Gas Stove Maintenance Tips
Want to know how you can keep your gas stove in good condition? Check out our simplified guide comprising some practical tips for maintaining gas stoves at home.
Have you just purchased a gas stove and are clueless about how to keep it clean and efficient in the long term?
Or is your old stove producing weaker flames? Either way, you’ll need to maintain the stove regularly to ensure it performs consistently.
But this can seem tricky to anyone who uses a gas stove sparingly. After all, such a stove is more significant than other home appliances and comprises several parts and attached accessories that need proper maintenance.
That’s why we thought of putting together this guide comprising some simple maintenance tips to help you out. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
When it comes to cleaning a gas stove, dish soap and vinegar are one of the handiest and safest options to go for. You can use it anytime since you always have it at home. While vinegar is a non-toxic and mild acid, dish soap is an alkaline product of medium strength.
And when combined, they can dissolve almost any build-up on the stove components or the cooking grate while ensuring all the parts remain intact. In comparison, harsher chemicals can potentially damage several elements of the gas stove, add toxicity to the details unnecessarily, or even etch the stove.
That’s why you should opt for this technique for all the general stove cleaning tasks. On a side note, make sure you combine the vinegar and soap with hot water and then apply the solution for the cleaning job.
The burner channels of a gas stove direct the natural gas from the valve below each burner to form an even ring of flame under the pans and pots. As such, they ensure that all your meals are cooked evenly, with the gas distributing the flame on the base efficiently.
But these channels often get clogged with regular use, which might prevent the gas from distributing the flame evenly. That’s why maintaining the burner channels is important to ensure your gas stove keeps working efficiently.
In the cleaning procedure, keep in mind that you must only use a straw cleaner or a pipe cleaner for the purpose. These are designed to clean such narrow metal channels smoothly.
Also, be careful not to use kebab sticks, toothpicks, or similar tools to clean burner channels. That’s because these can cause the wood to break off there, creating a host of problems for the stove.
Well, this cleaning routine might sound quite tedious, but it’s another highly dependable method to ensure your stove works perfectly throughout. We’d suggest trying out this procedure for a month to witness its effectiveness yourself. And you’ll surely understand that the effort was worth it.
You’ll first need to wipe the stove down with a cleaning solution after it has cooled down entirely for this method. If there are spills or drips, make sure they are wiped sooner when it’s safe to handle.
Plus, you should scrub the grates and the surface beneath every week to ensure too much grease doesn’t accumulate therein.
The third and most rigorous part of this cleaning process is soaking and scrubbing every piece of the stove. Naturally, you’ll need to do it sparingly, that is, twice a year or once a month if required.
Soaking the lower areas of your stove by pouring water on them can seem beneficial at first thought. But it can cause several problems with the appliance. The water can get into the gas lines, burners and may cause electrical issues. So, make sure you never pour water on the gas cooktop.
We’d also recommend following the same rule for electric stoves, though many people often try this to clean it up faster.
Instead of pouring water, you can try cleaning the stove using a mild scrubbing agent of your choice. You’ll often notice deposits of burnt-on crud on a gas stove, and it may not be easy to scrub it off. In such cases, it’s best to use an abrasive powder so that the deposit can move along, but you must be careful not to etch the enamel on the grate and stove.
In our opinion, the most reliable mild scrubbing agents are the Bar Keeper’s Friend cleaner, salt, and borax. But be careful not to use a cleaner for bathrooms such as Comet.
When the grates are not in use, you can utilise the opportunity to scrub the stove’s surface underneath it. Note that this task can seem challenging as the character gets very dirty down there.
Under the grate, you’ll find a giant drip pan that catches all the drips, grease and spills produced during cooking. It’s essential to clean this pan regularly to prevent grease build-up, which poses the risk of creating a grease fire.
To clean the lower surface of the stove, start by spraying vinegar or a mild foaming cleanser on the entire area. Allow it to sit for some time, and after that, wipe down the whole surface with a rinsed sponge. The crumbs and piles of partially liquified grease can be scooped up quickly.
When the surface seems smoother after you’ve wiped it down, scrub it using a soapy sponge. Ensure you don’t let the sponge leave much of the puddling since you need to minimise water dripping into the stove.
After you’re done, do another round of cleanup with a rinsed and clean sponge and finally let the area dry up.
Most commercial and domestic gas stoves come with a large enamelled cooking grate on top of the stove in place of the individual grates found in electric stoves. That’s because, unlike the latter, the burners of a gas stove need some space between the pan bottom and the flame to ensure efficient cooking.
So, for cleaning one or more gas stove grates, start by soaking it in soapy, hot water for up to 40 minutes. It will help if you flip the cooking grates halfway through since the grates of most stoves are too large to be soaked in the sink at once.
After the grates are soaked, use a sponge for scrubbing and light abrasive power to remove the cooked-on grit deposited over time.
As we’ve reached the end of our guide, we hope you’ll now find it simpler to keep your gas stove in good condition.
Also, remember to keep an eye on the gas lines for any possible gas leaks as these can be highly hazardous and, in some cases, even fatal.
As a precaution, make sure you don’t use any harsh cleaner for wiping down any part of the stove, as it can have corrosive effects on that part. You should also ensure your hands are safe while handling the tools or cleaning agents as they impact the skin.
With that, we’ll sign off for today. Till next time, take care!
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