…And then there were dirty cooktops.
Your kitchen appliances work their hardest over the holidays, so a deep clean is necessary to keep them working well. Cooking several dishes at once means there’s probably food in places you never thought possible. A thorough cooktop cleaning will help prolong its lifespan.
For all ranges with removable parts, fill your sink with hot water and a small amount of dish. Soak all removable parts, except electric burners, while cleaning the surface.
In this article we’ll go over how to clean:
- Lift up the coiled burner element and unplug it.
- Remove the drip pans from the stove and soak.
- Take a damp, soapy sponge or and wipe down the surface with warm water—be careful not to wet the wiring inside and underneath of the cooktop.
- Scrape off crusted food with a dull blade like a putty knife (sharp items will damage the surface.) Do not use steel wool or similar products as these will damage the surface over time
- Clean drip pans with warm water, sponge and baking soda. Some people cover drip pans in tinfoil and replace after each use.
- Replace drip pans and plug in burners after they’ve dried.
- Soak grates and burner caps.
- Wipe down the surface with warm water and soap or baking soda.
- Scrape off crusted food with a dull blade like putty knife—do not use steel wool or similar products as these will damage the surface over time!
- After soaking burner grates and caps, clean them with warm water and soap, then rinse. Replace after they’ve dried.
Ceramic cooktops are trickier to clean because their surfaces cook spilled food instantly.
- Make sure the cooktop has cooled down all the way before cleaning.
- Take a damp sponge with warm water and soap and wipe down the surface
- Soak crusted food and other stains rather than scraping. This will prevent scratches.
- Optional: Use a ceramic cooktop cleaner like Ceramabryte cleaner. This will restore the cooktop’s shine and make it look like the day you bought it!