Though you may love your gas stove’s responsiveness and rapid cooking, cleaning up grease and food stains is another story. Uncertainty about using the right cleaning methods only makes the task seem more unpleasant. These simple steps for how to clean a gas stove include instructions for burners, griddles, and stove tops.
How to Clean a Gas Stove From the Burners to the Griddle
Each element of your gas stove can benefit from specific cleaning methods to preserve their function and ensure cleanliness. These steps address how to clean a gas stove cooktop, griddle, and burners with the right methods for each component.
Clean Gas Stove Burners
Knowing how to clean a gas burner involves cleaning both the burner cap and burner head. The burner cap is typically the dark ceramic disk you see over each burner. The burner head is a round metal piece under the cap. Here’s how to clean both components:
- Turn stove off and allow it to cool completely.
- Remove the burner caps by lifting up
- Lift straight up on the burner heads to avoid damaging the igniter
- Soak burner caps in a basin of warm, soapy water for 20-30 minutes
- Scrub the burner caps with a non-abrasive pad and/or toothbrush to loosen debris
- With a straightened paperclip, gently loosen any debris from the burner head ports
- For stubborn stains, make a paste of baking soda and water and allow the paste to sit on both the heads and caps for 20 minutes. Scrub with the pad or brush and repeat as needed.
If you’re wondering how to clean gas stove grates, check your user manual to determine if they’re dishwasher safe. If they are not, simply wash them in warm soapy water, scrubbing with a non-abrasive pad. Rinse the grates and allow them to dry completely before replacing.
Clean Gas Stove Griddle
Though a gas stove griddle benefits from particular cleaning methods, these fast techniques are simple, using supplies many of us have on hand. Here’s how to clean a gas stove griddle the right way:
- Turn your griddle on medium heat, allowing it to reach about 300°F
- Pour 1 cup of tap water on the griddle, starting at the top to allow the water to flow down towards the drip tray.
- Allow the water to bubble on the griddle for 3-4 seconds
- Place a non-abrasive pad on the griddle and, with a pad holder, drag the pad toward the drip dray while applying pressure. Repeat, moving the pad vertically up and down until all the residue is in the drip tray.
- Wipe down the griddle with a wet dishtowel
- Turn the griddle off, allowing it to cool for 10-15 minutes
- Once the griddle is cool, wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove streaks
- Remove the drip tray, disposing of residue down the sink and washing with warm soapy water.
- Replace the clean drip tray
Clean Black Gas Stove Top
How to clean a gas stove properly includes the stove top, which often bears the brunt of food stains and spills. Here’s how to clean black gas stove top stains quickly and easily:
- Once the cooktop has cooled, wipe away large food particles with a paper towel or dishcloth
- Dip a non-abrasive pad in a bowl of warm, soapy water and scrub the cooktop. Dip the sponge as many times as needed to reach every corner and around the burners
- Spray the cooktop down with clean water and wipe it dry with a clean cloth or paper towel
- Use a toothbrush to gently scrub away any debris under the burner head
Knowing how to clean a gas stove with the right methods for each component can maintain function and extend the life of your stove. If you ever find your stove not working the way you prefer, call Dependable Repair Services to schedule a service assessment.