Your stove is a fundamental part of your kitchen. Without a properly functioning stove and oven, you won’t be able to fry those breakfast eggs and bake those holiday cookies. Because of this, it’s important that you maintain your stove as best as you can. In the long run, proper maintenance will lead to fewer breakdowns and therefore less money spent on stove repairs.
In this blog, we’re going to give you a basic guide on how to take care of your stove. We will discuss the cleaning methods and cleaning products that you should use. We will also outline a simple maintenance schedule that you can follow on a regular basis.
Basic stove maintenance
The cleaning schedules for both traditional gas stoves and modern electric stoves aren’t too different from each other. That being said, gas stoves are a bit trickier to clean than their electrical counterparts. So, if you cook with an open gas flame, expect to spend a little bit more time cleaning. However, with just a few tips, you should be able to clean your gas stove with no issues.
As a general rule, you should wipe down your stove on a daily basis, scrub it on a weekly basis and deep clean it every one or two months.
Additionally, you should look to deep clean your stove after hosting an event in your home. In such events, your stove will likely be used a lot. As such, you should aim to clean it as thoroughly as possible so as to not leave food debris or liquids to dry up and harden on your stovetop.
- Daily wiping
Wiping is a simple enough process. You can just use a cloth or a paper towel to wipe off the oil and food debris around your stove. It’s important that you do this every time you cook. If you leave it for too long, the oil will solidify and the stains will become much harder to clean off.
Also, don’t forget to wipe down your splashback and the exhaust fan covers. Oil tends to splatter in all directions and so it’s important that you keep the surrounding area as clean as possible.
- Weekly scrubbing
Daily wiping, however, isn’t going to be enough on its own. Inevitably, you’re going to miss a few spots here and there. As a result, you’re going to need to do some scrubbing on a weekly basis.
For this, you will need a sponge and a mild cleaning solution. You can also use vinegar mixed with equal amounts of water. Either one of these mixtures should be enough to dissolve the grime and hardened oil on the surface.
For electric stoves, the main part to pay attention to is the area around your burners. This area will likely have a lot of built-up grime and oil. For gas stoves, you should remove the grate so that you can get to the tight corners and crevices of the stovetop.
When cleaning, be careful not to get moisture in the gas lines or electrical components of your stove. If the water finds its way into the inner parts of your stove, it could cause a complete breakdown. At the very least, it might affect the performance of the appliance in the long run.
- Monthly deep cleaning
Every month or so, you should take apart your stove for some deep cleaning. To do this, you need to take off the grate, the burners, and the burner caps of your gas stoves. These parts will likely have a lot of built-up oil and grime from the past month. To properly clean them, you need to soak them in soapy water for around 30-40 minutes. Afterwards, use a sponge or a brush to scrub each of the parts thoroughly.
The burner channels should also be cleaned using a straw brush cleaner. Avoid using sharp objects like toothpicks or screwdrivers to get into the tight spaces of the metal channels. This could damage your gas stove and affect its ability to distribute heat evenly.
Similarly, for the stove top, you will need to soak the surface with baking soda and vinegar and leave it for 30 minutes. Afterwards, use a cloth or a sponge to scrub the surface. When doing this, be careful not to use products that are too abrasive. If you do, the surface will get scratched, which will then allow the contaminants to grip the surface. This goes for both gas and electric stoves.
That was just a basic guide on how to maintain your stove. If you follow these steps regularly, your stove will stay clean and functional all throughout the year. Keep in mind that these methods are used as preventative measures. If your stove is having technical issues, we recommend that you speak to an appliance repair specialist. Common signs that your stove is malfunctioning include unusual noises, and uneven distribution of heat. If you notice these signs, contact a professional as soon as you can.