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Gas Hobs: Step-by-step cleaning guide

Gas hobs are popular appliances for the kitchen. They provide efficient heat control and quick heating making them an ideal candidate for cooking. However, they can be prone to grease, grime, and stubborn stains over time. Keeping your gas hob clean not only enhances its performance but also ensures a hygienic cooking space which we desire when cooking. In this article, we look at effective methods to clean your gas hob. 

Please note: Before you jump into cleaning, refer to your user manual for specific cleaning information that may apply to your appliance.

Step 1: Prioritise your safety.

Firstly, it is important to consider your safety before you clean. You should ensure the burners are completely cool and if necessary, disconnect the gas supply to prevent any ignition. We recommend only an adult cleans the hob and all parts are kept out of reach from children. 

Step 2: Remove the burner caps.

Start by turning off the gas supply and allowing the burners to cool. Once cool, carefully remove the burner caps. They can be soaked in warm, soapy water for at least 15 minutes to loosen grease and grime. For stubborn stains, a mixture of baking soda and water can be applied as a paste. You can scrub the caps with a soft brush or an old toothbrush to remove any residue.  

Step 3: Clean the burner heads.

The burner heads can also accumulate debris over time, affecting the efficiency of the flames. You can use a damp cloth to wipe away any loose dirt or crumbs. If the burner heads are removable, you may wish to gently soak in warm, soapy water. If there are stubborn stains, you can use a hack a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. To clean, dip a cloth in the solution and gently wipe the burner heads. 

Step 4: Degrease the cooker hob surface.

The surface of your gas hob can become a magnet for grease and spills that occur from the various food cooked. To clean, wipe away any loose debris with a soft, damp cloth. If you need to tackle stubborn stains, create a mixture of baking soda and water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the stains and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Gently scrub the surface with a soft sponge, focusing on the stained areas. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. You can click here to read some of our stain removal cleaning hacks for your cooker hobs.

Step 5: Clean the control dials and surrounding areas.

An area that is often overlooked is the control dials. The control dials and the surrounding areas can harbour dirt and grease. This is because we are touching them every day to control the hob and don’t necessarily pay attention to the dirt that can accumulate. To clean them, remove the dials and clean them with warm, soapy water. Then wipe down the control panel with a damp cloth. Avoid using any harsh abrasives but you can use a mild detergent to help remove dirt. Next, fully dry all components and then refit and attach the dials to the hob.  Click here to view our video on how to remove and clean the dials.

Step 6: Polish and shine.

If you want to give your gas hob a polished finish, use a microfibre cloth to buff the surface gently. For stainless steel hobs, a mixture of vinegar and water can add extra shine. You can then spray the solution onto the surface and wipe with a dry microfibre cloth. It is an easy way to make your appliance sparkle. 


By following these effective cleaning methods, you can easily tackle grease, grime, and stubborn stains to get the best performance of your hobs.