Without regular cleaning and care, your gas cooktop can quickly become a mess of baked-on grime and stains. To ensure that your kitchen looks and smells fresh, make sure that you clean your cooktop regularly. This blog contains tips to make sure that you do so safely and efficiently.
The first rule when maintaining your gas cooktop is to ensure your own safety. Never try to clean the surface when it is still hot. Not only can you burn yourself, but also some cleaning agents can release harmful fumes quickly when heated. Avoid any flammable cleaners.
If you wipe away spills and messes on a daily basis, grime won’t have a chance to harden and build up in the first place. This makes cleaning easier overall, but requires diligence in your cleaning habits.
Remove Stubborn Messes
In practice, however, very few people manage to keep their kitchen spotless every single day, so grime will inevitably build up. In order to deal with such a mess, make sure the cooktop is turned off and remove all pots, utensils, and other items from the area. Carefully remove the grates (they can be heavy), and use a mild cleaning agent with warm water and a clean, soft cloth to remove the stains. If the mess is particularly difficult, it can be helpful to let the soapy water sit for a few minutes to loosen up the grime before wiping it away, but do not let it soak for very long. Also avoid rough brushes so you don’t scratch the surfaces. Rinse and dry the area when you are done.
Maintaining Stainless Steel
For stainless steel areas, you can again use a mild detergent and clean soft cloth. Make sure you wipe in the direction of the grain to avoid streaks, then rinse and dry to avoid water spots. Avoid abrasive cleaners and chlorine that will corrode your stainless steel. If you want to add some shine, there are conditioners made specifically for stainless steel. Apply the product with the grain and wipe away any excess. However, make sure that you only use these products on stainless steel, as they can harm other surfaces!
Cleaning the Parts and Pieces
Your gas cooktop is made of many parts that can detach for easier cleaning. Again, make sure that the cooktop is turned off and cool, and remove all extra items such as pots, pans, and utensils.
The burner bases and burner cap can be reached by removing the grates. Use a mild cleaning agent, hot water, and clean soft cloth, then rinse and dry. Since the port openings can be hard to reach, you might find it useful to use a stiff nylon toothbrush. Do not gouge or scratch the surfaces, and avoid using toothpicks or other tools that could easily break off and fall into the openings.
The control knobs can usually be removed by pulling them straight out. Again use hot water and a mild cleaning agent, then rinse and dry them. Do not let them soak or use abrasive cleaners or scrubbers, as these can damage them.
The grates of your cooktop can deteriorate over time, forming blisters and chips because of the frequent rapid temperature changes. Sugar and acid from your food will eat away at the enamel, so make sure that you wipe away spills as soon as it is safe to do so. Be careful when you remove the grates. Avoid abrasive cleaners, and again clean with a mild cleaning agent and clean soft cloth, then rinse and dry the area. You do not need to hand-clean the grates inside a self-cleaning oven.
The igniters can be wiped down after they cool off with a damp cotton swab. If grime has built up, gently remove it with a toothpick. Make sure that you don’t get the igniters too wet, as this can prevent them from lighting.
The grill is the only part that is best to clean while hot. Put the temperature on high to loosen up grease and grime, and use a long-handled wire brush dipped in hot water to scrub away the mess.
If you maintain your gas cooktop, not only will it look great, but it will also cook more efficiently and last longer. If you have any further questions about cooktop maintenance, feel free to ask us at Complete Protection!