Electric stoves are now common around the world, especially in places where steady electricity abounds. This also means that several millions of people are trying to clean a dirty stovetop.
As long as you cook regularly or irregularly, you will need to get rid of the grease, dirt, and food residue that comes with cooking, and sometimes these stains are hard to get off.
Let’s help put you through the methods you can use to deep clean your electric stovetop.
How To Clean An Electric Stove Top
Basically, you should first turn off the electricity to the stove, wipe down the surface with the cleanser, and scrape if necessary.
It is important that you take great care in ensuring that your stovetop is well-cleaned and dried before you use it for another cooking session.
So, if you want to clean your stovetop, let’s show you how.
Step One: Turn off the Power
You should turn off the power to your stove before you clean it if you don’t want to accidentally burn yourself or get an electric shock.
If you have to move your stove away from the wall before you disconnect it, make sure that you take care not to damage the floor.
Step Two: Spread the Cleanser all over the Stove
You can use an all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner of your own design, that is, with vinegar or baking soda, on your stovetop.
After disconnecting the appliance, spread the cleanser generously all over the stovetop. Allow the cleaner to sit on the stovetop for about 30 minutes.
If you are using baking soda paste, then you should smear the paste all over the stovetop and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes also.
Step Three: Wipe Down the Stovetop
After allowing the cleanser to sit for about 20-30 minutes, use a damp microfiber cloth—dipped in warm water—to clean the stovetop.
Make sure to get every aspect of your cooktop. Use another cloth to wipe the stovetop dry.
Step Four: Scrape if Necessary
If it is necessary to scrape your stove after this, then you should. Some food residues and stains are so stubborn that the initial use of the cleanser does not serve to remove them.
Use a plastic scraper to scrape them off. Do not use abrasive pads or metals to do this task, as you may damage your cooktop.
You should also make sure to scrape the cooktop gently and not forcefully.
Step Five: Wipe the stove again
Using a paper towel or a microfiber cloth, wipe down the stove again to remove all the grease or dirt after scraping the cooktop.
If you still feel that the cooktop requires some more cleanser application, then you should apply it again and begin the process anew.
Remember, avoid abrasive materials and chemicals, as these could damage your stovetop permanently.
How To Use A Ceramic or Glass Cleaner to Clean an Electric Stove
If your stovetop is made of ceramic or glass, it is best to get a ceramic or glass cleaner to clean such a stove.
In most supermarkets, these cleaners come with other materials that make cleaning very easy for you.
These materials include one or two rough sponges, a specific cleaning solution, and a tool with a straight edge for scraping.
Add some paper towels or washcloths, and you are good to go. How do you go about cleaning your glass or ceramic electric stove top? Follow the steps below:
1. Clean the Stovetop Surface with a Damp Cloth
Before you do this, make sure to disconnect your electric stove from the power source. This is very important so that you can avoid electric shocks and accidents.
After you have done this, wipe off any food, dust, or residue still on the stove. Then, remove anything stuck to the surface with a wet paper towel or washcloth.
2. Scrape the Surface of the Stove Top
Plastic scrapers are the best types of materials for scraping off the surface of your cooktop. You can also buy scrapers that are made for this purpose.
Many of them have metal edges that are angled to ensure that they do a good job without damaging your stove.
Don’t use any homemade scrapers with a knife-sharp edge because they could scratch your stove.
3. Apply and Rinse off the Cleanser
You should spray the cleanser generously on your stovetop. Wait for about 20-30 minutes so that the chemical can break down the grease and grime.
You can spray water on the surface and use washcloths or paper towels to soak up the cleanser. Use another towel to make sure to dry the stove top completely.
You can also use baking soda and vinegar instead of the ceramic cleanser. Follow the following steps to be able to do this:
A. Spray the Cooktop with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Wipe the surface of the cooktop down, and then spray white vinegar on it. Sprinkle baking soda on top.
Cover the vinegar and baking soda with a damp towel and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Most of the vinegar and baking soda will be soaked up by the cloth.
After 15 minutes, wipe off as much as you can of the mixture.
B. Scrape the Surface Off
Use a scraper on the surface to get rid of the stuck-on dirt and grease. However, you should scrape gently so as not to scratch and damage the surface of your cooktop.
Pour vinegar on the surface after this. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth. The cooktop will not only look new but will also have a refreshing smell.
Cleaning your stove burners is the last step to ensuring that you have a clean stove top. However, do not submerge your burner coils in water.
Use a brush dipped in water to wipe the coils off, and then dry them up with a clean rag.
Always make sure that your burner coils and the entire stove is dry before you connect the appliance back to the electric source.