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How to get the best from your Vektra kettle

We all want to get the best we can out of our products, whether that means taking a little extra time to do something or following certain steps down to a T.

Here we take a look at the best way to improve the performance and longevity of your Vektra kettle as you take on a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

how to care for your Vektra kettle

1. Never fill your kettle past the maximum mark

There’s a metal maximum marker located in the kettle for a reason! When the water inside reaches boiling point it starts to bubble and slosh around which can cause most kettles to overflow. Although this hasn’t been found to happen with a Vektra, thanks to the anti-spill lid, it does still mean that there is less space for the water to travel. Long story short - treat your kettle with kindness and respect!

2. Fill the kettle to just below the maximum mark for water later in the day

We’ve just mentioned never to overfill your kettle, however, to maximise usage you should fill it to just under the marker for more cups in over an hours’ time. As our kettle also acts as a flask/carafe, the vacuum element to it keeps your water hot for up to 4 hours. This means that if you know that you’ll be wanting another drink in the next few hours, you might as well fill it up with another cup worth to keep you going in that time without having to re-boil.

3. Carry your kettle with you to a different room

If you’re planning a tea party that WON’T be taking place in the kitchen, there’s no reason why you can’t take your kettle with you after boiling. The cool touch body and vacuum element to this kettle means that your water will stay hot as you chat and no-one (including children) will burn themselves on it as it stands proud on the coffee table.

4. Don’t forget to descale your kettle if there is a limescale build-up

Like any kettle, the Vektra can build-up on limescale if left too long without cleaning and clearing. Even though limescale isn’t bad for you (it’s a build-up of calcium) it can be detrimental to your kettle and wallet. This is because a kettle with too much limescale takes longer to heat, therefore, more energy and effort is used for your kettle to get your water to boiling point. To learn how to clean your kettle naturally, read our ‘The eco-friendly way to descale your kettle’ article.

5. Treat your kettle with care

It goes without saying but treat your kettle with the utmost care and respect. You wouldn’t drop your phone or bang it about and you certainly wouldn’t put anything on or in it that shouldn’t be there so why treat your kettle any differently? It’s a mystery to us why some people pour liquid other than water into their kettles but, as they say, who are we to judge?

Are you using your Vektra efficiently or are you finding that you’re underutilising it?

Published on: Sep 08, 2017

The eco-friendly way to descale your kettle

Any kettle, whether electric or not, is subject to lime-scale build up.

This isn’t anything dangerous and limescale isn’t bad for your health, however, it can cost you money in the long run and a good brew in the short run.

Limescale, a build-up of both calcium carbonate and magnesium from hard water, can cause your kettle to underperform. This is because the more limescale there is built-up, the more time it takes for your kettle to boil, and because of this the kettle’s longevity and efficiency can be reduced. Remember; your kettle is having to work longer and harder to boil your water in and amongst the hard, crystalline substance!

When cleaning a lime-scaly kettle, most people believe it takes a lot of time and with the wrong tools this is true. However, the method we’re about to teach you isn’t just great for the environment but it’s great for banishing intense scrubbing that you may sometimes find yourself doing with harsh detergents.

5 simple steps

What you’ll find particularly great about this method of descaling is that the tools you use, you will more than likely already have in your house. What tools, you ask? Either a lemon or white vinegar will do the trick, however, we do prefer the latter as it’s less fuss.

Simply grab the vinegar from the back of the cupboard, fill a jug with water from the tap and have your kettle lid open ready to treat your scaly kettle with the below method.

  1. Fill the kettle a quarter of the way up with white vinegar (or juice from a fresh lemon) in equal part to water. This works best if you have a jug to measure with.
  2. Leave the kettle to stand for around 1 hour – no boiling in this time!
  3. After the resting period is up, simply set the kettle to boil.
  4. Once the kettle has hit boil, pour the entirety of its contents down the sink and take a peek inside to double check for limescale. On the odd occasion that there is some, just give the inside a quick wipe and it should shift easily.
  5. After the above steps have been completed, give your kettle three quick rinses to be sure that your next cup of tea doesn’t end up vinegar infused!

Have you tried this natural method of descaling yet?

Published on: Aug 11, 2017

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