Publish: 24th Jan 2024
Kitchen cleaning, Natural cleaning
Kitchen cleaning is no joke, especially when it comes to stovetops. A burnt stovetop? Now, that’s a headache no one wants. But fear not, because, in this guide, I’m going to walk you through the ins and outs of getting those stubborn stains off. Whether you’re wrestling with gas, induction, electric, or stainless steel surfaces, you’ll have your cooker as good as new in no time.
Let’s roll up our sleeves and plunge into these methods, shall we? Time to make your stovetop shine like you’ve just gotten it out of the box.
In this article:
- How to clean a gas stovetop
- How to clean an induction stovetop
- How to clean an electric stovetop
- Cleaning Stainless Steel Stovetops
- DIY Cleaning Solutions
- Preventive Measures for Stovetops
- Professional Cleaning Services
How to clean a gas stovetop
Gas stovetops are a popular choice because of their precise temperature control. But they can be a hassle to clean when food spills and burns. Let’s see how we can tackle this task without all the headaches.
Note: Before you begin, always make sure your stove is disconnected. Safety first!
- Step 1: Remove grates and burners: Once you’ve turned off the gas and disconnected the cooker, we can begin the actual cleaning. Get those grates, burners, and any other removable parts out of there.
- Step 2: Soak removable parts: Give them a good soak in hot, soapy water for about half an hour – that’ll loosen up the gunk.
- Step 3: Clean the gas stovetop surface: Next, tackle the surface. Wipe off any loose bits, then hit the tough spots with a baking soda and water paste. Let it sit for a spell, about 15-20 minutes should do it. Did someone say tea time?
- Step 4: Scrub the surface: Gently scrub down the surface with a microfibre cloth. Make sure you don’t leave any scratches during the cleaning. Those will haunt you (trust me).
- Step 5: Clean the removable parts: Rinse off those parts you soaked earlier. Scrub them thoroughly, again using a microfibre cloth.
- Step 6: Rinse and dry: Dry everything, and put it back together. Voila! We’re done.
Note: Make sure you’ve assembled everything correctly before you connect the gas. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s best to leave such work to the professionals.
How to clean an induction stovetop
You’ve probably chosen your induction stovetop for its sleek design and efficiency. But now that you have to clean it, you need to be extra careful to avoid scratches. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Cleaning an induction is almost the same as cleaning a ceramic hob.
- Step 1: Cooldown: Make sure your induction hob is cool.
- Step 2: Wipe surface: Wipe it down with a damp microfiber cloth to remove any loose debris.
- Step 3: Sprinkle baking soda: Sprinkle your induction hob with baking soda. Make sure it’s baking soda, not baking powder.
- Step 4: Cover the soda with a wet rag: The wet rag will help pastify the soda and avoid scratches.
- Step 5: Remove the rag and pour some white vinegar on the soda: Many guides tell you to mix the soda and vinegar before you apply them to the surface. This is incorrect. Instead, mix them on the surface, itself. If you don’t want to pour vinegar from a bottle, you can use a spray bottle for more control.
- Step 6: Wipe off the mess: Wipe off the mess with the soft side of a sponge.
- Step 7: Dry things off: Do a final wipe with a microfibre cloth and enjoy your shiny induction stovetop back.
How to clean an electric stovetop
Electric stovetops (especially those with coil burners) can accumulate burnt food and spills like it’s their job.
Note: Once again, before you begin, make sure everything’s turned off and is nice and cool.
- Step 1: Remove the coils and drip pans: Remove those coils and drip pans after the stovetop cools down.
- Step 2: Soak the coils and pans: Soak them in hot, soapy water for about 30 minutes.
- Step 3: Clean Stovetop Surface: Meanwhile, mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle, give the stovetop a good spritz, and sprinkle on some baking soda. Like before, we want to make the mixture on the surface so the fizzing does its job and loosens the caked-on food. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Step 4: Scrub the surface: Gently scrub the surface with a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge.
- Step 5: Clean the coils and pans: After soaking, scrub the coils and pans clean. Then rinse and let them dry.
- Step 6: Rinse and dry stovetop: Wipe the stovetop with a damp cloth and dry it.
- Step 7: Reassemble: Once everything is nice and dry, reassemble the coils and drip pans.
Make sure you carefully reassemble everything before you turn the induction stovetop on.
Cleaning Stainless Steel Stovetops
Stainless steel stovetops add a modern touch to kitchens but require some special care to maintain their shine. They can be a bit capricious, especially if you don’t clean them regularly.
- Step 1: Remove the debris: Start by wiping off loose debris.
- Step 2: Apply mild detergent: Mix a mild detergent with warm water and gently scrub the surface with a soft sponge.
- Step 3: Treat burnt stains: For tougher stains, apply a paste of baking soda and water, scrub gently, and then rinse. Make sure you never use baking soda in its powder state or it will scratch your stainless steel stovetop!
- Step 4: Polish the surface: Finally, polish it up with a stainless steel polisher and dry thoroughly for that dazzling finish.
The last step is optional. If you’re not a fan of this type of product, feel free to skip it altogether.
DIY Cleaning Solutions
If you prefer natural cleaning solutions, there are several effective DIY options. A mixture of vinegar and baking soda can tackle most burnt stains, as long as you don’t mix it in advance. That fizzling reaction should happen on the surface you want to clean.
Lemon juice and salt are also great for abrasive cleaning without the harsh chemicals. However, as with all abrasive cleaners, you need to be wary of scratches. These solutions are both eco-friendly and easy on the wallet.
Preventive Measures for Stovetops
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? Clean spills immediately, use the right size of pans, and watch the oil temperature. Regular maintenance makes deep cleaning less of a chore.
Professional Cleaning Services
Sometimes, you need the pros, especially for those really stubborn stains or high-end stovetops. Don’t hesitate to call in a professional cleaning service when DIY just won’t cut it.
A clean stovetop is not just about looks but also function. Whether you go the DIY route or opt for professional help, regular maintenance will extend the life of your stovetop and keep your cooking experience enjoyable. Give these methods a whirl and keep your stovetop looking top-notch. And, as always, if you need us, we’re never more than a phone call away.
Author: Atanas Dzhingarov
Hi, I’m Atanas - brand consultant and writer. I’m helping Samyx Cleaning create the best cleaning company blog on the Internet. Join us on our journey and learn how to live a cleaner, healthier, happier life in the process.