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How to Clean a Very Dirty Gas Hob

dirty gas hob rings

It’s one thing to clean your gas hob briefly each time you use it but another thing to painfully scrub off all burnt-on foods, built-up grease, and deep stains. If you’ve been meaning to finally give your gas hob a deep clean but don’t quite know where to start, we’re here to help.

Here, you will find all the steps you need to be aware of to make the cleaning process seamless (just like your hob).

Thoroughly cleaning a gas hob is not something you need to do each time you use it. However, after each use, make sure you wipe off all the spills to prevent tough, burnt-on grime from forming. Apart from that, it would be a good idea to clean all the parts once a month or whenever you notice a burning smell.

Compared to a ceramic, electric, or induction hob, gas hobs are more difficult to clean, as there are more components and places for foods to get stuck. Unlike the glass cooking surface of an induction hob, which is very easy to wipe down after cooking.

Cleaning Equipment

Before going through each step, let’s take a look at the things you should keep handy for your deep cleaning dive.

  • Cleaning spray (of your choice)
  • Clean cloth
  • Washing up liquid
  • Old toothbrush
  • Dish sponge
  • Sink or bucket with hot water

Time to get started!

Steps to Follow

Now that you have everything you need on hand, you can get started on the process. Here are the steps you need to follow:

Go Through the Instruction Manual

If you still have the instruction manual that came with the hob, your best bet would be to start off by going through it. More often than not, these manuals provide instructions on how you can remove the different parts of the hob and put them back in the correct place once you’re done cleaning.

They may also provide their own cleaning recommendations. Either way, it’ll be a good idea to read through this manual to ensure your safety while cleaning.

Switch off the Hob

This might sound like a silly step, but safety comes first! Don’t forget to switch off all the knobs on your gas hob before you start cleaning. If you have recently used the hob, give it enough time to cool down completely.

Remove the Gas Rings and Burner Caps

Once the hob has cooled down, carefully remove the pan supports to get access to the burner rings are caps. All of these parts should lift away easily, as they are all held in place by gravity – no tools required.

Soak Them in the Sink

After successfully removing the rings and caps, fill your sink (or a bucket) with hot water and some washing-up liquid. Soak the rings and caps in this hot water and keep them there for a few minutes.

Wipe the Hob

While waiting for the parts to soak, wipe off the rest of your hob with a cleaning spray and clean cloth. If there are tough stains that are difficult to remove with a cloth, use a scrub but ensure that it is not too coarse. You can also use the spray more than once if you’re not fully satisfied.

Wipe all the food crumbs and spills clean during this step. Use a cloth to dry it off at the end.

Scrub the Rings and Caps

Once you have let the rings and caps soak for a while, scrub off all the stains and grime on them. This should now be easier to do because they were soaking in hot water. If not, use an old toothbrush to remove grime from the crevices. Rinse them with cold water once you have cleaned them.

Wipe these parts with a cloth and leave them aside to thoroughly dry before you fit them back onto the hob.

Put It All Back

Now that you have cleaned everything elaborately, simply put everything back into place. Start off the burner caps and then the gas rings. Do this only once you know that everything is fully dry!

Ignite the hob to ensure that it is working properly.

Cleaning Pan Supports

cleaning gas hob pan supports

There are two types of pan supports – cast iron and enamel coated. Cast iron pan supports should never be washed in a dishwasher, always clean by hand in warm water using washing up liquid and a sponge or cloth. Try not to clean them with anything too abrasive, because you don’t want to lift the protective coating as this could lead to rusting.

Enamel coated supports can be cleaned in a dishwasher, but check manufacturers cleaning recommendations to ensure they are in fact dishwasher safe.

Top Tip

If a cleaning spray and common dish soap are not enough to wipe off those stains, consider mixing some baking soda with either lemon, dish soap or salt. Apply this mixture over the stains and rinse or wipe it off with water and a cloth.

Further, make sure you don’t leave your rings and caps to soak in hot water for too long to prevent rust formation.

Jobs a Good’n

And there you have it! With this step-by-step cleaning guide and a couple of tricks up your sleeve, the process of cleaning your gas hob will be a lot easier now. Just make sure to take care of your hob the same way it takes care of your food.

Don’t forget to clean off the small spills and stains that may occur every time you cook over the gas hob. When it’s that time of the month to deep clean again, put on some music and get started. Go ahead and click those before and after pictures as well. Happy cleaning!