How to effectively clean your gas cooktop
To get the most out of your natural gas cooktop, it’s essential to keep it well looked after, making sure you give it some TLC with a deep clean every now and again. As well as keeping it looking its best, you’ll also be helping it perform better, and extending its lifespan!
A clean cooktop is a good cooktop! By keeping grime at bay, you’ll be keeping your flame as strong as possible, and working to prevent the spread of bacteria.
Step 1: Clean as You Go
As they say, prevention is better than a cure, and that’s certainly true when it comes to keeping your gas stove nice and clean. To avoid finding yourself presented with a huge cleaning task involving caked grease and food particles, a little regular cleaning and upkeep will go a long way! It’s super important to mop up any spills you might have along the way when you’ve finished cooking, that way you won’t have to deal with build-ups that are a whole lot tougher to clean!
Step 2: Let it Cool Down
Safety comes first! When you decide to clean your burners and surrounding areas, make sure that they are completely cool before you begin. While it’s understandable you’ll want to get on with the job at hand, waiting until the cooktop is cool is a great way to prevent a completely avoidable accidental burn.
Step 3: Take it Apart
To give your entire cooktop the thorough clean it deserves, you’ll need to take off the burners, grates, and any other parts that are removable. You’ll need to do this to clean both underneath these parts, and the parts themselves. While each cooktop is different, they are generally fairly simple to take apart.
Step 4: Soak Away
Now you’ll want to give all those components a good soak! Fill your sink or a large bucket with warm, soapy water and let the pieces soak for 15-30 minutes. After leaving them to soak, any burnt on food should easily come right off with a bit of gentle coaxing with a soft brush or wash cloth. If you find that soap and water aren’t enough to tackle the mess, you’ll have to bring out the big guns! Soak the parts in a solution of half warm water and half vinegar for a few hours. After that, you shouldn’t have a problem scrubbing off any remaining grease and grime – just make sure you don’t use a scouring pad on non-coated surfaces!
Step 5: Unclog the Burner Holes
Once you have those parts clean, you’ll want to check that there aren’t any small food particles blocking the gas flow – which may prevent your cooktop from working as well as it should! Food particles can clog the tiny holes in your burners, so use a fine wire or unbent paper clip to loosen any grime – but make sure you avoid using tooth picks, as the wood can easily break off into the holes.
Step 6: Dry Properly
It’s important that all the pieces are properly dried before you put them back together. As well as stopping the metal from rusting, a dry burner is vital for a hot, even flame. A good trick for drying a burner is to place it upside down in a warm (not hot) oven for 15 minutes.
Step 7: Clean the Control Knobs
Your gas cooktop’s control knobs can also do with a bit of a clean every so often. Any removable knobs can be washed in warm, soapy water and given a gentle scrub if need be. Just make sure that they’re properly dried before reattaching them. If you can’t remove your control knobs, just give them a wipe with a damp cloth, then a dry and polish with a soft, fresh, and dry cloth.
Step 8: Wipe the Surface
You’re nearly done, the last thing you’ll need to do to make sure all your hard work doesn’t go to waste is to give the entire cooktop surface a good wipe down. To avoid causing any damage to the igniter in the future, wipe with a damp sponge, squeeze out any excess water, and then dry.
There you have it, you’re done! Now it’s time to enjoy your nice, clean cooktop; what’s on the menu tonight?