Cooking Appliance Care and Cleaning Guide

Cleaning Kitchen Appliances

We at Karl’s Appliance have been selling cooking appliances for many, many years. In fact, Karl’s was founded in 1941 – nearly seven decades ago!

We find our customers often have questions about cleaning their cooking appliances. In this article we will attempt to answer the question “What is the best way to care for my new range, stove, cooktop, oven, or other cooking appliance?”

First, always wait until the appliance has cooled before cleaning. Aside from the obvious danger of getting burned, many cleaners will create an unpleasant odor when used on hot surfaces. Here are some other tips that we have found are useful:

General Cooking Appliance Cleaning Tips:

• Do not use abrasive cleaners. These may permanently scratch stainless steel surfaces.
• Some cooking liquids as well as salt may “pit” or stain cooking surfaces. Remove these spills immediately.
• Use a spray degreaser to remove grease and fingerprints. Spray onto a cloth first and wipe clean immediately to avoid streaking.
• To clean stainless steel surfaces use a soft, nonabrasive stainless steel cleaner and apply with a soft, lint-free cloth. Follow by lightly wiping the surface with dampened microfiber cloth. Next, follow by polishing with a dry chamois. When wiping stainless steel surfaces always the direction of the grain and keep the cloth in continuous contact with the surface.

Cooking Ranges Cleaning Tips:

• For best results, wipe up spills and splatters immediately after the appliance has cooled. If they are allowed to “cook on,” they may permanently damage or stain the unit.
• To remove hard water stains use white vinegar and water.
• Use caution when using caustic spray cleaners. These may damage adjacent parts and finishes. Protect adjacent parts by masking them off to avoid potential damage by overspray.
• Avoid using spray cleaners on control knobs and igniters. Damage can occur to these sensitive parts if they get wet.
• If in doubt about using a specific cleaner check the label on the bottle. To test the cleaner use on a small, inconspicuous area of the appliance first.
• Never wipe a hot or even warm porcelain surface with a damp sponge as it may cause chipping or crazing. Crazing creates tiny hairlike cracks in the porcelain.
• Hand wash all decorative parts including knobs, grates, burner caps, and the like. Many claim to be dishwasher safe however, better to err on the side of caution and clean these by hand with a gentle detergent.

Cleaning Porcelain Enamel Burner Pans:

• Do not use abrasive cleaners as these will permanently scratch the surface. Use a clean sponge or cloth and wipe the surface with warm water and a mild detergent. Rinse and dry immediately.

Cleaning Porcelain Coated Cast Iron Burner Grates:

• Remove grates and clean with in hot water with a paste of baking soda and water or with a nonabrasive cleaner such as liquid detergent. Spray cleaners or mild abrasive cleaners may also be used.

Cleaning Porcelain Enamel Burner Caps:

• Remove caps and wash in warm water with a liquid detergent or mild abrasive cleaner. Rinse and dry.

Cleaning Control Knobs and Bezels:

• Remove from range (if possible – check owners manual) and clean with a mild detergent and warm water. Rinse and dry. Do not soak or use abrasive cleaners as they may scratch the surface or remove markings. Do not clean in dishwasher.

Cleaning Control Panels:

• Use a spray degreaser and cloth to clean these surfaces. Spray cleaner onto cloth and then wipe panel. Do not spray directly onto these surfaces to avoid damage of sensitive parts.

Cleaning Porcelain Enamel Oven Interiors:

• Never clean a hot or even warm porcelain surface as this can cause chipping or crazing.
• Clean spills and splatters immediately after oven cools. Do not allow foods with high acid contents to remain on porcelain enamel surfaces. Foods with high acid content include: fruit juices, pie filling, tomatoes, sauerkraut, milk, and tomatoes. Leaving these spills on the surface for prolonged periods can create permanent dull spots.
• Use only not abrasive cleaners and scrubbers.
• If equipped, the oven or ranges self cleaning cycle may be used.

Cleaning Oven Racks and Rack Guides:

• Always remove racks and guides before using the self clean feature. In most cases racks and guides are not self clean friendly. Racks can discolor and bearings in guides may seize.
• Clean racks and guides with warm water and mild detergent.

Cleaning Heat Tempered Glass Oven Doors:

• Clean only when cool.
• Use a razor blade to remove and gently lift off bakes on foods.
• Clean both sides (inside and outside) with glass cleaner.

Cleaning Oven Gasket:

• Do not hand clean the oven gasket. Doing so may compromise the tight door seal.

Cleaning a Porcelain Enamel Boiler Pan:

• Place the broiler pan in the sink while still slightly warm. Lay dish towels on the pan and pour very hot water on the towels. Allow steam to soften cooked on food residue. Remove towels and wash with warm water and mild detergent. Rinse and dry.

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