When cleaning your house, you likely already have regular routine that includes changing the sheets, dusting, wiping down surfaces, and vacuuming. However, your regular cleaning sessions may not be enough if you are missing the stovetop. While it may not be the most enjoyable surface to clean, the stovetop is often overlooked.
Your stovetop can contain a lot of dirt, stains, and even odors. There can be caked on grease and other food spills, making it quite messy. If stovetops are not properly cleaned and maintained, there can be problems with the actual working elements. Keep reading to learn how to clean your stovetop the right way.
How to Clean an Electric Stovetop
Electric stoves can come in two varieties: a glass top with heating elements located under it or a stovetop with metal coil burners. If there is grime burned on the drip pan, make a mixture of baking soda and vinegar and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Then, take a sponge and wipe away the mixture. This should take care of the baked-on grease and stains.
You can continue to clean an electric stovetop in a few simple steps.
- Start by removing the metal coils if there are any
- Take the drip pans out and rinse with hot soapy water
- Wipe down the underside of the stove
- Then clean the stove top itself with solutions recommended by the stovetop manufacturer
How to Clean a Gas Stovetop
A gas stovetop is often easier to clean due to how it’s made. You want to make sure you wipe off any excess crumbs before getting started, and then you can tackle whatever mess is left. The rest of the cleaning is simple.
- Use a dry cloth and wipe away any excess food
- Sprinkle baking soda generously over the entire stovetop
- Spray it with white vinegar and allow it to fizz
- Take a damp cloth and wipe the leftover residue away
- You can also very carefully use a razor blade to get any of the baked-on gunk that is still left over
How to Clean Stovetop Burners
The stovetop burner on a glass stove does not have as many places for crumbs to hide. However, they can still harbor unwanted and caked-on grime. You should always make sure to use the manufacturer’s suggestions when cleaning a glass stovetop to ensure you are protecting the glass surface.
- Always clean while the stovetop is cool
- Avoid using harsh chemical cleaners because these will cook off in the air
- Use gentle tools such as a toothbrush or a soft sponge to avoid scratching the glass top
How to Clean Stove Burner Rings
Stovetop burners can have burned food caked on them. This burned food can build up and make your house smell burned every time you clean or cook.
This is simple to avoid by allowing the burner to do most of the work for you.
- Make sure to wipe the burner off first
- Turn the burner on high for about 3 minutes
- Open a window to allow some airflow so the house doesn’t smell
- Allow the burner to cool and wipe whatever remains away
How to Clean Stovetop Grates
If your stovetop has grates, these can be simple to clean without too many chemicals or tools. Most types of stovetop grates can be placed in the dishwasher to make sure they are the cleanest they can be. If the grates are coated, you will want to use a gentler sponge with a good grease cutting soap. If the grates are not coated, you can use a scouring pad to wipe away anything that the dishwasher could not handle.
Book Professional Cleaning Services for Your Kitchen
Cleaning a stove is an important part of a happy and healthy kitchen. You can worry about which chemicals or special tools to use on your stove and stove top, but you also have the option of letting a professional decide exactly how to clean the stove in the best way. Professional house cleaning services will save you time, effort, and money on cleaning supplies.
Regularly allowing the stove to be professionally cleaned will give you more time to spend cooking for your family and spending time doing what you love! It will also eliminate the need to clean thick, stuck-on messes and protect your stovetop. Schedule your professional house cleaning services today by booking online with Hellamaid. Hellamaid is proud to serve southern Ontario and offers cleaning sessions that fit your schedule.