GE-recommended tips to maintain your appliances



GE-recommended tips to maintain your appliances
cleaning guide
GE-recommended tips to maintain your appliances
Keep your appliances
looking great.
To maximize the shine and
appearance of your GE appliances,
follow this simple cleaning guide.
You’ll find everything from basic
cleaning tips to specific spot removal
instructions. This GE-recommended
advice can help keep your appliances
looking as fresh and clean as the
day you bought them.
Interior cleaning
• Turn the temperature control to “OFF”
• Unplug the refrigerator
• Mix together 1 tablespoon of baking soda and
1 quart of water
• Wipe down the door gaskets, vegetable drawers, ice
storage bin, glass shelves, wire shelves and walls of the
refrigerator with this solution, then rinse with water
• Wipe the refrigerator dry
• Do not take glass from the refrigerator and place
in warm or hot water
Glass cooktops
Sugary spills and melted plastic
Heavy, burned-on residue
• Turn off all surface units and remove hot pans
• Wear an oven mitt and use the razor scraper to move
the spill to a cool area on the cooktop
• Remove the spill with paper towels
• Any remaining spillover should be left until the surface
of the cooktop has cooled
• Do not use the surface units again until all residue has
been completely removed
• Allow the cooktop to cool
• Spread a few drops of CeramaBryte®* over the
entire burned-on area
• Hold a razor scraper at approximately a 45º angle
against the ceramic glass surface and scrape soil
• Keep small amount of cream on the residue
as you scrape
• After scraping, use the scrub sponge to remove
any remaining residue
• For additional protection, after all residue has
been removed, polish the entire surface with the
CeramaBryte® and a paper towel
Metal marks and scratches
• Remove using a cleaning cream with scrub sponge
and/or razor scraper
• Any discoloration on the cooktop should be removed
immediately before heating again or discoloration may
become permanent
• Check the bottom of pans for nicks, gouges or any
rough areas to prevent scratches to cooktop
*Always follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions.
Grates, pans, caps and burner heads
Porcelain enamel drip pans
Enamel on steel or cast iron grates and caps
• Wash in hot soapy water or in the dishwasher
• For heavy cleaning, place the grates and caps in
a sealed bag or covered container with 1/4 cup of
­ammonia*. Leave to sit overnight to loosen soil
• Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth
• Soap filled scouring pads may also be used
• Wash grates and caps regularly in hot soapy
water, rinse in clean water and dry before placing
back on range
• Grates and caps can be cleaned in dishwasher as
long as they are enamel coated on the bottom
• For burned-on soil, grates and caps can be soaked
in a slightly diluted solution of liquid cleanser and
scour with a non-metallic soap filled pad
• Place the grates and caps in a sealed bag or covered
container with 1/4 cup of ammonia*, leave to sit for
three hours up to overnight to loosen soil
• Rinse thoroughly and dry
• To prevent rusting of cast iron grates, apply a light
coating of cooking oil to the bottom of the grate
• Do not clean in a self-cleaning oven
*Always follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions.
Non-removable porcelain pans
• Wash in hot soapy water
• Soap filled scouring pads or cleansing powders
may be used on heavy soils
Chrome drip pans
• Wash in hot soapy water or in the dishwasher
• Use a stiff bristled nylon brush or non-metallic soap
filled scouring pad
• Rinse well and polish with a soft cloth
• To avoid scratches to the chrome surface, never use
abrasive cleaners or steel wool
• Do not clean in a self-cleaning oven
Burner heads
Control panel
• Wipe burner heads routinely when cleaning
the range top
• For heavy cleaning, remove burner head from
the range
• Soak the burner head upside down in a solution of
mild liquid detergent and hot water for 20-30 minutes
• If food does not rinse off completely, scrub with soap
and water or a soft brush or a plastic scouring pad
• For stubborn stains, scrub with a cleanser like Soft
Scrub* or Bon Ami*
• Rinse well to remove any traces of the cleanser that
might scratch the burners
• Check the holes in the burner head to make sure
they are not clogged
• If clogged, clean with a paperclip
• Before putting the burner head back using any
of the above methods, shake out excess water,
dry burner head thoroughly
• Place the head back on the range and make sure the
burner head is properly seated and level
• Use a mild dishwashing liquid or a mild glass cleaner
and a clean damp cloth
• Rinse the area after cleaning with a clean damp cloth
and buff dry
• Do not use abrasives of any kind on the control panel
• Rubbing too hard or using any abrasive could scratch
the surface or cause the lettering to rub off
*Always follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions.
Grill/Griddle modules
Cleaning the grill
Support and reflector parts
• Clean with warm soapy water and a plastic
scouring ball
• The grill can be cleaned in the dishwasher, however,
it cannot be cleaned in the self-cleaning oven
• Let the grill coil and the reflector pan cool
• Remove the grill coil and lift out the reflector
• The reflector pan can be cleaned in the self-cleaning
oven if excess grease and residue are removed
• The reflector can also be cleaned with soap and water,
a soap filled scouring pad or a plastic scouring ball
• Keep the holes in the center of the reflector open
Grease collector
• Use chrome polish, warm soapy water and a plastic
scouring ball
• For easier cleaning, the grease collector pan can be
lined with aluminum foil, but be sure to notch the foil
so it doesn’t touch the plug-in heating element prongs
• Do not clean in the self-cleaning oven and never use
steel wool or abrasive cleaners
Cleaning the griddle
• Clean with warm soapy water, a soft cloth and a
plastic scouring ball
• The griddle has a “Teflon” surface and cannot be
cleaned in the dishwasher or the self-cleaning oven
• Never use abrasive cleaners
Range knobs
• Pull off knobs
• Wash gently in a mild detergent and water
solution with a soft cloth
• Dry well and replace
Painted steel and brushed chrome
• Clean with warm detergent solution (one teaspoon
of ammonia* may be added to the water)
• Wash, rinse and dry with a soft cloth
• Do not use abrasive cloth, soap filled pad or
scouring powder
For stainless steel
• Clean with a warm detergent solution
• Wash, rinse and dry with a soft cloth
• Do not use abrasive cloths, steel wool pads, bleach,
ammonia or scouring powder
Cleaning grease filters
• To clean the filters, use warm sudsy water
• Light brushing may be used to help remove imbedded
soil and dust
• Dishwasher cleaning is acceptable, but may discolor
the filter
*Always follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions.
Microwave and Advantium® ovens
Exterior cleaning
Interior cleaning
• Be certain to turn the oven control off before cleaning
• Do not use cleaners with ammonia or alcohol
• Clean the outside of the microwave and the window
with a sudsy cloth, then rinse and let dry
• Wipe the control panel with a damp cloth and allow
to dry thoroughly
• For stainless steel door panels, use stainless steel
cleaner or polish with a clean, soft cloth and warm,
sudsy water and wipe the surface in the direction
of the grain
• For CleanSteel™, use a clean, soft, lightly dampened
cloth, then allow to dry thoroughly
• For plastic color panels, use a clean, soft, lightly
dampened cloth, then allow to dry thoroughly
• Use only a mild, non-abrasive detergent to clean
around the door seals
• Use a solution of warm water and detergent to clean off
the grease and dust on the bottom of the microwave
• Be certain to turn the oven control off before cleaning
• Keep the inside fresh by occasionally wiping with a
solution of baking soda and water
• Some spatters can be removed with a paper towel,
while others require a damp cloth
• Remove greasy spatters with a sudsy cloth, then rinse
with a damp cloth
• Do not use abrasive cleaners or sharp objects
on oven walls
• Remove turntable and wash carefully in warm sudsy
water or in the dishwasher
• Clean the area beneath the turntable to prevent odors
or smoking
• Clean shelves with mild soap and water or in
the dishwasher
• Never use a commercial oven cleaner or metal scouring
pad on any part of your microwave
Cleaning the grease filter
• Soak the grease filter in hot water and detergent
• Lightly brush to remove embedded dirt
• Rinse, shake and let dry before replacing
Air conditioning
Cleaning stainless steel dishwasher tubs
Cleaning a room air conditioner
• Remove all metal dishes and metal utensils,
including silverware and silver dishes
• Do not add detergent
• Select potscrubber cycle
• Start the dishwasher and allow to run for
15 to 20 minutes
• Open the door and pour 2 cups of white vinegar
into the bottom of the dishwasher
• Close door and allow the dishwasher to complete
the cycle
• Unplug the room air conditioner
• Dampen a cloth with mild detergent and wipe the
front and rear of the indoor grille
• Vacuum the indoor grille with a cleaning brush and
wipe or vacuum the areas behind the grille
• Make a mixture of lukewarm water and mild soap
and wipe down the cabinet of the unit
• Do not force movable louvers out of position or
damage the coil fins
Cleaning the dishwasher interior
• A dishwasher interior is self-cleaned through normal
use and operation of the dishwasher
• If soap build-up does occur, it may be removed with
a plastic scouring ball and mild cleansing powder
Clothes care
Clothes dryers
To remove soft gum
Basic maintenance
• Apply ice to freeze and harden the gum
• Using a wooden spoon, scrape the gum from the drum
• Wipe or dust any spills or washing compounds
with a damp cloth
• Clean the lint filter before each use
• Inspect and clean the exhaust ducting at least
once a year to prevent clogging
• Make sure that the outside flaps operate freely
Cleaning the clothes dryer drum
To remove crayon, ink or dye:
• Wash and rinse the stained area with a mild soap
and water solution or non-abrasive cleaner
• Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft towel
• Tumble dry several wet rags or old towels for
20 to 30 minutes
To remove hardened gum
• Gently chip substance off of the drum
To remove melted plastic
• Use a razor scraper to carefully scrape substance off
of the drum
• Be careful not to scratch the surface
Clothes care
Clothes washers
Basic maintenance
• Immediately wipe off any exterior spills with
a damp cloth
• Dry around the washer door opening, flexible gaskets
and door glass
• Rinse the washer at least once per year with 1/3 cup
of bleach with no clothes in any wash cycle
• Leave the lid open after washing to allow moisture
to evaporate
• Wash basket can be cleaned with a soft cloth
and liquid detergent
Cleaning removable topload fabric
softener ­dispensers
• Remove the dispenser from the top of the agitator
• Separate the dispenser cup from the cover by grasping
the top and pushing down on the inside of the cup
• Dispenser cup will pop free from the cover
• Soak both the dispenser cup and the dispenser cover
in a solution of 1 gallon warm water, 1/4 cup heavy
duty liquid detergent and 1 cup bleach
• If necessary, loosen build-up with a clean, soft cloth
after soaking
• Do not use a stiff brush
• Rinse and reassemble dispenser
• Place dispenser back on the agitator
Cleaning removable frontload fabric softener
­dispenser drawer
• Remove the drawer by first pulling it out until it stops.
Then reach back into the left rear corner of the drawer
cavity and press down firmly on the lock tab, pulling out
the drawer
• Remove the inserts from the bleach and fabric ­softener
compartments and the detergent insert. Rinse the
inserts and the drawer with hot water to remove traces
of accumulated laundry products
• To clean the drawer opening, use a small brush to clean
the recess. Remove all residue from the upper and
lower parts of the recess.
• Return inserts to the proper compartments. Replace the
dispenser drawer.
For additional information, just call 800.GE.CARES today.
CeramaBryte®* brings back the shine.
For professional results on your cooktop, microwave
or Advantium® oven, GE recommends CeramaBryte®
cleaning cream. Just apply with a damp sponge
and rub lightly to clean all your cooking surfaces.
CeramaBryte and other
cleaning accessories, including pads
and a complete kit, are available
through GE Parts at 800.626.2002.
MWF Refrigerator Water Filter
Stainless Steel appliance spray cleaner
Stainless Steel Polish Wipes
GE CeramaBryte Cleaning Pads
Disposer Care®
Refrigerator Condenser Coil Brush
CeramaBryte 28oz bottle
CeramaBryte Touchups
CeramaBryte Cleaning Kit
*Always follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions.
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