New year. New oven. We asked Electrolux expert Robert Mcketchnie to give us some cleaning tips to keep your brand spanking new appliance looking... well, new!
How often should you clean?
McKetchnie says that depends on two factors: how often you cook and what you're cooking. A Top Chef in training who loves to whip up messy dishes (hello, lasagna) may need to give their stove top a scrub down more often than someone who only serves up Sunday night dinners.
That said, clean up messy spills (like tomato sauce) when they happen. If left to dry, liquid spills can permanently stain stainless steel appliances and hinder a gas cooktop's performance.
What are the signs that it's time to clean?
A change in oven performance, is a huge red flag. This could mean gas burners that won't ignite properly or uneven heat distribution in the interior of your oven. If your brownies are coming out half-baked, you know it's time to clean.
What products are best to use on the exterior?
Mcketchnie suggests skipping granulated surface cleaners (they can scratch the surface) and sticking with a regiment that includes good old soap and water plus a cleaner tailored to the exterior of your oven.
Stainless steel/ gas cooktop: Clean your burners using soap, water and a toothbrush. Then wipe down the exterior with a stainless steel cream that leaves a nice finish.
Ceramic/ electric cooktop: Wipe down the exterior using soap, water and a non-abrasive rag or sponge. Like with stainless steel, finish off the job with a cleaner tailored to ceramic surfaces. Dealing with caked on grime? Mcketchnie recommends using a razor blade at a thirty degree angle to remove the stains.
How should you clean the interior of your oven?
Self cleaning ovens do the job for you. But if you have a model that doesn't include this nifty feature, Mcketchnie advises using soap and water. Avoid caustic products. And be careful when cleaning the gasket. If you damage its' seal you could hinder oven performance.
And when in doubt, consult your product guide.