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How To Clean Electric Stove Coil Tops?

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Cleaning the coil tops of your electric stove can be a pain. It’s not always easy to reach, and you must find a way to get your hand up without getting burned. However, cleaning them is necessary if you want your stove to work properly. 

Electric Stove Coil Tops Cleaning Tips

So here are some tips for how to clean your electric stove coil tops so that they stay clean and don’t rust out over time:

1# Put on Your Rubber Gloves

To protect your hands, put on rubber gloves. This is especially important if you are using a powerful oven cleaner.

It is also a good idea to wear goggles and a face mask and cover your nose and mouth with a towel or bandana to avoid breathing any of the harsh chemicals in the oven cleaner.

2# Wipe Off Any Extra Food

Hand with cleaning glove wiping off extra food on coil stovetop

To clean your stovetop:

  1. Wipe it with a damp cloth. If you have any excess food or liquid on the surface, use a paper towel to soak up the mess.
  2. Don’t use sponges because they will scratch the surface and create new scratches that are difficult to remove.
  3. Avoid abrasive cleaners like bleach cleansers because they can also damage the finish on your stovetop over time.

3# Spray the Stove Top with Oven Cleaner

To start, you will need an oven cleaner. You can use whatever you have around the house but don’t buy anything fancy. Just something that will get the job done. 

Spray your chosen solvent onto your stovetop in a fine mist (don’t soak it). You want to ensure that none of the solutions gets on or near any coils. If any does, wipe it off before proceeding.

If you accidentally get some on there, don’t worry. Just wait for it to dry, and then give it another quick wipe down with a damp paper towel, so no solvent residue is left behind from the cleaner or water.

When spraying your oven cleaner onto the surface of your electric stove top, be careful not to get too close (or spray) too much so as not to create drips or large puddles of liquid anywhere on its surface. If there is too much liquid sitting around when cleaning time comes around again next time around, then they might end up smelling like their contents after a few days.

4# Lift up The Coil Tops and Spray Underneath Them

You can use a long-handled brush to get underneath the coil tops. The coils will be hot, so be careful not to burn yourself on them. Use a rag to wipe off any excess cleaner, and then let everything dry for at least an hour before using your stove again.

5# Let the Coil Tops Sit for About Ten Minutes, According to The Stove Manufacturer’s Instructions

Don’t use the stove top if you don’t know what to do. If your stove is electric, turn it off. If it’s gas, turn off the pilot light if one exists before cleaning. When in doubt, consult a professional, or even better yet, don’t cook at all!

6# Put a Rag or Sponge Under a Running Tap Set to Hot Water

Wash the coil top under running water

Wipe down the coil tops and underneath them with a rag or sponge. This can be done by placing a rag or sponge under a running tap set to hot water (hotter than lukewarm). The heat from the water will break up any stuck-on food particles on the surface of your stovetop, making it easier to scrub off later.

Be sure to wash all surfaces thoroughly. Remember, you are cleaning an electric stove top here, not just wiping away dust and grime. You want to remove any residue that may have built up over time and make sure you dry it well with a dish towel after washing so there are no water spots left behind either.

7# Use Your Soaked Rag or Sponge to Wipe Down the Coil Tops and Underneath Them until They Are Clean

Wipe down each coil top with a wet rag or sponge, and remove any excess liquid with a dry towel. You can use your soaked rag or sponge to wipe down the coil tops and underneath them until they are clean.

If your cloth is not soaking up much sauce, you can use more water on them. Be careful not to use too much pressure when wiping off any remaining sauce, as this could scratch the surface of your electric stove top’s coils.

8# Dry Your Stovetop with A Dish Towel

As you clean the stove top with a microfiber cloth, it’s important to ensure that no moisture is left on the surface of your stovetop. If there is any moisture left on your stovetop, this can cause rust and mold growth over time.

Dry off your stovetop with a clean dish towel or paper towel so that no moisture remains on the surface of the coil tops. Never use rough towels; they can scratch surfaces like glass tops or stainless steel finishes if they are not soft enough.

Make sure that any towels used have never been used before; otherwise, bacteria could grow inside them and be transferred onto other surfaces when using them again.

9# Replace the Coil Tops with Their Respective Burners when They Are Cool Enough to Touch

Cleaned coil electric stovetop in the kitchen

Once the coil tops are cool enough to touch, replace them with their respective burners in the exact order that you removed them. Ensure they sit correctly and are not loose before turning your stove on. Also, make sure that all burners are turned off.

This can be done by pressing down on the small black button at the top of each burner (in most stoves) or by counting how many clicks it takes for your stove to shut off after turning it on if there is no button.

Once again, we remind you not to touch any part of a hot electric range until it has cooled down significantly!

Cleaning Electric Stove Coil Tops (Watch Video)

Cleaning the coil tops on your electric stove doesn’t have to be a big deal. With just a little bit of elbow grease and some oven cleaner, you can clean electric stove coil tops yourself in no time. It’s not difficult to clean the coil tops either, so it will save you money by doing it yourself.

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I hope this post has helped you better understand how to clean your electric stove coil tops. It’s important to remember that the cleaning process may vary depending on which model you have, so always check the manufacturer’s instructions before trying any DIY remedies.

Check out our blog for more information on other appliances and how they work!

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Meet Newell, a seasoned expert in the realm of stoves and fireplaces. With an extensive background in the industry, Newell boasts unparalleled experience in working with electric, gas, and wood-burning stoves. His proficiency extends to crafting warm, inviting spaces through a deep understanding of fireplaces.


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