Though it’s often overlooked, the stove is an important part of any kitchen. After all, home cooked meals start on the stove top or in the oven. To keep your stove working properly, maintenance is a must.
As a new stove can easily run you several hundred dollars or more, it’s worth caring for it in the first place to keep it running as long as possible. Whether its gas or electric, your stove will benefit from regular maintenance.
Here are our top tips for maintaining your stove:
- Get started on the right foot. Bringing home a new stove is exciting: it’s shiny and maybe even loaded with new features. But it’s important to keep in mind that this is an investment, and something you’ll want to use for years and years. As such, take the time to read through the owner’s manual. Save it to reference later rather than tossing it in the trash when you’re done. Make it a point to keep it clean, as food and other gunk will reduce its efficiency and life expectancy.
- Use the right cleaning solution. Different stoves are made out of completely different materials, and it’s important that you pick a cleaner to match. For instance, if your stove top is glass, avoid anything with abrasives. It’s hard to go wrong with a natural solution: one tablespoon of baking soda, salt, and water. Apply the resulting paste to foods and messes, then rinse off!
- Clean the inside of your oven at least three times a year. If you cook inside the oven a lot, or experience a lot of spills, it’s advised that you clean even more frequently. Spills and drips inside the oven are important to clean up immediately, as food or grease could cause smoking or even catch on fire. Regardless of whether or not your oven is self-cleaning, don’t use any detergents or soaps. Instead, refer to the owner’s manual for cleaners to safely use inside the oven. If the oven is self-cleaning, you should still make sure to clean up large spills or messes first– there’s only so much the self-cleaning mechanism can handle on its own! Please note, running the self-clean cycle on older units can cause malfunctions. So, it’s a good idea to wait until after the Holidays to run the self-clean cycle.
- Be careful with water around knobs and dials. If you get too much water in the openings around knob shafts or dials, you could short circuit the system or even damage the ignition system. As such, be careful and use as little water as possible.
If you’re looking for guidance on cleaning and maintaining your stove, then we’re here to help. Our technicians have been serving homeowners in the Metro Detroit area for thirty years. Give us a call today!