Your gas cooktop is the most trusted appliance in the kitchen and you use it almost all the time. You need to take care of it to keep it functioning well and to avoid appliance repair costs. Here are some things you need to know about maintaining and taking care of this important appliance.

Soap And Water Solution

The easiest way to clean a gas cooktop and its surface on a daily basis is to use a simple soap and water solution. This is probably the easiest and most effective way to clean the stove top every day.

All you need is some water, lukewarm is best and a bit of soapy detergent. Make a foamy solution with these two and grab a small sponge or microfiber cloth and use it to clean the surface and even the stove knobs. Just make sure to wring the fabric from any excess water because you don’t want the fabric to be soaking in water.

Salt And Baking Soda

Let’s say you have a bit more cleaning to do because the stove has grease and other dried residue on it. You will need something stronger than a soap and water solution to clean this mess up. Go for salt and baking soda. This mixture needs to be mixed dry first and then you can use a toothbrush which is damp or a wet sponge to pick up the dry salt and baking soda and use it directly on the dried residue and grease stains. This will clean your stove top like nothing else.

Clean The Grates

The grates can be neglected and they tend to get very dirty if you don’t clean them at least once a week. The grates need to be soaked so that all the dirt and gunk can be removed. Try a water and white vinegar soak for the grates. All you need is some water and vinegar and put them in a big enough dish to fit the grates. After some time, take the grates out and scrub them clean with detergent and put them back on the stove. Voila! You have clean grates.

Keep The Burners Unclogged

The burners of the gas stove top are the heart of the cooktop, so you need to make sure that they are not clogged and if they are, you might want to clean them properly. This will ensure that the flame is effectively running and you are also not wasting any gas in the cooktop.

You can clean the burners with a toothbrush or a small toothpick if they look clogged. Try to not spill anything on the burners because this is what clogs the burners in the first place.

No Water Near The Gas

The reason why you don’t want water near the burners or any gas outlet is that it can damage the pipes from where the gas is coming. Whenever you clean the stove with a water based cleaner, make sure that you wipe the stove dry right away, because water and gas together don’t make a good team and this can actually ruin your stove top quickly. There are a lot of electrical connections in the cooktop so you don’t want water near these intricate connections.

We suggest that you use a dry agent to clean the appliance like salt, baking soda or some volatile liquid like vinegar which doesn’t mess with the gas and electric connections in the cooktop.

Scrape Off The Residue Regularly

This tip will save you a lot of time and effort. Try to clean the stains on the stove right away to avoid a huge dirty mess. You want to clean the stove top every day to make sure that it is clean and there is no residue piling up. It’s better to do the cleaning when the spills and stains are still fresh because they are easier to clean and they don’t dry up if you clean it right away.


There you have it! With these tips, you will have a maintained and properly taken care of the gas cooktop. These things can be super expensive so it’s nice if you can maintain them and take care of them so they can last longer. If a problem is not easily solved, let cooktops repair Fairfax experts fix it.