Cleaning a dirty stove top can be an especially tough, gross job, especially if grease and food splatters have been building up for a while. Stove top cleaning hacks can make it easier to cut through that cooking grime to make your stove shine again.
Keep reading for five tips on how to clean a stove top.
1. Remove Grates and Burners
Glass-top stoves are easier to clean since they have one smooth, consistent surface with no grates. If you have a gas stove or an electric stove with coil burners and drip pans, it’s easiest to remove them and clean them separately.
For really dirty grates or drip pans, pop them in a plastic bag with just a small amount of ammonia, close the bag, and let them sit overnight. Open the bag carefully since the ammonia fumes can be overwhelming and dangerous, causing burns to skin and irritation and coughing if inhaled. Scrub and rinse them well.
2. Clean With Gentle, Effective Products
Mild dish soap, baking soda, and vinegar are three safe, effective options to degrease your stove top without scratching it. Start with warm, soapy water to get rid of as much gunk as possible. Use a soft sponge to wash away the debris.
Sprinkle baking soda over the stove top for a gentle scrubbing effect. Spritz hot water on the baking soda. Let the baking soda soak for about 30 minutes before you scrub the surface with a sponge.
An alternative is to soak paper towels or cleaning clothes in white vinegar and place them over the stove top. Give the vinegar a few hours to loosen the gunk on the stove. Wipe it clean after it sits.
3. Avoid Abrasive Cleaners and Tools
Skip any scouring powders and other abrasive cleaners, especially on glass-top stoves. You also want to choose soft, gentle cleaning tools instead of scouring scrubbers or wire-bristle brushes. These harsh cleaners and tools will scratch the surface and leave it looking dull.
4. Use a Razor Scraper
If you have burnt-on food or other stubborn deposits on a glass-top stove, grab a razor scraper to remove it. Hold the razor blade edge at an angle and push it along the surface. Never use the corner of the razor blade as it can gouge the glass.
5. Handle the Finishing Touches
Once you remove the grease and food remnants, go over the stove top again with a clean, damp cloth to remove all cleaner. You can also use some rubbing alcohol to clean the surface without streaks. Don’t forget to clean the knobs and other components of the stove so everything gleams.
Follow Our Stove Top Cleaning Hacks
Using these stove top cleaning hacks, you can get your greasy stove under control. Start with the least harsh options and work up to more powerful cleaning solutions if needed.
If you don’t want to mess with the cleaning and scrubbing, contact us to schedule a cleaning service. We can tackle that greasy stove and other messes in your home.