Gas burners are an essential part of a gas stove, and every once in a while, it requires cleaning. To increase the longevity of a gas burner, it is essential to take out some time to maintain it. Gas stoves are used regularly for cooking and it is always necessary to maintain decent hygiene in our kitchens and cleaning our gas stoves and burners must be one of our priorities. Cleaning a gas burner is important because sometimes the burners might get blocked or give out weak flames and cleaning them ensures better results.
The first and foremost thing to do is to turn off your gas stove and leave it to cool down. Once it cools down, you can begin with the cleaning procedure. After this, you need to remove the burner grates and caps properly so that you can start cleaning it. You can then fill your kitchen sink with lukewarm water and soap and soak it completely and in the meantime, you can clean the rest of your gas stove. After soaking the burner parts in the soapy water, use a toothbrush to clean the burner properly. This makes the whole process easy and fast. Use a clean dry cloth to wipe the remaining water and soap off the burner. Once the burners are completely dry, fix the burners and assemble the parts and re-light the gas stove to see if it is working properly.
Make sure to use either a toothbrush or a sponge because it makes it easier to clean certain parts effectively and using a toothbrush gives the right motion required to scrub the burner without applying excessively harsh pressure.
Please note that a burner head is usually a hollow disk of either brass or aluminum with holes in them for the flames. Several burners are also designed with a ceramic or metal cap that is put on top of the burner head, which serves to channel the flames that are emitted from the burner head. Gas stoves that have a standing pilot burner require cleaning, whereas most electric ignition burners do not need cleaning.
HOW OFTEN DO GAS BURNERS REQUIRE CLEANING?
The easiest way to know if your gas burners require cleaning is when the flow of gas feels blocked, which is usually caused when food is spilled over the sides of utensils and it clogs the pores of the burners. A good thumb rule to follow is to clean the burners whenever you notice any sort of irregularity or yellowness in flames.
ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO CLEAN THE GAS BURNERS:
These are the following requirements –
- Baking soda/ Vinegar
- Toothbrush or sponge
- Dry cloth
THE BAKING SODA METHOD
Follow the method listed above and wash all the burners with lukewarm water and detergent in order to remove the initial dirt. Then make a thick paste of baking soda and water and coat the burners with this paste and leave it for about 15-20 minutes. Then gently scrub the burner to remove the remaining dirt and rinse thoroughly and wipe dry with a cloth.
THE VINEGAR METHOD
You can replace baking soda with vinegar and let it sit on the burners for 10-15 burners, scrub them gently and wash it off and wipe it dry. This is the most effective and efficient way to maintain a gas burner as it removes the grease and cleans it smoothly.
Whatever cleaning method you apply to clean the gas burners, daily maintenance is the best way to avoid too much time removing grease and spots off your burners. This will render your kitchen a clean and hygienic place.