How to Clean a Black Gas-Top Stove

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Clean spills regularly to prevent clogged burners.
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Many people prefer black appliances because they show less dirt and do not stain as easily. Some gas stoves have removable burner heads, which speed up the cleaning process, so consult the owner's manual to determine if your model has this feature. If an acidic food (such as vinegar or tomatoes) spills on the top of the stove, wipe it immediately with a dry cloth. Acid can cause damage to the stove's finish.

Stove Top Cleaner Basics

Spills are bound to happen, and you will need to clean your stove at some point, no matter what type of stove it is. Gas stoves with removable burner grates should be cleaned frequently, and spills should be cleaned immediately to cut down on tough spills later on.

Clean the stove-top using a cloth and warm, soapy water. You can also clean the stove with baking soda if you prefer. Use a nonabrasive, plastic pad to scrub difficult spots. Soak a stubborn spot by covering it with a damp cloth for 30 minutes.

Next, dampen a cloth with clean water and rinse the top. Allow the stove top to air dry. Then, you will need to polish the stove-top with a dry cloth.

Deep Clean Knobs and Controls

For a more thorough clean you will also want to remove and clean the control knobs of your stove. Pull the control knobs off the stem and wash them with warm, soapy water. Do not soak the knobs or scrub them with an abrasive cleaner. Rinse the knobs and allow them to air dry.

Next, you should wipe the control area with a damp cloth. Once the knobs have completely dried, replace the knobs.

Cleaning the Burner Grates

Remove the burner grates and wash them with hot, soapy water. Use a nonabrasive, plastic pad to scrub away soil. To remove burned-on spills, soak the grates overnight in a covered container with 1/4 cup ammonia.

Rinse the grates and dry them with a cloth before returning them to the stove.

Finally, you will want to clean the stove burners using a nonabrasive, plastic pad and hot, soapy water. Do not wet or snag the igniter. This can be extremely dangerous.

Wash the Burner Parts

Remove the burner caps and heads by carefully lifting them upward, if your model has removable burner heads. Wash the burner parts with warm, soapy water.

Rinse and dry with a cloth. Make sure the burner caps and heads are completely dry before placing them back on the stove.

Use a small needle or tooth pick to clean any clogged holes in the burner. Do not attempt to change the size or shape of the holes.

Important Safety Considerations

To prevent burns, double-check the controls to be sure the gas is off before cleaning the stove-top. Avoid leaning onto the control knobs while you are cleaning the stove, so as not to accidentally move the knobs.

Allow all parts of the stove to cool completely before cleaning them. Do not use abrasive cleaners or oven cleaners on the stove-top, as they may damage the finish.

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Based in Texas, Elizabeth Smith has been writing since 1998. She has written manuals, course materials, technical guides and reports covering topics such as application development and deployment, design patterns, Web services, security, software installation and OS configuration. Smith has also written family health, home and travel articles for Trails, eHow, and AnswerBag.