Gas cooktop is very popular and convenient. However, one of the biggest headaches when using them are greasy stains or dirty and slippery food. In the long run, they affect the performance of the cooktop. So KITCHENBAR thinks you should learn how to clean gas cooktop to keep your cooktop clean and fresh.
- How Gas Cooktop Works
- How Often to Clean the Gas Burner of Your Stove
- How to Clean Gas Cooktop: Routine Cleaning
- Remove the mesh and the burner cover
- To remove any loose food particles, wipe the stove with a dry cloth
- Clear fuel ports and eliminate any bottlenecks
- Scrub your kitchen counter with dish soap and water
- Rinse the counter with water and dry with a clean towel
- Scrub the net and burner lid with soap and water
- How to Clean Gas Cooktop: Removing Tough Messes
- Tips to Keep Burners on Gas Cooktops Clean Longer
- Final Words
How Gas Cooktop Works
Your gas burner consists of a burner assembly fitted with a small gas inlet valve at the front or top of the stove, connected in turn to the main gas line. Turning the burner control knob opens the inlet valve, allowing gas to flow through the venturi tube – a narrow in the middle tube.
The gas enters the vent through one of the wide ends and its pressure increases as it enters the narrow portion of the tube. As the air returns to the second wide section of the tube, the pressure is reduced, drawing air through a small hole in the bottom of the tube. Before it flows into the burner, the air mixes with the gas.
The burner itself is just an empty metal disc with holes or slots in the outer edge. Many burners are designed with a metal or ceramic cap located on top of the burner, which diffuses and directs the flame emanating from the burner. A pilot lamp (on an older stove) or an electric spark controller is located on one side of the burner and it emits a small flame or spark to ignite the gas-air mixture as it flows through holes on the burner. Adjusting the knob will adjust the volume of the gas-gas mixture, thereby controlling the intensity of the flame.
How Often to Clean the Gas Burner of Your Stove
The system is very simple and crash-free. Problems arise only when airflow is obstructed, usually occurring when food residue spills over pots and pans and clogs the ports around the perimeter of the burner. This food residue can become quite hard and difficult to remove if left unattended.
The general rule of thumb is to clean the gas burner whenever the flame is uneven or yellow. In addition, cleaning the burners once a month is probably sufficient. There are some differences in how manufacturers recommend cleaning the burner on a gas stove, but the following materials will be suitable for most types of cookers.
How to Clean Gas Cooktop: Routine Cleaning
Remove the mesh and the burner cover
Fill the sink with a few drops of detergent and add some warm water. Then, take the blister and the lid on the stove and put in a water bath to soak. This will help soften any trapped food fragments. Use a mild detergent like Dawn or Palmolive. Any soap you use often to wash your hands will help.
To remove any loose food particles, wipe the stove with a dry cloth
Use a paper towel or dry dish towel to wipe away any dry food that remains on the countertop. There is no need to scrub at this stage, the purpose is simply to remove food debris from the area you want to clean.
Clear fuel ports and eliminate any bottlenecks
Check the fuel ports of all burners. Occasionally, scorched food pieces can clog fuel ports, prevent your stove from lighting properly, or create a fire hazard. To clean up any food material, use a small object such as a paperclip to remove any burnt food out of the gate. If there is a lot of food debris blocking the gate, you can use a dry toothbrush to gently brush the debris out of the gate.
Scrub your kitchen counter with dish soap and water
Use a wet sponge and a few drops of dish soap to scrub the countertop. Work in a circular motion to remove stubborn stains, squeeze and re-heat the sponge when it becomes dirty. Do not use too much water when cleaning the countertop, as it can saturate the fuel ports. Regularly wipe your sponge while cleaning. If the fuel ports are too wet, they will temporarily have difficulty igniting. When they dry out, this problem is solved.
Rinse the counter with water and dry with a clean towel
When you have finished cleaning the kitchen with soap, rinse the sponge thoroughly. Then, wipe the countertop again with water to rinse it off. Dry with a clean dishcloth.
Scrub the net and burner lid with soap and water
Use your scouring sponge to clean the mesh and the burner lid has been soaked in the soap solution in the sink. The food chunks on them should be soft and flaky. Rinse them with plain water after you have scrubbed away all food debris, and dry it with a clean dishcloth.
How to Clean Gas Cooktop: Removing Tough Messes
Heat a wet washcloth
If the crumbs on your stove do not come off with soap and water, try using a “masking” towel. Wet the dishcloth, wring it dry and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. If your microwave oven is particularly strong, watch out for hot steam coming out of the towel when you turn it on.
Cover dirt with your warm towel
Cover any sticky areas with a warm, damp washcloth, and let it sit for 15 minutes. You can repeat this step more than once. The warm steam helps loosen the residue on the stove. When the mixture on the stove loosens, rinse it off normally with warm water and soap.
Use a solution of white vinegar and water
If soap and water alone won’t reduce stains on your stove, you can make a mixture of 50% white vinegar and 50% water as your homemade cleaning solution. Use a liquid kitchen cleaner with the roughness of the sponge.
Rinse off the vinegar-water solution
Once done, rinse your sponge and clean the stove with plain water to remove the strong odor of the vinegar. Dry the countertop with a clean kitchen towel. May be helpful when opening windows for ventilation.
Use a commercial oven cleaner
If your stains have been on for months, you may want to try a commercial kitchen cleaner, such as Easy-Off Oven Cleaner or Goo Gone Oven Cleaner. Since most stoves and ovens are made of the same material, a smart solution for your oven should be no problem on the stove. Follow the cleaner’s instructions carefully, ventilating the area if necessary.
Tips to Keep Burners on Gas Cooktops Clean Longer
- Use a detachable counterplate protecting the gas strip to fit the burner to prevent spills and overheating from causing clutter on the base of your burners.
- Keep all components on the counter dry, from the grill to the burner, to avoid the formation of rust. Never use a knife or other sharp object to clean spills on parts of your gas stove.
- Keeping the mesh clean is a long way in keeping the burners from clogging. Some models with gas strips may have a mesh that can be cleaned in a self-cleaning oven, but check your manual to find out.
Hopefully this article by KITCHENBAR will help you learn how to clean gas cooktop properly. Keeping your cooktop clean has a lot of benefits for you, as well as making your cooktop much more durable. So, please clean it often!