How to Clean the Cooktop of Kitchen Stoves

How to Clean the Cooktop of Kitchen Stoves

Steve VanDenBerg Blog, fire damage

Spills and splatters are likely to occur on the cooktop of a kitchen stove—even when a homeowner only cooks occasionally. Liquids can harden on a heated stove and make it tougher to clean. Here’s how to clean the cooktop of a kitchen stove, whether it’s gas, electric, or glass.

Even simple meals, from pasta to soup, create a mess on the stovetop. The salt in pasta water, for instance, leaves behind white streaks on the stovetop after it splatters. Droplets of tomato soup, bits of charred spinach, and pieces of burnt French toast will dirty the stovetop.

Frying potatoes in the skillet will likely leave splatters of oil all around the stovetop. The stovetop knobs may become slick with grease after handling them. Crumbs from frying breaded chicken will be scattered over the stovetop. Leftover food that lands on the stovetop flames is a fire hazard.

Clearly, it’s necessary to regularly clean the cooktop of the kitchen stove. Delaying cleanings will only cause the food to become baked onto the stovetop. Plus, cooking mishaps are the number one cause of home fires in the US. Help prevent a kitchen fire by keeping the stovetop clean.

How often the cooktop of the kitchen stove needs to be cleaned depends on how frequently it is used. Typically, a daily wipe down after cooking is adequate, as is a thorough scrubbing of the stovetop once a week. Routine cleanings prevent oils and foods from hardening on the stovetop.

Gas Stovetop

Gas stovetops, releasing a steady flame, continue to be popular. These stovetops feature removable grates and burner tops. Modern styles offer burners of all shapes and sizes. Cleaning a gas stovetop should obviously be done while the burners are cool.

dirty Gas Stovetop

Remove the grates and burner caps and soak them in a bowl of soapy, hot water for ten minutes. The soap and water should loosen any grime. The grates and burners are clean when they do not feel greasy to the touch or appear to have filmy stains.

Extremely dirty grates and burners caked with grease require an extra step. After washing with soap and water, apply a paste of one part vinegar, two parts baking soda, and five drops of dish soap. Allow the mixture to sit for 20 minutes, then scrub the grates and burners clean.

Electric Stovetop

Electric stovetops feature coils and cook using electricity rather than flames. Electric coil burners are also susceptible to sticky food residue. The coil burners should be removed from the stovetop prior to cleaning them. Unplug the burners and wipe with warm, soapy water.

When cleaning the electric coil burners, be careful to keep water away from the electrical connection. After rinsing, set the burners aside to fully dry. As they dry, wipe down the rest of the stovetop with a sponge. Reattach the electric coil burners once they are thoroughly dry.

Dirty Electric Stovetop

Clean the areas underneath the cooktop, as well. Accumulating food particles and spilled liquids should be cleaned up. Use a damp sponge to wipe the area clean. If food stains are too tough to simply wipe away with a sponge, clean with soapy water.

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Glass Stovetop

Smooth and flat, glass stovetops are becoming increasingly popular. An extra advantage is that they are easy to clean. A simple wipe down, perhaps with a bit of vinegar, after cooking is sufficient to keep them clean. Tough stains require an additional tool: a single-edged scraper.

Stubborn buildups are effectively dislodged by scraping them with the single-edged scraper. Prior to scraping, soak the areas caked with food with a cleaner that is approved for glass stovetops. Allow the solution to sit, then gently scrape the gunk away. Press the scraper lightly to avoid breaking the glass.

A deep scrub utilizing baking soda and vinegar will further clean the glass stovetop. Spritz the glass stovetop with vinegar, then sprinkle baking soda over it. Submerge a towel in hot water and lay it over the stovetop for 15 minutes. Remove the towel and repeat to remove tough residue.

Dirty Glass Stovetop

When cleaning a glass stovetop, use the soft side of the sponge, rather than the abrasive side, to avoid scratching the surface. Steel wool is also not advised, since it can leave deep pits on the stovetop in which food particles can become permanently stuck.

No matter what style of cooktop is being cleaned, a crucial safety measure is to clean it when it is cool. Keep spills from setting and becoming more difficult to remove by wiping them up immediately. Clean the stovetop often to prevent grease and dust buildup.

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