If you are about to embark on the daunting task of cleaning your cook top, whether gas or electric, you want to make sure you get every last corner and are doing the job right. Below we have a list of all the areas and surfaces that you can clean and also a dew different cleaning methods.
Cleaning That Grungy Stove Top
Here’s a list of all the nooks and crannies you don’t want to be missing.
1) Drip Pans or Grates and Burner Caps (depending on which kind of model you have) – just leave these in a bath of warm soapy water while you clean the rest of the stove and then scrub down with a small brush before returning them to the stove.
2) Burner Heads – pull them up (they should come out easily) and wipe any debris that you can then, if you want to get really into the nitty gritty, you could use a paper clip or pin to clear out any other gunk that may be left on them.
3) Burner Edges – see below methods for cleaning, after removal of drip pans or grates.
4) Under the Stove Top (many ovens have a feature that allows you to lift the stove top up, like the hood of a car, for easy cleaning underneath, so check your oven to see if you can do that) – simply wipe or vacuum all the crumbs away.
5) Knobs and backboard – the knobs should pull right out for easy cleaning. You can simple wipe your knobs and backboard down with a hot soapy rag to get ay greasy or filth off they may have been building up.
3 Ways To Clean Your Stove Top BURNERS
1) The Vinegar Method – all you have to do is spray down your cook top with vinegar, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, wipeout down with a clean rag and you should be left with a beautiful shiny stove top.
2) The Baking Soda Method – for this baking soda solution, simply mix water and baking soda to make a paste. Apply it to the dirty area with a wet rag or brush it on. It may be a good idea to let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing away.
3) The Ammonia Method – one of the best ways to get all the really tough stains off of your grates is with ammonia. Get a gallon-size zip lock bag for each grate and put them in the bag. Spray ammonia inside the bag all over the grate then let sit overnight. In the morning scrub your grate off, return them to their proper place and you’ll have a stove top that’s looking good as new.
Watch this video tutorial for more on cleaning your stove top grates with ammonia:
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