Cleaning an Oven Top

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Glass-Top Oven

  • Glass-top stove/oven combinations are the easiest to clean because you don't have to remove any burner coils. Any kind of glass cleanser sold in your local grocery store is good enough for surface cleaning. Just spray, let sit and wipe away with paper towels. The real problem comes when grease is allowed to dry and harden. The best way to remove any kind of material that has hardened is with a retractable razor blade. Gently slide the edge of the razor blade beneath the gunk and scrape away.

Electric Coils

  • Remove the electric coils to clean the grease and food runoff that collects beneath them. Again, any kind of commercial cleaner can be used to get at stubborn stains, but in most cases just plain hot soapy water will do the trick. The hotter you can stand the water, the better as this will melt down the grease to facilitate cleaning. As for gunky buildup on the actual heating coils themselves, the best way to clean this off is to turn the burners on high heat and allow the overflow to burn off.

Gas

  • Make sure the gas is turned off before cleaning a gas powered oven and then remove the burner plates. Although you can clean with hot soapy water, for hard to clean stains you will probably want to use a commercial cleaner. Clean and rinse the oven top with warm water. Place the burner plates into the sink and give them a thorough cleaning with water and soap, making sure they are rinsed and dried completely before the next use. If a gas jet has gotten clogged with grease, unbend a paper clip and insert it into the jet to unclog it.

Tips

  • Never clean an oven top immediately after use; instead, allow it to cool down, especially the heating elements, before cleaning. Wear rubber gloves when using any harsh commercial cleanser to avoid skin contact with toxic chemicals. Be careful when using a retractable blade to avoid scratching or damaging the surface. Resist the temptation to use steel wool pads like Brillo on stubborn stains because you will very likely permanently damage the surface of the oven top.

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