Cleaning a gas hob needn’t be a job viewed with trepidation and reluctance. A beautifully sparkling hob isn’t just hygienic; it also preserves the hob’s finish, prolongs a trouble-free operation, and improves the look of your kitchen. There’s nothing like a glistening hob shine to encourage the home cook to start preparing food!
Take a planned approach and use the correct materials to get the best results.
Firstly, if your hob has stopped working effectively, it may be in dire need of a clean. Often engineer call-outs find that accumulated grease have led to blockages – resulting in an expensive, and preventable, job.
For enamel parts, use a mild, cream based cleaners. A soap filled pad is good for stubborn marks – but avoid harsh abrasives, as they can scratch the finish.
If your gas hob surface is stainless steel, then only use a simple cloth, with soapy, warm water – and dry with a similarly soft cloth. Stubborn grime and marks can be removed with specialist stainless steel products – don’t risk using generic removal cleaners.
Similarly, never use a steam cleaner on stainless steel, or resort to jabbing at stubborn grime with sharp objects – they will mark the surface (although the appearance will lessen in time.)
For cast iron parts, ensure full cooling before cleaning, and scrape off marks and food remnants with a wooden or plastic cooking implement. Finish with a soapy water wash, and a tea towel dry.
Griddles and supports can be washed in warm, soapy water, and then be re-seasoned (do this by pouring a drop or two of oil onto the griddle’s cooking side, and covering the surface evenly with kitchen roll. Regular vegetable oil is ideal – olive oil however, is unsuitable.)
Clean the burner-heads and caps (where the gas flames appear) of any deposits using a nylon brush. Brown markings will be fat or carbon deposits – try a soap filled pad, gently on them. Do not put burners to soak in a sink, or in the dishwater. Make sure the burners are correctly positioned into place after cleaning.
Plastic and painted parts can be cleaned with a cloth soaked in soapy, warm water – allow it to cool, switch off the electricity, and avoid using any abrasive cleaners or bleaches.