RepairClinic DIY Blog RSS Feed

Appliances Range cleaning 101

Published on April 15th, 2013 | by Ryan Huntley


Range cleaning 101

As you roll up your sleeves and get busy cleaning this spring, here are a few important money and time-saving tips for cleaning ranges:

Control Panel

When cleaning the control panel on your range or stove top, we recommend using a light-duty cleaner or simply soap and water with a rag. Using abrasive pads or too harsh of a cleaner can wear off the decal indicators, which identify the knob controls for each burner. If these decals get worn off from overzealous cleaning, the whole control panel will require replacement. If this has already occurred, enter you model number at to find the recommended replacement for your model. Check out this popular All-Purpose Cleaner. heavy-duty degreaser - 1542820

Door Cleaning

Keeping the front panel, window, and outer door glass clean is important because it prevents spills from staining the panel or glass when as heats up during oven operation. Only clean the front when your range or oven is completely cool.  For spills that are tough to remove from the panel, we recommend this Heavy-Duty Degreaser.

Smooth Electric Stove Tops

Smooth top ranges are great because they are a snap to clean if maintained properly. If a heavy spill occurs, use a Razor Scraper to remove large food deposits. The next step is to apply Cooktop Cleaner.  Let this sit and soak in for a few minutes. Then use a scratch-free cleaning pad to remove the remaining residue. Finally, apply a coat of cooktop protectant to maintain that new stove top appearance. We recommend this cleaning set because it includes a good cleaner, scratch-free pads and a quality protectant.

Gas Stove Tops, Burner Bowls, & Grates

Some gas stove tops are made of glass or ceramic and can be clean exactly the same as an electric smooth top (see above). Metal tops should be cleaned with Heavy Duty Degreaser and a non-abrasive pad. The most important tip when cleaning gas stove tops is to not use too much water when cleaning, especially around the knobs. Tweet this. If water drips down into the holes where the knob shaft comes through, ignition switches can short out and cause problems with the sparking system. Grates and burner pans can be difficult to clean. However, before you buy new ones, you can try and clean them with this Grate Cleaner.

Gas Grate and Drip Pan 00721834

Solid Burner Element

Some ranges have solid metal heating element burners. While this is not a cleaning product per se, it does an impressive job restoring solid burner elements to a near-new condition. It also helps protect burners against damage.

Solid Surface Element Cleaner

Beneath the range

People tell us they avoid important cleaning, maintenance and repair because they don’t want to move large appliances in fear of damage to their floors. Also, some people are concerned about power cords and gas lines connected to the rear of the stove. One tip on ranges is to pull the lower drawer out and remove it. Simply pull out toward you and then lift near the front to remove it from the tracks. With the drawer out, you can clean the lower cabinet and the floor. Tweet this.

We use this handy Vacuum Attachment and Bristle Brush  to clean beneath the range.

Long-handled bristle brush

Oven Interior

Self-cleaning ovens

Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using the self-cleaning function. This feature heats the interior of the oven to a temperature so high, it incinerates food particles and spills. The length of the process varies from model to model.  We suggest that people do not run the self-cleaning cycle before a big cooking holiday like Thanksgiving because if an electrical component is close to burning out, an intense cooking cycle like self-cleaning could finish it off and you could be scrambling to find parts.

Important: Never use a cleaning solution to clean the interior of a self-cleaning oven unless it is made specifically for self-cleaning ovens. The oven liner can absorb non-approved solutions or cleaner and burn during oven use.

Non-self-cleaning ovens

Simply remove the oven racks and spray oven cleaner directly onto the interior surface. Wipe with a clean rag.


Related Info

Range-Stove-Oven Maintenance Tips

Learn something from this post? Share it! Tweet this or click on the other social shares icons to the left. Thank you!

Something broken? We’ll help.’s free online repair help system will help you find the most likely causes of range problems as well as the correct, recommended replacement parts. There you’ll also find how-to repair help information with 1,000+ expertly-produced videos. has replacement parts for ranges, stove tops, ovens, dishwashers, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, lawn mowers, chainsaws, and furnaces.


Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

About the Author

Ryan Huntley is an in-house appliance and outdoor power equipment expert for When Ryan joined RepairClinic in 2002, his strong interest in learning about repairing appliances led him to quickly become one of RepairClinic’s lead technical gurus. As the company grew, he became and remains a supervisor in Customer Care helping customer service representatives and customers find the right part or resolve issues that arise during business. Ryan holds National Appliance Service Technician Certification (NASTeC) and regularly completes manufacturer training for appliances and outdoor power equipment. He earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University by attending night classes while working at RepairClinic. As content manager, Ryan is a point person in the development of RepairClinic’s repair help information and videos on the website. He works with the RepairClinic video production team, subject matter experts and marketing department to ensure quality videos are created and uploaded to YouTube. Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and their young son. A true do-it-yourself at heart, he’s also into home improvement and DIY repair projects of all kinds. In his free time, when things are not broken down around the house, you will likely find him on a golf course.

One Response to Range cleaning 101

  1. Curtis says:

    Thanks for the great tips!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

36,473 Spam Comments Blocked so far by Spam Free Wordpress

Back to Top ↑

  • Recent Posts

  •’s Facebook Page

  • Google+ Add to circles

  • Join the VIP email list

    Don’t miss out

    Sign up for our free VIP email list for:

    • Exclusive discounts and promotions
    • Money-saving tips

    You’ll receive messages a few times monthly. You can unsubscribe instantly at any time.

  • Categories

  • About

  • Snag our buttons…

    …and spread the DIY know-how

  • appliance dishwasher diy do it yourself dryer energy kitchen landscaping lawn care lawn mower maintenance maintenance tips outdoor power equipment outreach press release press releases refrigerator repairclinic safety small engine snowblower tips washing machine