Easy 29p tip to clean electric hobs and ‘leave it looking like new’

Daily Express shows how to clean your hob

Mike Harris, owner of Oven Rescue Group, said: “It may seem like a simple task, but cleaning a hob can actually go very wrong, very quickly.

“Lots of people think that hobs are indestructible, and they can use all kinds of products and tools to remove burnt-on grease, grime and stains, but the truth is, hobs can be damaged very easily.

“Using products that aren’t designed for use on a hob is one of the most common ways people go wrong.

“Products like Oven Pride are designed for the oven and oven trays only, and as such, should only be used, with caution, on such. 

“There are specialist chemical products designed for hobs, but sometimes the easiest, and cheapest, ways are the best.”

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The first step in cleaning the hob is to make sure it is completely cool before attempting to clean it because this could result in burns.

Next, remove as much burnt-on debris as possible using a hob scraper. Hob scrapers can be picked up from places such as Lakeland and Amazon and help to remove tough dirt without damaging the hob when used correctly.

The expert added: “However, always read the instructions before starting to make sure you don’t cause unnecessary scratches.

“Next is the simple step that most people miss – it’s best to start with just warm, soapy water. You’ll be surprised at how much dirt you can remove with simple warm water, a bit of washing-up liquid, and a clean cloth. 

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“For extra cleaning power, leave it to sit on the hob for a few minutes and leave it to get to work. If the soap and water aren’t cutting through, it’s time to start scrubbing. 

“Use a soft cloth or sponge to gently scrub the surface, making sure you don’t apply too much pressure – especially if it’s a glass hob. 

“A great hack is to use a specialist brush for crevices, or even a toothbrush, to get into touch to clean areas, such as in between fittings and around pan supports.”

Once the stains have been scrubbed, make sure to give it a thorough wipe to see how it looks and to avoid causing damage.

If some of the baked-on stains haven’t moved, mix water with some baking soda until it becomes a paste, and apply it to the stains.

Mike recommended leaving this mixture to sit for around 30 minutes which will help to loosen the stains.

Once the 30 minutes are up, give it a gentle wipe to unveil a stain-free hob. The oven cleaning expert continued: “To leave it looking like new, mix equal parts water and vinegar and use a microfibre cloth to polish over the surface and remove any streaks.

“Although grease, grime and burnt-on stains are sometimes unavoidable, it’s always easier to remove spills as soon as they happen – if it’s safe to, of course. 

“Alternatively, hob liners are great for helping to catch spills and prevent them from sticking to the surface.”

White vinegar can be picked up from as little as 29p per bottle from stores like Tesco, B&M and Home Bargains.

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