Spills and splatters are guaranteed in the kitchen, especially on cooktops. But don’t let hardened food stains stand in the way of a sparkling space. Learn how to clean a stovetop with these smart ideas for glass tops, gas burner grates, and electric coil burners
How to clean glass stove top
Cleaning a glass stovetop is really simple. In fact, many people would agree that keeping your glass stovetop clean is effortless as long as you follow a few basic steps. In this guide, we’ll show you how to clean a glass stovetop.
Glass stovetops are one of the nightmares of housecleaning. They cry out for attention, demanding special cleaning methods. But, like most nightmares, they just aren’t worth it. Glass stovetops are not really that hard to clean up after cooking, provided you have the right method. The important thing is to not use soap. Soap makes glass greasy, so cleaning it regularly produces a greasy residue that (1) is difficult to remove and (2) attracts dust. Fortunately, glass stovetops don’t need soap. The residue is based on grease, not dirt. So all you need is ordinary water and a little elbow grease. First, pour a little water on the stovetop. The residue will come off in flakes. Start working it from the middle outwards. The water will wick up the grease from the surface, so work very gently. When you’re done, use a clean rag to wipe it up. The residue should come off easily.
How to Clean Stove Burners
Burners on gas stoves look shiny and new when they first come out. But soon the burner will smoke, and you will need to clean it. Here are the steps. 1. Turn your gas off, and disconnect the propane tank. 2. Remove all the knobs. Most stoves have a single knob that is easy to unscrew. Set it aside. 3. Clean the burner. Most burners are removable. Some stoves are simple enough that the burner can be removed. On other models, you may have to use small, flat pliers to grip the burner and pull it out. 4. Clean the stove. 5. Reassemble the stove. 6. Reattach the knob.
How to Clean Stove Grates
The gas stove grates are black. The burners are greasy. The drip pan is dirty. The oven mitt is dry. You can smell the smoke. Your neighbor is complaining. What do you do? You can (and should) use a degreaser on greasy grates. Scrubbing with a wire brush seems to help. You can use baking soda and vinegar on self-cleaning ovens, but it’s probably overkilled. Cleaning a gas stove is not quite like cleaning a stove. The knobs and burners are made of metal, but the rest of the stove is glass or plastic. You can scratch the glass or break it if you scrub too hard, which can damage the burners. You can buy special cleaners and brushes, which might be useful. But you can also clean everything with warm, soapy water and a sponge. Baking soda and vinegar is effective, but maybe not right after you cook. The parts of a gas stove that you need the most are the knobs and burners. They’re made shiny by detergents and hot water; you don’t need anything special on them. The drip pan and oven mitt are greasy, so you can use a degreaser on them. The stove grates are not greasy, but it’s hard to keep them clean. You can sprinkle them with salt, then scrub them with steel wool or a wire brush. After you’ve cleaned everything, wipe everything down with hot water. Boiling water will clean grease and melted sugar from the grates, but using hot water can crack the glass. Don’t put anything in the oven. The healthiest stove is the one you don’t use. The knobs and burners should last for years