Like most people, you may prefer cooking in your home, but really hate cleaning up after the meal. Actually, your cooktop is probably the easiest to get dirty among all the surfaces of your kitchen. Suppose that you neglect to clean electric stove top, the leftover grime, grease, and dirt will build up and harden over time. It might damage coils and surfaces of your stove if you trying to directly chip the dirty off. How exactly do you deal with this issue?
In general, you can simply spray the detergent quickly and scrub your electric stove top with a damp cloth to keep kitchen clean daily. However, wiping down your electric stove top weekly requires a little more work. No worries. In this article, we will show you a detailed guide on how to clean electric stove top deeply so that you can prevent food and oil from hardening on the stove.
Fortunately, the top of the electric stove is easier to clean than gas-fueled counterpart, and you don’t need to worry about clogging up the ignition. Before the cleaning, let’s see the materials you need to get prepared.
- Clean and lint-free cloth
- Liquid dish soap
- Baking soda
- Cooktop scraper (optional)
Although most of electric stove tops are designed to be self-cleaning, some spills, grease and messes do require more thorough cleaning. Just check the 6 steps below to complete the cleaning quickly and deeply.
Step 1. Wipe your electric stove top with a water damped rag or cloth
Soak a clean and lint-free cloth, like an old T-shirt or a dish towel in water and wring out any excess moisture. Gently wipe down all surfaces of your electric stove top, including the sides and tops of coil burners. Note that you may only have a flat stove top without coiled burners, like a glass topped stove. In such situation, you can simply wipe it with window cleaner or other suitable cleaning agents.
TIP : The tobacco left on a reel-burner can make you feel uncomfortable when opening it later. Accordingly, you’d better use lint-free cloths to clean electric stove top.
Step 2. Turn burners into the highest setting
Remove all cookware from the stove and turn the burners into the highest position, then leave them on for two to three minutes. The high heat will burn off most of the mess and dirt left over from the coil burner. This is a self-cleaning measure designed into electric stove, but this feature will only reduce dirtiness in many cases. A thorough cleaning is required for some stubborn deposits or heavy dirtiness. When the stove top is completely cooled, wipe off any remaining residue with a new cloth.
It’s natural if you see smoke rising from the burners. Then turn on a stove top fan or open a window to prevent your smoke detector from going off. When the smoke is no longer rising from your burners, they have done all they could to burn up. Next, turn off the burner.
TIP : Do not touch the burners with your bare hands immediately after turning them off, otherwise it could result in burns.
Step 3. Remove the burners from the stove
Remove the coil burners from the stove by dragging the burners in the opposite direction from the furnace connection and lifting them up. If you have difficulty removing the burners, just refer to the user manual for removal tips.
Don’t worry if you can’t find the manual, as most of appliance manuals are available online. Directly search for the stove’s brand and model number online.
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Step 4. Scrub the burners with a rag soaked with water and soap
Soak a clean and lint-free cloth in warm water and wring out excess moisture. Then apply dish soap to the cloth and gently scrub the burners with it. Be careful not to wet the socket as it runs on electricity.
For particularly dirty burners, you may need to rinse the surfaces while cleaning. Just wipe the dirty burner surfaces down with a separate clean, lint-free, water-stained cloth.
Step 5. Clean up stubborn buildup with baking soda
Simply mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 3 to 4 tablespoons of water to make a thick and spreadable paste. Apply this gentle scouring agent into the stove and leave it for about 20 minutes. Then remove the paste with a damp, clean and lint-free rag. Be sure to avoid getting the socket wet.
Step 6. Clean the areas beneath the burners.
Wipe down the areas beneath the burners with a clean cloth soaked in warm water and dish soap. If you still have baking soda paste, you can also use it instead of dish soap. If necessary, carefully remove stuck-on gunk with a cooktop scraper. Remember to use a plastic scraper to prevent it from scratching your electric stove top.
After that, wipe all surfaces of your electric stove top and coil burners with a dry, clean and lint-free cloth. Then reinsert the burners into their right positions and run them to verify you’ve installed correctly.
All of us should get into the habit of keeping the stove clean. The above 6 steps on how to clean electric stove top can help you make it. Just take action now.