How to Clean a Stove Burner

At, we know that proper maintenance and cleaning are crucial when you own and use a stove burner. Aside from the obvious hygiene reasons, doing so is simply good for the safety and the overall life of your gas stove burner.

Stove burner

When it comes to cleaning any kind of gas appliance, we hate oven chores, but safety is key. 

So, before even starting the cleaning process, you need to prepare for it by getting a gas safety certificate. A cp12 certificate is not much considering how it is an absolute necessity. In addition, you do not need to bear it frequently. At most, you will have to pay the gas safety certificate cost per year.

Ensuring Safety

Dealing with gas can be hard. 

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), gas appliances need to be installed and maintained properly. If this is not the case then the result could be disastrous and can range from gas leakages to a house fire.

Part of maintaining your gas appliances is making sure that you get them inspected regularly by a gas engineer. A thorough check-up once every year is highly recommended. Aside from the fact that a gas safety certificate is a legal requirement for any property with a gas connection; it is the safest course of action.

The gas safety certificate cost depends primarily upon the number of gas appliances. This is because a gas engineer charges by the hour so the total cost is directly related to the amount of time it takes to complete the inspection.

Cleaning your Stove Burner

Gas stove ovens have the advantage of being easier to use because of their precise controls. But your gas oven is only as good as its maintenance, since stove burners can become clogged. Periodical cleaning of stove burners is highly recommended if you wish to get the most out of your gas stove oven, comments

A gas stove has a simple mechanism. Most of the work goes into cleaning the stove burner, which is where the flame comes out. This is why we will be focusing more on cleaning the stove burners. Here is a simple manner in which you can go about cleaning the stove burners:

Have all the Precautions in place

This sounds simple; however, ensuring complete safety involves a couple of steps. First, better to get to cleaning your stove burners right after you have had the gas safety inspection and received the gas safety certificate.

Having a gas safety certificate guarantees that there are no leaks or any other kind of hazard present. Do not forget to turn off the gas from the mains. Stove ovens have a few hazards that can be quite deadly.

If you have been using the stove, wait for it to cool down completely before starting the cleaning process. You do not want to get burnt while cleaning your stove burners.

Do your research

Doing research primarily involves reading the instruction manual of your gas stove oven. It is best to familiarize yourself with the dos and don’ts to avoid any issues. You can be sure which ingredients are permissible and which are not when cleaning your oven.

In most cases, the manual features a standard set of instructions, however going over them never hurts. It is especially true if it is your first time cleaning the oven.

Remove the Stove Burners

Once you are ready and prepped, you can proceed to remove the stove burners. Usually, there are two parts to a burner; the burner cap and the actual burner. Burner caps may be metal or ceramic and you can follow the process to clean as the burner itself.

Time for a Good Soak

Since grease and stains may be hard to scrub off, soaking the burner parts for some time is always recommended. Make sure you do not need to use the stove for an hour or two before starting, this way you have ample time to have the burners cool down and have enough time for the soak as well.

You can soak the burner in a mixture of regular dish wash liquid diluted with water. If, however, you are looking for a more natural option then making a baking soda soak will also be effective. Put a few teaspoons of baking soda into water and you can add vinegar and lemon juice as well.

A quick tip for better results is to use warm water for the soak and let the burner parts sit in for a good 20 to 60 minutes.

Scrub away the Stains

Now comes the most taxing part; the scrubbing. This is where you need to put in some hard work. Soaking in makes life easier, but scrubbing can be a challenge. Get a spare toothbrush for this task. You can get into the tiniest corners and apply pressure with precision with a toothbrush.

The hard yet flexible bristles of a regular toothbrush are great for removing any tough stains. As for the holes of the burner, you might have you clear those out with a toothpick, or a paperclip, whichever is more convenient for you.

Spot Treatment

If you have stubborn stains and scrubbing is simply not getting the desired results, you can do a little spot treatment. Apply a dishwashing liquid without diluting it with water onto the problem area. You can always substitute a detergent for a baking soda and lemon juice concoction.

Once applied, let the cleaning agent do its job. You can then scrub with a toothbrush or an abrasive sponge. In most cases, this treatment works on the most stubborn stains.

Rinse and Dry

Once your burners are free of all stains you can rinse them off thoroughly to get all the soap out. Use liberal amounts of water, you do not want any cleaning agent to remain.

Finally, before you can place the burners on the stove you must dry them. If air-drying is a time-consuming option then you should wipe the burners with a clean kitchen cloth.

Conclusion for Cleaning a Stove Burner

Not only is it important to know how to make use of gas appliances, but also to keep them clean and well-maintained. How and when to get a gas safety certificate as well as how to properly clean the stove burners are key to keeping your stove oven in good shape.

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Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr is a blog meant for various domestic tips mainly but not limited to cleaning, washing and wiping dust, stains and dirt away from your home.