Cleaning a range cooker

Range cookers are comprised of separate elements that all demand a slightly different cleaning
method. Being aware of how to take care of each part effectively will help you to keep your oven in
pristine condition. Above all, how you clean your hob will depend on the kind of fuel used by your
range cooker. Gas and induction hobs are not treated in the same way. Despite being a smart-
looking and extremely practical finish for domestic appliances, stainless steel is definitely trickier to
clean than enamelled or painted surfaces. Also, enamel itself is a lot stronger than you might think.

At Kenwood we recommend that you remove the cast iron supports from the hob and immerse
them in hot soapy water. Avoid putting them in the dishwasher as this may cause discolouration. To
prevent rusting, make sure that you dry the supports properly after cleaning. The hob itself is
constructed from a single piece, so it’s easy to tackle with a damp cloth soaked in warm water (along
with some washing up liquid). To eliminate smears, simply use a hob cleaner.

With induction hobs, always avoid using a scourer or abrasive cleaning products as these can
damage the surface. These hobs should never require powerful chemicals. We advise our customers
to clean little, but often! To keep your range cooker in good shape, you should aim to give it a wipe
down after every use – instead of deep-cleaning it every couple of months. Finally, bear in mind that
while scourers and abrasive cleaners work nicely on pan supports and oven shelves, they can exact
lasting damage to your range cooker’s control panel. So tread carefully with the outside of the oven.

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