Posted on January 10, 2017 Topic(s): Cooking
Now that the Christmas decorations have been packed away, the tree has been removed, and your furniture is back in its original place, you may be thinking about doing some post-holiday clean up. Gas ranges are one of the most used appliances during this time, and should be getting a little extra attention now that the busy holiday season is over. If the holidays were a little tough on your beloved appliances, we’ve compiled a list of cleaning tips and tricks to help bring your range back to pre-Christmas condition.
Before pulling apart your gas ranges, make sure the appropriate cleaning materials are within reach. To get that cooktop sparkling, you’ll need:
If your cook ranges require a good scrubbing, you may want to follow these steps:
Step 1: Fill your kitchen sink with hot, soapy water. Remove the grates from your range and place them in the water. It’s a good idea to let them soak while you tackle the rest of the range.
Step 2: Using a dry cloth, remove any loose crumbs from the surface of the stovetop. Removing these particles will reduce the likelihood of scratching the surface during the cleaning process.
Step 3: In a spray bottle, mix together one part vinegar with one part water. Generously spray down the range, back panel, and knobs. If you have some really tenacious stains, allow this mixture to soak in for up to five minutes.
Step 4: Once you feel the mixture has sat long enough, it’s time to wipe it up using a sponge or damp rag. If you come across a few remaining stains, continue on to step 5.
Step 5: Using dish soap and a scrub brush, begin focusing your attention on any stubborn stains. A toothbrush is great for this application. Use a circular motion to maximize on stain removal. Once the stain has broken up, give the area a quick spray with the vinegar solution and wipe it up.
Step 6: When the cooktop surface is clean, remove the burner caps. They should come off easily. Place these in the soapy sink water with the grates. If you notice some greasy build-up on the caps, use the scrub brush and dish soap to work away the residue.
Step 7: Now it’s time to carefully remove the burner heads. These should be easy to remove by pulling straight up gently. Give these pieces a quick wipe down. If you notice any debris stuck on the heads, use a pin or needle to gently clear it out.
Step 8: That’s it. Now you can put it all back together again. Replace the burner heads, then the caps, and finally the grates. Don’t forget to take a step back to admire your sparkly clean gas ranges.
If you’re considering swapping in your gas range for an electric one, check out our previous post first: Kitchen Appliances Debate: Gas Ranges vs. Electric Ranges.
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