FAQ Refrigerators and freezers - Smeg.com

Refrigerators and freezers

We recommend using special Smeg cleaning products, such as the XSPLEND-2 detergent spray and the PAMI-1 microfibre cloth. Never clean the appliance using abrasive cloths or aggressive detergents such as bleach, ammonia or alcohol, as this could leave permanent marks on the surface.

We recommend using special Smeg cleaning products, such as the XSPLEND-2 detergent spray and the PAMI-1 microfibre cloth. Never clean the appliance using abrasive cloths or aggressive detergents such as bleach, ammonia or alcohol, as this could damage the surface.

The Frost-Free refrigeration system ensures dry conditions and food freshness by circulating air throughout the interior, preventing ice forming on the sides of the appliance. Fan cooled refrigeration, on the other hand, requires the appliance to be defrosted now and again despite guaranteeing the same level of air circulation and humidity control needed for optimum food conservation.

In "normal" fridge or freezer conditions, i.e. in terms of the quantity of food stored and the room temperature, the thermostat should be set to medium-low. The maximum setting should only be selected in exceptional circumstances, such as when restoring operation after a power cut or when temporarily exceeding the recommend storage capacity. For more information consult the user manual for your Smeg product.

Combined refrigerators consist of two more or less equally-sized compartments: a fridge compartment up above and a freezer compartment down below. Double door refrigerators, on the other hand, have a small freezer compartment up above and a large fridge compartment underneath.

This compartment is ideal for keeping fish, meat and other highly perishable foods fresher for longer as it maintains a constant low temperature and keeps humidity levels under control. It is not suitable for water-based fruit and vegetables, however, as these could freeze.

The Fast Freezing function freezes your food quicker than ever at the touch of a button. The option is particularly useful when you want to freeze a large quantity of fresh food or quickly chill drinks.

You need to clean the inside of the fridge and freezer regularly, either with water and vinegar or, even better, using the special Smeg CLEAN+ cleaning product. Don't forget to let it dry too. Another tip to avoid unpleasant odours is to always wrap foodstuffs in cling film or put them in suitable containers.

Here are some useful tips:- set up your fridge in a cool and well-ventilated environment, where it won't be exposed to the sun or heat.- do not put hot food or drinks in the fridge or freezer. Instead, wait until they have cooled down to room temperature.- try to limit the amount of times you open the fridge door and always close it as soon as possible after opening.- if you have a Fast Freezing model, try to use this function only for as long as strictly necessary.- if you don't plan to use the fridge of freezer for an extended period of time, empty it and switch off, leaving the door ajar so that air can circulate inside.