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How to Clean Stove Burners and Common Stove Materials

If you cook regularly, your stovetop is likely one of the dirtiest places in your kitchen. Yet there’s something a bit unsettling about preparing food on surfaces that have been dripped on, spilled on, and that are covered in crumbs. So, to help you know how to clean your stove burners and various stove surfaces, we’re looking at the most common stove materials and how to clean them.

Types of Stoves and Stove Materials

There are several types of cooktops that you can choose from when you buy a new stove. One traditional type is a gas cooktop that uses propane or natural gas. Alternatively, you can also choose an electric cooktop, induction cooktop, or smoothtop cooktop that is made of ceramic glass. Meanwhile, coil cooktops are sturdy and may pose cleaning challenges, and downdraft cooktops utilize exhaust fans at the counter level. Common materials that stoves are made of are sheet iron, cast iron, soapstone, limestone, stainless steel, and glass.

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How to Clean Glass Stove Top

Many homeowners wonder to how to clean glass stove top surfaces to get them looking shiny and new again. Start your cleaning project with some white vinegar, baking soda, razor blade, a cleaning cloth, and an old bath towel. Wipe the stove burners down with vinegar and a damp cloth. Then, sprinkle baking soda on the glass stove top with place an old damp bath towel over the surface and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes to loosen up debris. Afterwards, scrub the surface clean with the towel and scrape off remaining debris with a razor blade. Finally, polish the glass surface with a vinegar-soaked cloth then a dry cloth to bring out the shine.

How to Clean Electric Stove Top Burners

If your electric stove has coil burners, you may be wondering exactly how to clean electric stove top components like this. Fortunately, you can clean these with just some basic dish soap, baking soda, water, and a dish rag. When the burners are cool, remove them from the stove top and scrub them with dish soap and water using a rag. Just make sure not to place any part of them burners directly into water. For tough grime, apply a paste of baking soda and water to those spots and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes. Some homeowners also swear by the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and a sprinkling of Bar Keepers Friend to keep their electric coil stove burners looking fresh and clean.

How to Clean Stainless Steel Stove Cooktops

Stainless steel stoves are a staple in many modern kitchens, but you may be uncertain about how to clean stainless steel stove cooktops. Fortunately, these stove burners are typically very easy to clean with just a sponge and some warm, soapy water. For everyday routine cleaning, simply apply a mixture of mild dish soap and warm water to the surface with a sponge and wipe it down in the direction of the grain. To prevent streaks, make sure to dry the cooktop after each cleaning. To keep the shiny luster of a stainless steel cooktop, you can also apply a stainless steel polish to the top. Other ways to clean spills on stainless steel involve mixing equal parts baking soda and water to scrub the surface with a soft-bristle brush and also spraying the surface with a mixture of olive oil and white vinegar. Using common ingredients that you already have around the house, you can get your stove burners clean with just a little time and attention!

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