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How to Keep Your Stove Clean

dirty stovetop

Anyone that has cooked on a stove before knows that trying not to make a mess is oftentimes an impossible feat to accomplish. Between sauces splattering, oil popping, and spices being over-shaken, the stovetop will eventually become filled with the ingredients of your dish. For those sick and tired of having a dirty stove, here are some tips on how to keep it clean.

Clean After Spilling
Everyone is eventually going to spill something on their stovetop — it’s almost guaranteed. Luckily, spills are easy to wipe up with a damp sponge or cloth. However, many people will choose to leave their spills untouched until after the food is done cooking. By this time, the spill will have dried due to the excessive heat from the burners. Instead, clean as you go rather than saving everything for the end.

Scrub Hard
For those who decided not to clean up spills until they’ve dried, they’ll oftentimes reach for an abrasive scrubber and cleaner. This will leave your cleaned stovetop with plenty of scratches that you’ll instantly regret. Opt for a simple wet sponge, warm water, dish soap, and a lot of elbow grease for those tough to clean spills. It’s better to have a tired arm and a clean stove than a clean stove covered in scratches.

Burner Priority
The burners on a stovetop should always be your number one priority when cleaning (especially on gas stovetops). Crumbs, grease, spills, and oil can damage and clog your stove’s burners. This can render your stove useless until they are cleaned. However, excessive amounts of grease or spills can damage the burner, requiring a professional to repair it.

Keeping your stove clean is a difficult job, but it’s one that can be done if you know all of the right tips and tricks. When your stovetop starts malfunctioning or stops working altogether, contact Tri-City Heating and Cooling. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.