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Cleaning & Caring for Your Refrigerator

 

Exterior

Stainless Exterior Doors

  • Clean the exterior door with liquid dishwashing detergent dissolved in warm water and a soft cloth.
  • Dry the door with a lint-free cloth.
  • Do not use any abrasive, stainless steel cleaners or solvents on the door surface.

 

Other Exterior Surfaces

  • Clean all other exterior surfaces with a mix of warm water and liquid dishwashing detergent, and a soft cloth.
  • Rinse with clean water and dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.

 

Door Gasket

  • Clean the magnetic door gasket every three months with a toothbrush, and liquid detergent dissolved in warm water.
  • Apply petroleum jelly lightly on the hinge side of the gasket to ensure cleanliness and maintain a good seal.

 

Cabinet Surround

To maximise operating efficiency regularly vacuum the flooring around your refrigerator.

  • Cleaning behind your refrigerator is required once or twice a year.
  • Wind up the feet and carefully ease the refrigerator out of its position. Switch off and unplug.
  • Vacuum the flooring behind your refrigerator and the rear compartment cover (where fitted) to remove dust accumulation. Use a dry lint-free cloth to clean the refrigerator walls and surrounding cabinetry.
  • After cleaning, plug in and switch on. Push the appliance into position and wind feet down.

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Cleaning the rear compartment cover

Electric Shock Hazard. Do not remove rear compartment cover. This may expose you to the risk of an electric shock.

 

External Display & Water Dispenser (Water Dispensing Models Only)

  • Activate the ‘Dispenser lock’ function to prevent water from dispensing when cleaning, refer to 'ActiveSmart™ Operating Instructions' for further information.
  • Clean the pad and interface panel with a damp, soft lint-free cloth.

 

Drip Tray (Water Dispensing Models Only)

  • To clean, remove the drip tray from the dispenser panel
  • Pull the two halves of the tray apart.
  • Clean with liquid detergent dissolved in water and a soft lint-free cloth.
  • Rinse with clean water and dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.
  • Securely clip the two halves together.
  • Re-insert the drip tray back into the dispenser panel.

 

Interior

  • It is important to keep the interior of the refrigerator and freezer clean to help prevent food from becoming contaminated during storage.
  • The amount and types of food stored determines how often cleaning should be carried out in the refrigerator (ideally once every 1 – 2 weeks).
  • Remove the shelves from cabinet and door. Wash shelves and storage bins in warm water and detergent; rinse in clean water and dry before replacing.
  • Wipe all interior surfaces, including all door shelves, using only liquid dishwashing detergent dissolved in warm water or baking soda dissolved in warm water (add 1tsp of baking soda to every 500ml of water) and a soft lint-free cloth. Rinse with clean water and dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. 
  • Add a few drops of vanilla essence or vinegar to the water before cleaning to help remove “stale refrigerator” smell.
  • Do not use harsh chemicals, abrasives, ammonia, chlorine, bleach, concentrated detergents, solvents or abrasive scouring pads on any part of your refrigerator. Some of these chemicals may dissolve, damage and/or discolour the interior of your refrigerator.

Glass Shelves (Including Cantilever) & Bottle Holders

  • Clean with liquid detergent dissolved in warm water and a soft lint-free cloth.
  • Rinse with clean water and dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.

Bins

  • Clean with liquid detergent dissolved in warm water and a soft lint-free cloth.
  • Rinse with clean water and dry with a clean, lint-free cloth

Ice Storage Bin

  • Clean your ice bin and discard any old ice in the bottom of the bin(s) regularly 
  • Use only liquid detergent dissolved in warm water and a soft lint free cloth when cleaning. Rinse with clean water and dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.
  • Ensure that the ice scoop is placed in correct position in the bin, right hand side or at the front of the bin (model dependent).
  • It is important to regularly clean your ice bin and discard any old ice in the bottom of the bin. Do not clean the ice maker components.
  • Turn OFF the ice maker before you leave for a vacation/holiday. Refer to ‘Using your ice maker’ section.
  • On your return, turn on the ice maker and discard the first 24 hours of ice harvest. Refer to ‘Using your ice maker’ section.
Many commercially available cleaning products contain solvents that may attack the plastic components of your refrigerator and cause them to crack. It is important to use only warm water and a small amount of liquid dishwashing detergent on any components inside and outside your refrigerator. Avoid using anti-bacterial cleaning products on either the interior or exterior of the cabinet as they may cause rusting of metal components and cracking of plastic components.

 

How to Remove Shelving & Bins For Cleaning

Shelves

To remove a shelf:

  1. Hold the shelf firmly and pull the shelf towards you (refer to A).
  2. Lift the shelf up vertically (refer to B).
  3. Slide the shelf towards you (refer to C).
Refer to ‘Operating Instructions’ for details on how to remove cantilever glass shelves.  
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Cleaning the Support Lugs

  1. Remove all shelving, follow the steps in ‘How to remove shelving and bins for cleaning’ .
  2. Clean the support lugs with liquid detergent dissolved in water and a tube brush or a clean lint-free cloth.
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Humidity Control

To remove:
  1. Remove the shelf directly above the bins, follow the steps above.
  2. Hold the lid firmly and lift the outside edge of the lid up vertically (refer to A).
  3. Slide the lid towards the outside wall of the fridge until the lid unclips from the centre bracket (refer to B).
  4. Pull the shelf towards you.
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Fixed Bins

To remove:
  1. For ease of removal, empty food from the bin first.
  2. Hold the centre front of the bin handle.
  3. Lift vertically to unclip from the runners and pull bin towards you to remove (refer to A).
  4. Push both runners back into refrigerator (refer to B).
To replace:
  1. Extend the runners out from your refrigerator.
  2. Place the bin on top of the runners.
  3. Push the bin down slowly until you feel it clip.

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The freezer bins are permanently fixed. They cannot be removed from the freezer compartment. To clean simply wipe with a soft, damp cloth.
  • Ensure that bins are securely clipped onto the runners before use.
  • Bin runners are pre-lubricated, and will not need to be re-lubricated during their life.
  • Do not attempt to clean grease from the runners, as this will affect their ability to function. Do not immerse runners in water.

 

Holiday/Vacation

Before leaving:

  • Turn the ice maker to OFF on the internal control panel.
  • Shut off the water supply to the refrigerator.

On return:

  • Dispense 4L of water and discard to ensure the water tank is refilled with fresh water.
  • Turn on the ice maker. Discard the first 3 harvests of ice (8 ice cubes are produced per harvest).

 

 

 

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