Is it a gas or electric coil range? Is your cook top an enamel surface or a ceramic glass smooth top? Can your cook top be raised up allowing you to clean crumbs and debris from below? Take a few moments to read the manufacturer's manual and learn about your cook top.
Wiping your cook top down each time it's used will do wonders for keeping it looking shiny and new. While you may still need an occasional thorough cleaning, grease and dirt won't stand a chance with a frequent wipe down.
Use a plastic scrubber and mild detergent or dish soap and water. Don't use abrasive items that can scratch your enamel. Enamel can stain, so it's important to wipe up spills right away. Be especially careful of acidic spills like vinegar, tomato products, lemon juice, and other citrus products.
Pull off the knobs and clean them and the area around them with dish soap and water. Raise the cook top to wipe up spills that may have accumulated beneath the cook top surface.
Electric coils don't need to be cleaned because of their self-cleaning nature, but gas burners tend to accumulate layers of thick grease and spills that turn into burned on junk. You may need to soak the parts in hot water and dish soap or even scrub with a plastic scrubber. Occasionally only an abrasive cleaner will do the trick. Don't forget to wipe down the drip pans and bowls underneath the coils with a mild abrasive, or soak them to remove stubborn spills.
The great thing about a smooth cook top, is that there are no nooks and crannies for food and spills to accumulate in. Wiping down the top of a smooth cook top is easy to do after each use. Smooth cook tops can be scratched, so it's important to use a spoon rest, and wipe up spills right away. Be careful about placing foil, lids, or dirty pots on the surface because of scratching. For regular cleaning, wiping the cook top down with a mild detergent and water works best. Occasionally you may want a more thorough cleaning. Use a specially formulated smooth cook top cleaner for best results.
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