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Posted on: Jun 23, 2015

Stove Cleaning Tips to Remove Grease and Grime

The stove is an essential part of any kitchen, helping us to cook up and serve a huge range of meals. However, if your stove is put through its paces on a daily basis, you’ll know just how greasy and grimy it can become. From overflowing liquids to burnt food, unpleasant stains have a habit of embedding themselves onto the surface of our stoves. Although the grease and grime can put up a fight when you decide to clean it, it’s an important task to undertake, not just for aesthetic reasons, but also to ensure that your stove is hygienic and okay to use. An unclean stove can become contaminated with bacteria that encourages stains and odors to develop, as well as potentially becoming a risk to your health. In this blog, we’ll offer our advice on some of the best stove cleaning tips to remove stubborn grease and grime.

Stove cleaning 101: remove grates / drip pans and place in hot soapy water

To begin with, fill your sink with very hot soapy water. If you’re using a gas stove, remove the grates and place them in the sink to sit in the water for around five minutes. For electric stoves, remove any drip pans and follow the same procedure. Clear away any loose crumbs or debris from the top of your gas or electric cooktops with a soft cloth while your stove parts are soaking in the water. Once five minutes has elapsed, scrub the grates or pans down to ensure that any tough build-up of grime is removed. A scouring pad can be used on non-coated grates, however if your grates are coated you’ll need to use a sponge, as a pad may cause damage1. If the grime is refusing to budge, let the grates or drip pans sit in the hot water overnight as this will help to loosen it up. Once they’ve soaked long enough so that the grime can be removed, rinse them with clean water and dry them with a soft cloth.

Scrub the stove down to remove any tough grime

You’ll want to equip yourself with a small bucket of hot soapy water, a soft cloth and some rubber gloves. If the knobs or buttons on your stove are easily removable, take them off before scrubbing the hot soapy water across your cooktop. Try not to use an excessive amount of water as this can damage the fuel ports of a gas stove or the control knobs on an electric stove2. For very tough grime, soak a cloth in the hot soapy water and place it over the spillage for a few minutes. Once the water has settled on the stain, take a rubber scraper and use it to scrape the build up until it becomes loose. If the hot water isn’t managing to loosen the embedded grease and grime, you can purchase a purpose-built stove cleaning product that will help you tackle the stains, however in most cases hot soapy water and a cloth will suffice. Always read the instructions before applying to your stove. Simply wipe the cleaner across your cooktop with a soft cloth and scrub away at embedded stains, but take particular care with the fuel ports and igniter on gas stoves. Now that you’ve removed the build-up of grime, use a microfiber cloth to wipe the stove dry.

Keep your stove cleaner for longer with antimicrobial technology

As we mentioned earlier, an unclean stove can become contaminated with a range of microbes that may be a risk to your health. Bacteria that thrives in warm and damp conditions is encouraged to grow and helps stains and odours to appear. However, antimicrobial technology can now be built into stoves at the point of manufacture, helping to inhibit the growth of microbes on the surface of the stove. This antimicrobial protection does not wash off or wear away and lasts the useful lifetime of your product. Any harmful bacteria that comes into contact with your stove is inhibited and your stove is kept fresher for longer between cleanings.

Sources:

1. Martha Stewart - How to Clean a Stove Top

2. Good Housekeeping - Degrease Your Range