How To Clean Your Range

A quality range is an investment for your kitchen that you want to take care of. Knowing how to clean your range is one way to ensure that it continues to work right and look like you just bought it.

How to Clean Your Range Inside & Out

Keeping your range oven clean and spotless isn’t just for looks. You can even prevent future stove repair problems like your gas range not lighting or your oven baking unevenly.

How to Clean Smooth Electric Cooktops

It’s important to know how to clean a glass top stove without scratching it. Make sure to use a cooktop cleaner and a scratch-free pad to clean the surface and apply a cooktop protectant when done.

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How to Clean Gas Range Tops

Spills from regular use can eventually clog the fuel ports in sealed burners. This can lead to your range burners not lighting. Remove and clean the burner caps with warm, soapy water. While they dry, clean the fuel ports located in the burner head. Use a paper clip to remove grease and other debris from the ports. Then, remove any remaining residue on the burner head and wipe dry. Once the burner caps are completely dry, place them back into position.

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Clean the Range Knobs

How to clean your range should always include cleaning the knobs as well. You can clean stove knobs with a rag using soap and water. Don’t use an abrasive pad as this could wear the numbers off the knobs. If this occurs you may have to have a technician replace the entire control panel. Be sure that you do not get too much water when cleaning as water can get into the appliance and cause a dangerous short.

Clean the Oven Door

Always clean the door when the appliance is completely cool. A heavy degreaser can be used on the outside of the door for hard to clean spills. Don’t use detergents or soaps on the inside of the appliance.

Clean Inside the Stove

You should clean the interior of your oven three to four times a year. If your oven is a self-cleaning model than carefully follow the manufacturer instructions. If you have to manually clean the appliance make sure it is cool, apply the oven cleaner, and wipe clean. Be sure to wipe up spills when they occur with a wet rag so they don’t become baked in, smoke, or possibly catch fire the next time you use the appliance.

Wash the Wire Racks

When the appliance is cooled remove the racks. Allow them to soak in your kitchen sink for 10 minutes and clean with a normal dish sponge. If you have a self-cleaning range do NOT leave them in while it is cleaning. This can cause the racks to warp and need to be replaced.

If you know how to clean your range the correct way it will stay pretty and safe. If you do need a range repair, contact Dave Smith Appliance Services today for a qualified technician.