27 Mar Cleaning tips for gas ranges
The phrase ‘now we’re cooking with gas’ didn’t come about by accident – it’s used to underscore the fact that things have finally gotten underway properly, because for many, a gas stove is simply the best and most effective way to cook! But now that you’ve been cooking on it for a while, it no longer looks like the shiny gas ranges you see in professional kitchens. While a dirty stove with dried-on stains and baked-in residue from pots boiling over on it can certainly give you a measure of street cred as a serious cook, it’s not very visually appealing; yet many people are intimidated by cleaning any stove that doesn’t have a smooth, shiny flat top surface.
The good news is, an ultra-modern gas stove like the gas ranges in the Caloric line is actually easy to take apart and clean thoroughly. When you purchase any restaurant grade product from a Caloric dealer, your retailer will be happy to go over cleaning procedures with you, and there is also a detailed manual, but if you’re still concerned about getting in there, roll up your sleeves and read on for a quick walk-through that will show you how to get your fabulous gas range looking as good as new.
- Don’t make the mistake of trying to get in between all those annoying grates with a soapy sponge, especially if the stove is still hot. Talk about an exercise in futility and frustration (and possibly burns). Nor can you wipe down the grates very effectively without water splashing down and potentially soaking the burners, not to mention making a mess. Just take the grates off altogether and soak them in soapy water. Soaking will NOT rust or otherwise damage your grates; you can soak them for as long as necessary, even overnight, so that the burnt-on food will wipe off easily with a sponge or washcloth.
- Wipe down the burner covers (the round disk where the flames come out the sides of). It’s not advisable to remove and submerge these in water unless you have the time to dry them extremely well before replacing them, but fortunately, any burnt on mess should simply wipe off.
- Lift off the burner covers and examine the little holes where the flames come out. Ensure they are free and unblocked from any debris; if there is anything clogging these holes, it must be stubborn since it hasn’t burned away, so clean carefully with a toothpick.
- Once the burners are cleaned, that leaves the stovetop. First, wipe away any crumbs and visible debris with a damp cloth or cleaning sponge. Then, remove any dried on food with the rough side of the sponge, or with a soft kitchen brush. Be sure not to get too much water in the stove. Of course, once the burners dry out again, they will work, but it’s rather anxiety-inducing and not necessary.
- If there are any greasy streaks left behind, use a stove top cleaner like Bar Keeper’s Friend, or a household cleaner such as rubbing alcohol, which is perfectly safe to use on gas ranges as long as the gas is off. Buff to a shine with a paper towel or a soft, dry cloth.
Now all you have to do is get cooking again…with total confidence that you can handle any spills that may occur, with ease!