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Keep Your Oven and Cooktop Clean

Your oven and cooktop is where you do all your cooking, so you'll want to keep them clean and looking new. Follow the instructions below to properly clean and care for your oven and cooktop. Your oven, cooktop, food, and family will all thank you.

Make sure the electrical power for the appliance is off and all surfaces have cooled down before cleaning any part of the cooktop.

Warning

Read the following warnings before cleaning your cooktop:

  • Do not use a steel-wool pad or abrasive cleaners, which can scratch or damage the surface.  

  • Do not remove the cooktop surface to clean it. The gas lines leading to the burner manifolds can be damaged, resulting in a fire or system failure.

  • Do not spray any type of cleaner into the manifold holes. The ignition system is located in those holes and must be kept free of moisture.

  • Do not clean any of the oven or cooktop's components in the dishwasher.

   

Do not clean the cooktop or stainless steel parts with:

  • Caustic lye (sodium hydroxide), chlorine, or any cleaners containing these chemicals.

  • Hard or steel wool pads.

  • Abrasive materials and chemicals.

Cooktop Surface

Sometimes spills fall through the grates and stain the surface of your cooktop. You should always try to clean them right away so they don't stick.

To clean the cooktop, first turn off all surface burners. Remove all grates after they cool down. Clean the cooktop surface using a soft, damp cloth. Enamel cleaners work well on most cooktops. After cleaning the burner components, reinsert them back into place, and then place the burner grates into position.

Burner

Burner Cap and Heads

You may not even notice it at first, but your burner caps and heads can also get dirty when cook a lot. Don't forget to clean them too.

Make sure the cooktop and burners are off before you touch or clean them. Once they are cool, remove them from the surface of the cooktop. Wash the burner caps and heads in hot soapy water, and then rinse them in running water. To remove burned-on food particles, use a plastic scouring pad. To unclog the small holes in the burner head, use a sewing needle or twist tie. After cleaning the burner caps and heads, confirm that the burner port openings aren't plugged, and then place the burner caps and heads in the same location.

Note: Before removing the burner caps and heads, remember their size and location. The brass parts of your burner will change color with use. This is normal and it will not affect its performance. You can clean the brass parts with brass cleaner.

Burner Base

The base of the burners should be cleaned as well, so they ignite and you can cook properly. 

Make sure the cooktop and burners are off and cool before you clean the base. Do not let water get into the burner base and the brass gas orifices. Wipe the burner bases with a damp cloth. Be careful not to scratch, deform, or damage the bases. Make sure to fully dry the burner bases before using them.

Note: The burner bases cannot be removed for cleaning.

Burner Head and Cap Replacement

Dual Burner Head

Some cooktop models may come with a dual burner in the middle. It has a special way to clean it, so read the instructions carefully. 

Make sure the cooktop is off and the burner is cool before you touch or replace it. Orient the burner head so that the opening for the electrode lines up with the electrode. Then install the burner head so that the electrode passes through the opening for the electrode. Make sure the burner head lies flat on the stove top.

Round Burner Head

Round burner heads are the regular burners on the right and left sides of the cooktop. However, they also have a special way you need to clean them, so read along carefully.

Make sure the cooktop is off and the burners are cool before you touch or replace them. Orient the burner head so that the opening for the electrode lines up with the electrode. Then, install the burner head so that the electrode passes through the opening for the electrode. Make sure the burner head lies flat on the stove top.

Control Knobs

The knobs themselves or the area under the knobs can get grimy after a long time, so make sure to clean them from time to time.

First, make sure all surface burner knobs are in the OFF position. Then, pull out the knobs off the control valve stems. Clean the knobs in warm, soapy water. Then, rinse and dry them thoroughly. Clean the stainless steel surfaces using a stainless steel cleaner or white vinegar. Make sure the knobs are completely dry, and then re-attach them to the control valve stems in the OFF position.

Note: Do not remove the spill protector when removing the knobs.

Stainless Steel Surfaces

Usually, the area with the knobs and the sides of your range are made from stainless steel. Despite its name, stainless steel can get dirty and it has a certain way to clean it. 

Remove any spills, spots, and grease stains using a soft, wet cloth. Apply a stainless steel cleaner like Bar Keepers Friend or some white vinegar to a cloth or paper towel. Clean one small area at a time, rubbing with the grain of the stainless steel if applicable. Dry the surface using a soft, dry cloth. Repeat these steps as many times as necessary.

Control Panel

If you touch the digital control panel after cooking with oil or grease, the oils from your hands can buildup on the screen. You'll want to clean it every once in a while so the control panel can work proplerly. 

To lock the control panel and the oven door, touch and hold START/SET for 3 seconds. Clean the control panel using a soft cloth dampened with plain water, warm soapy water, or glass cleaner. Do not spray cleansers directly on to the control panel because the moisture can damage the display. When done, don't for get to touch and hold START/SET again for 3 seconds to unlock.

Grates and Wok Grate

Only certain range or cooktop models come with complimentary wok grates, and wok grates will vary by model.

You'll also want to clean your grates once in a while. Food and buildup can also accumulate on them over time. 

Make sure the cooktop is off, and then remove the grates when they're cool. Wash grates in warm soapy water, and then rinse with clean water. If there is a lot of buildup or grease, soak them in hot water, a mild degreaser, or white vinegar for 15 to 30 minutes. When you are done cleaning, make sure the grates are completely dry before you place them back on the cooktop. 

Cast-iron Griddle

Only certain range or cooktop models come with complimentary griddles, and griddles will vary by model.

If your Samsung range came with a griddle, you'll want to clean it after use, so you can keep it clean and sanitary. 

When you're done cooking with the griddle, turn off the cooktop and clean the griddle as soon as it cools down. Use a stiff brush and hot water to scrub it. Using soap is not recommended and harsh detergents should never be used to clean the griddle. Make sure to thoroughly dry the griddle before you use it again. When the griddle is not in use, store it in a cool, dry place.

   

CAUTIONS

  • If something has spilled under the griddle, it should be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent baked-on food soil.

  • Do not allow grease to accumulate under the griddle because it can create a fire hazard. Clean under the griddle with hot soapy water as soon as it cools down.

  • Do not wash in a dishwasher.

  • Always turn off all surface burners before removing the griddle. Use caution when handling a hot griddle.

  • Do not clean the griddle in a self-cleaning oven.

Oven Exterior

The sides of your oven can get smudged from fingerprints and stains, making it look dirty.

Before cleaning the sides of the oven, make sure the oven is off and cool. Then, apply a small amount of approved stainless steel cleaner or white vinegar to a cloth or paper towel. Clean only the areas made from stainless steel. Scrub one small area at a time, rubbing with the grain of the stainless steel if applicable. When done, dry the surface using a soft, dry cloth. Repeat the process as many times as necessary. 

Do not use stainless steel cleaner on the outer glass panels of your oven because it could make the glass look smeared. Instead, clean the glass using a glass cleaner or soapy water. Rinse and dry the glass thoroughly. Make sure the gasket does not get wet and do not allow moisture into the door. 

Oven Racks

Depending on what you cook, the oven racks inside the oven can get dirty as well. Clean them regularly to keep them squeaky clean.

Make sure the oven is off and the racks are cool before you remove them from the oven.  Soak the racks in lukewarm soapy water, and then scrub impurities from the racks by using a non-abrasive scouring pad.

If the racks do not slide in and out smoothly after you have cleaned them, rub the side rail guides with wax paper or a cloth containing a few drops of cooking oil to help the racks glide with ease.

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