3 Ways to Clean Your Stainless Steel Appliances



By April Khan, Appliances Connection

As you may know, many of the newer stainless steel appliances are made with a special coating that prevents them from being smudged. Appliances that contain this smudge-proof coating do not need much maintenance. All you have to do is wipe them down with a warm damp rag and that’s it. You don’t even have to dry them afterwards since there won’t be any watermarks. However, the older stainless steel appliances need a little TLC to stay nice and shiny — especially if they’re used for cooking or used near a cooking appliance.

Now, you can stop reading and just run out and buy a can of stainless steel cleaner, but it would fill your air with nasty chemical fumes — and who wants that? This tutorial is designed to keep you from using these chemicals and still achieve the same level of cleanliness.

The Vinegar and Oil Method


If you really have some stubborn stains or your stainless steel has lost its luster, this is a great formula to use.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White vinegar
  • an empty spray bottle
  • Paper towels
  • soft microfiber cloth
  • mineral oil (yes you can use olive oil or vegetable oil if you don’t have mineral oil on hand.)

Begin by putting on some rubber or latex gloves (vinegar is a little stinky). Next, pour some vinegar in a clean spray bottle. After you’ve done that, have a close look at your appliances to determine which way the grain runs. This step is important since you’ll want to ultimately wipe in the direction of this grain.

Spray vinegar all over the appliance, then use your paper towels or a soft cloth to wipe it clean. Do not wipe in a circle, wipe in the direction of the grain only. Keep wiping until the towel comes away clean (you’ll have to use paper towels for this stage).

Lastly, dip a clean cloth into your oil and begin polishing your appliance. Remember to wipe in the direction of the appliance’s grain. You don’t need a ton of oil here, just a little will do.

The Ol’ Soap and Water Method


This is the method that most of you will have heard of. It’s simple, quick and easy.The soap and water solution is most useful for appliances that are more soiled than tarnished. To use the soap and warm water method you’ll need the following:

  • 1 teaspoon dish washing liquid
  • 1 quart of hot tap water
  • 1 cereal bowl of warm water
  • heat resistant rubber gloves
  • 3 clean cloths
  • blow dryer (optional)

Begin by mixing soap into 1 quart of hot water. Soak one cloth in the soapy mixture and begin wiping with and against the grain in small sections. Once you’ve covered the entire appliance, dip the second towel in warm water and go over the entire surface making sure to wipe in the direction of the grain. Lastly, dry the surface using a blow dryer or wipe it clean with a clean towel.

Stainless Steel Cleaner


If you don’t have the time or patience for elbow grease, you can certainly skip the above steps and go right to a cleaning product. According to Good Housekeeping, the best Stainless Steel cleaner on the market is Homax Stainless Steel Magic Aerosol. It’s easy to find and it’s currently retailed between $6 and $12. To use it, just spray the surface down really well, then wipe it clean with a soft cloth.

So what’s the magic part? Isn’t this just like any other stainless steel cleaner?

Well, the magic is that it adds a coating that makes the appliance temporarily smudge-proof. You won’t be able to see the coating, but it’s certainly there.

Remember these points:

  • Don’t wipe against the grain, unless you’re buffing the surface.
  • Never use a hard cloth.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners.
  • You CAN use substitutes for mineral oil.

By wiping down your stainless steel appliances every once in a while — and yes this includes before it gets caked up with grime — you will minimize the risk of damaging the appliance or it’s surface.  While stainless steel will never truly be “stainless” you can certain stave off marks and smudges by investing in a coated appliance. Appliances Connection carries an array of smudge-proof appliances from major manufacturers like Frigidaire and Samsung. Visit our site for more details!

How to eat safe while travelling!


By April Khan, Appliances Connection

Are you planning a fun little vacation for you and your family this holiday season, or perhaps for winter break? If you are, I bet I can guess the part you’re looking forward to the most — food!!!

Let’s face it, part of the excitement of travel is trying new foods, right? I know it is for me! But there’s a little bit of a backlash that comes with being a culinary King or Queen, and that is the Abominable Tummy Monster. (Insert sad face here.)

There’s just not enough TUMS on the planet to ease the kind of pain that these yummy foods can cause.  Luckily I’ve found this helpful graphic to help you avoid some very uncomfortable — shall we say — “dysentery” issues.

Share this with any travelers you know and with your fellow travelling guests.



As you can see from the above graphic, it is perfectly safe to enjoy some of the yummy vittles other countries have to offer, but there are certain foods you should definitely steer clear of. It doesn’t matter how well these foods are prepared, it’s just that there are certain bacteria on them that your tummy isn’t used to. It’s kind of the same principle behind tummy bacteria like E.Coli. E.Coli can enter the system of one person and literally do nothing. However, it can enter the system of another and cause terrible symptoms like stomach pains, diarrhea and vomiting. Some unfortunate souls may also perish from this bacteria.

Healthcare may also suffer in these destinations — especially in developing countries, so even after developing an illness you may not be treated promptly enough to prevent further complications.

Holiday Food Storage Safety


By April Khan, Appliances Connection

The holidays are right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited — BUT, there’s always this one part of me that’s somewhat reluctant to eat food at other people’s homes — which of course zaps the fun out of the whole holiday anticipation.

The reluctance I feel isn’t at all about the taste. I mean, everywhere I’m invited, the food is delicious, but the tummy pains I feel after is nothing to shrug at. I only recently found out that no matter how fresh the food is, contamination can occur. Namely cross-contamination.

So… for all of those wonderful cooks out there, I’ve included this helpful little chart to keep you and your guests full and safe this holiday season.


Food Safety at the Grill


By April Khan, Appliances Connection

The summer may be officially over, but the Fall has just begun, and you know what that means. You guessed it — picnic time! As long as the sun is out and the snow is safely tucked away for another couple of months, break out the grill and start creating your best dish!

But WAIT! Not so fast! Do you know how to BBQ safely?

If you don’t know what to chill before you grill or what temperature your foods should reach before being fully cooked, you might want to glance at the following chart.


How to Extend the Life of Your Refrigerator



By April Khan, Appliances Connection

Let’s face it, refrigerators aren’t cheap! In fact, it is one of the most expensive appliances you’ll ever own and also one of the most important.

Today’s refrigerators are full of added goodies like special temperature control zones, water and ice dispensers, and spill-proof shelves. But even the most sophisticated refrigerators need a little TLC to keep them going strong.

In this article, we’re going to share a few ways to get keep your fridge happy while keeping your pockets thin!

Keep some space between your items


One sure way to extend the life of your refrigerator is by keeping some space clear between your items. When you pack your refrigerator it has to work harder to maintain the set temperature. By clearing a little space between your items, and some space in front of the refrigerator fan, the gallery will cool faster and your food will last longer.

Keep the refrigerator sealing free of dirt and oil


Before I shame anyone else, I first have to shame myself. Yes, I am guilty of not wiping the sealing around my refrigerator door. I used to say “It looks clean to me,” but no longer.

When you cook anything that contains fat or added oils, grime is taken into the air and circulated around the kitchen. This oily vapor sticks to everything in sight. Yes, this includes your surrounding appliances — and unfortunately that also includes the refrigerator. And yes, you guessed it, the part that suffers the most from this arrangement is the sealing around the refrigerator.

When this rubber is full of grime, it keeps the refrigerator and freezer from closing. The result is not pretty. Your foods become warmer and the entire refrigerator gallery begins to warm up, dropping the temperature of your food and causing them to spoil sooner.

This takes us right into the next section.

Cool it down


Before putting your food in the refrigerator, you might want to cool it down. Never put hot foods in your refrigerator! Although there is a lot of information out there warning us about luke warm foods, you should still refrain from storing hot foods in the refrigerator.

Luke warm foods when left out can cause bacteria to spread. This bacteria multiplies and causes nasty tummy bugs. However, this is only after the food is left out for several hours. If you allow your food to cool for an hour in a vented container, you can save your tummy and refrigerator a serious problem.

What happens when you store hot food in the refrigerator?


In short, heat causes the temperature within the refrigerator to drop, which then causes the surrounding foods to heat up. Now, this may not be such a big deal if your refrigerator is full of microwave meals; however, if it contains dairy or other perishable goods it provides the perfect breeding ground for nasty bacteria such as E.coli and Salmonella.

The underline point here is to keep your refrigerator:

  • cold
  • free from dirt and oil
  • spacious

By following these rules, your refrigerator will last a lot longer! Try it today!

If your refrigerator is close to kicking the bucket, perhaps it’s time to locate another. Appliances Connection carries an array of refrigerators in every color available. Choose from brands like Samsung, LG and Electrolux. From time to time we offer special deals and discounts. Check us out to see what we currently have on special!


Is 2015 Year of the Black Stainless Steel Appliances?



By April Khan, Appliances Connection

If you’re looking for something bold and shiny for your kitchen, then 2015 is definitely your year!

We’ve already seen an abundance of black stainless steel lines from major kitchen appliance manufacturers like Kitchen Aid and LG. Even Samsung launched their own version of the seemingly indestructible black stainless steel.

Since they are all fairly new, we thought we’d take the time to let you in on some of the many benefits you can expect from these black stainless steel appliances.

Are black stainless steel appliances better than regular stainless steel appliances?

The answer is both yes and no. The older stainless steel appliances are lacking some of the futuristic features and functions that the newer stainless steel appliances have. Black stainless steel appliances are new, so they share some of the same functions and features as the new stainless steel models. So, yes they are similar to the newer stainless steel appliances, but completely different from the stainless steel models.

Some benefits you can expect from a black stainless steel appliance are:

  • Door-in-Door technology
  • Easy Clean
  • True Steam (dishwashers)
  • Fingerprint resistance
  • Magnetic surface
  • Dual door range
  • French door refrigerator
  • 4 drawer refrigerator
  • Water wall technology (Dishwasher)

This is far from an exhaustive list, but these are some of the more popular features you can expect from the above listed manufacturers.

What is black stainless steel exactly?

Black stainless steel as it reads is a bit misleading since there is no such thing as black stainless steel. The appliances are not actually black. They are created from stainless steel and then coated in black oxide. Black oxide (also known as blackening) not only darkens stainless steel, but it also offers a bit of added protection, which we’ll cover in the section below.

When added to stainless steel, black oxide gives stainless steel a slightly darker shade, almost like a shadow. When added again and again, the appliance begins to take on a glass-like black appearance. This hue results from the stainless steel peaking through the black oxide.

What are the benefits of choosing black stainless steel?

Aside from the benefits listed above, black stainless steel is really and truly stainless. Black oxide is added to ferrous materials and steel to offer protection against mild corrosives. This is why so many black stainless steel appliances offer smudge-proof coating as an included benefit. Believe it or not, your fingers actually produce oils and acids, which can smudge the surface and eat away at it in time — even if they are clean! So, the blackening process is really necessary.

In addition, black oxide offers protection against mild abrasions. Old refrigerators were coated in paint, so it was only a matter of time before they were covered in chips and scratches. Luckily these refrigerators aren’t painted black, but are instead oxidized. This means there’s no chance of them chipping — unless of course you begin hammering away at it.

Which companies offer black stainless steel? 

As I’m writing this, I know there are dozens of companies scrambling to get their appliances dipped in the glory that is black stainless steel. However, at the present time there are few that offer it. Each manufacturer offers their own shade of black stainless steel as well. Some look grey, some look silver and others are truly black. However they are all technically black stainless steel.

LG Diamond Collection


LG offers a black stainless collection called Diamond, that is essentially a very dark grey, but shockingly beautiful and almost glass-like. This collection contains a range, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. The refrigerator is a French-door model that contains 4- doors. This range offers two separate cooking cavities, each accessible by their own door. This allows you to cook two different dishes at two different temperatures simultaneously. The microwave in this range has a smoke vent that filters out extra smoke when mounted above your cooktop, and the interior boasts a 2.2. cu.ft capacity.

Kitchenaid Black Stainless Steel


Kitchenaid’s  black stainless steel collection IS actually black. It is currently the darkest black stainless steel collection on the market. In this collection there is a French-door refrigerator with 3 drawers, a double-door range and a dishwasher. The oversized refrigerator contains a 5-door refrigerator with water and ice dispenser. The dishwasher has adjustable shelves and arms that push water through the entire cavity at a high enough force to remove all grime, but at a low enough force to keep glasses and stemware snugly in place.  The double-door oven, much like LG’s, let’s you cook two dishes simultaneously without compromising the quality of either. It also has convection — so there’s that!  (I can see all the home chefs drooling now.)

Samsung Black Stainless Steel 


Samsung’s black stainless steel collection is the newest of the bunch. This collection contains a range, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. The refrigerator has 5 doors, but one of them is hidden. That’s right! This is actually a door within a door. This trick door allows you to store quick grab items for easier accessibility. The range in this collection offers two cooking compartments, both of which are convection. The microwave in this collection contains a smart sensor which monitors food within it three times per second. The smart monitor prevents the food from over cooking by automatically adjusting the time and temperature. Back to the fridge, the black stainless steel refrigerator has a 4-door flex option that showcases your foods and allows you to store them in different sections and at different temperatures. The dishwasher contains an attractive feature called ‘Waterwall’ which sweeps a powerful stream of water over the dishes. This dishwasher also contains a control zone that targets stemware, pots and pans at different pressures.

What color should your kitchen be to really showcase black stainless steel?

Well, as it stands, sky’s the limit here. You can pair black stainless steel with just about any kitchen color under the sun. I’ve seen it paired with everything from black cabinets and neon paint to natural browns and olive green. Depending on the shade, black stainless steel could virtually go with anything. Try it for yourself, don’t take my word for it.

If you want a visual to help you decide on your purchase, here’s  a neat little feature that Samsung offers on their website which lets you see how black stainless steel would look in your kitchen by changing the color of the cabinets and walls. (Click here for more information).


Samsung Black Stainless Steel Collection


black stainless steel appliances

By April Khan, Appliances Connection

Samsung is known for wowing us with an endless supply of professional-grade appliances for the serious home cook — and even if you’re not serious about cooking, you will be after you see their latest collection.

It’s what we’ve all been waiting for without even knowing it.

So without any further suspense, I’d like to introduce you to Samsung’s Black Stainless Steel Collection.

How did this collection come about?

Samsung is kind of hush about the inspiration that sparked this concept.

We did a little prodding around and couldn’t really find any hard evidence ourselves. In fact, we tried to do more detective work than usual because we couldn’t understand why they would come out with such a radically different concept, especially after they had just come out with the Chef Collection (which was immensely popular). You know the old saying — if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

All we know is that the black stainless steel collection is awesome and it’s packed with dozens of hidden goodies, which we’ll go over in the sections below.

What is black stainless steel? Aren’t these just black appliances?

In short, no. They’re not just black appliances, although they may look like it. These appliances are actually stainless steel, they’re just encased in black oxide which gives them a dark color. Black oxide is a coating that’s applied to the appliances after they’ve been crafted from the stainless steel. This coating is added by process of oxidation to prevent minor abrasions and corrosion. And yes, this means that Samsung’s new stainless steel appliances are smudge-proof and truly stainless.

The oxidation process makes them look black.

What does the black stainless steel collection contain?

Samsung’s new black stainless steel collection contains four appliances: a refrigerator, range, dishwasher and a microwave.

  • The refrigerator contains 4-doors – One of the doors has a convertible zone that can either be a refrigerator or a freezer. There is also a 3-door option in this collection and a French door model with 2 bottom freezer drawers.
  • The range contains a double-door oven that can cook two different meals simultaneously at two different temperatures. You can choose between an electric and gas range with this collection.
  • The microwave is as powerful as the range with a convection feature that cooks all foods evenly and much faster! Saves electric! There are 3 different microwaves to choose from in this collection.
  • The dishwasher in this collection has a zone booster which when activated, cleans at different power increment. This means your pots and pans will be spotless while your glasses remain safely intact!

I know it’s not included in the set of black stainless steel appliances, but Samsung’s new Activewash washers are worth the mention. This washer has a built-in sink to pre-treat clothes before dropping them in the washing machine. This washer also has VRT (Vibration Reduction Technology to reduce noise and vibration to the lowest level possible. There’s so much more to this Activewash than the integrated sink though — but we’ll get into it in another blog. Just thought it might be worth mentioning this washer since the exterior coating closely matches the black stainless steel appliances (we also offer it in white).

You know, just encase you’d like all of your appliances to match. (Thank us later).

And as usual, if you’re really interested in adding this collection to your home, visit our dedicated Samsung Black Stainless Steel webpage and start piecing together your package today!