4 things to remember when cleaning your range - HMS National, Inc.

4 things to remember when cleaning your range

June 19, 2014

Next to a refrigerator and microwave, few appliances are more fundamental to a kitchen than a range. Not only do they provide for a way in which to prepare quality meals, but they can serve as an attractive centerpiece for the room in the house that gets a lot of attention both from visitors and guests. Unless, of course, it's caked with remnants of meals past. 

Keeping your range clean may seem like a losing battle, as virtually every day it's used to prepare meals that may be delicious, but aren't exactly the most tidy of dishes to create, evidenced by grease marks, sauce stains and oil drippings.

The next time you have a messy meal planned, keep these tips in mind to keep your range looking spotless.

1. Clean as you go. This is probably the easiest way to keep your stovetop from looking like a canvas for grease and splatters. The longer a splashed food or liquid stays there, the more likely it is to become hardened, making for difficult removal once it's time to clean up. Instead, keep a sponge or rag handy and wipe splatters as you're working. Just be mindful of burners if they're on.

2. Remove knobs during cleaning. Some of the more irritating stuck-on messes can be found beneath the knobs that turn the burners on. Instead of cleaning around them, remove them completely and toss the knobs in a tub of warm, soapy water so they can soak. This allows for easier removal of stains and cleans the knobs at the same time.

3. Make your own cleaning solution. There's a wide variety of stovetop cleaners you'll find in the grocery aisle, some of which can be pretty pricey. But you can create a cleaner of your own with a tablespoon of salt and another tablespoon of baking soda. Once you mix it together it should form a paste-like consistency. Next, simply dip a damp cloth into it and scrub gently. This should help remove stains.

4. Careful not to scratch. Steel wool and scrub pads make for easier removal of food stains on plates, but you shouldn't use these for your range. The rough texture can easily leave unsightly scratch marks. Instead, for those really hard-to-remove messes, soak the top with cleaning spray or your own cleaning solution and allow it to set for several minutes. This should soften the stains so that they come up more easily.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.