You may love cooking on your gas stovetop; however, if you are like many out there, you probably have no idea where to begin when it comes to maintaining and cleaning this all-important kitchen appliance. Obviously the best way to keep your gas range in tip-top shape is to regularly clean and wipe it down after cooking. However, in reality, this is much easier said than done! If it has been a while since you have given your stovetop some TLC, you are probably due for a cleaning. The below process should have your kitchen looking spic-and-span in no time.
Soak, Soak, Soak!
While you are busy scrubbing the stovetop, an old-fashioned soak in warm, soapy water can clean and restore your stove’s metal grates and knobs. Remove these first and let them soak while you scrub. You can also remove the burner caps for a good soak.
Use Some Elbow Grease
Everyone has their preferred cleaning products. If you prefer natural cleaning products a 1:1 vinegar and water mixture can be sprayed on the stove top to cut grease. Want to keep it simple? Some basic dish soap on a sponge can go a long way. Just be sure not to use too much liquid, in order to avoid liquid dripping where it shouldn’t be.
Be cautious when cleaning around the knob and burner cap areas. Letting excess water drip into these areas can cause the burner switches to short out, or clog the gas orifices causing issues with lighting.
What About the Burner Heads?
Be sure to give the burner heads a good clean while you are at it. If they are removable, soak them as well. You can give them a good good scrub with a stiff bristled brush (not a wire brush it will damage the soft metal). Then inspect all the small holes and passages in the burner heads that the gas flows through. You may need to utilize a small needle or tool to remove any buildup that has accumulated and blocked the tiny passages. Be careful not to gouge the metal or enlarge the passages by forcing your tool through them. The metal is soft and if the small passage are damaged, the flame may not light or burn correctly. Be sure to let them completely dry before placing them back on the stovetop and attempting to light.
Don’t forget the inside!
Most gas ranges have spring hinges and can be easily lifted up. Before calling it a day, lift up the stove top and wipe down﹣or even vacuum﹣ food debris and crumbs from this area.
Keeping your gas range clean and residue-free can keep your stove running at it’s best and prevent expensive damage from corrosive food residue. Even with proper maintenance we know that issues can still arise. In these instances, it is always best to consult an expert to ensure the repair is safely handled. If you are having issues with your gas range feel free to contact us, and we will have you back in the kitchen in no time!