Gas stoves are preferred by chefs, cooks and foodies alike. But not many people like cleaning up afterwards. However, it’s essential to do a thorough clean since grease can pose a safety risk.
If you enjoy using your gas stove, you might want to take care of it if you wish to keep using it for a long time. Below are some maintenance tips and guidelines that can help you achieve that goal.
Tips on Cleaning a Gas Stove The Right Way
Leftover cooking scraps and grease aren’t only unhygienic and unsightly, they can also cause a fire. So don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty to clean your gas stove for safety purposes and to make it look like new. While you’re busy, don’t forget to clean the knobs and back panels too. You can clean drip pans by boiling or soaking them in warm water.
These are the top ingredients typically used to clean gas stoves — baking soda, vinegar and ammonia.
Baking soda is something most people have at hand. Similar to vinegar, it’s cheap and not harmful to the environment. Sprinkle bicarb over the stovetop and let it sit for at least 15 minutes before cleaning.
Cheap and eco-friendly, vinegar can help you get rid of moderate grease stains without having to revert to chemicals. Vinegar is great for everyday cleaning of your stovetop.
If the ingredients mentioned above aren’t able to get rid of tough stains, it’s time to use ammonia. While not as friendly to the environment, it is very effective in getting rid of stubborn grease stains and grime.
Regular and thorough maintenance and cleaning will ensure your gas stove stays great condition for many years to come. If your gas stove is irrecoverable, it might be time to get in touch with gas installers in Cape Town for a new one.
As a homeowner or renter, you are bound to run into pests like ants, cockroaches and rodents at some stage. But, don’t fear, there are plenty of proven methods of eliminating these little critters for good. Below are some tips and tricks to help you get started:
- A mixture of sugar and borax can help you keep ants away from your home. In a quart jar, mix borax and sugar (1 cup of each). Make some holes in the lid and distribute the mixture inside around the baseboards of your house and outside around the foundation. The sugar will attract the ants and the borax will poison them, thus getting rid of your problem.
- Borax is also poisonous to cockroaches. To get rid of them, sprinkle borax powder in bathroom and kitchen cabinets. Avoid areas where kids or pets can reach.
- If you’ve ever had fleas, you’ll know just how challenging it can be to eradicate them. Spraying your entire home with chemical is essential but before you do, vacuum carpets thoroughly and throw the dust bag out.
- Rodents can wreak havoc in your home and should be tended to promptly. You can use peanut butter or raw bacon as bait for a mousetrap. Tie bacon around the triggering device and leave peanut butter to harden a little, to make sure they won’t remove it without triggering the trap.
- The best way to steer clear from rodents is to prevent them from coming into your home in the first place. Rodents need less than 1cm of space to squeeze through so close these spaces with steelwool fragments mixed with spackling compound or rodent poison.
- If you live in an apartment building, getting rid of pests will be challenging and ultimately ineffective because pests travel from one apartment to another. The entire building should be treated to eliminate pests completely. The best way to do this is to get pest control specialists in Pretoria to exterminate the entire apartment block.
Speak to your landlord to arrange for fumigation sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get rid of pests for good.