How to Clean a Stove Top

Published
June 13, 2020

The kitchen is home to different stains and residues that can be the bane to any homeowner’s existence. Every time you cook, you are guaranteed to encounter spills and splatters all over the kitchen countertop, floor and most especially on the stove top. Of all the surfaces in the kitchen, the stove top is quite possibly the most susceptible to these pesky and greasy stains. In this article, we’re going to show you how exactly you can make and keep your stove top looking clean and pristine. From gas to glass stoves and electric to induction stoves, here’s an easy, step-by-step cleaning guide that you can follow.

How Often Should You Clean the Kitchen Stove Top?

The best way to keep a kitchen stove top squeaky clean is by washing and wiping it after every use. This means going after every spill or splatter — no matter how big or small — after cooking your dish. For quick scrubbing, use a damp microfiber cloth to remove any easy stains on the surface. However, if you’re cleaning extra greasy and hardened stains, it’s best to use a soft and soapy sponge to do the trick. 

How to Clean a Gas Stove Top

As one of the most popular stove options today, gas cookers are commonly used among households of different types. These cookers use a real flame that allows for efficient and effective heating and cooking. If you’re cleaning a gas stove top, wipe it with a damp cloth and a cleaning solution. To clean the different parts further, pick up the grates and scrub for any spill stain or crumbs that may have fallen beneath the grates. For deep cleaning, remove every part from the stove set-up and clean the surface — you can then immediately follow this by wiping the grates and burners.

How to Clean a Glass Stove Top

Unlike traditional gas cookers, glass stoves are easier to clean and maintain. Since a glass stove’s surface is smooth and flat, cleaning them can be as easy as wiping with a microfiber cloth. However, for tougher stains, you can use a little bit of vinegar mixed with water when wiping the surface. On the other hand, if you’re dealing with a handful of hardened stains on your glass top stove, get a single-edged scraper and work away any build-up or stained edges or crevices. Soak the parts in a bucket containing a mixture of cleaning solution and water and let it sit. Afterwards, scrape these parts slowly and gently and repeat the process until the stains are removed. If you want an all-natural approach to cleaning, get a baking soda and vinegar. Spritz the surface with the vinegar and sprinkle some baking soda powder on the top. Place a damp and warm cloth on the surface and let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes. Afterwards, spray the area with vinegar again and wipe it using another cloth. Repeat this process until all hardened stain marks are gone.

You can also read our easy guide on how to deep clean your glass top stove here.

How to Clean Electric Stove Tops

Similar to the grates on a gas stove top, electric cookers are highly susceptible to accumulating sticky residues when cooking. To clean your electric stove, begin by removing the coil burners. Unplug the burner from the outlet and wipe it with a sponge dipped in warm and soapy water. Rinse the entire thing and set aside in a clean and dry area. While the burners are drying, wipe down the electric stove top using a microfiber cloth or a sponge. Once it has gone dry, you can reattach the coil burners. If you’re dealing with a dirty drip plate, clean it by mixing a warm vinegar solution and baking soda. Sprinkle it over the plate and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Wipe with a wet sponge and rinse thoroughly.

How to Clean Burners

To clean the burners in your stove, begin by turning off the machine and ensuring that the stove is cool. Afterwards, wipe a damp cloth to soak up spills in the burner head and slots. Use a soft brush to reach and remove any crumbs. Wipe the whole surface clean with a damp and clean cloth. While stove burners are generally easy to clean, it’s always recommended to refer to the instruction manual for your cooker’s model.

How to Clean Stove Top Grates

Grease, oil and food particles are the common enemies of a stove grate. Every time you cook, these particles are likely to sneak themselves into every corner and surface of the area. For cooked-in stains, clean the grates by soaking them in warm and soapy water in a pail or the kitchen sink. Use a good anti-grease soap to help break down the stains. Afterwards, scrub the grates gently until all of the stains are eliminated. For non-coated grates, you can use a gentle scouring pad as your stain remove and scraper.

Kitchen Cleaning Done Right and Easy

If you need help cleaning your kitchen and home, contact us here at Homefresh! Our professional team of friendly cleaners are equipped with the skills and latest cleaning tools needed to bring back your living space’s original charm and shine.

Bonus: Grab our downloadable kitchen cleaning checklist template here.

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