How to Clean an Electric Stove Top

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The first two things a visitor notices when she comes into your kitchen is dishes in your sink or a grungy stove top. We all know what to do with the sink full of dirty dishes, but not everyone knows how to clean the top of an electric stove properly.
These step-by-step instructions will help you have a shiny clean stove top that will pass anyone's inspection.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-abrasive degreaser cleaner Sponge Windex spray cleanser Paper towels Steel wool pad
  • Remove all of the knobs and clean them with a strong solution of the degreaser cleaner and a sponge. Using hot water will aid in removing any grease.

  • Remove the burners and the burner pans. Put the burner pans in a pail that has a strong solution of degreaser cleaner and hot water, and let soak while you clean the rest of the stove top.

  • Spray the stove top with the degreaser and hot water solution, and let stand 5 minutes. While waiting, scrub the burner pans using the steel wool to remove all of the cooked-on food particles. Rinse with hot water and towel dry.

  • Clean the stove top by wiping with the sponge; the cleaner you sprayed on 5 minutes ago should have loosened up any dried-on food. On most stoves, you can lift up the stove top so that you can clean the outside edges and the surface underneath the stove top.

  • Wipe the stove top and the stove surface behind the knobs with glass cleaner and paper towels. This gives a spotless, streakless shine to the surface.

  • Line each of the burner pans with aluminum foil. This makes future spills and boilovers easy to clean up after--just remove and replace the foil as needed.
    Put the burner pans and burners back in place. Put the knobs back on, and you're done.

Tips & Warnings

  • Giving your stove a once-over every night after meal preparation makes a deep cleaning only necessary once in awhile.
  • Be sure that the burners are totally cool before removing them .

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