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Spring Clean Your Rangemaster
Posted by Alison Baker Monday, 7th March 2016
Has the lovely wintery sun been shining through your windows highlighting that a bit of work is needed on your Rangemaster recently? There is nothing like the sun to highlight that a little spring cleaning is needed. I know mine needs some TLC, it is that or I keep the blinds closed in the mornings and it would be a shame to do that!
If you have read any of my blogs before on cleaning your cooker, you will know that I always bang on about wiping up spills as soon as possible being the best thing, but we all know that doesn’t always happen in practice. Not to worry, with my second favourite kitchen appliance, after my Rangemaster, the dishwasher, you can transform your range back to looking brand new without too much effort and keep it that way. First of all switch your Rangemaster off if you can, otherwise make sure everything is turned off and only clean a cold cooker.
Let us start at the top! For glass topped ranges, ceramic and induction, the best cleaner for these is a specific cream cleaner, (there is a Rangemaster one) you may also find a scraper, especially designed for these surfaces, comes in handy if there is anything burnt on to the glass. Use the scraper flat on the glass at an angle of about 30°; don’t be tempted to use a corner of it.
Then just use the ceramic hob cleaner with a soft damp cloth and clean gently over the glass, rinse and then polish to a shine with a clean dry cloth.
For your gas hob, the enamel pan supports can be cleaned in the dishwasher or given a good scrub in some hot soapy water with a nylon brush. Make sure they are dry before you put them back on the hob.
The rings around the burners; do not put these in the dishwasher, they will discolour. Instead use some cream cleaner and a soft cloth and clean in one direction, rinse and dry. The enamel burner caps will benefit from cream cleaner too. The hob top, also enamelled needs care too. This area of your Rangemaster is the part that benefits most from being wiped down after use! For this use hot soapy water and a nylon scourer – now be careful, if you are too heavy handed you may mark this surface.
Next, the ovens and oven doors. The oven shelves can go into the dishwasher, if you do this regularly, it will keep them looking shiny; if they come out of the dishwasher still slightly mucky, a quick scrub with a scourer will clean them fully as the dishwasher will have loosened all the burnt on residues. The self-clean or ‘spotty’ oven liners should be OK but if you feel they need some cleaning take them out and wash in hot soapy water allowing them to dry fully. The interior of the oven door, if it is enamel you can carefully clean this with oven enamel cleaner but please be careful to keep this off the oven door seal and protect your kitchen floor whilst doing this. If you have a glass oven door – so useful to check on your food while it is cooking but it also shows all the splashes from cooking! Clean the glass with cream cleaner (if you have a scraper for a glass hob, it may be useful here too), rinse and polish dry.
The floor of the oven will need oven enamel cleaner too, please keep this off the elements or burners in the oven. To keep the base of the oven clean, I would recommend heavy duty Bake-o-Glide, reusable and non-stick, it is amazing! Because of the element at the base of the oven in a multifunction or conventional oven, the Bake-o-Glide should only be used on the base of a fan oven. Clean the outside of the oven doors with a soft cloth that has been rinsed out in hot soapy water, rinse and then polish dry with a clean soft cloth.
The all-important fascia of your Rangemaster; this needs special care. You would not believe how many times I have heard of consumers damaging the fascia with cleaning products. If you are using any cleaning product for the first time (apart from Rangemaster products), read which surfaces they are intended for and follow the instructions carefully.
It may be a good idea to test them on an inconspicuous place first, just to be certain that no damage is likely to happen. The fascia markings are very important unless you know your cooker very well! Control knobs, these are perhaps one of the main reasons you bought your Rangemaster, we know that looks are as important as the functionality of your cooker, they need looking after too. Use a soft cloth that has been squeezed out well in washing up liquid and water and use to clean the controls.
Should you need any more detail on cleaning your Rangemaster, your User Guide will help, if you can’t put your hands on that, go on-line www.rangemaster.co.uk one for your Rangemaster is available on our website under the heading Technical Library (at the bottom of the page).
You see, oven cleaning isn’t that bad, is it?