In modern homes, electric stoves are far more common than gas options. They’re neat and, most importantly, easy to clean. With one of these, a quick wipe down is all it takes to clear away the worst messes.
The trouble is that electric stoves have two pressing down points in comparison with their gas-counterparts. For one, heat control is near impossible. Once you crank up to the top, you’re never going to get the heat down fast when spills threaten. WIth a gas stove, however, temperature control is as easy as lowering the flame. There’s also the small matter of cost. Electric hobs can add to your already steep electricity bill no end. By comparison, residential propane prices aren’t bad at all. The miniscule amount of gas your stove uses could see you cutting costs drastically with a gas option.
Of course, none of this takes away from the prime reason we reach for electric hobs. Cleaning a gas stove is a nightmare and a half. So much so that many of us don’t even attempt it. If you can’t ignore those gassy benefits, though, we’re going to show you some simple solutions to help you clean with ease.
Soak your grates
The first thing you need to do is soak those stove grates. These hold your pans above the gas flame, and they get pretty grubby in the process. What’s more, a lot of that mess will be greasy, meaning that soaking is your best chance at a deep clean. If you try to take the easy route of just wiping these down, you can bet they’ll still feel pretty sticky afterward. Instead, make sure not to skip this step. Fill your sink for this at the start of the cleaning process, then turn to a washing liquid which cuts through grease to ensure a thorough clean.
Search for stray food
With your grates soaking, it’s time to turn your attention to your grill burners. These are easy to remove in any model, and you should take them off each time you clean. That’s because stray food has a bad habit of hiding underneath. As well as being unclean, this can lead to gas blockages which impact the heat you can expect. Most of the time, though, you’ll find that a quick wipe down is all it takes to keep things clear. If there is food hiding out of reach, unfolding a paperclip should see you able to hook it out again. It’s as simple as that.
All that fiddly stuff taken care of, it’s time to get down to a good old polish. Gas stoves are made of metal, so it’s not unusual to end up with smear marks even once you’ve cleaned. Avoid it by investing in a proper cloth and taking your time to polish in small circular motions. By the time you finish this, your stove will be shining, and your grills will be ready to reapply.
See, that wasn’t so difficult, was it?