Keeping your stovetop clean is an essential part of running your kitchen. Coming home to a shiny and sanitized gas stovetop can encourage you to cook more often, and you’ll find that the entire process is much easier when you’re not starting out with a mess. Cleaning a gas stovetop isn’t difficult either, and there are a few different approaches you may want to consider. If you’re not sure where to begin with cleaning a gas stovetop, read on for our top tips.
Before you can begin cleaning a gas stovetop, you need to gather the proper supplies. These are likely things you already have in your home, including dish soap, a sponge for scrubbing, vinegar, baking soda, and a soft, dry cloth. You could alternatively buy a product specifically for cleaning stovetops and other appliances, but these products are usually chemical-based. Feel free to do whatever you think is best for you and your family.
Cleaning Gas Stovetop Grates
First, remove the cast iron grates that are part of your gas stovetop. Over time, spills and other residues will get burnt onto them because of use, slowly becoming a thick muck. They’re easier to clean than you may expect, though.
Fill your sink with hot soapy water, put the grates in and let them soak, and then use a mixture of baking soda and water to create a paste that you can apply to them after removing them from the sink. After 20 minutes, you should be able to scrub off all the debris and run them under water to reveal completely clean stovetop grates.
In the future, be sure you wipe them down with a bit of vinegar regularly to keep them clean.
Fuel Port Cleaning
After those grates are removed, you’ll see burner caps that can also be added into your soapy sink and given the baking soda paste treatment. Beneath those caps are fuel ports, where the actual flame comes from. Sometimes food can end up getting stuck in those ports and impacting the way your stovetop functions. You can use a paperclip to help clear out those clogged ports.
Make sure you wipe down the surface to get rid of any debris. After that, you’ll be able to assess just how much elbow grease you’re going to need. Use a wet, soapy sponge to wipe down the surface. Smaller rags can help you get into crevices if needed, or you can even use a small soft toothbrush. After you’re done, wipe it down with a dry cloth.
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