How To Clean Electric Stove Burners

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Many of us use our stove regularly, but when it comes to cleaning it we may have neglected the burners.

This article will provide you with a step-by-step process for how to clean electric stove burners. This means that you don't need to buy a special cleaner for your burners and can save yourself some money.

Let's get right into it.

Steps to follow to clean your electric stove burners:

Step 1: Gather the supplies that you will need. 

To start, you'll need some supplies for your burners. You will need a scrub brush (not too rigid), a bowl of hot water with dish soap or mild detergent (not bleach), and some paper towels. Also, make sure to take off your pot and place it on a paper towel, or you'll have disastrous results.

Step 2: Now wipe down the top of your burners with a damp paper towel. 

This will get rid of any grease or dirt that has accumulated on them. You want to make sure you get into all those little corners along the edge as well where food often gets stuck.

Step 3: Use your scrub brush.

Now, using the scrub brush, take your bowl of soapy water and dip your paper towel in it. Make sure you shake off any extra water first as this will only make it harder to clean.

Now start scrubbing the edges of your burners gently with your wet paper towel. This is the area where caked-on food tends to be most prevalent, and you'll want to use some force here because this is where a lot of stuck-on material comes off.  

You may even need to add more soap if you feel that it isn't coming off easily enough at first. Continue working in areas until they are cleaned completely.

Step 4: Wipe down your entire area

After you've cleaned everything off, using another dry paper towel, wipe down your entire stove top and burners. This will wick away any extra water or soap that is left over to allow for a clean finish. 

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Now place your burner covers back on (if they come off) and enjoy the cleanliness.

Why this works

This process can save you a lot of money when it comes to buying specific stove cleaners because you're getting the same effect without spending more money. Also, by doing it yourself you avoid having to go out of your way to find a store that sells such cleaner, thus saving time as well.

If you follow these steps above you should be able to get most of the gunk off your electric stovetop with ease, and without spending a lot of money on cleaners. Now go forth and clean.

How often should you clean your burner plates?

You can usually clean off residue after using your oven as needed, but it is recommended that you also do this once a week for optimal performance. 

Simply take the time after dinner while you're cooking up some leftovers or having some friends over for tea. It'll only take about 10-15 minutes depending on how dirty they are and will keep your kitchen looking brand new all the time. 

So make sure not to put it off too long because these things like any other appliance need maintenance to keep working properly.

This means that if the cooking surface is not cleaned and maintained properly it will start to wear out after a certain period. 

This is why you should be cleaning your oven burners regularly and keeping up to date with all maintenance on an annual basis so that they don't break down when you need them most. While you’re in the cleaning process, it might also be a good idea to consider whether you should buy cast iron or anodized cookware next time you’re shopping for new cookware. The cleaning process with these materials so it might be worthwhile to do some research into this.

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What are some ways to clean a gas stove oven top and burners without damaging them?

  1. Before you begin cleaning, let your gas stovetop cool down and protect surrounding areas from dripping fluid. You don't want to get anything on the floor burning a hole through it.
  2. You can use vinegar instead of water if you would like because this is more acidic than plain water which will help with lifting off built-up grime.
  3. If at any point while doing this process the flame pops out and starts shooting flames then immediately stop what you're doing because other parts inside the burner should make sure that these things don't happen. To prevent the damage they have safety valves that are designed to shut off the gas if it gets too crazy.
  4. Avoid using steel wool because this will create scratches on the top of your smooth surface which will make you look old and worn out. Stick to a standard sponge or even an old t-shirt that you don't mind getting dirty.
  5. Use detergent or dish soap to avoid scratching your stovetop up and causing further damage when cleaning off built-up grunge from what you have cooked previously. After you are done cleaning with either vinegar or plain water, wipe down everything with a clean towel and then make sure that it dries out.
  6. To remove any smudges or streaks that are leftover, simply take a damp cloth and wipe it down with the same detergent you used earlier. After this is all done then use a dry towel to ensure that your oven's surface is completely free of excess moisture.

What are some things I should never do when cleaning my electric stove burners?

  1. Never use steel wool
  2. Never apply too much pressure while you're scrubbing the stovetop because you could damage it or warp the steel out of shape if it's made out of thinner material.
  3. Never leave any kind of substance on your burner top for a long period of time or else it will start to change the color over time, create discoloration, and/or leave rust marks when water hits it.
  4. Never hose off the top of your stove because it will cause rust on it and other damage that is not so appealing to look at.
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Final thoughts on how to clean electric stove burners

In conclusion, if you follow the above instructions, you will be able to know how to clean electric stove burners. If you learn how to do this correctly you can extend the life of your burner plates and make them look even better than new ones again.

Finally, have a look at our selection of great electric ranges if you’re interested in finding out which ones you should consider for your next purchase.


Kevin Farrugia

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin is a household and appliance enthusiast and loves to follow the latest trends in kitchen and house decoration. He also loves to walk the isles of Home Depot and Lowes to review products and materials in person. Before joining Kitchen Infinity, Kevin owned a handyman company.

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