Monday, March 23, 2015

30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge #4-7

We are in the KITCHEN on day #4. Scrub down the fridge.

To clean Sub-Zero refrigerator interior shelves and the light diffuser, follow these steps:

  • Remove shelves, drawers and light diffuser from unit.
  • To remove or adjust a glass shelf, tilt up, and then lift up and out.
  • Allow shelves, drawers and light diffuser to warm to room temperature.
  • CAUTION: Failing to allow shelves or diffusers to warm to room temperature before submerging in water can cause the shelf or diffuser to shatter, damaging the part and possible injury.
  • Using mild detergent, a little baking soda and water, wipe with a soft cloth.
  • Rinse and dry shelving thoroughly before installing.
  • For stains or debris that are difficult to remove:
  • Allow the shelf or diffuser to soak in a bath tub filled with warm water and 1/10 bleach mixture over night.
  • Use a toothbrush or can of compressed air to remove any remaining residue.
  • Using a handheld steam cleaner with spray nozzle may also reach stubborn spots.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. recommends viewing the Sub-Zero Care & Cleaning video prior to cleaning the refrigerator. Also, please refer to their website before removing the light diffuser.

We are still in the KITCHEN on day #5. Organize and toss expired foods.

Empty plastic and glass containers for recycling. To find the nearest recycling center please visit

In the KITCHEN again on day #6. Clean kitchen sink and under
the sink.

To clean a stainless steel sink use an ordinary mild detergent and soft cloth, rinse and towel dry. Steel soap pads should never be used; particles can adhere to a stainless steel sink surface and will eventually rust.

For all other sink finishes, please refer to the manufacturer's recommendations.

In the KITCHEN again on day #7. Wipe down walls and wash garbage can.

Please refer to tile manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning any tile. Also refer to the Benjamin Moore website before washing down your walls.

On Monday we will be bringing you more challenges, or you may simply follow our Instagram or Pinterest for these helpful hints.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. ALWAYS recommends referring to the owner’s manual BEFORE performing any task.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Start the 30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge Today!

Today is the first day of spring and it's time to dust-out winter's cob-webs. We are bringing you a 30-day spring-cleaning challenge. Each task will take approximately one hour to finish. We are bringing you the tasks Monday-Friday so you have the weekends to yourself!

We start in the KITCHEN on day #1. Clean the microwave and oven. 

Tip: Ammonia should not be used to clean a Wolf oven cavity, racks, or rack guides. Any suggestions to clean an oven by sitting ammonia in the oven overnight should be avoided with Wolf products. Ammonia is not FDA approved for this use, and Wolf does not recommend it. Refer to the Wolf Cleaning Guide for further information on proper cleaning of a Wolf oven.

On day #2 we are still in the KITCHEN. Clean the dishwasher and small appliances.
Fisher & Paykel recommends using a cleaner like Lemi shine machine cleaner or Finish dishwasher cleaner-following instructions from the manufacturer. You may also place a bit of vinegar in a cup and place the cup on a basket inside the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher on the heavy cycle if using vinegar. 

On day #3, still in the KITCHEN and it's time to wipe down the pantry.

Ayr Custom Cabinetry recommends cleaning off any heavy or sticky residues with a warm, mild solution of Murphy's Oil Soap or equivalent. Touch up scratches with Old English Scratch Cover or a paste wax shoe polish. Dry with soft clean cloth immediately.

On Monday we will be bringing you more challenges, or you may simply follow our Instagram or Pinterest for these helpful hints.
Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. ALWAYS recommends referring to the owner’s manual BEFORE cleaning any appliance.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring-in' Forward!

Just a reminder for our readers that live in daylights savings time, it's time to "SPRING" forward one hour effective 2:00 AM, Sunday, March 8, 2015. As you spring forward, we recommend that our readers change batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Even hard wired detectors have battery back-up, so batteries should be replaced.

This has been an especially hard winter and we urge our Martin Brothers' homeowners to call us to schedule spring maintenance check-ups. The inspection includes: 
  • Inspection of roof and flashing.
  • Check roof around vents, skylights and chimneys for leaks.
  • Inspection of gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspection of exterior of chimneys for loose or missing mortar.
  • Inspection of outside of home for visible defects: e.g., cracked or peeling paint, broken panes of glass, loose mortar between bricks, cracks in siding or stucco.
  • Inspection of door and window screens for damage.
  • Inspection of caulk and weather stripping around doors and windows.
  • Inspection of exterior concrete.
  • Inspection of exterior doors for proper function.

Martin Brothers will then provide you with a follow up report along with cost for any necessary repairs. Call Rose at 574-862-2142 or 877-862-2142 to schedule an inspection.

Friday, February 27, 2015

3 Simple Safety Tips

This week on the Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. Facebook page, we presented to homeowners three different safety tips.
Keep your street address clearly visible from the curb. In addition to keeping vegetation trimmed, use large numbers in a prominent, well lit location on the front of your house. Even if you are diligent about home safety, accidents can still happen. In the event of an emergency, you’ll want to make sure that fire, police, or medical personnel can quickly locate your residence.
Always have a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible.
Make sure it is Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed or Factory Mutual (FM) approved. Check the gauges to make sure they are charged and ready to use.
Clean aluminum mesh grease filters monthly.
The aluminum mesh grease filters should be washed in your dishwasher approximately every month depending on the amount of usage. Clean all-metal filters in the dishwasher using a non-phosphate detergent. Discoloration of the filter may occur if using phosphate detergents, or as a result of local water conditions — but this will not affect filter performance. This discoloration is not covered by the warranty. Wash often if your cooking style generates greater grease like frying foods or wok cooking. You cannot clean the non-ducted carbon filters; they must be replaced.

Baffle filters, which are used in professional style range hood products, are designed to operate longer in high grease conditions without loss of performance. Generally, these need to be cleaned with soap and water whenever the surfaces become unsightly.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Best of Houzz 2015 Award Winner

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. of Goshen, Indiana
Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World

Goshen, Indiana, USA January 19, 2015Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. of Goshen has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 50 year old custom home builder and remodeler was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community. 

“Martin Brothers is excited to add the Customer Satisfaction award in addition to the Design awards. Not only are we proud to showcase our projects on Houzz, we find that the articles on the Houzz site are a great tool for helping educate our followers about the building and remodeling process.”

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. is a design-build company specializing in luxury new home construction and renovations. We build mid to large custom homes and estates and renovate homes of all sizes with intense focus on quality of construction, craftsmanship and materials.

Martin Bros. Contracting, Inc. offers dedicated project management to ensure quality, as well as personalized attention to your input, questions and satisfaction. We expect every client to have 5-star experience.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit