Cleaning stove tops doesn't have to be a task that takes all day. With the right cleaning solution and scrubbing materials it can be done in less than an hour's time. An important thing to remember before cleaning the top of a stove is to be very careful not to scratch it. Not only are scratches in this area very visible, but if the scratch is large enough it can house germs and bacteria that can find their way into utensils and even food.
How to Make Stove Tops Shine
The following processes are simple ones that can be used to clean any size of stove tops. The first method is for a gas range, either natural gas or propane, and the second is for an electric one, as the stove tops have different components.
Cleaning Gas Stoves
Make sure the gas is turned off before starting.
- Fill your kitchen sink with the hottest water you can.
- Add in two squirts of liquid dish soap.
- Put on rubber gloves and stir the water to make a lather.
- Take the burner covers and the drip trays of off the stove by simply lifting them up. Drop all these items in the water.
- See if you can lift up your stove top itself. Grab the front two corners and tuck your fingertips under the front edge. Push firmly.
- If your stove top lifts, pull out the surface burners and put them in the soapy water. If not, it's okay. It's not that important to clean them.
- Spray a cotton rag with either white vinegar or an all-purpose cleaner to the point of saturation. Then use it to wipe the stove top and the knobs on the front of it.
- Attack any cooked on food with a steel wool pad. Don't use a fork or knife.
- Wet another rag with lukewarm water to rinse off your cleaning solution. Let the stove top air dry.
- Turn your attention to the items in the sink. Scrub them with your steel wool pad to remove all debris. If you're washing the surface burners, clean out crevices with a kitchen brush.
- Heat your surface burners in the oven by setting it to 350 degrees F and letting them site for half an hour. If you don't get them totally dry, your oven may not light.
- Dry the rest of the components with a dish towel before putting them back in their proper places.
Cleaning Electric Stoves
Unplug the stove to remove any worries of electrocution.
- Follow steps one and two above.
- Lift the reflector bowls off of your stove top by pulling up the heating elements and then lifting them out. Put them in the sink and let them soak.
- Put the heating elements to the side. You don't need to scrub them as any stuck on food will burn off the next time you use them. If you just have to get them clean right now, wipe them with a dry paper towel.
- Follow steps seven through ten above.
Natural Cleaning Tips
People who don't have commercial kitchen cleaner or who would rather use a natural product can substitute one of the following solutions instead:
- White vinegar diluted 50% with water
- Baking soda mixed with two cups of water
- Isopropyl alcohol (undiluted)
- Lemon juice (undiluted)
When using alcohol on the stove, it is crucial to insure that it is dry before turning on the burners. If not, it could be quite the hot situation in the kitchen.
Note that cleaning stove tops may require some elbow grease, especially if it's been a long time between cleanings. That being said, the best strategy for keeping the stove clean is to wipe it off after every use. It's the difference between spending 10 minutes every day and spending an hour, and getting a sore arm, every weekend.