Of all the surfaces in your kitchen, your cook top probably suffers the most spills, splashes, and stains. Keep it looking pristine by spot-cleaning minor mishaps at mealtime and dedicating time each week to perform a more thorough scrubbing. A daily wipe-down only requires a quick swipe with a damp cloth and will prevent food and oils from hardening onto your stove top. However, scrubbing your stove top weekly requires a little more work. Whether you have a glass cook top, a gas stove, or electric coil burners, we'll show you the best way to rid your cooking surface of any leftover residue.
Electric cook tops have become a popular choice over the years. They're smooth, flat, and almost undetectable on a kitchen counter. Their safety features have improved, too. The latest electric cook tops use induction cooking technology that can boil your water while keeping the cooking surface cool to the touch.
A big selling point for glass cook tops is that they're easy to clean. With a flat surface, wiping with a cloth after every meal is barely considered a chore. However, grease splatters and bubbling sauce can build up over a few days of cooking.
To clean tough stains on a glass cook top, use a single-edged scraper. The scraper lets you target stubborn buildup and hard-to-clean edges and crevices. Soak the problem area in a cleaner approved for glass cook tops and let it sit. Then, scrape slowly, firmly, and carefully, holding the blade at a low 30- to 40-degree angle. Don't press too hard and avoid holding the scraper at a high angle so you don't accidentally crack the glass. Then, wipe the glass cook top clean with a clean cloth.
Gas cook tops continue to be one of the most popular stove options. They use a real flame that provides responsive, even heating. Modern gas cook tops offer a range of burner sizes and shapes, so you can always find the right surface for the job. Since your cookware sits atop grates, you can use stoneware or cast iron skillets, which would otherwise scratch a glass cook top.
Grates make cleaning a gas cook top more difficult. Grease, oil, and food particles splatter onto the grates and stay there until the buildup becomes noticeable. By then, the sticky residue is stubborn. If the manual for your gas cook top says it's okay, you can run the grates in your dishwasher on a regular basis. For cooked-on stains, soak the grates in warm, soapy water in the sink. Scrub the grates gently. If they aren't coated, you can use a gentle scouring pad. For coated grates, use a sponge.
Electric coil cook tops look like a gas stove but cook with electricity. The electric-powered coil burners provide even heating that can be adjusted according to the heat knobs. No flame means a safer way to cook, which might be ideal for families with young kids or curious pets.
Like the grates on a gas cook top, electric coil burners are prone to sticky residue from cooking. To clean them well, you must remove the electric coil burners first. Gently unplug the burner and wipe it with a sponge soaked in warm, soapy water. As you clean, be careful not to get the electrical connection wet. Rinse and set aside to dry thoroughly. While the burners are drying, wipe down the rest of your electric cook top, getting into every nook and cranny with a damp cloth or sponge. Once dry, reattach the coil burners.