Appliances - Ovens and Cooktops

Carefully read your manufacturer's guide to understand all recommended safety tips and operating procedures for your oven and cooktop.

Care and Maintenance Tips Cooktops

  • Clean glass top or ceramic top cooktops after each use with a commercially available glass or ceramic cook top cleaner to prevent spills from hardening on the surface and damaging the finish.
  • To remove heavy, burned-on residue, allow the cooktop to cool. Use a single-edge razor blade scraper at approximately a 45 degree angle against the glass surface and scrape the soil. It will be necessary to apply pressure to the razor scraper in order to remove the residue. After scraping with the razor scraper, spread a few drops of ceramic cooktop cleaner on the entire burned residue area. Use the cleaning pad to remove any remaining residue. For additional protection, after all residue has been removed, polish the entire surface with ceramic cooktop cleaner and a paper towel.

Gas Cooktops

  • For gas cooktops, the burner grates, grills and burner heads should be cleaned after each use to reduce cooked on stains. The slits in the burner heads of your cooktop must be kept clean to preserve an even, unhampered flame.
  • To clean grills and grates, wash them in hot, soapy water and rinse with clean water. After cleaning, replace the burner grates and make sure they are positioned securely over the burners. To remove burned-on food, use a non-metallic soap filled scouring pad. Many grills and grates can also be cleaned in the dishwasher. Consult your manufacturer's instructions to verify.
  • Although they are durable, the grates will gradually lose their shine, regardless of the best care you can give them. This is due to their continual exposure to high temperatures.
  • Before removing the burner caps and heads, remember their size and location. Replace them in the same location after cleaning. Failure to put them back in the correct position may prevent the flames from igniting.

Oven Cleaning

  • Be sure the oven is off and all surfaces are cool before cleaning any part of the oven.
  • Dirt or grime on the outside of the oven and outside of the gasket around the oven door will need to be cleaned by hand with warm soapy water or a mild detergent.
  • Do not clean the gasket around the oven door. This is part of the self-cleaning mechanism and should not be touched or handled.
  • The temperature probe may be cleaned with soap and water or a soap-filled scouring pad. Cool the temperature probe before cleaning. Scour stubborn spots with a soap-filled scouring pad, rinse and dry.

Range Hoods

  • Follow manufacturer's recommendations for replacing and cleaning vent filters and chambers.

Self-Cleaning Ovens

  • Carefully follow the manufacturer's instructions for the appropriate frequency and procedures for running the self-cleaning cycle.
  • When using the self-cleaning cycle, open a kitchen window or run the ventilation fan or hood to help reduce fumes generated during the cycle.
  • Remove all pans and cookware before starting the self-cleaning cycle.
  • All self-cleaning oven racks may be cleaned by hand with an abrasive cleaner or steel wool. After cleaning, rinse racks with clean water and dry with a clean cloth. The oven racks may remain in the oven during self-cleaning cycle without being damaged.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.