Are you sick and tired spending half of your precious free time scrubbing the burnt offerings of your gas cooktop? If you sense you are becoming much like Lynette, the ‘desperate housewife’ (my favorite one, though I constantly felt sorry for her), it is time to bring some new tricks in your old kitchen.
Keeping your gas cooktop clean is important because not only it will look better, but it will perform better too. When grease builds up it clogs the holes of the burner which results in a weaker flame and an uneven flame distribution. Therefore, the longer you delay your gas cooktop cleaning, the more grease it will build up and the harder it will be for you to clean it afterwards.
So, stop putting it off, follow our tips for easy gas cooktop cleaning and save yourself unnecessary headaches:
Cleaning Tips For Your Gas Cooktop
- Firstly and most importantly, turn off all your gas burners and leave the stove to cool down completely before you start cleaning it to avoid unwanted burns;
- To thoroughly clean a gas cooktop, take off the grates, burners, and other parts which are removable;
- Fill a large bucket or your sink with warm, soapy water and leave the grates and burners to soak for about 30 minutes;
- Food particles and grease can clog the small holes in the burners, so the best way to unclog them is to use a tiny wire or a hair pin;
- Thoroughly rinse the surface burners in hot water to wash any remaining soap;
- After you have cleaned the parts, place them upside-down on a clean, soft towel and leave them to dry completely. To quickly dry the burners, you can put them in a warm oven and leave them inside for 15 minutes;
- While cleaning your gas cooktop, do not forget the control knobs because they also need to be cleaned every now and then. If the knobs are removable, you can wash them in a warm, soapy water and scrub them gently if necessary. If they are not removable, just wipe them with a damp cloth and polish with a soft, clean and dry cloth.
Consider these steps and you will get a clean gas cooktop in just a few minutes with a minimum effort. However, to avoid your gas cooktop becoming iced in grease and food particles, it is smart to mop up spills after you are done cooking. That way you will have a clean cooktop at all times.