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Top tips for cleaning your hob

gas stove

Your hob is one of the most used and most visible appliances in your kitchen and is one of the places most likely to suffer from grease, stains and food spillages. Once food and grime has built up on your hob, it can be a big job to get it bock to looking its best.
The best way to ensure a sparkling clean hob is to book a professional clean with Ovenclear.

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If you’d prefer to clean your hob yourself, see our top hob cleaning tips to make sure you’re left with a sparkling result whether you have a gas or electric appliance.

Before you clean your hob, ensure that it’s turned off and cooled down; we don’t want any burnt fingers.

Cleaning your electric hob:

An electric plate hob usually has raised elements to heat your pans on. This means that it’s easy for food, grease and grime to burn into the space beneath and between the elements. For your electric hob clean, you can use your normal kitchen degreaser. We would recommend that a natural and non-caustic solution is best.

  • Firstly, spray the hob with your chosen cleaning solution and leave it to work for a few minutes, this should loosen any burnt-on stains.
  • Use a warm, damp cloth to wipe over the hob to remove dirt and food. Repeat this until all stains are lifted. If there’s food in between and beneath the raised plates, an old toothbrush is perfect for getting into all the nooks and crannies – just don’t put it back in the bathroom afterwards!
  • Wipe everything over again with a damp cloth to remove any remaining product. You should ensure your hob is dry before using again.

Cleaning your gas hob:
Gas hobs usually have metal pan stands and removable burner tops and rings. Taking everything of will make the hob much easier to clean.

  • Firstly, fill a bucket or your sink with hot, soapy water (washing up liquid is perfect) and put all the removable elements of your hob in to soak. This will break down grease whilst you’re cleaning the stovetop.
  • Use a damp cloth to remove any loose dirt or debris from your stovetop then spray on your kitchen surface cleaner of choice. We recommend using a non-caustic and environmentally friendly product.
  • Wipe off the cleaning product with a damp cloth to remove any burnt on stubborn stains. The stovetop can now be polished with a dry microfibre cloth to leave it smooth and shining.
  • Any grease on the pan racks and burner rings should now be easy to remove after soaking with a cloth or a sponge. An old toothbrush can be used to tackle any more stubborn stains. Allow all elements to dry completely before putting them back onto the hob.

Cleaning your ceramic hob:
Modern ceramic hobs are usually a single smooth surface, many even have touch sensitive controls so there aren’t even any raised buttons or dials. Care needs to be take when cleaning this type of surface as it is prone to scratches and scuffs if anything too abrasive is used. 

  • Firstly, use a damp cloth to remove ant food debris on your hob. If there is burnt on food residue, a specialist angled glass and ceramic scraper can be used. This must be used with care to avoid any scratches or scraped on your hob’s surface.
  • Apply a small amount of your chosen surface cleaner. It is important to check the packaging of your cleaner to make sure it’s suitable for the surface of your ceramic hob. Leave the cleaning fluid to work for a couple of moments to loosen the grease.
  • Use a clean microfibre cloth to wipe away the stains. A dry cloth can then be used to buff the hob back to a brilliant shine.

Deep cleaning your hob can be a messy and tiresome task, so why not let Ovenclear do the dirty work for you?

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How to ensure your extractor fan is clean and efficient.

Extractor Fans

What does an extractor fan do?

An extractor fan is used to remove smoke, steam, grease, and unpleasant odours from your kitchen, especially whilst using your hob. They are usually located above or close to your hob or stovetop.
Why does my extractor fan need cleaning?
All kitchen appliances benefit from regular cleaning to ensure they are running as safely, efficiently, and hygienically as possible. This is especially true of extractor fans which can very quickly build up a layer of grease, dust, and dirt with regular use over time.
A dirty extractor fan can lead to a number of issues. Some are merely unpleasant, such as food smells hanging around and a build-up of dirt and grime. However, some more dangerous issues can include breathing in fumes or even the risk of fire! A build up of grease can block the air flow, which causes the fan to overheat and sometimes ignite.
It’s important to include regular cleaning of this appliance to your home cleaning schedule.

How can I ensure my extractor fan is clean?
The easiest way to ensure your extractor fan is sparkling is to book a professional clean with Ovenclear! We will ensure your extractor fan is clean, safe, and efficient. We can even replace filters and lightbulbs if required.
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You may want to clean your extractor fan yourself. 

See our expert tips below to ensure you’ve got everything covered:

1. Clean the filters:

All extractor fans will have a filter to collect grease during cooking. Most extractor fans will have an aluminium filter which can be cleaned and reused however some will have paper filters which need to be replaced once saturated with grease.

We recommend checking your filters every 2-3 months and either cleaning or replacing when needed. We would expect an extractor fan to require cleaning every 6 months.

Before checking and removing filters, ensure that the extractor fan is turned off.

Aluminium filters should be soaked in hot, soapy water to break down the grease before being cleaned with a soft cloth. You don’t need any specialist or toxic chemicals to do this; normal household washing up liquid is a great degreaser.

Lightbulb covers can also usually be removed and soaked in hot soapy water before being rinsed and re-fitted.

Ensure that your filters and lightbulb covers are thoroughly dry before re-fitting to your extractor hood.

2. Clean the exterior of the extractor:

Extractor fans and cooker hoods come in many styles and finishes such as wood, glass, or stainless steel. Just like the filter, the exterior of you fan will also collect a build-up of grease, dust, and grime over time which needs to be removed.

Before cleaning your extractor fan exterior, ensure the appliance is switched off.

The best cleaning method will depend on the finish of your extractor fan:

Wooden Extractor Hoods:

  • Use household degreaser such as washing up liquid to remove grease.
  • Rinse with warm water and a soft cloth until all of the grease has gone.

Glass Extractor Hoods:

  • Remove the glass if possible so that it can be cleaned on a separate surface.
  • Use a paste made with bicarbonate of soda and hot water to gently scrub the glass and loosen the grease with a sponge. This won’t scratch your glass.
  • Rinse off the bicarb scrub with warm water.
  • Use a household degreaser such as washing up liquid to remove any remaining grease and rinse with warm water again.
  • A household glass cleaner can be used to add shine.

Stainless Steel Extractor Hoods:

  • As with glass cleaning, a paste made from bicarbonate of soda and hot water will work well as a non-abrasive scrub to get off the worst of the grease. This can be rinsed off with warm water.
  • Follow this with household degreaser to remove the remaining dirt and grease, rinsed with clean warm water.
  • Dry the extractor with a clean, dry cloth.
  • A stainless steel polish can be used to finish for shine and protection.

Cleaning your extractor fan can be an unpleasant and messy job. Why not let the specialist oven cleaning technicians at Ovenclear take care of it for you?

Our exclusive six-step cleaning process and non-caustic, biodegradable cleaning products will leave you with a sparkling extractor fan which will be ready to use immediately after cleaning.

However long it has been since it was last clean and no matter how dirty, we’ll leave you with a sparkling extractor fan which looks as good as new!

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