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Appliances Maintenance Learning Center

Cooking Maintenance

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Most homes revolve around meals and bringing families together. Ranges, stoves, and ovens are a few of the modern appliances we have today that help us daily and can be quite inconvenient and costly if they happen to break down.

First things first, make sure that the installation of your range, cooktop, or oven has been professionally done if you are not sure how to complete the task yourself. It can be life threatening if the job was not properly done. However, it is quite simple if you have the basic knowledge, tools, owner’s manual, and equipment.

Interior and exterior cleaning is important whether you have a gas range or an electric range.

Keeping the exterior clean is simple if you have the right cleaners to do so. Using a light kitchen cleaner or soap and warm water with a non-abrasive sponge or rag can ensure that your control panel/knob indicators do not wear off. The window and door of your range might be a bit tougher to clean because of possible spills. Be sure to clean the surface with whatever level of degreaser necessary while the oven is COOL. Cleaning the oven while hot can set in hard to remove stains.

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Gas ranges/cooktops come in different materials like all metal or porcelain coated steel. Stainless steel tops can be cleaned a with heavy duty cleaner and non-abrasive pad. Porcelain tops cannot withstand as much chemicals as a stainless steel top so it is vital to clean the surface with a lighter degreaser and a soft sponge or rag. The grates are a pain to clean and can be replaced, but be sure to try a grate cleaner before spending money to purchase a new set. Be careful not to use a large amount of water when cleaning the surface as it may get into the knobs causing the burners to short.

Electric ranges/cooktops and induction cooktops, are much easier to clean than gas models due to the smooth designed surfaces. If a spill occurs over the top, use a scraper to get rid of the large left over food particles, use a cooktop cleaner, and a soft pad to remove the remaining grease and grime. It is advised to use a cooktop protectant to further maximize the use of the product.

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The interior of your range or oven should be cleaned at least 4 or 5 times per year, give or take on how frequently you use your range. Any spills should be cleaned immediately to avoid the oven from catching on fire in future uses. It is advised not to use soap or other cleaners in either a manual or self-cleaning oven. If your oven is self-cleaning, do not use any other method of cleaning unless you have a cleaner made specifically for self-cleaning models. Manual cleaning ovens should be completely cool before you begin to do anything. Simply remove the racks and soak them, then proceed to spray the interior with oven cleaner. After the time is up, wipe the interior clean, rinse the racks and place them back in their initial spots. The same tips and process can be applied to single and double wall ovens.

Luckily, these tips can not only avoid unnecessary costs, but make it safer to use.