Give Your Range a Facelift
Show your oven some lovin'
Is your range looking a bit grungy these days? Perhaps you remodeled the kitchen, but new appliances weren’t in the budget? Or maybe you’re selling your home and want your kitchen to sparkle? We’ll show you all the bits and pieces you need to deep clean or replace in order to make your range look good as new.
Inspecting the Plastic Components
The first thing to do is inspect the plastic elements, as they’re easy to clean or replace if necessary. These include the burner knobs, the handle, and the top vent on the door. If they’re too discolored or damaged, replacing them will be easier. If they’re simply just dirty, then they can be removed from the range and cleaned up. The burner knobs are easily removed by just pulling them off the shaft. They can then be soaked in a cleaning solution and given a scrub to remove any remaining residue.
Cleaning the Backsplash
With the knobs removed, the backsplash area of the range can get a thorough cleaning using a plastic or paint-safe cleaner. When cleaning the electronic control surface, it is probably best to spray the cleaner onto your sponge or cloth, instead of directly onto the controls.
Fixing Up the Cooktop
The next area of focus is the cooktop. Start by removing the burner elements and drip bowls and give them a good inspection for signs of wear or corrosion on the elements. If these parts are beyond cleaning, they should be replaced. If the drip bowls aren’t in bad shape, they can be soaked in a cleaning solution and then given a good scrub. If the elements are also in good shape, a damp cloth can be used to clean them up. It should go without saying, but absolutely do not submerge or soak the burner elements. If there is some caked-on food, make a paste with baking soda and water and let it sit while you work on another part of the range.
Using the Oven’s Self-cleaning Process
Since we’ll be removing the oven door to thoroughly clean it, we can’t use the official “self-cleaning mode” on the oven. Instead, we’re going to use a spray-on cleaner to break down the burnt-on residue. We'll leave it to work while we focus on sprucing up the other parts of the range. The racks can be removed and placed in a large bin with a cleaning solution to soak.
Removing and Inspecting the Oven Door
This next step will be the most labor-intensive part of the cleaning, but the oven door can get a lot of build-up so a deep cleaning will make the whole range look good as new. Check your user manual or one of our repair videos to find out the proper procedure to remove the door for your specific model. Once the door is placed on a suitable work surface, it can be examined more closely.
On our model, we noticed a significant amount of rust on the bottom strip that holds the glass in place. If you have similar issues, you can try sanding it down and repainting the strip, or you can replace it completely. The same method can be used for the two side trim pieces – once removed from the glass they can be cleaned up or replaced if necessary. With the glass removed and set aside, next is to inspect and clean the door handle and vent. They are held onto the door with a couple of screws, and once removed, the pieces can be soaked in a cleaning solution to remove any grime.
Cleaning the Oven Door Glass
Next up is cleaning the various parts of the door glass. The inside door glass will likely have some heavy buildup from cooking splatters, so a razor scraper can help to remove that. With the inner door cleaned up, the door can be flipped over to the opposite side. This side shouldn’t be too dirty, as it doesn’t have any exposure, but could still benefit from a wipe down. The outer door glass can be cleaned up with a regular glass cleaner, or a more aggressive one if there is rust to take care of.
Reassembling the Door
The door handle and vent can be taken out of their soak and wiped down to get the remaining grime off. At this point, the oven door can be reassembled. The outer door glass can be reinstalled with the two side trim pieces, and the bottom trim piece securing the glass with the two clips.
Finishing Up the Oven Cleaning
Before reattaching the door to the range, finish cleaning up the inside. The oven cleaner should’ve done its work by now, and any burnt-on residue should be easy to wipe up. The racks can be replaced, and the door reattached. The drip bowls and elements can be installed, and the burner knobs put back in place. With all the parts deep cleaned and reinstalled, your range should now look good as new!
If you need to replace any of the parts on your range, such as the burner knobs, drip bowls, elements, or door handles, we’ve got you covered! Simply search for your model number on PartSelect.com to find everything you need for your exact appliance. Be sure to follow our YouTube channel so you can stay up to date on the latest content.