Stovetops are an area requiring cleaning vigilance, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. Stovetops need to remain clean, as unattended food spills could result in a kitchen fire. Additionally, you should wipe them down each time you cook. Keep a bottle of vinegar-water solution nearby. When the stovetop is still slightly warm, spray some solution on your cloth, and wipe off any food or grease residue. Resist the temptation to let any mess sit until after the meal is over. Spills and grease are easiest to clean when they first happen.
Different types of cooking surfaces require different types of care. A flat top stove is the easiest to care for because spills cannot drip below the surface.
- Clean a flattop surface with a vinegar-water solution. wipe it daily as needed.
- If a pot boils over and creates a caked-on food mess, use a baking soda paste to clear the stain.
- After the cooking element has cooled, cover the stain with baking soda paste.
- Let it sit for about 20 minutes. After that, rub it gently with a soft cloth until the mess is gone.
- Follow by spraying area with vinegar to remove any lingering cloudy residue.
Certain flattop surfaces require special handling. If you have a brushed-chromed surface, be sure to rub the soft cloth with the grain. This will help you avoid visible streaking in the chrome. If you have a tempered-glass or porcelain surface, be careful to avoid using too much water, because the water can seep under the glass. In this case, spray the vinegar-water cleaning solution on the soft cloth, rather than spraying it directly on the surface. Additionally, porcelain surfaces may become discolored if a spill is highly acidic, such as a tomato sauce. If this occurs, immediately use a dry, soft cloth to wipe up the spill. a dampened cloth on a hot porcelain surface may result in cracking or chipping, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. The above suggestions are in The Complete Guide to Eco-Friendly House Cleaning by Anne B. Kocsis.