Clean Gas Burners
By Sarah Aguirre, About.com Guide
Knowing what kind of care is best for your appliance will go a long way in protecting your investment. A manual will help you know which areas are safe to remove for cleaning, making your job a much easier one.
Using a straight pin or an opened paper clip, carefully unclog each small port of the gas burner. If you have an older cook top with a standing pilot light, you'll need to shut off the gas valve before you begin.
Don't try to dig around too deeply in the port holes. We're just trying to unclog them. Never use a toothpick because of the risk of breaking off a piece that will further clog the gas burner.
Remove all the parts of the burner and cook top that can be removed. Soak them using a sink of hot water with dish soap while you clean the rest of the burner surfaces. For tough greasy buildup, use a paste of 1 part water and 1 part baking soda. Gently scrub the removable parts of your gas burner. Rinse thoroughly.
To keep water from entering the gas burner, use a cloth that is damp without being wet.
Shine up any spots that need it on the burners. Following the manufacturer's instructions, relight the pilot light. Wash and dry the remaining parts and replace them.