Investing in a range cooker is an obvious choice for many thanks to their durability, but a little bit of cleaning and TLC will go a long way in making them last. Range cookers are made up of separate elements that all require different cleaning methods. Knowing how to properly take care of each part will help keep your oven in top condition.
Cleaning the Hob
How you clean your hob will depend on the type of fuel your range cooker uses, with separate cleaning steps for gas and induction hobs.
A gas hob has multiple components, which need to be cleaned separately.
To start with, you’ll want to remove the cast iron supports from the hob and wash these in hot soapy water. It might be tempting to put these in the dishwasher but doing so may cause discolouration, so stick to washing them by hand. For any stubborn marks, soak the supports first in hot soapy water before using a scourer. To further prevent rusting, make sure that you thoroughly dry the supports after you have cleaned them.
Once you’ve cleaned and dried your pan supports, it’s time to clean the burner caps and alloy burners. To clean the burner caps, you can follow the same process that you used for the pan supports.
The hob itself is made from a single piece, making it easy for you to clean with a damp cloth soaked in warm water and washing up liquid. If you want to eliminate any smears, use a hob cleaner to bring the finish back to its original shine.
For induction hobs, you should avoid using a scourer or abrasive cleaning products as these can damage the surface. Thanks to their innovative design, induction hobs should never require strong chemicals – warm soapy water and a soft cloth should be enough to do the job. Once you have cleaned the surface, use a clean cloth to buff it to a streak-free finish.
Cleaning the Oven
Our stay-clean oven liners take the hassle out of cleaning your oven, and come as standard on all Delphi and Fleet range cookers. Find out if your cooker has an oven liner fitted by feeling the inside walls when the oven is off and cool. If the walls have a rough texture, then you have stay-clean liners fitted.
If your oven has these liners, simply heat it to its maximum temperature for 45 minutes then wipe the walls of your oven with a clean cloth once they have cooled down. Refrain from using soapy water or any products to clean the liners, but if you have an oven without this feature, you can remove the shelves and clean them using a scourer and soapy water.
General Cleaning Tips
● Whilst scourers and abrasive cleaners work well on pan supports and oven shelves, they can cause serious damage to your range cooker’s control panel so it’s best to avoid using them on the outside of your oven.
● Avoid cleaning your oven and hob whilst they’re still hot. Not only can this cause you injuries, but using abrasive cleaners on a hot surface can lead to dangerous fumes. Wait until the surface is cool to the touch before you begin cleaning it.
● Clean little and often. To keep your range cooker in optimum condition, give it a wipe down after each use rather than deep-cleaning it every few months. This will make the cleaning process much quicker and will help you avoid any stubborn marks and carbonised stains from accumulating.
● If you are using cleaning products, don’t forget to wash your hands afterwards, and use gloves if you are working with abrasive cleaning products.