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Whirlpool Home Appliances

Caring for my compactor

Your new compactor is designed to give you many years of dependable service. However, there are a few things you are expected to do in order to properly maintain your compactor.

Cleaning the compactor 

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

NOTE: Any services other than those outlined in this section should be performed by a designated service representative.

To clean exterior stainless steel surfaces see Cleaning and Caring for Stainless Steel Surfaces

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 clean inside the drawer: 

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

  1. Press down on the lever-action lock (or side-lock latch).
  2. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. If the drawer side was removed, slide it back into the tilted position.
  3. Press down the lever-action lock (or side-lock latch) while pushing the drawer side to the upright position.
  4. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Lift the front of the drawer to clear the stops.
  2. Grasp the drawer on the sides and pull it out the rest of the way. Gently set down the drawer.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To replace the drawer, grasp it by the sides and insert the rollers onto the tracks.
  6. 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.

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

Cleaning before a vacation 

If you will be away for more than a couple of days, remove the compactor bag. Remove the key-knob (or key-switch) and store it out of children's reach.

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