The stove is one of the most frequently used appliances in most homes. We use it to cook breakfast on, dinner, make tea and dozens of other things. One of the responsibilities that comes with owning a stove is knowing how to properly clean it. If you don’t take the time to do so, it will become caked in grease and food particles, eventually causing it to rust and deteriorate.
Before you can safely clean your stove burners, you’ll need to turn the power and gas off to your stove. Once you’ve turned them off, go ahead and unplug the unit from the wall just to be extra safe.
Removing The Burners
While stoves are all made differently, most of them allow you to remove burner coils fairly easily. You shouldn’t need any screwdrivers or special tools to remove them. Just try to gently pull them out piece by piece. Typically, there are a few different pieces on each eye-burner, and you should try to remove all of them.
Cleaning The Pieces
After you’ve removed all the pieces from the burner, you should place them into a large sink or tub and spray them down with a quality oven-cleaner product. Don’t use an all-purpose cleaner, as they don’t have the proper degreaser chemicals in them. Instead, use a spray oven-cleaner that’s made especially for ovens and ranges.
Allow the oven-cleaner to sit on the pieces for about half an hour. So go do some laundry or clean the dishes, then come back and scrub the pieces down with steel wool or a wire brush. Depending on how much oven-cleaner product you used, you may need to add a little bit of warm water to scrub them more smoothly.
Cleaning The Burner
Before you place the pieces back on, you should spray and wipe the burner down with the oven-cleaner. This part is usually much less dirty than the actual pieces, so you shouldn’t have much of a problem cleaning it. Just give it a few good sprays and wipe it down with an old towel. If there’s hard stuff that wont come off, then you can use the steel wool.
Replacing The Pieces
Now everything should look as clean as it did on the day you installed it. Check to make sure the pieces are dry and then place them back on the burner. Plug the oven back in and then you’re good to go! If you have a problem with the stove eyes getting extremely dirty, you can wrap them in aluminum foil to help prevent grease and food particles from sticking on them.