How to Clean Electric Stove Top
While coiled burners of most electric stovetops are designed to be self-cleaning, some spills and messes can require a more thorough manual cleanup. Daily or weekly maintenance will help prevent caked-on buildup, which can be difficult to remove.
- Microfiber pad or non-abrasive cloth
- Container of clean, warm water big enough to rinse a pad or cloth
- Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner
- Non-metallic, medium-bristle brush or non-abrasive scrubbing pad
- Cooktop scraper (for heavy buildup)
Check your product manual and warranty before beginning. Make sure your burners are completely cool to the touch before cleaning the stove.
- Remove the burners: If your coil burners are removable, carefully remove the burners by pulling them in the opposite direction of their connection to the stove, and lifting. Check to see if your burners have additional fasteners holding them in place before removing.
- Pre-wet the stove surface and burners with water: This helps the Simple Green to penetrate cooked-on soils and makes it easier to wipe clean. Hold the coil burners vertically, so the end that connects to the stove and supplies electricity to the coil stays dry. Wipe with a damp microfiber pad or non-abrasive cloth.
- Apply the Simple Green solution: For heavy cleaning, use full-strength Simple Green (see dilution recommendations below). Using a microfiber pad or non-abrasive cloth dampened with the cleaner, coat the entire area, and allow the product to soak for one minute on heavy soils and greasy spills.
- Scrub, if necessary: Scrubbing with a non-metallic, medium-bristle brush or non-abrasive scrubbing pad provides agitation that will help to loosen soils and will ensure a thoroughly clean, residue free surface. For extra heavy buildup, you may need a cooktop scraper. These are usually made of a hard plastic, which will prevent scratches to your stovetop.
- Rinse with clean water: Rinse by wiping with a damp microfiber pad or non-abrasive cloth to ensure a residue free surface.
- Dry and polish: Use a clean microfiber pad or non-abrasive cloth.