Accidental spills and splatters are inevitable while cooking. It’s easy to leave the mess in the moment, but it’s essential to know how to clean your range top properly to avoid future problems.
Over time, food residue from spills can build up. This can lead to problems like your range won’t stop clicking or burning smells.
How to Clean Your Range in 4 Easy Steps
Before you attempt to clean gas stovetops, make sure it’s off and completely cool. Just follow these four steps and your range top will sparkle like new!
#1. Clean Range Grates
It’s easy to learn how to clean your range top grates. Remove the grates and soak them your kitchen sink overnight in soapy water. In the morning, use a scrub brush to remove any grease or burned residue.
If the grates are especially dirty, spray the grates with oven cleaner in a well-ventilated area. After a few hours, rinse and scrub the grates with hot, soapy water. Set aside and allow to dry.
#2. Clean Gas Range Burners
Next, it’s time to clean gas range burners as the grates dry. Remove the burner caps and clean them with a scrub brush and liquid detergent. Soak them if the residue is heavy.
Once the burner caps are clean and set aside to dry, turn your attention to the burner heads. The fuel ports tend to get clogged from food spills. Remove food and residue with either a damp toothbrush or small scrub brush. Then, use an unfolded paper clip to unclog the fuel ports.
Wipe the burner heads down again to remove any loose debris. This component of your range needs to dry completely. Otherwise, you may have problems like your burners won’t ignite due to excessive moisture.
#3. Clean Range Top Surface
So what about how to clean your range top surface? The good news is, this is the easiest component of your stove to clean. Use a damp sponge and liquid detergent to wipe down the surface.
For stubborn spots, use distilled white vinegar. Create a 1:1 solution of vinegar and water. Spray the surface and allow to soak so that the vinegar has time to break down the grease. Use a sponge to wipe down the surface. Dry your stovetop thoroughly with a lint-free cloth or rag.
#4. Clean Range Knobs
Lastly, you’ll want to know how to clean range top knobs. These are often prone to grease and oil splatters when you cook with an open pan. Unlike other range components, you don’t want to soak the knobs as doing so may remove the graphics that indicate the temperature.
Remove the knobs by simply pulling them off the stove. Dip a rag or cloth in soapy water and wipe away the grease buildup. Dry thoroughly and replace them. Make sure the “OFF” indicator is where it should be, or else you might confuse the temperature when you go to use your range next!
Once each component is clean and has had time to dry completely, replace each part. It’s important to place the burner caps correctly, or else your range burners won’t function correctly.
Deep cleaning is a vital aspect of range maintenance. However, if you find you need range repair services, contact Appliance Repair Specialists today.