Sunday, 25 March 2007


Your natural gas cooker is probably the most frequently used appliance in your kitchen and therefore the most important. The time you spend caring for it correctly is well worthwhile.
Natural gas cookers have few moving parts and when kept clean will operate trouble-free. The trick to maintaining a gas cooker is to clean it often, before grease or burnt food particles begin to build up.

Ensure that spillage is cleaned immediately, as food spills that reach into the stove and clog the pilot light burners, or settle in the main burners and clog the gas outlet holes, will cause the stove to operate erratically.

Enamel areas
Wipe over while still warm with a damp, soapy cloth.
Dry with a soft cloth.
Always wipe spills immediately, so they do not dry or cook on, remembering to turn off the natural gas flame first.
Use a liquid cleaner to remove stubborn marks and avoid scouring pads or powder, which can scratch enamels.

Control panel
Wipe over and occasionally remove and wash knobs.
Wipe off any build up on the panel.

For day to day cleaning, wipe over the burners after each use.
Aluminium should be rubbed over with soapy steel wool pads.
Brass and stainless steel should be washed in hot, soapy water.
Always rinse and dry well.
Light burners to check correct replacement.

Pan supports or trivets
Wash in hot, soapy water.
If they are very greasy soak in a solution of one tablespoon of washing soda to 4.5 litres of very hot water.

Remove griller tray.
Wash tray in hot, soapy water, using a fine, soapy steel-wool pad on heavily soiled areas. Rinse and dry well.
Wipe out griller compartment with a warm, soapy cloth.
Clean racks as for oven shelves.

There are two types of finishes-enamel and catalytic (self-cleaning). The catalytic surface is specially treated so it requires care when using (see manufacturer's instructions).
It is easier to clean the oven while it is still warm, but not hot.
Remove shelves and other moveable parts and wash in a hot water detergent solution.
More stubborn spillage may require a commercial cleaner (see manufacturer's instructions).
Wipe over oven shelves, occasionally rubbing with a soapy fine steel-wool pad. Rinse.

Glass areas
Clean over with a hot, soapy cloth - remember most oven doors lift off for easy cleaning.
Avoid soaking glass doors as it may damage the insulation.


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