Maintaining a Massage Chair

A massage chair is just like every other piece of equipment in terms of maintenance. From time to time, it needs to be taken care of otherwise it will lose its efficiency and can easily not work like it is supposed to. This is why the least that can be done for it is greasing after every two or three months. Since the chairs do not have much going on in them other than mechanical vibrations through motors, greasing can work wonders for performance if done correctly and in a timely manner.

Since massage chairs are an expensive piece of furniture, people hesitate a lot in working on it themselves. A lot of discussion happens online about how to do it so a brief explanation here should work for most people. Every chair is different and has different “greasing points”, but there are some similarities. I am going to give you the instructions that were given to us by Infinite Therapeutics when we had a local IT-8500 that had begun to squeak. The basic design behind the functionality of best massage chairs ensures that most chairs can be operated on in the same manner.

Use white lithium grease, which can be purchased from any hardware or departmental store. Certain “pivot points” exist in the chair which need to be greased. The model described above has these: the back of the recliner (for zero gravity, footrest, backrest lifting), the pin roll of the recliner and the connection for the recliner hangers, the connection between the backrest and seat stand, the footrest recliner pushing rollers and spout, the connection between the footrest and seat stand. Most chairs will follow similar pivot points but there can be more or less of them and in different positions. The best way to go about it is to contact the manufacturer and see what information they send you and accordingly grease those points as you would not want to be touching points where there should not be any grease.

It is the pivot points that may vary from model to model, but they all have them. Lithium grease can be purchased either as a spray or cream and both have pros and cons. The spray can penetrate deeper into the pivot points but over-spray may get on the upholstery and compromise it. The cream doesn’t have the initial permeation of the area like a spray, but if too much is put on, clumps of it can fall on the upholstery and compromise it as well.

If you are unsure about your mechanical skills and do not feel confident enough in opening up the machine and tinkering it yourself, the best option is to always call the concerned department of the company whose chair you are using and ask them to send someone over to fix it for you. This may cost more than you might expect but it at least gives you the satisfaction of a qualified person working on your equipment. If you are reluctant to spend money on the repairs, you could also check out YouTube tutorials on how to fix it.

Gas Grills vs. Charcoal BBQ Grills

Since ages there has been a debate about which type of barbeque grill is better, whether charcoal or gas. This debate has started from the time since the first barbeque grill got introduced in the market, this certainly means many years back from now.

There are many differences between gas and charcoal grills. The first difference is that a gas grill can be set up very quickly as compared to charcoal grill which requires effort to light up and you have to wait for the charcoals to get ashy. The second difference is that using gas grills wouldn’t create any mess, while dealing with charcoal would get you all dirty. In contrast, barbeque grill gets you a smoky aroma that a gas grill wouldn’t. So you will have to decide which factor holds more importance to you when deciding which type of grill to buy. If you are looking for a grill with more convenience then you must go for a gas grill whereas if you want a grill that gives you cooked food the perfect barbeque aroma then go for a charcoal grill.

The gas used in gas grills is stored in tanks or bottles and it can be used at places where gas supply is not available, making the gas grill portable. All you have to do is connect the tank to the grill using the provided equipment, and the grill is ready to be used. Now just open the vent and switch on the burners to set the required temperature.

Don’t forget to take safety measures while using a gas barbeque grill; don’t lean over the grate and never try to use it as a heater to keep you warm.

It is not very difficult to maintain your gas grill if you want it to work at its maximum efficiency, just clean the grilling panel and remove the accumulated fat from the bottom of the tray. See, that’s not really hard to do, isn’t it?

The sizes of both, gas and charcoal grills varies. From small portable grills to some serious aggregates, you can find them all in the market. The small sized grills work for outdoor barbeques while others are made to prepare food for a big crowd. The stationary grill comes with its own advantages, the space beneath the grill serves as a store, and you could keep the gas tanks or the plates and glasses in it for use when needed. Furthermore, this type of grill includes three main burners, each with different setting of low, medium and high. These different levels of temperature settings give you higher level of control in the process of cooking.

There are many choices available for you in the market out there, don’t just get into the debate of whether the charcoal grill is better or the gas one, choose the one which you think is the best for you!

Tips for Care and Cleaning of Pressure Cooker

Taking care of the pressure cooker would definitely add to its durability. As compared to a regular stock pot, a pressure cooker requires more care. However; proper care and cleaning of pressure cooker is not a complicated task and would add to its longevity.

Cleaning the Pressure Cooker:

Here are some tips for Care and cleaning your pressure cooker:

  • Remove the ring or rubber gasket and hand wash it separately. Never remove the gasket while the lid is still hot. This might result in the gasket being stretched and the next time it would not fit properly.
  • Always avoid immersing the cooker’s lid in water since it could cause clogging and could also damage the safety valves.
  • Check the vent area and valves and scrub them to remove residual food. Occasionally, take out the valve and vents for cleaning and ensure that everything has been tightly screwed in when replaced. Do refer to the instruction manual while doing this.
  • For washing the cooker’s pot, use a mild dish-washing soap and always hand wash it. If food remnants have been stuck to the bottom of the pressure cooker, try soaking it in hot water and dish soap overnight. Use a brush or non abrasive pad for scrubbing the bottom.  White stains are indicative of starch deposits or calcium deposits from hard water. To remove them, add a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar and water and scrub with a brush or non abrasive pad.

Caring for the Pressure Cooker:

Here are some tips for taking care of your pressure cooker:

  • Always avoid storing the pressure cooker while it’s locked with the gasket in the lid. This could result in damaging the gasket. Moreover, in case of moisture, it could create a seal which would be difficult for opening.
  • In order to enhance the shelf life of the gasket, wash and dry it and place within refrigerated conditions, when not in use.
  • If you experience difficulty while closing your pressure cooker, chances are that the gasket might be drying out. To revitalize and moisturize it, rub it with cooking oil. Take special care of the lid’s rim and ensure that residual food has been scrubbed out.
  • For conveniently storing the pressure cooker, keep the lid upside down on top of the cooker’s pot. 
  • Almost all sorts of food items could be cooked using the pressure cooker however; care should be taken in terms of the type of food and its cooking time, amount of water that should be used, release time, and the number of whistles. For instance, vegetables such as cauliflower, peas, and French beans do not require any keeping time and they cook quicker than root vegetables.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s directions regarding the minimum amount of cooking liquid that must be added while cooking in the pressure cooker.
  • Depending on what you are cooking, avoid filling your pressure cooker with more than half to two-thirds of it with food.