How To Clean Your Gas Hob – Make Burners And Grates Shine Again

What type of hob have you got? An induction hob, a ceramic hob, a gas or a glass hob? Hob and oven cleaning are a giant chore for most of us when it comes to kitchen cleaning!  Hob and oven are the kitchen’s two areas that look and smell awful when they get dirty.

a close up of blue fire from a clean gas hob

If you want to keep your hob sparkling clean, then stop cooking. OK! That’s a joke! It’s impossible not to cook, especially if you have a family. You can wipe the hob to prevent food spills and splatters from burnt-on and building up every time you finish cooking. But that’s not enough. Keep on reading and find cleaning tips and step-by-step instructions about how to clean gas hob and make the burners and grates shine again. 

How does a gas hob work

A gas stovetop consists of burners attached to a gas intake valve attached to the main gas line. Plus, knobs allow gas flow through a tube (the venturi tube).  The gas enters the venturi tube through one end and continues up to the tube’s narrow section with increasing pressure. When the gas passes through the second section of the tube, its pressure decreases, drawing in air through a small hole in the tube’s bottom. Then, the air and the gas mix up, and that gas-air mixture flows into the burner. 

Usually, burners consist of metal or ceramic caps. These caps are placed over burner heads and lead to the flames of the burner heads.  A pilot light (mostly found on old stoves) or an electric spark pilot starts the gas mixture’s ignition that flows through the burner’s holes. Through the knobs, someone can control the amount of the gas mixture that will come out and the flame’s intensity.

How to prepare your hob for cleaning

Before you start cleaning your hob, you need to remove all the removable parts first. Remove the burner heads, graters and caps and wash them separately. Usually, there’s a removable ceramic cap over the burner. Just lift it off. That’s all!

close up of a dirty top of has hob and cleaning products

Of course, before cleaning, the first to do is to read the manufacturer’s instructions. You’ll find out which parts you can safely clean and how to remove them, plus some recommended cleaners to use or avoid. Then, switch off the hob and wait until it has cooled down before touching and removing parts. 

How to clean a gas hob

And now, the time has come to start cleaning your gas cooktop. Be prepared! It’s the part that needs the most elbow grease. Once you’ve removed everything, gather your materials and tools. You can use a commercial hob cleaner or your dishwashing detergent to clean the gas stovetop. Let’s see both ways:

Hob cleaning product

There are available in the market or online hob cleaners designed to remove grease and gunk and recommended by appliance manufacturers. Check your manual and find out which products your hob’s manufacturer suggests. 

Needed materials:

  • A damp cloth
  • A hob cleaning product
  • A clean, soft cloth

Steps to follow:

  1. Use a wet and well-wrung cloth to remove crumbs and food dirt from the cooktop surface, paying extra attention to gas burners. 
  2. Apply the cleaner and let it sit for a few minutes. Read the instructions labelled on the package for the exact time the product needs to stay to work. 
  3.  Using a soft cloth, wipe the surface of all the food and cleaner residue.

Extra tip: Fill a spray bottle with half part white vinegar and half water and spray your stainless steel hob. Let the vinegar stay for a while, and then wipe the grime and grease away with a sponge. 

Dishwashing liquid detergent

There is also a more “natural way” to clean your hob without using chemical products.

cleaning a gas hob

Needed materials:

  • A pair of gloves 
  • A big bowl/ bucket
  • A washing up liquid
  • Hot water
  • Some paper towels/ cleaning cloths
  • A gentle scrubber
  • A cloth
  • An old toothbrush
  • A glass cleaner

Then, follow the following steps:

  1. Once you’ve removed the burners heads, graters and caps, use a few paper towels/ a cleaning cloth to remove any food residue from the stovetop.
  2. Then, fill the bowl/bucket with hot water and a generous amount of dish detergent.
  3. Put on your rubber gloves, grab your scrubber and soak it in the soapy mixture. Clean the cooktop surface with a wet scraper. If you don’t have one, you can use a scourer instead.
  4. After you’ve cleaned the hob, wipe it with a slightly wet cloth to remove the soap residue. Make sure you clean the cloth between each wipe.
  5. Use a small brush to clear away any blockages around the burners’ ignition.
  6. Use the glass cleaner to clean the dirt of the control panel. 
  7. Buff the hob with a clean, soft cloth.

How to clean an electric plate stove

An electric plate hob has four elements to place your pots and pans and heat them. If you don’t keep your electric hob clean, crumbs, food spills and debris will burn into the grooves leading to germs growth. Plus, if dirt builds up into the nook and crannies, it’ll be much harder to clean afterwards. Thus, regular cleaning is the best prevention. Let’s see how you can clean your electric plate stove.

Female hand turns on electric hob closeup

Needed materials:

  • A hob cleanser
  • A large cloth (big enough to cover the entire hob)
  • An old toothbrush 
  • Damp cloths

Steps to follow:

  1. Apply the cleaner on the stovetop and let it stay for a few minutes according to the given instructions you can find on the package. 
  2. Cover the hob with the cloth you have first soaked in hot water. Leave it for three minutes and let the hot cloth soften the burnt-on stains and grease.
  3. Remove the cloth and wipe the gunk. Keep wiping until the cloth remains clean. 
  4. Then, clean the grooves of the heating elements by scrubbing the hob product with a small soft brush.
  5. Finally, wipe the electric plates from any cleaning solution using a slightly wet cloth.

Important: Before using the electric plate stove, ensure that it’s completely dry.

Extra tip: If you switch the hob on after cleaning it and notice smoke coming out of the heating elements, then turn it off again, wait to cool down and wipe it again with a moistened cloth. 

How to clean electric stove burners

Electric burners, also called coils or rings, are spiral steel tubing with a heating element attached to the mains electricity. Here’s how to clean that burner type from burnt-on grime and food debris.

Needed materials:

  • Baking soda
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Warm water
  • Cleaning cloths
  • A sponge

Steps to follow:

  1. Turn the burners on for a couple of minutes to burn any residue and wait to cool down.
  2. When they cool, wipe away with a moistened cloth all the debris and mix in a bowl warm water with a generous amount of dishwashing detergent. Wipe the burners with a cloth soaked in the soapy solution.
  3. Then make a paste of two parts of baking soda and part water and apply it to the burners. 
  4. Let them stay for 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes, scrub the burners with a sponge to remove all the grease. 
  6. Next, rinse the bicarbonate soda paste residue with new soapy water.
  7. Rinse with a slightly wet cloth and buff with a microfibre cloth to get a shine finish

How to clean gas stove burners and caps

We’ve already mentioned that the first thing someone to do when cleaning the gas stove burners is to remove the burners and caps. These parts you are going to wash separately from the rest appliance. For that purpose, we’ve found a cleaning method you don’t have to use any special cleaner, but a more natural cleaner. Let’s start!

removing the gas burner heads and caps

Needed materials:

  • Baking soda
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • A non-abrasive scrub pad
  • Water
  • Paper clip
  • A clean cloth

Steps to follow:

  1. In your sink, mix lukewarm water and a few drops of the dishwashing liquid and soak the burner caps and heads to soften burnt-on debris. Let them stay in the warm soapy water for about 20-30 minutes.
  2. After the time has passed, scrub the heads and caps with a scrub pad or a small brush to remove the hardened debris from all surfaces. Pay attention to the port openings for any stains. If you can’t eliminate any debris, you can use a paperclip to unclog the holes. 
  3.  For stubborn stains, create a paste using a part of baking soda and part water. Apply the paste to the burner caps and heads and scrub with the toothbrush
  4. Rinse the parts under running water and shake them to remove the excess water. 
  5. Finally, dry them with a clean cloth and then let them air dry before placing them back.

Important: When you put the burners back in place, make sure to line up the head with the electrode.

Note: Avoid using oven cleaners or bleach to clean gas burners and caps. Also, don’t use toothpicks to unclog the portholes, as they might break and clog the ports.  

Extra tip: Apply the exact cleaning method to make grates shine like new.

How often should you clean your gas hob?

How often you clean your hob depends on how often you use it. If you don’t use it often, you can clean it every time there are food and oil spills over the sides of pots and pans. These residues can clog the ports on the burners. Generally speaking, it’s best to schedule cleaning the hob once a month. However, if you notice irregular, yellow-coloured flames exhibiting from the gas burners, then it’s time to gather the cleaning supplies and give them a thorough cleaning.

cooking on a clean gas hob

Remove the dirt and grease from your gas, electric or ceramic hob regularly with these simple cleaning tips and keep it sparkling like new. Make sure to clean the hob immediately after each use. It might seem impossible, but it’s probably the best way to maintain it clean and delay the following cleaning process.

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