Tips to Help You Clean Your Gas Stove Effectively
For many Australians, it’s highly likely that stoves are one of the most used appliances in homes. Because we depend on them so heavily, keeping gas stoves in good condition is essential to ensure their longevity and ongoing performance.
The good news is, maintaining and cleaning your gas stove isn’t very difficult and won’t take you too much time if you use quality cleaning equipment and maintain a consistent cleaning schedule.
Here are some tips to help you keep your gas stove in good condition.
Have a regular and thorough cleaning schedule.
Let’s start with the basics -make sure you give the surface a wipe down after every time you cook on it. You can do this with simple dish soap and water, or if you have some tougher spills and stains, mix a solution of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and use this to scrub stubborn marks away. If you don’t clean your stovetop after every use, you run the risk of ‘baking in’ stains and food scraps every time you use the stove thereafter.
Though this simple wipe-down is effective in the short term, it’s essential to give your gas stove a deep clean at least once a month to remove any food or grease that has slipped down through the grates. Regularly deep-cleaning your stove also means you won’t need to spend hours scrubbing stains, debris and grime when it gets too dirty to use or look at.
Start by soaking your burner grates in your kitchen sink or a bucket for a few hours. Use dish soap or vinegar with water to help lift all stubborn grease. Do the same for your stove’s drip trays. Make sure all stove components are completely dry before you place them back together and use again. Hot tip: use a lint-free cloth or towel to dry everything completely.
Extra stove cleaning tips:
- Though we know it’s basic advice, make sure you never clean a hot stove. Allow your cooker to completely cool before you start cleaning.
- Don’t use too much water when you scrub around the knobs – if water seeps down, the burner switches could short and cause further mechanical problems.
- Don’t use any steel wool brushes on steel, as they are really abrasive and could chip your stovetop easily.
Investing in good protective gear
To keep your stovetop free of stains, scratches and other marks when it’s not in use, consider purchasing a protective cover. You can choose the material of your cover, with options including stainless steel, granite or ceramic.
Most covers are really durable, and some can even be used as an extended countertop if you’re in need of more bench space to prepare food.
If you’re in the market for a gas appliance, use our handy tool to see if natural gas is available in your area.