1. Scrub the grate
The first special tip we have is for the cooking grate. Unlike electric stoves with individual burners, the pans sit directly on. Gas burners need a little space between the flame and the pan bottom. This means that most domestic and commercial gas stoves have a large enamelled grate over the stovetop instead of individual burner grates. Some gas burners have smaller unique grates, but this is less common.
If you have a gas stove with a grate (or multiple grates), always start with a soak. Fill your sink with hot, soapy water and leave the grates in for up to forty minutes while you clean the rest of the stove. Flip the grates halfway through because most stove grates are too big to soak in the sink all at once. When the grates have soaked, use a scrubbing sponge and light abrasive powder to remove all that cooked-on grit that builds up over time.
2. Never pour water onto the gas stove
It can be tempting to try and soak the lower areas of your gas stove for easier cleaning as well. Don’t. Never pour water onto your gas cooktop because it can get into the burners, the gas lines and potentially cause electrical problems as well. You shouldn’t be pouring water on electric stoves either, but you’d be surprised how many people try this to achieve a faster clean stove. If you need a flowing scrubbing agent, try the salt.