Composed of fused glass, porcelain enamel hobs are heat resistant and sturdy. Like other stove surfaces, enamel hobs collect grease splatters, food stains, and crumbs with every use. If not cleaned, food debris sticks to enamel surfaces and lures insects. Natural acids in foods such as lemon juice, tomato products, and vinegar can eventually etch enamel as well. Frequently cleaning an enamel hob sustains its appearance and efficiency. Maintain your enamel hob with basic supplies.
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Things you need
- Dish soap
- Plastic mesh pad
- Paper towels
- Rubber gloves
Let the enamel surface and burners cool completely.
Combine two drops of dish soap with 1 qt. of very warm water in a container. Drench a clean dishrag in the sudsy solution.
Wipe the soapy dishrag over the enamel surface and control knobs. Remove all grease and food splatters. Rinse the dishrag with fresh water.
Examine the enamel for stubborn grime. If stuck-on debris lingers, scrub it off using a plastic mesh pad dampened with warm water.
Saturate a fresh dishrag with warm water. Wipe it over the enamel surface to rinse away soap and grime. Thoroughly dry the enamel surface with paper towels.
Tips and warnings
- Apply a baking soda paste made of equal parts water and baking soda to extremely stubborn stains. Scrub off the dry paste and debris with a wooden scraper.
- Abrasive pads and scouring cleaners will permanently etch enamel.
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- University of Kentucky; Purchasing a Range, Oven or Cooktop; Suzanne B. Badenhop; 2004
- Michigan State University Extension: Electric and Gas Cooktops -- Cleaning; Anne Field; June 24, 2003
- University of Florida IFAS Extension: Keeping It Clean; Cleaning the Kitchen Stove, Range Top, and Oven; Mary N. Harrison; May 2002