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4 Effective Ways to Clean Gas Burners

What’s worse than a dirty, greasy gas burner that looks and smells awful? The more you cook, the worse it gets and suddenly your stovetop becomes a visual map of all of your family’s favourite dishes.

So, if you:

  • Haven’t cleaned your gas stove in a while;
  • Have flatmates who don’t clean up after themselves;
  • Found a dirty stove at your newly rented home;
  • Have tenants whose priorities don’t include cleaning.

Then go on and continue reading because in this post you’ll find out how to easily clean gas burners.

Before you begin

Before choosing one of the following methods, you’ll need to remove the burner grates, caps and heads. Many gas burners have a removable ceramic cap placed over the burner. Usually, you will need to simply lift the disc off the burner. Easy! The burner heads are located beneath the caps. Just lift them and be careful with the ignition electrode.

Always make sure the burners are completely cold before you disassemble them. Also, some older hobs have a standing pilot light that you’ll need to shut off before you begin.

Now, let’s move on the most effective methods of cleaning gas burners.

Cleaning gas stove burners with baking soda

You will need:

  • Baking soda,
  • Dishwashing detergent,
  • Sponge,
  • Non-abrasive scrub brush,
  • Water.

Time needed: 1 hour.

  1. Wash all the burner grates, caps and heads with dishwashing detergent.

    Remove as much of the initial film as you can.

  2. Mix baking soda and water.

    Create as much paste as you think you will need, just make sure it is thick.

  3. Coat the burners with the ‘magic’ paste.

    Cover the burners with a thick layer of the paste, using a sponge.
    Note: Make sure not to wet the electric starters with the paste.

  4. Let them stand for 20-30 minutes.

    If you have more time, you can leave them for 1-2 hours.

  5. Scrub them with a brush and rinse them thoroughly.

    Use a non-abrasive brush and lukewarm water.

When leaving the parts to soak, lock the room and keep any pets and children away from them.

Your hob needs some TLC, too? We got you covered. Read our posts on cleaning ceramic & induction hobs, and stainless steel hobs.

Cleaning the gas burners with vinegar

You will need:

  • White vinegar,
  • Sponge,
  • Water.
  1. Make a solution of vinegar and water.
    Mix equal parts white vinegar and lukewarm water and pour it into a container. You can also use the sink as such.
  2. Place the parts into the solution.
    Always use rubber gloves.
  3. Let them soak.
    Leave the burners for approximately 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse the burners.
    Run warm water over the parts and remove the grease using a sponge.

You can clean the stovetop with vinegar on a daily basis. This will keep it sparkling clean.

Make the burners shine with ammonia

You will need:

  • Gallon-sized ziplock bags,
  • Ammonia,
  • Dishwashing liquid,
  • Sponge,
  • Water.
  1. Pour a splash of ammonia into ziplock bags.
    Use rubber gloves and be very careful when filling the bags. Fill as many bags as the number of the different parts.
    Note: Be careful! Ammonia gas may cause lung injury, and the liquefied gas can cause frostbite and corrosive injury to eyes and skin.
  2. Place all the parts inside the bags.
    Use a different ziplock bag for each part of your stove parts (grates, caps and heads).
  3. Leave the bag for three hours.
    You can even let them soak for more than 10 hours, depending on how grimy they are.
  4. Wipe away the grease and grime.
    Pull the parts out of the bag and use a soapy sponge to wipe the grease off. Then rinse them thoroughly.
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If there is still burnt-on grease on some of the parts, you may want to fall back on the deep-clean method below. 

De-grease the stove burners with commercial cleaner

In case, the burners and grates of your unclean stove are full of grease and rust, you probably want to consider using a commercial cleaner and thoroughly clean your hob. Here is how to deep clean a burnt gas stovetop:

You will need:

  • Oven cleaning spray or degreaser,
  • Sponge,
  • Clean cloth,
  • Water.
  1. Coat the grates with an oven cleaning spray.
    After you spray a solid amount of oven cleaner, leave the parts for 20-30 minutes. You can also use a degreaser or any type of product that is suitable for kitchen cleaning.
  2. Spray detergent on the stovetop
    Spray an even coat on the entire surface and leave it for 20-30 minutes, as well.
    Note: Some oven cleaners can remove the paint of your burner knobs, so make sure you wipe the cleaner off the painted surfaces.  
  3. Wipe the cleaner off of the burners.
    You can use a clean sponge or cloth. Dampen one of these with warm water and rinse it off when it gets too dirty. Repeat, if necessary. 
  4. Rinse the grates.
    Use a sponge to wipe the cleaner off of the grates and dry them with a cloth before putting them back on the stove.

How often should you clean your gas burners?

Once you complete the gas burner cleaning process, make sure all the parts are completely dry before putting them back on the stovetop. When reassembling the drip pans, burner heads, caps, and grills, take care not to bend or damage the ignition electrodes. If that happens you can always book a visit from the appliance repairman, so they can assist you with your cooker hob repairs.

You should clean your gas burners every week. 

If you don’t cook that often, then you should clean the stove every time food residue spills over the sides of pots and pans. Also, give your gas burners a wipe if the flame becomes irregular or exhibits a yellow colour. 

Undoubtedly, the oven and the stove are one of the most vexing things to clean in any kitchen. When you are wondering how often should you clean your oven and your stove, always remember that regularity is the key. The more often you do the ‘small clean’, the less ‘big cleans’ you will need to do. 

Get professionals to deal with your greasy stove

As you have probably noticed, cleaning gas stoves is very time-consuming and not a fun task at all. Instead of sweating your hands in rubber gloves and trying not to breathe when cleaning the smelly grease, you can leave the job to the professional oven cleaning technicians from Fantastic Services and do something much more pleasant instead.

They will use a very effective dip tank method that includes disassembling the stove (and the whole oven, if you wish to) and cleaning the parts separately. After that, the expert will put your oven back together. 

Voilà, your stove will be ready for hundreds of dishes to be prepared. 

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  • First of all, you need to remove the burner grates, caps and heads. 
  • If the method includes soaking the parts in a tub, don’t forget to keep pets and children away!
  • Once you clean your stove parts, leave them to dry completely before you place them back on the stovetop.


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