Common Appliances and How to Clean Them

Don’t you just hate it when something like chili or pasta with sauce explodes all over your microwave –yuck.  The following is some advice for cleaning household appliances.

Some people love to clean, however for the rest of us it takes a lot of effort and probably some knowledge that we’re currently lacking.  It’s not such a big deal to clean a microwave, but for some reason it feels like a major project. Do not despair – I have the remedy for cleaning basically everything useful in your kitchen.

Microwave

Pre-prep Work: Put a coffee mug or small bowl full of water and slices of lemon in the center and run the microwave on high for about three minutes, or until the liquid is turning to steam. This will help soften food splatter and the lemon smells nice.  If you don’t like lemon you can use other citrus fruits or just use a drop of dish washing liquid.

Break It Down: Take out the turntable and anything else that will come loose. Toss these parts in the dishwasher and run it.  These parts can be mixed with other dishes you have to run through the dishwasher. Wipe down the walls of the microwave with a sponge, cloth or several paper towels, plus your favorite dish soap and water or all purpose cleaner. There’s not really a wrong way to clean a microwave. Wipe the outside while you’re at it, especially the buttons.

Garbage Disposal

Pre-prep Work: Unless it is clogged, there’s not much in the way of prep work to do. Flick the switch, run some cold water to make sure there’s not any food left in the device.

Break It Down: Some garbage disposals, like Insinkerators, have removable baffles (the black part that’s just inside the drain). If yours is removable, take it out. If not, then move along.  Cleaning a garbage disposal is really easy. Just clean your removable baffle, if present, and toss some sliced citrus fruit inside (if you throw a whole lime, or even half of one without cutting it up, it may be too much for your disposal) with some ice cubes. Most garbage disposals no longer use blades (don’t stick your hand in to find out unless the breaker is turned off), so the ice cube trick does nothing, but citrus is still a big deal. If it’s really smelly, drop some liquid dish soap inside and run the water until the bubbles stop.

Dishwasher

Pre-prep Work: Running an empty load with a measuring cup full of vinegar or bleach will help start the process off correctly. These help eliminate chronic smells; you’ll be really happy you did. DO NOT USE DISH SOAP. Remove the racks and anything else that comes loose, like cutlery baskets. Take those to the shower and wait for further instructions. First clean any screens that might be protecting food grinders or other moving parts. You can just wipe that out. Next, there’s such a thing as dishwasher cleaner. Your life will be immeasurably easier if you just buy a few of these and use as directed to clean the inside of the dishwasher. Now to the parts you put in the shower.  Spray them down with a removable shower head or take your chances with the regular kind. If they’re very dirty, give them a going over with soapy water and a sponge. Then put the racks etc. back into the dishwasher and you are all set.

Refrigerator

Pre-prep Work: Take your food out and put items into a prepared cooler and turn the ice maker off.

Break It Down: Pull out all the shelves and drawers at once and place them in or near the sink. Start with the empty cavity of the refrigerator and wipe everything down, from the top to the bottom. Warm, soapy water is fine for most icky stuff. The tough grime can be knocked out with all-surface cleaner. Next, do the door interiors. Now wash the shelves and drawers and leave them to dry. Once all of that is complete, put the fridge back together and repeat with the freezer. Change your water filter and turn the ice maker back on when you’re done. Lastly, wipe down the fridge outside.

Freestanding Range (this also applies to cooktops and ovens that exist independently)

Pre-prep Work: Smooth top ranges just need their tops wiped down. Turn the pilot lights off on gas ranges.

Break It Down: Pull knobs, remove grates, and pull coils and catch pans, as applies to your stove.

The Nitty Gritty: If you have a stove with a self-cleaning oven, find your manual and figure out how to use it. Most will lock themselves, heat until they’re super hot and you only have to wipe the racks down and get the ash (there’s never much) out of the bottom. This will take a few hours. Maybe several hours. But it’ll be super clean. For the top, wipe the bit that’s not removable down with soapy water. Grab the coils and set them aside and put the rest in the dishwasher. No reason to work too hard. Glass top stoves sometimes need harder cleaning. There’s a gritty glass top stove cleaner available commercially. Put it all back together like you found it – except much cleaner.

If you want to skip all of this, you could find a great cleaning service in your community, or you can ask your real estate agent for recommendations and choose from the home pros that are sent your way. You’ll never have to worry about cleaning appliances again when you have a cleaning service handy.

 

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Robotic Lawn Mowers

 

Over the years we have seen automation and robotics change the way that a number of things work in the home.   Did you know that robotics and automation work outside your home as well? Robotic lawn mowers are starting to change the way that people approach lawn care with modern robotic lawn mowers that were introduced in recent years, however the devices have a longer history than you might think.  If you have grass on your property you should keep reading.

Hard to believe the first robotic lawn mower was actually created and patented in 1969. Called the MowBot, the robotic device was self-propelled and capable of making random turns within an area defined by a signal wire that was used to create a boundary. The MowBot was a battery-powered device that was primitive compared to today’s robotic lawn mowers however its approach to lawn maintenance wasn’t that far off from how today’s devices work. It had some staying power and MowBot Inc. is still producing robotic mowers today that are more modern takes on the original MowBot functionality.

It wasn’t until the 1990s that the more modern style of robotic lawn mowers began to emerge. A solar-powered mower was developed and introduced in 1995 by Husqvarna, and it was followed for the next 10 years by other niche robotic lawn mower designs. The development of smaller-scale robotic mowers occurred in the United States and the UK in 2000, but it wasn’t until 2005 that the first widespread commercial release of a robotic lawn mower occurred. Interestingly, these mowers used the same sort of signal wire that the MowBot had; combined with a few more modern features.

Since then the use of robotic mowers has really taken off with a variety of solar-powered and self-charging robotic mowers hitting the market with innovations such as programmability, autonomous obstacle avoidance and even the ability to program or control the mower remotely from a smartphone or similar device. Some modern robotic mowers are even designed to only trim a small section of the grass blades at a time, opting instead to mow more frequently (often without any input from their owners) to keep the lawn in optimal shape.

Robotic lawn mowers offer a number of benefits over traditional push mowers or riding lawn mowers. A few of the benefits of these mowers include:

  • Electric-powered robotic mowers reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions
  • Smaller, more frequent cuts prevent excessive strain on your lawn that could result in browning or other damage
  • Lightweight units that use random movements while cutting the lawn prevent damage caused by mowing in the same pattern repeatedly
  • Electric units with smaller motors significantly reduce noise pollution while cutting
  • The mulching action of robotic lawn mowers recycles clippings to feed your lawn throughout the year
  • Using a robotic device gives you the benefit of more free time and consistent lawn heights, plus eliminating the danger of injury from traditional lawn mowers.

Robotic lawn mowers have seen a massive surge in popularity in recent years. Models can range in price from $400 to $3,500 or more, with higher-end models offering greater coverage and more programmability features. Robotic lawn mower sales are growing at a faster rate than sales of traditional mowers, with analysts believing that robotic mower sales will continue to increase by approximately 11 percent each year through 2024. Technology is moving at a rapid pace so expect more automation and other types of gadgets for you home – inside and out.

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WOW – It’s the 25th Annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade – Thursday July 4th

It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by and that this year is the 25th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade.  My family and I have a tradition we get up early on the 4th of July and find a perfect spot up front on the parade route to set up our little shade structure, then we go to get some breakfast nearby.   We always have a great time and besides watching a great parade we get to meet other families that are as excited as we are to see the pageantry float by.

The entire Las Vegas valley is invited to celebrate Independence Day at the 25th Annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade, Southern Nevada’s largest and most colorful Fourth of July parade. The parade starts at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to be over at 11a.m. The parade begins at the corner of Hillpointe Rd and Hills Center Dr in The Trails village of Summerlin. Participants travel south toward Village Center Circle, then west on Trailwood Drive. The parade ends near the corner of Trailwood Drive and Spring Gate Lane.

This year for the silver anniversary of the parade there will be over 70 entries including a float themed for the Las Vegas Golden Knights sponsored by City National Bank that started in the parade last year.  Plus all the traditional floats and giant balloons, bands, military heroes, musical groups and children themed figures of storybook and cartoon characters.

Over 40,000 people are expected to watch the festivities.  There are more than 2,500 people participating and over 500 volunteers from schools and other organizations.  The on lookers come from all parts of the Las Vegas area to watch this spectacular parade.  Don’t forget to bring water and wear sunscreen.

The feeling you get watching everyone taking great pride in our city is pure joy and how proud we all are to be in this incredible country. There is nothing quite like it. For parade details, just go to: http://summerlink.com/patriotic-parade

I want to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. And please be careful if handling fireworks. The air is extra dry and you can easily start a fire, or get hurt. Maybe you prefer to let the professionals handle it and watch the fireworks at Red Rock Casino or at Green Valley Ranch Hotel?

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Don’t buy Summerlin garage sale signs – borrow mine (no charge) ((really))

Did you know the master-planned community of Summerlin requires specific signs for garage sales?  To some it seems silly, I know, but they look nicer than a lot of the homemade ones you see around the Las Vegas valley, and we like our community to look nice, so they have a rule (find the rule here), and I’m really not sad about it.

Did you know that the signs cost $6 each? If you want to have a garage sale and buy just 5 signs, there’s $30 gone before you get started, right? And if you buy 10… ugh! Well, I have a lot of them (more than 20).  The only thing I ask is that you return them all, in reasonably the same condition you borrowed them in.

You know, the more signs you have out around the area the more visible you will be and attract more people to your garage sale.  Whether you have a few, and want to use more, or don’t have any at all, you can borrow mine anytime (unless, of course, someone else has reserved them for the same day).  I’ll even drop them off to you, and when you’re finished you just return them to me!

What’s the catch you ask?  There’s no catch!  I promise!  Let’s be honest, they just sit in my garage collecting dust most of the time, anyway, and they might as well get put to good use!  Sure, I hope you’ll remember me someday when you are considering buying or selling real estate, but I promise not to start emailing you or calling you, just because you borrowed my signs. I’m gonna loan you the signs and that’s it. Deal? Just call my office at the number below to reserve them!

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Imagine Lady Gaga & Shakespeare creating a love child…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Concert Fantastic is an impressive production for the whole family.  The LAB LV and Super Summer Theatre are proud to bring you Shakespeare’s beloved tale, told anew, with iconic song and dance; combining Shakespeare’s classic text with today’s favorite music!  This outlandish, kid-friendly stage show runs from June 26 through July 13.

If you’re not familiar, the basis of the story is the Duke of Athens is to wed the Amazon Queen, whom he has taken captive after battle.  But when the King and Queen of Fairies have fantastical fallout in the forest, as they journey to the wedding, two pairs of star-crossed lovers get tangled in a web of confusion and jealousy!  What could possibly go wrong that a dash of fairy magic can’t fix?!

Never been to the Spring Mountain Ranch, (just west of Las Vegas past Red Rock National Park) to see a show?  Go see one or all the shows that are playing this season – and bring the entire family.  Bring a blanket or chairs plus some food and refreshments and maybe a sweater (it’s much cooler there than down in the valley) In my opinion, it is the best live-theatre venue in our valley.

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The rest of the summer season is filled with of great shows like Annie, Chicago and Noises Off.  All the information you need is at the web site, https://supersummertheatre.org/current-season/#.

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Water Watcher Cards and Water Safety

I am re-posting this blog as I feel this subject is a very important topic and we cannot be reminded to often to take all precautions when dealing with kids and swimming pools.  There are many swimming classes given in the Las Vegas Valley – let’s keep all children safe.

Its summer in Las Vegas and we all know what that means – hot weather and relaxing in the swimming pool to escape the heat and still be outdoors.  However water safety is a must do especially if you have children.

That is why I am giving out Water Watcher Cards to adults that agree to be responsible and supervise the kids in the water without distraction.  If there are several adults around the Water Watcher Card is passed to another responsible adult that will also supervise the kids and keep them safe in the water.

First of all when you have a backyard pool you should install fences around the pool.  The fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall.  The opening gate to the pool should be self-closing and self-latching gates.  The Health District in Las Vegas also advises putting an alarm on the gate.

It might be wise to take a class in what to do in an emergency – learn CPR and water rescue skills – this can help in saving a life.  If you have children you might want to enroll them in swimming classes.

This advice is not only for your backyard pool.  Be a Water Watcher when your family goes to a water park or community pool.  Keep your eyes on your children – there are usually life guards on duty however they cannot watch everyone all the time.

If you have toddlers in the home make sure all bathtubs are empty of water – did you know a baby can drown in an inch of water?  Also get into the habit of putting all toilet seats down so curious toddlers do not get into them.

Water safety also means dealing with monsoon rains and if you are taking out a boat on Lake Mead – those topics are for another blog.

Become a Water Watcher and contact me for a card, and take care of what is most precious in the world – children.

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What should a Home Buyer do right away once they own their home?

Hooray you just bought a new home – whether it is your first home or second or third congratulations.  Besides packing and moving as well as getting utilities turned on there are four other items you should do once you have closed on your new home.

  1. You will most likely not know when the batteries were changed in your new home’s smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detector. After that you should change the batteries twice a year and to make it simple to remember change them at the same time you move your clocks back or forward for Daylight savings time. Also, if the home is more than 10 years old check the date that the smoke detectors were installed (usually on the back). If it has been longer than 10 years, replace them and write the installation date on the new ones in the appropriate place. Although this will cost a few bucks, it may save your life someday.
  2. Replacing air filters in your new home is one of the best things you can do to reduce maintenance or failure issues. Go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and get an  air filter – if you or anyone in the family has allergies get a HEPA filter.  Both these stores carry many different filters in all sizes.

In the Las Vegas area most filters are located in the ceiling.  For some this is a challenge to open the latches on the grill and keep the old filter from falling.  Here is a little trick you might want to use. Before climbing the ladder, go to the thermostat. There are hundreds of thermostats out there but almost all of them will have two switches or buttons. One for “System” and one for “Fan”. The fan switch or button will have two settings: “AUTO” and “On”. The normal position for the fan should be AUTO. But when changing out the air filters you should switch the setting to “On”.

Now, when you unlatch the grill, the filters will stay in place because they will be held in position by the suction of the fan. Before you install the new filter.  When you place the filters in the proper position in the system return, the suction from the fan will hold them in place making it much easier to close the grill.

  1. Change locks and codes. This is an important safety issue – you and your family or anyone else that lives with you should be the only people that should have a key and know the codes to your alarm system and if you have a keypad on the garage door.  Unfortunately there are a lot of bad people out there looking for a home to rob.  Take every precaution to make sure it is not yours. Even if the old owners have left the city (or even the country) you do not know who they have given keys to over the years. You also change your mailbox lock (if you have one) or the same reasons; but you don’t do that yourself. You go to the post office with your final settlement statement in the first 30 days after closing and they will do it for free! (They will do it after 30 days have passed also, but you have to pay for it)

  1. Verify the settings on your irrigation system control panel. Did you know that lawn sprinkler systems are one of the most damaging components to Las Vegas homes? It is super important that you review the settings on your panel to ensure they are correct. The settings for your panel are easy to find. The Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) has promulgated all the required schedules on their website. You only need to enter your address. The link is here: https://www.lvvwd.com/conservation/mandatory-watering-schedule/index.html   Keep to the correct days or you might be fined by SNWA seriously, I have seen their new enforcement trucks driving around).

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Friday Night Live – concert series in the Trails Park in Summerlin

The Summerlin Council presents the return of the fantastic “Friday Night Live” summer concert series.  You can bring your own food and drink and a blanket on Friday June 7, and head over to the Trails Park, 1910 Spring Gate Lane, Las Vegas Nevada 89134.  You will enjoy live musical experiences and performances that are guaranteed to get up on your feet and “Dance to the Music.”  And to top that off – – – it’s free!!!!!

The concert series gives you the opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors in Summerlin and maybe even get to know other people from this incredible community. My family goes to at least one of these free concerts every summer! Be prepared for a wonderful night of fun as the bands play fun music that you know, and you can dance on the basketball court in front of the stage beneath the summer stars.

The popular live show kicks off with ’80s revival band “Loveshack”, which has been voted Best of Las Vegas in the Las Vegas Review-Journal readers poll several times.  The show starts at 7 p.m. however I suggest you get there a little earlier that that to find a place on the lawn for your blanket.

The second concert of the series happens on August 9 with “Yellow Brick Road” scheduled to perform and the third is September 6 with “Boogie Knights” on the schedule.

Originating in 1997 The Summerlin Council is the owner and operator of the Trails, Willows, Gardens and Vistas Community Centers, Willows Pool, Trails Pool, Vistas Pool, Summerlin Tennis Club and the community’s major parks and amenities.

Additionally the Council plans more than a dozen annual events, offers more than 150 community classes and youth camps, and prepares and distributes monthly and quarterly publications to the residents. According to Tom Warden, vice president of community and government relations for The Howard Hughes Corporation, “The Summerlin Council is the heart of the community and is responsible, in large part, for the quality of life for which the community is known.”

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

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