Keeping your stovetop clean is important for safe cooking. Grease splashes and cooked on food can be dangerous as they continue to burn right on or next to the burner. Glass stovetops require extra care as any spills and splashes can quickly become permanent markings and stains if not removed promptly. Follow these steps to keep your stove looking and working great.
You Will Need:
- Green scrubbing pads
- Grease-fighting dish soap
- Clean cloths or sponges
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Kitchen Cleaner
Steps to Clean A Gas or Electric Coil Stovetop:
- Begin by using a soft cloth or sponge to wipe away any crumbs or loose debris.
- Next, remove the drip plates and burner grates. Place these in a sink filled with hot water and dish soap.
- Allow the removable parts to soak overnight to loosen the burnt on food and debris.
- Most stove tops have a cover that lifts up to allow for easy cleaning of food bits and spills that may fall through the drip plates.
- Unplug the stove and carefully lift the stovetop cover and remove any loose debris from underneath.
- A wet sponge or Magic Eraser is helpful for removing any dried spills.
- Once clean, close the top.
- Once the drip pans and burner grates have had a chance to soak, scrub them clean.
- Use a good quality cleaner along with green scrubbing pads or scrub brushes to remove as much of the burnt on food as possible.
- Rinse completely with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.
- Once the surface and underneath is clean, take a few minute to remove the knobs and clean them.
- Wipe down all surfaces with a kitchen cleaner to remove any remaining residue.
- Replace the knobs, drip plates, and burner grates.
- Plug the stove back in, and you are finished!
Steps to Clean A Glass/Ceramic Stovetop:
- Start by wiping as much of the surface debris away as possible with a clean, soft cloth.
- Next, tackle any burnt on stains or spills. There are a variety of guides on our site to remove all kinds of foods, plastic, and other items that are commonly adhered to the heated glass surface. The Magic Eraser is effective in removing many simple surface stains and build up. There are also a variety of commercial products available that will remove burnt on food without damaging the surface.
- Once the specific stains are removed, remove the knobs and clean the control panel.
- Wash and dry the knobs.
- Replace the knobs and give the surface a final wipe down with a kitchen cleaner.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Regular wipe downs and cleanings will prevent the need for frequent extensive cleanings. Clean spills up as soon as the stove cools down after use. Once food and spills are cooked again, they become more difficult to remove, especially for glass stovetops.
- Never try to clean a hot stove. Always allow the surface and all parts to cool completely before cleaning.
- Read your owner’s manual for any warnings against certain cleaning products. If you are unsure of a cleaning product, test a small area first to ensure there is no damage or discoloration to the surface. Glass cooktops are more prone to damage and cannot be cleaned with certain chemicals.