weather, as homeowners we still need to do, from cleaning floors through to washing clothes. Unfortunately with the latter, during the winter months when the rain falls, drying clothes once they’ve been washed can often be difficult, especially if your tumble dryer is not working to its full potential.

A fact of life though, is that as with any appliance, tumble dryers can with constant use and little maintenance gain faults, which if not rectified at the earliest opportunity can lead to the efficiency of the appliance dwindling or the appliance not working completely.

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limescale.jpgFor many homeowners a dishwasher is a luxury, removing the need to tackle those difficult pots and pans after enjoying a home-cooked meal. Yet the luxury is also often taken for granted, until the appliance begins to underperform.

Two of the main issues facing dishwashers is the build up of limescale (hard water areas) and detergent (all areas), which can leave your machine with stale odours as well as reduced performance. Such issues can also contribute to your glasses being left with streaks and smears after a washing cycle, whilst plates, dishes and bowls are also likely to have remains of yesterday’s dinner showing if your machine is not working at full capacity.

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laundrythumbWith winter now upon us, getting laundry clean and dry may seem like a difficult task; especially with the weather winter brings preventing you from being able to hang the washing out. As a result, it’s likely that along with regular use of your washing machine, you’ll be heavily relying on your tumble dryer to assist with your laundry needs.

Whilst your washing machine and tumble dryer will become two appliances which you’ll rely heavily on during the winter months, there are a number of laundry essentials which you should consider investing in, to make your winter laundry a breeze.

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Dyson VacuumsDue to their regular use and as a result of the pressures they are put under, from time to time our vacuum cleaners may begin to emit unpleasant odours. The main reasons for your vacuum cleaner often emitting unpleasant odours is a build up of dirt, dust and debris in the bag or cylinder.

The first stage of eliminating odours from your vacuum is to regularly empty the bag, if using a bagged vacuum. If you’ve got a bagless model, it’s important to make sure that you regularly empty the cylinder and clean the filter in warm water, allowing it to dry before placing it back in the cleaner.

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