Like everyone, you like to have a stove that is always spotless. Except that here, in the evening after dinner or on Sunday at the beginning of the afternoon, one aspires to something other than carefully polishing one’s hob. And it’s pretty legit! The dirt begins to settle slowly but surely. Before long, your stove is painful to look at and begs for body and shouts to kindly give it some clean! That said, just by looking at it, you get discouraged. But how on earth am I going to get all that caked-on gunk off my hob and make it look clean and healthy again?
Don’t worry, we will share with you all the best tips for dealing with grease residues, burnt food and splashes on hobs. Put on your kitchen gloves and follow us!
Why does my hob get dirty so quickly?
Even if you’re not what one might call a true “cordon bleu”, spending several hours a day in the kitchen, it’s clear that you use your hob a lot. It will inevitably gradually get dirty, even if you take all the necessary precautions to cook as cleanly as possible. Don’t struggle – it’s simply impossible to cook without ruining your gas stove! Even boiling a pot of water for pasta will cause small drops of salted water to splash onto the griddle. Impossible – and dangerous – to dry them immediately. And over time, they will dry out and leave ugly white marks on your stovetop.
Even stove knobs are not spared. You handle them, without even realizing it, with more or less clean hands, since you are cooking: the fat residues then accumulate on them. Not to mention the fateful dust deposits over time. This dirt, in addition to being unsightly, can be dangerous when in contact with a flame: it is advisable to be vigilant, and all in all rather rigorous, when cleaning your hob. So let’s go back to where we started: you will in fact have to end up cleaning your gas stove, which has become very dirty.
Methods for cleaning a very dirty hob
First, take a minute or two, after each use of your griddle, to clean your stove a little. To make your job easier, always keep a cloth and the right product handy. Therefore, it will always be easier to clean small stains in a few seconds every day, rather than having to clean large, encrusted stains once a month!
Without reaching such extremes of dirtiness, and if despite all your good will, you are unable to keep your gas stove clean on a daily basis, we still advise you not to wait more than a week between one cleaning and another .
Cleaning a very dirty gas hob
If you only use your stove very little, or on the contrary much more regularly, you should adapt this rhythm to your lifestyle.
- Remove the stove grates and flame spreaders.
- Take a non-abrasive sponge (to avoid ruining their coating) and wash them carefully. If necessary, rinse and repeat washing. Their visual appearance, but also to the touch, will inform you of their cleanliness.
If your grates and burners are severely clogged, you will need the following products:
- One volume of white vinegar,
- Two volumes of baking soda,
Place the grates and burners in a bowl and sprinkle them with baking soda. Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and then spray the stove elements. A chemical reaction will occur which will dissolve the dirt . Leave to act for a few minutes then rub with a non-abrasive sponge and rinse with clean water. Then dry the grates and burners thoroughly.
Now move on to the burner heads of your gas stove. First, wipe them roughly with a damp, well-wrung cloth to remove most of the residue. Carefully use a paper clip or safety pin to remove any tiny dirt that may be clogging the ignition port.
Finish with the hob of your gas stove. Wipe it with a damp cloth to remove larger stains. Then clean the surface with a sponge and soapy water. In the case of solidified and/or encrusted fats, use the ingredients indicated above. Leave to rest for fifteen minutes and rinse with a non-abrasive sponge. Dry everything again with a clean cloth and replace all the elements.
Clean a glass ceramic hob
The glass ceramic hob is elegant, sober and elegant; it goes without saying that you need to take care of it.
- Remove grease or food residue with a dry cloth.
- Fill a small container with warm, soapy water and lather well. Soak a terry towel (or two dish towels) in this mixture. Squeeze well.
- Now place the towel on the flat surface of your stove. Leave for about a quarter of an hour. The heat provided by the towel will soften stains for a very effective cleaning of your stovetop!
- Retrieve the towel and wipe the plate. Then wipe with another cloth. Then dry the surface well, that’s it, that’s it! Your kitchen is immaculate!
Alternative method for cleaning a glass ceramic hob
To clean it differently, nothing better than white vinegar, an unrivaled stain remover and disinfectant. All you have to do is dip a damp sponge in this product and scrub the ceramic hob. It will shine with a thousand lights.
If your hobs have accumulated stubborn stains, now you know how to clean them and restore their cleanliness and shine.