Kitchen appliances are truly amazing. Whether it be a microwave, a stove, an oven, a toaster or a dishwasher, these items have been commonplace in the American household since their invention. And they work in largely the same way as they did then, efficiently handling our everyday needs to the point that we might sometimes take them for granted. It is important not to do this, remember that nothing in your kitchen is going to function perfectly all its life. You need to take the time to check your appliances, make sure everything is working, clean them out, to make sure that they are doing the best they can.
With a little maintenance your appliances will be running like a dream for the rest of their lives, all you have to do is keep an eye on them to make sure that your microwave is not getting musty or your fridge isn’t full of bad food. You don’t want your dishwasher jammed or its filter dirty so you have to make sure that you are regularly giving your appliances little check ups. Your stove is possibly the chief offender when it comes to accumulating grime. All that build up can get out of control and can leave you with an ugly and smelly stove if not cleaned properly. Whether your stove or hob is gas or ceramic, chances are it is always going to get a little funky in there.
For a ceramic hob, use scotch brite and a sponge to get into all the folds and seams to clean out any burnt in food remains. Scrub thoroughly and meticulously every week or so and your stove will be looking gorgeous twenty four hours a day seven days a week. A silver scourer can work in place of a sponge and is sometimes better for certain spaces, it is up to you to decide what works best for your ceramic stove and how you want to clean it. kitchen appliances need to be maintained, not religiously, just enough to ensure that they keep working at peak efficiency and hobs are no exception. In fact with the amount of splashing and spattering that goes on around your stove, chances are it is the spot in your kitchen that is in the most need of a little cleaning. This list contains some tips that should help you clean your stove, both ceramic and gas. These are tips that will hopefully help you keep your stove looking brand new without sacrificing any functionality. They are not the simplest things in the world but the stove requires a little effort to make it run perfectly.
- For a ceramic hob, use scotch brite and a sponge to get into all the folds and seams to clean out any burnt in food remains. Scrub thoroughly and meticulously every week or so and your stove will be looking gorgeous twenty four hours a day seven days a week. A silver scourer can work in place of a sponge and is sometimes better for certain spaces, it is up to you to decide what works best for your ceramic stove and how you want to clean it.
- For a gas stove, you can remove the gas burners and place them in soapy water, allow them to soak for a good while until you can take them out and wipe them down with a sponge until to all the grime has come off and they are sparkling again. For those hard to reach areas where the flame comes from, use a straight pin to scrape out an undesirable material and then rinse your surface burners in hot water before allowing them to dry. Once they are dry you are safe to place them back in the stove and let them get back to work.
- You can use a similar process to clean the burner gates on your gas stove. Remove them, fill a bowl with soapy water and get a clean sponge to wipe them down with said soapy water, make sure the sponge is soft. This will clean out any grime that has accumulated on the burner gate overtime. Once you are finished, then run the gate under some hot water, cleaning off all the suds from its washing, you can then leave it out on a paper towel to dry before reattaching it to the
- Invest in a degreaser. Now degreasers do not work the way we see them on the commercials, it is not simply one spray and one wipe to clean all the grubby grime away. But if you know how to use a degreaser it can be an invaluable asset to cleaning your stove. Once you spray the degreaser you need to give it a fair period of time to sit and work before you wipe it off. It has to eat away at the accumulated grease and grime before it takes it off. So it does not work as magically fast as the commercials say but it does work and if you know how to work it then it is going to be very helpful in cleaning your stove. Just let it sit and then after it has had time (read the label to see how much time it needs) wipe it off and it will take the grease with it.
Overall stoves, be they gas or ceramic are some of the more difficult areas in the kitchen to keep clean. You need to take extra steps to ensure that gunk is not building up in the various places on the stove and special cleaning methods are required for that. This may seem annoying or inconvenient but leaving these hobs dirty is a far worse decision. All that negative build up can have some seriously nasty side effects on how your kitchen looks and smells so you want to do everything in your power to ensure that the build up doesn’t become too serious. But with these simple steps, hopefully it has become clear just how basic, maybe not easy, but easy to understand, the cleaning process is. It is important to give your appliances the maintenance they need in order to do their jobs, otherwise you’ll just have a kitchen full of broken appliances clogged with burnt food and badly washed dishes. But if you follow these steps you’ll have a stove that sparkles and will cook to the best of its ability every single time and that is certainly worth the effort of cleaning it wouldn’t you say?