Step by Step Guide to Cleaning an Electric Burner
Let’s face it. Not a lot of homeowners plan for cleaning an electric burner. It’s not as if homeowners around the world set aside a schedule as to when they’re going to do it. It’s not like other cleaning tasks that are scheduled to be done regularly.
In most cases, homeowners clean their electric burner when it’s already at the point when it can only be described as disgusting. At this point, homeowners are at a loss as to what to do. The task is then harder because it’s very dirty, to the point that they’re actually considering just throwing it away and buying a new one.
You can Clean an Electric Burner
A lot of homeowners are not comfortable cleaning an electric burner simply because they don’t know how to start. The coils are intimidating to clean and there are a lot of hard to reach areas. Just to get one thing straight, you can clean an electric burner and it’s highly-recommended that you do so regularly.
Step by Step Guide To Clean Your Electric Burner
Before cleaning your electric burner, make sure to unplug the stove. Also, make sure that the burners are already cool to the touch. Follow these steps to get the job done:
- Using a rag dampened with water, wipe the stovetop.
A dishtowel works best. You can also use an old shirt that you’re not planning to wear anymore. Just make sure that the cloth is lint-free.
Dampen the cloth with water, take out the excess water, and then wipe the entire stovetop surface using light but consistent pressure. Make sure to wipe everything, including the sides of the coil burners.
Just in case, make sure to check the coils to see if there’s lint trapped in there. Lint can cause smoke and fire when you turn on the stove later on.
NOTE: In case your electric stove doesn’t have coil burners (like a glass topped electric stove), the process of cleaning your electric burner generally stops here. There are no coils to clean so all you need to do is to wipe the flat top clean.
- Turn on the stove to the highest setting.
Basically, you’ll be “cooking” whatever dirt is left on the burners. As soon as you see smoke, you can tell that this self-cleaning strategy is working. Wait until the smoke clears before turning off the burners. This is when all dirt has been burned off.
TIP: Open a window or turn on the fan of the stovetop to prevent the smoke from turning on the smoke alarm.
- Once cool to the touch, take out the burners.
Check out the user manual on how to take out the burners of your specific electric stove. In most cases, it’s just a matter of pulling the burner out away from where it connects to the stove before lifting it. Your stove may have some additional fasteners so make sure to check the user manual.
- Clean the burners.
Make sure that you hold the burners at the part that connects them to the stove. This is to prevent wetting this part as it’s the one that connects to the stove and receives electricity from it.
Clean the burners using a rag dampened with water and dish soap. Make sure to wring out excess moisture from the rag before doing so. You may need a separate rag that’s been dampened with just water. This is to rinse burners that are extremely dirty so they can be cleaned more.
Again, make sure to use lint-free rags for this.
- Clean the spots underneath the burners.
Use a dampened rag with a little bit of liquid dish soap on it to clean these spots. For dirty areas, you can use a cleaning pad. Just make sure that the socket where you connect the coil remains dry.
- Wipe the stovetop and burners dry.
Use a dry and clean dish towel to do so. Again, make sure that it’s lint-free.
- Put the burners back.
Reinsert them back, try them one by one to see if they work, and you’re done!
Use Baking Soda for Stubborn Spots
If in case the steps above didn’t work because the dirt and grime are too stubborn, baking soda will be here for the rescue. Make a baking soda solution by combining half a cup of baking soda with 4 tablespoons of water. This should create a paste that you should apply to the burners in question. Leave it there for about 20 minutes.
Use a damp and lint-free rag to wipe the paste away. Rinse the rag every now and then to remove the paste. Use the same paste to clean the rest of the stove.
Maintenance is Important as Well
Here are some tips to properly maintain your electric burner, lessening the need for cleaning:
- Place liners on the drip pan. You can also use aluminum foil.
- Clean as you go. Don’t let dirt and grime accumulate.
- Deep clean once a month. Just follow the steps above.
Try these Steps Today!
As you can see, cleaning an electric burner is very easy. You don’t even need to hire a professional cleaner. You can do it yourself alone or with the help of a family member.
Just make sure that you follow the step by step guide. Don’t be tempted to skip a step. Each step is very important for safety and the best results. The important thing is to be consistent. In addition to cleaning as you go, you should do the steps listed above at least once a month or if you see dirt or grime that will potentially give you trouble down the line.
Of course, don’t forget to follow the safety steps as well! They’re very important to prevent making this generally safe process dangerous!
What’s next? It’s time to get started!