How to clean a Stove Top? A Step by Step Guide
Spills and splashes can’t be avoided while cooking. But, don’t let it sit there for too long. Overtime these greases will age your gas stove and sometimes they even affect your cooking.
We have many readers asking about “How to clean a gas stove?” Well, the job is not as difficult as it appears. The only problem here is – most of the typical cleaners won’t work on those stubborn greases. So, you need a few tips and tricks, up your sleeve to best maintain your stove.
Here we have created a detailed guideline on how to clean stove top in routine and how to provide a deep cleaning once in a while. So, let’s follow here:
How to clean glass top stove?
Glass tops are the most sought after options these days. With their sleeker and cleaner look they are hardly noticeable in a modular kitchen. One of the reasons why they are so much in demand is because they are safer and very easy to clean. To keep them clean, all you have to do is –
- After every meal, wipe the surface with a wet cloth. It takes no more than 2 minutes and saves a lot of further issues.
- If the surface is still not sparkling, spray a little bit of vinegar before wiping. It will bring back the natural shine.
- For tough stains and hard to get edges, bring in use a single-edged scraper. The scarper will get you through even the toughest stains.
- Make sure you hold it at not more than 30-40 degree angle and that too with a softer grip. The surface can be delicate and you will not want a hard hand over there.
- For an easier cleaning session, dampen the problem area in advance and leave it for a few minutes before cleaning.
It’s a pretty good idea to deep clean the stove once in a while. For the monthly deep cleaning of the glass top, you create a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Make sure the stove has cooled down before sprinkling the vinegar and baking soda.
- Sprinkle baking soda and vinegar on the glass top and cover the stove with a cloth dipped in hot water. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Make sure you have squeezed the towel properly.
- Remove the towel and wipe the cooktop with a microfiber cleaning towel. This will remove all the unnecessary moisture around the stove.
- Spray some more vinegar for cleaning out streaks and lines.
How to clean a gas stove top?
Gas stovetops are the forever green option in a kitchen. People prefer it because of its responsive and even heating. Modern gas stovetops are coming with a range of burner shape and size, trying to make it as minimal as possible. Cleaning here is not as easy as cleaning the glass tops, but here you can choose your tools without the worry of breaking anything.
Even in the routine cleaning, just wiping won’t work with gas stoves. But, don’t worry, with our quick tips, it won’t take more than 5 minutes to maintain these efficient appliances.
- Wait for the stove to cool down, take a cleaner and a damp cloth. Spray the cleaner on to the surface and wipe with the cloth.
- It’s important to look below the grates to check if there are any spills and dirt left.
Cleaning the grates
The most difficult part of cleaning a gas stove is the grates. Here you can use a scouring pad to gently scrub down the dirt and spills. If the manual of the stove allows it to run down the dishwasher, go for it.
How to clean electric stove top?
Electric coil stovetop appears more like a gas stovetop but cooks through electricity. Heating can be adjusted with the knob provided and it’s safer in houses with curious kids and pets. Just like the grates in the gas stovetop, the coil burner here is prone to grease and spills. Here is how you can maintain the hygiene:
- Gently take out the coil and rub it with a scrub pad dipped in liquid detergent. Keep it aside to dry.
- Meanwhile, finish cleaning the rest of the cooktop with liquid detergent.
- What’s left now is the drip plates. You don’t need to clean it every time, but if it has been caught with spills and stains, one of the best ways to clean them is with vinegar and baking soda.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the plates and spray either normal or boiled vinegar on it. Let it soak for 20 minutes and then rinse.
- Make sure not to over wet the electric stove.
If the electric starters get wet with any sort of chemical, there are chances it will fire until the chemical is completely gone. In most cases, lighting the burner won’t work. You will either have to leave the fire up for a few hours or change the starter. So, better don’t let the starter get wet.
Whatever cleaning method you use, daily maintenance is the best way to keep your cooktop up to date. Stove burners need the utmost attention while cleaning. It’s better to read the cleaning manual that comes with the stove to avoid any hazards. Most of the manuals give an instructive diagram to help you maintain hygiene.
Some of the other cleaning ingredients that we came cross are Salt and Baking soda, which is a good combination for minor spills. You can also use Baking soda and Lemon, it’s a natural cleaning agent, which will give just the accurate cleaning.