How to Clean Your Range Cooker

Rangemaster range cooker installed in kitchen next to stairs

Learn how to clean your range cooker in this step-by-step guide.

One of the great benefits of owning a range cooker is its sheer size and number of compartments, zones and sections. These make it much easier to cook multiple things at once, and to store more within the cooker itself.

But, as beneficial as they are, all that oven space needs to be cleaned. This can be a big task, and is often overwhelming to even think about.

Worry not though. We’ve broken down the full cleaning process into manageable sections. So, whether you’re planning a deep clean or spot cleaning a little at a time, we have you covered. With proper cleaning, you can maintain your range cooker’s looks. And, more importantly, ensure it’s performing to its full capacity.

How Do You Deep Clean A Range Cooker?

A deep clean of your range cooker refers to cleaning every part of your range cooker at the same time. Before you begin, we recommend removing all of the internal sections. This includes any shelves and trays, as well as anything else removable. This will speed up the cleaning process.

Because range cookers have many different zones, we will explain how to clean each one separately.  If you’d rather spot clean, you can choose to only clean one section at a time.

We have listed each section in order for one big deep clean. This order has been designed to speed up the process:

Range Cooker Cleaning Step-by-Step

How Do You Clean A Cooker Hood?

If you have a range cooker, you most likely have a cooker hood too. It’s best to clean this first, as any loose debris may fall down onto your range cooker.

Cleaning the Grease Filters:

It’s recommended by Rangemaster that you clean the grease filters in your oven hood every two months. More so if you use it frequently.

To remove metal grill grease filters, simply push them towards the back while pulling downwards simultaneously. If your hood is made of stainless steel or a painted surface, these should be dishwasher safe – simply put these in with your next load. Always check your user manual beforehand though.

If you don’t own a dishwasher, wash these filters with the rest of your washing up using warm soapy water. Take care not to bend these, and allow them to dry completely before refitting.

Please note: If your range cooker has an activated charcoal filter, these are not washable and need to be replaced every four months, or sooner if you use the hood heavily.

Cleaning the Surfaces of Your Cooker Hood:

We recommend cleaning the surfaces of your cooker hood regularly to avoid a build-up of grease and grime.

To clean the surfaces of your cooker hood, you can start by removing the cooker hood cover. Follow the instructions in your user manual to do this.

Once removed, soak it in a sink or bath full of warm water with dish soap. You can add bicarbonate of soda if it’s particularly dirty.

Once you’ve soaked it for at least 30 minutes, you can scrub away all of the grease and grime.

For the rest of the cooker hood surfaces, we recommend cleaning it with a mild bicarbonate of soda paste. Use a microfibre cloth to rub this in and remove any grime.

For more in-depth instructions on how to clean your cooker hood, including replacing grease filters,
follow our guide on how to maintain chimney cooker hoods.

How Do You Clean a Range Cooker Hob?

How you go about cleaning your range cooker hob will ultimately depend on the type of hob you have. However, the following instructions have been generalised to work with any hob type:

Step 1:

Remove any pan supports, grills, burner plates, or anything else that can be removed. Soak these in warm water and dish soap.

Step 2:

Remove as much debris and dirt from the hob as possible, using just a damp cloth. Use a hob scraper to remove any hardened pieces.

Step 3:

Clean the hob using a non-abrasive cleaning sponge and a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Kitchen towel or a microfibre cloth can then be used to remove any remaining suds.

Step 4:

Scrub the removable parts that have been soaking. Rinse and fully dry these before replacing them on your clean hob.

Rangemaster rang cooker in Ivory

For more detailed instructions and advice, read our ultimate guide on how to clean a hob.

How Do You Clean a Range Cooker Oven?

Cleaning the range cooker oven is arguably the hardest part. This is because food residue can get cooked onto the internal surfaces, which makes removing them much harder. However, with a good oven cleaner and regular cleaning, this task can become easier.

Follow these simple steps to clean your range cooker oven effectively:

Step 1:

Remove and soak any shelves, racks or trays. These can either be placed in the dishwasher (if dishwasher safe) to clean, or soaked in warm soapy water. Use a stiff brush and dish soap to scrub them clean.

Step 2:

Remove any loose bits of food or other debris from the oven cavity with a damp cloth.

Step 3:

Whilst wearing protective gloves, apply your chosen oven cleaner. Wait the recommended time for the cleaner to work.

Step 4:

Wipe and rinse with a wet sponge to remove all dirt and suds. Use a scouring pad or stiff brush to scrub at any stubborn spots. Ensure you’re wearing protective gloves for this step also.

Step 5:

Clean and replace any removable parts. Make sure they’re fully dry before replacing them.

Inside an oven being cleaned

For more detailed instructions, and advice on the best oven cleaner to use, read our guide on how to clean your oven thoroughly.

How Do You Clean The External Surface of Your Range Cooker?

Cleaning the external surface of your oven should be easy. Because you don’t cook on this part of the oven, the only reason to clean it will be to get rid of day-to-day dust that has gathered. You may also need to clean away any spillages.

A damp cloth should be enough to wipe away any marks or dirt. You can also use a general surface cleaner if you’d like to be a bit tougher. Or, if you just want to dust it, a regular dust cloth should suffice.

If your surfaces are made of stainless steel, you may prefer to use a stainless steel cleaner. However, a damp cloth can still be used.

A black Rangemaster Classic Deluxe 110 Dual Fuel in a kitchen arch.

How Do You Clean A Range Cooker Door?

Finally, now that the rest of the oven is nice and clean, we have the range cooker doors.

Three stages of cleaning an oven door

If your door has no glass, then once again hot soapy water will do the trick. However, for oven doors made from enamel, we recommend using a dedicated enamel cleaner. Many manufacturers, such as AEG, sell their own enamel cleaners for you to use.

Be careful not to displace or damage any seals around the door.

If, like most ovens, the door features a glass window, you can begin cleaning using hot soapy water and a microfibre cloth. If you need to, a cream cleaner or soft scourer will help remove any stubborn stains. Ensure that everything you use is safe to use on glass surfaces.

It’s important to not use any abrasive cleaners or scouring pads as this can scratch the glass. In worst case scenarios, these can even cause the glass to shatter.

Steam cleaning the oven in advance should loosen any stuck-on grease or oil. This will make cleaning the door much easier!

There are many recommended methods for cleaning a glass oven door. But, hot soapy water or cream cleaner and a bit of elbow grease should clean it well enough for it to sparkle.

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