All cooking surfaces face a never-ending buildup of spilled food, grease and even just dust. While a lot of appliances can be cleaned with the old favourite soap and water, gas hobs are slightly different.
If the idea of getting your hands dirty really doesn’t appeal, or you feel your hob is beyond ever looking like new again, we have reviewed the best hobs for every need. Maybe you’ve just followed our tips and decided you won’t be doing that again anytime soon. Whether you want to stick with gas or make the switch to electric, there is a product for everyone.
Too much water can oversaturate the burners, meaning they won’t work as effectively and it could be difficult to light them entirely. And it isn’t a simple flat surface that can be wiped either, with lots of parts having to be removed first.
Gas Hob Cleaning Tips
Take note that every hob is different. Read your manufacturer’s handbook before you use any cleaning products, in case any aren’t appropriate and could damage the parts.
The most important thing to remember is that your hob should always be completely cool before you attempt to clean any part. You don’t want to risk any burns. Also, wear rubber gloves if you don’t want to risk your hands getting dirty.
Here is the best way to clean your gas hob and get it looking like new again:
Gas Hob Rings
The rings of your gas hob should simply lift off, no matter the style of your particular model. There may be a bit more work involved, so make sure you check the manufacturer’s guidelines first.
Once removed, simply soak them in warm soapy water for around an hour and then use a cloth to wipe any dirt away. If some remains, use a dish brush or wire scouring pad (depending on the materials) to make it budge. A clean toothbrush works well for any slight corners that are hard to reach.
If you can remove the separate burner plates/lids, you can soak and brush these too. Make sure they fully dry before you pop them back in place.
The burner may need unclogging if it doesn’t work properly. A straight pin or straightened paper clip should do the trick.
Gas Hob Cooktop
Rather than using soap and water, try to look for a dedicated product in a spray bottle. There are two main reasons why this is a better idea. Firstly, it is stronger and more powerful against grease and burnt on dirt, meaning it will be quicker to eradicate. Secondly, because it is so powerful, very little is needed. You can spray the desired amount directly on to the targeted area and wipe, so there is a low risk of over-saturating the burner as would be the case with pouring cleaner.
Leave the cleaner on for a few minutes so it can work better and make it easier to wipe away. When the time comes, wipe with a damp cloth and remove as much of the residue as possible.
TIP: Don’t like using harsh chemicals? A paste of one part water and one part baking soda left for 10-20 minutes should help you scrub any stubborn areas.