Gas stoves, particularly those with burner heads on the stove top, have complex internal components that vary significantly.
Gas stoves, particularly those with burner heads on the stove top, have complex internal components that vary significantly across different models and brands.
It is crucial to have a good understanding of how to clean the stove burners on your specific appliance to avoid causing damage or potential hazards. Your owner’s manual is a valuable resource that provides detailed instructions and diagrams tailored to your stove model.
If you can’t locate your manual, you can search for the model number, often found on a label inside the door, online to find a digital version or visit the manufacturer’s website, which may offer cleaning tips and instructional videos.
It’s important to ensure you have the correct information and guidance to clean your gas stove top effectively and safely.
How to Clean a gas stove Top
Gas stoves are a popular choice for many kitchens, offering real flames and precise heating.
The grates on gas stove tops allow for the use of different types of cookware without worrying about scratching the surface. While cleaning a gas stove top requires a bit more effort than a glass stove top, it is still a relatively simple task.
Start by removing the grates from the stove top when it is cool and wipe away any spills or crumbs that may have fallen beneath them.
Then, spray a cleaner specifically designed for gas ranges onto the stovetop and wipe it clean with a damp cloth. Don’t forget to also wipe the grates with a damp cloth.
If the grates are particularly dirty, you can wash them with Dish Soap and warm water in the sink. Once everything is clean, dry the cooktop with a microfiber cloth and replace the grates.
How to Clean Gas Stove Burners
From time to time, it’s important to check the burner heads under the burner caps and assess if they need cleaning.
Proper gas flow relies on clean burner heads. Before starting, make sure all the burners are off and the stovetop is cool.
Soak up any spills in the burner heads and slots using a damp cloth.
Use a nonabrasive brush, like a toothbrush, to remove any crumbs between the burner slots. Wipe the burner heads clean with a damp cloth and then replace the grates.
Dry everything with a microfiber cloth.
How to Clean Gas Stove Grates
Cleaning gas stove grates can be a bit more challenging, as they tend to accumulate grease, oil, and food particles.
To tackle cooked-on stains, you can soak the grates in warm, Soapy Water in the sink, using a grease-cutting soap like Dawn dish soap to help break down the residue.
Gently scrub the grates, using a gentle scouring pad for uncoated grates or a sponge for coated grates (refer to your owner’s manual to determine the type of grates you have).
If the grates are too large for the sink, you can use a large storage bin. Dry the grates with a clean cloth and return them to the stovetop.
How to Clean an Electric Stove Top
Electric coil stove tops resemble gas stoves but operate using electricity.
They feature coil burners that provide even heating and can be adjusted with heat knobs. Electric stoves are a safer option for families with children or pets, as there is no open flame.
Cleaning an electric stove top requires a few additional steps.
Start by removing the electric coil burners.
Ensure that the cooktop has cooled down, then gently unplug the burners. Wipe the burners clean with a sponge soaked in warm, soapy water, being careful not to get the electrical connections wet.
Rinse the burners and let them dry thoroughly.
While the burners are drying, wipe down the rest of the electric stove top, paying attention to every nook and cranny.
Use a damp cloth or sponge and an all-purpose cleaner for any stubborn stains.
Optionally, if the drip plates beneath the burners are removable, you can clean them with vinegar and baking soda methods.
Heat vinegar in a microwave, sprinkle baking soda on the drip plates and carefully pour hot vinegar onto the plates. Allow the mixture to sit for 30 minutes before wiping clean with a wet sponge and rinsing with water.
After cleaning, use a microfiber cloth to dry the cooktop.
Reattach the electric coil burners once everything is dry.
Now that your stovetop is sparkling clean, you might want to check if your oven needs cleaning as well.
*The information is for reference only.