For good reason, gas stoves are a popular item in American homes. Kitchen ranges have a longer life period than electric ranges and can deliver faster heat with a greater sense of control. However, if you have a gas range, it's critical to keep it in good working order. If gas appliances are not properly maintained, they might pose serious safety risks.
To maintain your gas range at a good status, you are sure to follow the 5 important tips:
Wipe up Messes Daily
Cooking can be a messy business, and kitchen gas ranges take the brunt of spills, crumbs, and other messes. While it's tempting to leave small bits of food or liquid on the stove until later, it's important to clean up spills right away. After your burners have been turned off and allowed to cool, clean up any spills with a mild cleaning solution and a clean rag.
Inspect and Clean Burner Channels Regularly
The burner channels are in charge of transporting gas from your supply to the burner rings, which heat your pots and pans. Burner channels are found beneath the gas cap and can become blocked over time. When this happens, the burners will not distribute heat evenly, which will have an adverse effect on your cooking. Burner channels that are clogged might cause a fire.
Use a pipe cleaner or a straw cleaner to clean your burner passages. Use a toothpick or something else composed of combustible materials instead. Toothpicks can break off and get stuck in your burner channels, causing a dangerous situation if a flame is re-ignited.
Deep Clean Grates About Once Per Month
Because the grates are responsible for keeping your pots and pans steady above the flame, they are also the dirtiest and grimiest element of the gas stove. The grates on most gas stoves for kitchens are removable, allowing you to deep clean them and restore them to their former beauty. Grates are best cleaned by soaking them in a vinegar and soap solution in the sink. The burned-on crusts should easily peel off after 15 minutes.
Avoid Using Harsh Cleaning Products and Abrasives
Many people use steel wool or the toughest cleaning chemicals they can find to clean a challenging mess. Both approaches might cause your stove's enamel to wear away, affecting its appearance and functionality. Instead, make a light cleaning solution with vinegar, dish soap, and water, and wipe up spills using rags or washcloths.
Get Your Stove Checked Once a Year
Having a professional inspect your gas range on a yearly basis is one of the greatest methods to ensure that it remains in safe operating order. They can detect problems when they are still minor and address them when they are most cost-effective.
Lets Break Down How To Clean Your Gas Range
1. Before you clean, prepare the tools and material needed.
- non-toxic degreaser
- medium-stiffness scrub brush
- soft scouring pad
- paper towels
- glass cleaner
- razor blade
- Magic Eraser
2. Make It Safe For Cleaning.
Before cleaning a gas appliance, check sure all surfaces are cool and all control knobs are turned off. If your model has a control lock, you should absolutely use it before you begin cleaning. You'll be removing the burner guards and vigorously scrubbing your stovetop, and it's critical that the gas doesn't turn on while you're doing so.
If you have an older model range with removable knobs, ensure sure everything is turned off and then remove the knobs to avoid accidently bumping them while cleaning.
3. Start Disassembly
The stove grates on top, the burner caps, and the burners themselves are all easily removable for cleaning. Remove the stove grates first, and then wipe up any leftover food. Remove all of the little caps that protect your burners, then each of the burners individually. Set everything aside on a few dish towels near the sink; we'll deal with it later.
4. Degrease the Stove Grates
Put your stove grates in the sink and soak them in a non-toxic degreaser (such as Simple Green or Krud Kutter). If you like, you can scrub a little harder with a concentrated dish detergent. While you concentrate on the stove surface, leave everything to soak in the degreaser for around 15-20 minutes.
5. Degrease the Stovetop
Allow a few minutes for the same degreaser or liquid soap concentration to penetrate the oily deposit on your stovetop. Break up any chunks of burned or stuck-on surface with your gentle scouring pad. While you're working, wipe off the stovetop with a clean paper towel to remove any grease or grime. You may need to repeat the procedure of applying degreaser and scrubbing until your paper towels come up clean and clear of any oil or grit, depending on the extent of accumulation on your stove.
6. Combat the Baked-On Stuff
You'll probably come across a few restaurants where the food has been overcooked to the point where a sponge won't suffice. Alternatively, you may discover a few little gummed-up corners that are tough to reach with your hands. Use a medium-strength nylon scrub brush or an old toothbrush to reach the hard-to-reach areas. Before you start scrubbing, try your brush in a hidden location on the stove to be sure it won't scratch the surface. To dislodge any filth, use your brush and some degreaser to work into all of the corners and around the igniters.
You can use a new razor blade to peel out the filth from spots that appear to have permanently attached themselves to the surface. If you choose this method, be extremely cautious to avoid scraping the paint. Simply tear apart the charred fragments' surface so the degreaser may enter and loosen them up. Take your time and be kind with yourself. Don't get too caught up in the one burned area that won't come off; sometimes it's better to let the minor things go. Plus, there's a tip farther down that can help you hide some of those flaws.
7. Give Everything a Final Polish
After you've degreased and washed everything, wipe away any excess degreaser with some fresh paper towels. Wipe everything down until it's dry, then give it a last wipe down with glass cleaner and a Magic Eraser. The Magic Eraser will lift any little bits of grease and pick up any degreaser residue, so your stovetop will not be left with a foggy film. You're ready to go on to the following stage once your Magic Eraser is clean.
8. Now, About Those Parts You Removed
After allowing your stove grates to soak in the degreaser for a few minutes, give them a brisk rinse with hot water to remove the majority of the grease. After that, scrub the grates and burner caps with your nylon brush, and if necessary, apply a little soap or degreaser to tackle any stubborn spots.
When it comes to the burners, we recommend hand-washing them in hot water and gently scrubbing them with your nylon brush. Because your burners come into contact with your stove's gas outlets, don't use any harsh cleansers or chemicals on them. Any blockages or residue buildup that could create ignition issues should be avoided.
After you've cleaned everything, lay your stove parts out on a towel to dry thoroughly before reassembling your stovetop.
9. Reassemble and Add a Layer of Protection
Now that you've spent so much time getting your gas stove back in working order, you should think about installing a burner guard. It will be easier to wipe down the guard or just replace it when the time comes after a marathon cooking session. Furthermore, if your stovetop is beyond repair, this is an excellent solution to conceal the unattractive surfaces.