Your stovetop is probably one of the appliances that you use most frequently in your home. As a result, chances are that it probably doesn't take very long for it to gather crumbs, burns and other signs of regular use.
A dirty stovetop doesn't only make your kitchen look messy, it can also increase your risk of causing a kitchen fire. To keep your home safe, make sure you regularly give your stovetop a thorough cleaning. Use these tips to determine the best way to clean your stove based on the kind of appliance you have in your home.
For a coil electric stovetop, a quick scrub isn't going to get you anywhere. According to Good Housekeeping, you're going to have to clean the components separately. Remove knobs and drip pans and soak them in hot soapy water, but leave the burners alone. They should never be submerged in water. In fact, you typically don't need to worry about the burners at all as they should be self-cleaning. Wipe the smooth part of the stovetop with a sponge soaked in soapy water. Rinse the surface and dry it with a soft cloth.
To clean a gas stovetop, Martha Stewart reported that you should start by taking off the grates and any other removable parts. Wash the components with hot water and soap, scrubbing with a sponge. Clear any blockage on the fuel ports with a paper clip. You can remove buildup on the smooth surface of the stovetop with a rubber scraper and then wipe it down with more hot water and soap or your favorite cleaning product. Use a soft cloth to dry.
If you have a glass stovetop, consider yourself lucky. This style is much easier to clean. But one problem you may run into that's unique is black rings on the glass. When this happens, Real Simple magazine recommended first rubbing the stain with a silicone spatula to loosen the debris. Then spread a paste of baking soda and water on the spot and cover it with a warm, damp cloth for 30 seconds. Wipe the stain clean.
A good cleaning will help keep your stovetop in tip-top shape, but it's no replacement for a quality home warranty policy. An HMS Home Warranty covers your stovetop and other appliances from the wear and tear of daily use, ensuring that your home and budget are protected.
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.
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