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compactor FAQ

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How do I clean my trash compactor?

Cleaning the compactor

• Before cleaning the compactor, turn the key-knob (or key-dwitch) to the Off & Lock position, and remove it.

To clean exterior stainless steel surfaces:

• Wash surfaces with warm, soapy water using liquid detergent or an all-purpose cleaner and a nonabrasive sponge. Always rub evenly in the direction of the grain.

• Rinse with clean water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

• To restore its luster, apply a layer of stainless steel polish; follow the recommendations and directions on the label. Wipe excess polish and use special care to avoid contact with any plastic parts, trim pieces or rubber door gaskets. If the polish does contact any of these plastic parts, clean them with a nonabrasive sponge and mild detergent in warm water. Thoroughly dry the area with a soft cloth.

• Use a clean, dry towel to polish the surface in the direction of the grain until it shines.

IMPORTANT: To avoid damage to the finish, do not use soap-filled scouring pads, abrasive or harsh cleaners, any cleaning product containing chlorine bleach, steel-wool pads, gritty wash cloths or certain paper towels.

To clean painted metal surfaces:

• Wash exterior surfaces with a clean sponge or soft cloth and a mild detergent in warm water. Do not use abrasive or harsh cleaners.

• Rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

• To keep your painted appliance surfaces looking like new use appliance polish and cleaner regularly. This wax-based cleaner and polish goes on easy to remove unwanted grime and dirt and leaves behind a sparkling shine.

To clean inside the drawer:

NOTE: You may want to wear protective gloves since there may be bits of glass in the drawer.

• Remove the bag.

• Press down on the lever-action lock (or side-lock latch).

• Hold the lever-action lock down and tilt the side of the drawer out until the lock clears the drawer front.

NOTE: If desired, the drawer side can be removed by tilting it up and then lifting it out.

• Wash the interior of the drawer with a clean sponge or soft cloth and a mild detergent in warm water. Rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

• If the drawer side was removed, slide it back into the tilted position.

• Press down the lever-action lock (or side-lock latch) while pushing the drawer side to the upright position.

• Latch the drawer side by pushing up the lever-action lock (or side-lock latch).

To clean inside the cabinet:

NOTE: You may want to wear protective gloves since there may be bits of glass in the cabinet.

• Pull out the drawer until it stops.

NOTE: Look to see how the drawer rollers move in the tracks. It will be easier to replace the drawer after you have finished cleaning.

• Lift the front of the drawer to clear the stops.

• Grasp the drawer on the sides and pull it out the rest of the way. Gently set down the drawer.

• Vacuum the inside of the cabinet. Liquid spills or wet trash should be cleaned by hand, or by using a vacuum designed to pick up liquids.

• Wash the inside of the cabinet with a clean sponge or soft cloth and a mild detergent in warm water. Rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

• To replace the drawer, grasp it by the sides and insert the rollers onto the tracks.

• Lift the front of the drawer and push it in fully, past the stops.

To clean the ram:

NOTE: You may want to wear protective gloves since there may be bits of glass on the ram cover.

• Wipe glass particles off of the ram cover with a cloth or paper towel.
Remove foods with a clean sponge or soft cloth and a mild detergent in warm water. Rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

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