Cleaning a gas-top stove can seem daunting, but with this step-by-step guide, you'll be able to clean it in no time!
The most important part of cleaning a gas stove is making sure that you remove all the food and grease build-up. This will help prevent fires and keep your stove looking clean and new.
So let's get started!
Cleaning a Gas Stove Top: Full Guide
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Step 1: Gather the Materials
The first step in cleaning a gas stove is to gather all the materials you'll need. You will want some sort of cleaner, and depending on what type it is, you may also need a microfiber damp cloth or sponge.
Some people like to clean with just water and dish soap, but that doesn't always get rid of burnt-on food particles that have stuck onto the burner caps.
Here are the three products you'll need:
A vinegar solution (Combine equal parts white vinegar & water)
Dish Soap (use whatever brand/type works best. We recommend Dawn.)
Baking Soda Paste (mix one part baking soda with two parts water to form a thick paste).
You will also need:
- An oven mitt or towel to protect your hand from the heat
- Paper towels or a dishcloth
- Rubber gloves (optional)
- A toothbrush (optional)
Step Two: Make Sure It's Safe
Before you clean any stove, it's important to make sure that you are working in a safe area and the stove is turned off and cool.
Make sure that all of the burners are turned off and the knobs are in the "off" position. If any of the burners are still on, they could ignite the vinegar or soap solution and create a dangerous fire.
Once you've confirmed that everything is safe, we can move on to cleaning!
Step Three: Remove the Stove Top Grates
Remove all food particles or grease that have built up on these parts before washing them off using either vinegar solution (equal parts white vinegar & water) or baking soda paste (mix one part baking soda with two parts water).
After they've been washed clean, dry thoroughly with paper towels then set them aside until needed later when reassembling everything.
To clean the burner caps, first remove any stuck-on bits of food or grease by gently scraping with an old toothbrush dipped in hot water and a vinegar solution (equal parts white vinegar & water).
If there are stubborn spots that refuse to come clean with just the toothbrush, try using baking soda paste (mix one part baking soda with two parts warm water) then scrub off as much residue as possible, before rinsing clean under running tap water!
Step Four: Clean the Burners
The next step is to clean the burners.
To do this, you'll need a bowl of hot, soapy water and an old toothbrush. Dip the toothbrush in soapy water and use it to clean around each burner. Be sure to get into all of the crevices!
When you're finished, rinse off the burners with hot water and dry them with a paper towel.
It's also a good idea to clean the area around the burners while you're at it. This will help keep any food or grease from building up and causing future problems!
Once everything is clean, set the burner grates and caps aside until later when reassembling the stovetop.
Step Five: Cleaning the Fuel Ports
Now it's time to clean the fuel ports. These are the small holes around the burner where the gas comes out. If they're clogged with food, it can make it difficult to distribute heat evenly and cause a bright burst of flame when lighting your burner.
Examine them and make sure all holes are clear and debris-free. It's said that an unbent paperclip is the ideal instrument for unblocking a blocked port. It appears to be just the right size to go in there perfectly.
If you decide to try using a paperclip, first dip it in hot soapy water then insert into each hole until clean. Be very careful doing this, as you don't want to poke yourself!
Step Six: Cleaning a Gas Cooktop Surface
Now it's time to clean the actual cooktop surface.
The best way to do this is by using a commercial cleaner or a paste made of baking soda and water.
Apply the cleaner/paste directly onto the surface and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then, use a damp cloth or sponge to scrub away all of the dirt, grease, and grime. Rinse with hot water and dry with a paper towel when finished.
Vinegar can also be used as an all-purpose cleaner on your gas stovetop, but avoid using ammonia-based cleanersas they can damage the finish over time.
If you have any stubborn spots that just won't come clean no matter how much you scrub at them, you can use a razor blade to scrape them off. Be very careful doing this and make sure the blade is clean and sharp!
Now your gas stovetop should be nice and clean! But remember, it's important to clean it on a regular basis (at least every couple of months) in order to keep it looking its best and functioning properly.
Step Seven: Cleaning the Knobs
The last step is to clean the knobs.
To do this, remove them from the stove by gently pulling on each one until it comes loose.
Set them aside in a bowl of hot, soapy water and let them soak for about 15 minutes. Then use a toothbrush to scrub away any built-up dirt or grease. Rinse with hot water and dry with a paper towel when finished.
Replace the knobs on the stove and give them a good twist to make sure they're tight.
Step Eight: Reassemble Everything & Give It a Final Inspection
Now it's time to reassemble everything back together again!
Start by putting the stovetop grates back in place. Be careful not to lose any of the screws in the process!
Next, put the burner caps back on. There are usually directions printed on the underside of each cap that will tell you which way they should go.
Then, reattach the gas line to the cooktop using two wrenches (usually one is adjustable). If you're not sure how to do this, consult your stove's owners manual.
Last but not least, give everything a final inspection and make sure it's all clean and properly put together. Once you're satisfied, turn on your stove and test out each burner!
Cleaning a gas top stove can seem daunting at first. It's difficult to clean compared to an electric stove. But with these simple step-by-step instructions, it's actually quite easy! Just follow these steps and you'll have a clean stovetop in no time. Make sure to take all necessary safety measures and keep the gas stove off the entire time you're cleaning it.