DESIGN INSPIRATION: FURNISHING A CASUAL, FRIENDLY HOME

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If you are looking for design inspiration, consider visiting a local home on Gun Lake with a casual and friendly feel.

Bekins and Classic Stereo teamed up to furnish a newly constructed home at 3961 England Drive in Shelbyville.

  • Appliances bought at Bekins and installed by a Bekins Appliance Installation team.
  • Electronics bought at Classic Stereo and installed by a Bekins Electronics Integration team.

Any lakeside home has a cottage feel but the homeowners plan to eventually retire and live here all year. Jan Brown Interiors designed it and Jason Curtis Builders built it to be a family-friendly, four-season home.

Jan says that is why they chose Bekins and Classic Stereo to furnish the appliances and electronics. They wanted quality products that would last.

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This home, and others furnished by Bekins, will be one of 72 in this year’s Parade of Homes presented by the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids.  You can buy tickets in advance for $10 by visiting the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids website.  Otherwise, a ticket costs $12 when bought at the home.  This year’s parade runs from May 26 through June 10. Homes will be open Fridays, Saturdays, & Memorial Day from 1- 9 pm and on Wednesdays from 5-9pm.

FURNISHED BY BEKINS

JENN-AIR WALL OVEN

JENN-AIR MICROWAVE DRAWER

JENN-AIR BUILT IN REGRIGERATOR

ZEPHYR VENTILATION

JENN-AIR DISHWASHER

WHIRLPOOL DRYER WITH PEDESTAL

JENN-AIR COOKTOP

WHIRLPOOL WASHER WITH PEDESTAL

FURNISHED BY CLASSIC STEREO

65″ BRAVIA 4K UHD SMART TV

SONOS SUBWOOFER

39″ SAMSUNG TELEVISION

SONOS PLAYBAR SOUNDBAR

CHIEF ADJUSTABLE TILT MOUNT

SONOS WIRELESS BOOST

SONOS CONNECT AMP

PARADIGM OUTDOOR SPEAKER/SUBWOOFER SYSTEM

See how it all works together and draw design inspiration from the home. Visit 3961 England Drive in Shelbyville during this spring’s GREATER GRAND RAPIDS Parade of Homes.

20 SPRING CLEANING TIPS FOR YOUR APPLIANCES

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Do you think about your appliances during spring cleaning?  We do!

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then simple cleaning and maintenance may keep our service crew away.

We always recommend to follow the use and care guides provided by the manufacturer, but here are 20 tips to think about when cleaning this spring.

OVENS

#1 – Stains on the interior glass of the oven door can be cleaned with a thick paste made from baking soda and water. Apply the paste to stains on the glass, let set, then scrape off.

#2 – Never place foil on the bottom of an oven. The foil can permanently damage the oven surface and the damage is not covered under warranty.

#3 -Check to see if your oven has a self-clean cycle. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and run the self-clean cycle twice before the warranty expires. If anything should need to be repaired, it will still be covered by the warranty.

#4 – When the oven is no longer under warranty, run the self-clean cycle at least once annually. Do not run the self-clean feature before hosting a holiday gathering. If something should happen, you would not want the gathering to be affected.

#5 – Remove all oven racks before running the self-clean. Clean the racks by hand.

#6 – Perform a burn off process before using any new wall oven, range oven or warming drawer. The heat will remove any remaining residue from manufacturing.

COOKTOPS & RANGETOPS

#7 – Soak cooktop and range top grates in a container of white vinegar. Wrapping them in a towel soaked in white vinegar for 24 hours also works.

#8 – It’s all about timing with spills or drips on range tops, cooktops and in ovens.  Let the stain cool before cleaning but do not let it completely cool. Waiting too long may allow it to become a permanent spot or stain.

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REFRIGERATORS

#9 – Regularly change the water filter. Check the use and care guide for the correct part number and frequency.

#10 – Regularly clean the condenser. This keeps the refrigerator from overheating and keeps it running efficiently. Older ones can be cleaned by using a vacuum and brush. Newer ones require a vacuum and a blower. A good rule of thumb is to check the condenser every six months. If you have pets that shed, then cut the time in half for each pet. So if you have three or more shedding pets, check the condenser every month.

WASHERS & DRYERS

#11 – Many washers today are high efficiency machines and require high efficiency detergent. You generally need to use no more than two tablespoons of the detergent per load. Use less if the detergent is concentrated. Check to see if your washer has a clean cycle to help prevent mold and mildew. It is a good rule of thumb to run the clean cycle once a month.

#12 – Check your dryer vents yearly. Thoroughly clean the vents at least every five years. Check it more often if the line is longer than six to eight feet, or bends repeatedly during its path to the outside cap.

DISHWASHERS

#13 – See if your dishwasher has a removable screen filter in the sump. It should be removed and cleaned regularly.

#14 – Use Glisten or Affresh once each month to remove food, detergent and mineral buildup.

VENT HOODS

#15 – Many vent hoods have removable grease screens that can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for the hood.

#16 – Over the range microwaves have filters and screens on the bottom that should be cleaned or changed regularly.

ICE MACHINES

#17 – Regularly change the water filter. Check the use and care guide for the correct part number and frequency.

#18 – Use the manufacturer’s instructions to clean the ice machine at least every six months. If you need to turn the ice machine off, take the proper steps to prevent mold and mildew.  Once it grows in your ice machine, it is very difficult to remove. To help prevent mold and mildew from forming, remove all ice and water from the reservoir. Leave the door open until the interior of the machine completely dries.

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CLEANING SURFACES

#19 – Carefully clean the water and ice dispenser in the door of a refrigerator with a diluted bleach solution.  Apply the solution to the plastic surface to prevent mold and mildew.

#20 – Never clean an exterior stainless steel appliance surface with a product containing bleach or chlorine. Permanent staining or marks will occur.