Keeping the stove clean is one of the more regular “maintenance” cleaning jobs that must be done. You probably clean it every day…or at least give it a good wipe. Besides making sure your stove is level, so that the flames burn uniformly and pilot lights work properly, therefore making it more efficient, there are a few things that will help keep your stove running smoothly and properly. Here are some tips for whether you have a gas, electric coil or induction stove.
To make a stove top last and to keep it working efficiently, use the lowest temperature possible for each cooking procedure. The drip trays under burners also serve as reflector bowls. They reflect heat back up where it’s needed for cooking. High heat can crack or permanently stain the enamel on reflectors and make them less efficient. Plain old food spills can also make permanent stains, so proper care also includes keeping these drip trays clean. Wipe up spills as soon as is practical. The more cooked-on the spill, the harder it is to get off. I use Red Juice and a rag on my spills and it works like a charm every time.
The important maintenance concern with glass tops is that they are susceptible to scratches and stains. Dirty or wet pots can burn a stain right into a stove top. Pans made of soft metal (such as lighter-weight aluminum pans) can rub off on the harder glass surface, leaving gray or black marks. To keep glass stove tops in the best shape, use clean and dry pans when cooking. Lift rather than slide pans when moving them. Clean the stovetop after each use, once it has cooled sufficiently, with a soapy sponge or a white pad. Wipe spills immediately after they occur if you can safely do so. Lastly, try to prevent spills by using large enough pots and pans and leaving plenty of headroom for boiling and stirring.