You’ve probably got a lot on your holiday to-do list that you are eager to check off. Baking treats, planning meals, decorating your home, and buying gifts can all add up to a few busy months. As much as you need to get done, there is one more important item to add to the list.

Maintaining your appliances might be the last thing you want to see to right now, but doing so can make it a little easier to check the rest of the items off your list. Don’t let some finicky appliances throw your planning for a loop. Use these holiday home maintenance tips to stay on track.

Deep Clean to Keep Appliances Working

Cleaning your appliances does more than just keep them shiny; giving them a good scrub actually gives you a chance to dig in and find any issues that might keep them from working correctly. In a survey of more than 381,000 appliances, Consumer Reports calculated that 6 percent of respondents reported problems with cooking elements not lighting or heating up on ranges, while 5 percent of people reported refrigerators that didn’t cool properly. An even larger 11 percent of people said their dishwashers stopped properly cleaning. 

Of course, a deep cleaning goes beyond the dirt you can see. Pull out the fridge and take care of any dust buildup you find. Be sure to clean out the dust from the mechanical coils. Deep clean your oven and stove top, making sure all heating elements or gas burners heat and ignite fully. And make sure to clean your dishwasher by setting a single dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar on the top rack and running a full cycle. These extra steps will help ensure a happier holiday season.

Start Cooking Early

If you haven’t used any of your kitchen appliances for a while, or even if you have, now is the time to test everything out before the holidays. A couple of weeks before your holiday meal, turn on the oven to bake up a lasagna or make a batch of cookies. Then be sure to load up the dishwasher to make sure everything comes clean. 

If you follow this holiday home maintenance tip, appliance issues won’t catch you by surprise. You’ll know well in advance and can schedule a time for the appliances to be repaired before the day of your small event. 

Lean on Our Maintenance Crew

As you start checking out your appliances, you might find that something isn’t working as it should. This shouldn’t throw a wrench in your plans, however. At Cantabria Apartments, we will make sure you don’t have to worry about appliance problems during the holidays. Our on-site management and maintenance teams are there to help with any appliance issues you may have. 

If your fridge isn’t running or your oven won’t heat correctly, visit the Cantabria Apartments Resident Portal and submit a work order. Our team will schedule a time for the repair, getting you back on track to holiday happiness. 

With these holiday home maintenance tips, you can avoid the hassle and stress of appliance problems. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the Cantabria staff with any appliance issues.