Kitchen cooktops are the modern equal to the open fire used by our ancestors, sans the wood smoke of course.
- Find your specific appliance’s owner’s manual and place it in a secure location for instructions on use. If you have lost the manual or want a second copy, you can usually find them on line.
- Be sure the surfaces, grates, burners are kept clean. Use great care when cleaning gas cooktop burners as it is easy to break or misalign the ceramic igniters. A piece of small wire can be used to clear a clogged gas jet. For iron grates, apply a thin coat of cooking oil to prevent rust just as you would a cast iron frying pan.
- Never use steel wool for cleaning your appliances, especially stainless steel.
- Stainless steel should only be cleaned with warm sudsy water or a special cleaner made specifically for stainless steel. Always wipe the surface of stainless steel in the direction of the “grain” only with a soft completely clean cloth.
- 1x per use: After every use, remove the grates and the burners and thoroughly wipe them clean.
- 1x per month: Clean around the control knobs. Most can be removed for cleaning. Check the manufacturers owner manual for instructions.
- 4x per year: Remove and clean the grates and burners. Gas cooktops tend to get spills onto the burners that can affect the flame adjustment levels and make it difficult to ignite.