Here’s how to clean your GaslandChef gas cooktops so it’s sparkling again.
Chances are, your stove top needs a good, solid cleaning after a big family gathering or holiday meal. Plus, it’s sort of like making your bed everyday: If your stove is clean, your whole kitchen looks clean! But don’t wait until it’s so bad that you need to spend hours degreasing and scrubbing it. A quick wipe is much easier than waiting until you need to deep clean.After your stovetop cools, get in the habit of wiping it down every time.
Keeping your stove top clean also helps it last longer, and who doesn’t want that? It’s also a matter of safety and efficient cooking. Dirty burners that don’t allow gas to flow freely can be a hazard. The flame should be blue; a yellow flame means incomplete combustion, which could mean the little holes in the side of the burner are clogged.
Here’s what you need to know to clean your gas stove top so it’s gleaming again:
Read your manual
Yes, it’s not the most fascinating reading you’ll ever do, but you should know what the manufacturer recommends (or doesn’t recommend) for cleaning. Plus, not following their suggestions may void the warranty. If you can’t find your book, search online by model number; that information usually is found on a label on the oven door or other hidden surface such as inside the storage drawer.
Clean spillovers up immediately
When spills occur (and they will!), act fast. “That way things don’t get cooked on.” Truth: It’s much easier to clean when the food particles or liquids are not baked into the burner after repeated uses, so let it cool and then get busy.
Scrub the grates
Use a soft brush and warm, soapy water to de-grime the removable grates. If they’re really funky, a drop or two of degreasing soap, such as Dawn, works miracles. Some grates can be placed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning; check with your manufacturer first. Dry grates well before replacing.
Remove and clean the knobs
Use warm, soapy water and a microfiber cloth to clean the knobs,which typically pull straight off. Be careful about scrubbing too aggressively, or you may remove the dial markings. A soft toothbrush can clean out the nooks and crannies in the backs of knobs if they’re icky. Dry knobs, then let sit and air dry completely before putting back onto the stove.