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Property management on a personal level – part one of 2 Appliance Maintenance

rentals portland oregon - appliance maintenanceTaking good care of your appliance not only lengthens the life of the appliance but keeps your home sparkling!

Working as a property manager in the Portland Oregon area I get the honor of seeing the “pride of ownership” many renters exhibit. I expect the property owners to care about their homes but can only hope that my tenants do. I am proud to say my tenants are great!

This is part one of a two part “Appliance Maintenance” article that we hope helps! These hints will also help tenants moving out to have a better claim on their deposits.


Standard Electric Ranges:

Allow stove surface to cool completely before cleaning

  1. Remove drip pans and soak them in soapy water.
  2. Apply stove cleaner to surface of stove (can be found at almost every home improvement store)
  3. Wipe in a circular motion until stains and smudges are gone.
  4. Apply more cleaner as necessary.
  5. Wipe away excess cleaner with a paper towel.
  6. Scour drip pans with an abrasive cleaner or scouring pad.
  7. Allow pans to dry or wipe dry with towel.
  8. Replace drip pans to their position beneath burners.

Smooth Top Ranges:

  1. Allow stove surface to cool completely before cleaning.
  2. Apply nonabrasive stove cleaner to the surface of the stove (please use cleanser sold at most home improvement stores made especially for these types of ranges)
  3. Wipe in a circular motion using a soft cloth or paper towel.
  4. Work cleaner into surface until stains are removed and no smudges remain.
  5. Wipe away excess cleaner with a soft cloth or paper towel.


  1. Unplug the refrigerator power cord.
  2. Fill the kitchen sink with warm soapy water.
  3. Remove contents from refrigerator.
  4. Pull out the shelves and drawers. Wash them in the sink of soapy water and rinse with warm water. Please drawers upside down over dish towels and set racks on end in a dish drainer to dry.
  5. Fill a cleaning bucket with 2 tbsp. of baking soda and 1 gallon of warm water. Dip a rag in the baking soda water and wipe down the walls of the refrigerator. Wipe the inside door panels and the bottom of the refrigerator. Wipe clean with a dry towel. Clean the freezer in the same manner.
  6. Wash the outside of the refrigerator and the door gaskets with a rag dipped in the dish water. Wipe the gaskets and outside of the refrigerator dry with a towel.
  7. Once dry, insert the shelves and drawers back into the refrigerator. While returning the  contents back into the refrigerator, wipe down any jars and containers that might have spills on them. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.

NEXT WEEK: Cleaning your dishwasher and microwave.

We would love to hear your comments or questions about your kitchen appliances!

2 Responses to Property management on a personal level – part one of 2 Appliance Maintenance

  • Hi Robyn:

    Love your “cute” refrigerator picture – made me giggle!

    I hate cleaning my refrigerator especially the freezer when it ices up on me. It would make sense to clean it on a regular schedule – but I am so lazy. I would love to hear how other folks deal with this issue.

    As usual, your blog post has provided some neat tips…


    • robynsnestadmin says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Angela, I am no different than anyone else and can totally relate!


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