Caring for your cooking appliances

Taking care of your cooking appliances will ensure that they continue to work efficiently and last a long time.

Enamel areas

  • Wipe over while still warm with a damp, soapy cloth. Dry with a soft cloth.
  • Always wipe spills immediately so they do not dry or cook onto surfaces.
  • Use a liquid cleaner to remove stubborn marks and avoid scouring pads or powder, which can scratch enamels.

Control panel

  • Wipe over, and occasionally remove, and wash knobs.
  • Wipe off any build up on the panel.

Burners (natural gas)

  • For day-to-day cleaning, wipe over the burners after each use. Aluminium should be rubbed over with soapy steel wool pads.
  • Brass and stainless steel should be washed in hot, soapy water. Always rinse and dry well.
  • Light burners to check correct replacement.
  • Pan supports or trivets. Wash in hot, soapy water. If they are very greasy soak in a solution of one tablespoon of washing soda to 4.5 litres of very hot water. 


  • Remove griller tray before cleaning.
  • Wash in hot, soapy water, using a fine, soapy steel-wool pad on heavily soiled areas.
  • Rinse and dry well.
  • Wipe out griller compartment with warm, soapy cloth.
  • Clean racks as for oven shelves.


There are 2 types of finishes — enamel and catalytic (self-cleaning). The catalytic surface is specially treated, so it requires care when using (see manufacturer's instructions).

  • It is easier to clean the oven while it is still warm, but not hot.
  • Remove shelves and other moveable parts and wash in a hot-water detergent solution.
  • More stubborn spillage may require the use of a commercial cleaner (see manufacturer's instructions).
  • Wipe over oven shelves, occasionally rubbing with a soapy fine steel-wool pad. 

Glass areas

  • Clean over with a hot, soapy cloth — remember most oven doors lift off for easy cleaning.
  • Avoid soaking glass doors as it may damage the insulation.