CLEANING BETWEEN COUNTER AND STOVE
All difficult-to-clean crevices have one thing in common: they’re difficult to clean! What I mean is that fitting a cleaning tool into those small nooks and crannies in our kitchens may be practically impossible.
I’m referring to the seams around your fridge shelves, around the sink, and where your oven and countertops connect. Of course, as fate would have it, these areas may quickly get filthy, covered with muck, crumbs, grease, and slime.
If you’re like most people, the gap between your stove and countertops is a magnet for crumbs, grains of rice, and bits of food. Luckily, there are a few ways to keep this area clean.
Use a putty knife or other flat tool to remove crumbs and other debris from the gap.
Vacuum regularly to remove dust and other particles (if you do not own a vacuum cleaner then you can use repeat the first step for two to three times).
Wipe down the area with a damp cloth or sponge.
If there is a build-up of grease or food, you may need to use a stronger cleaning solution.
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For Small Spaces:
Well for small spaces, a butter knife technique would be very lucrative. You can scrape out any crumb, spill, or debris with the point of a butter knife. But hey, check that the blade is pointing away from you.
Get a sponge and pierce your butter knife through it. After that, wedge the knife into the space between the stove and the counter, and carefully scrape out any material that is being felt along the way.
Now, use a paper towel (or a thin microfiber cloth), and spray it with any cleanser (if you do not have any you can use baking soda), whichever you like. Wipe the crack or gap. If there are any crumbs still available, you can repeat the process until the gap is clean.
Note:- If you do not have any butter knife or couldn’t find any then you can also use any small/thin brush or toothbrush. Moreover, there are tons of cleaning tools for narrow spaces which can be found on Amazon.
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For Wider Spaces:
The more space the better it is to perform the task easily. To clean the area between stove and counter you can wrap a clean microfiber cloth around a plastic spatula, scraper or yard stick, and use this to clear out any debris and Voila
Ignoring the Gap:
I have this idea that I’d like to share with you. Why are you obsessed with cleaning your stove and its countertop? I mean, you can leave it alone and it shouldn’t bother you, in consideration of the fact that no one is going to look inside it.
However, if you still are stubborn to clean it (which you are), then the above-mentioned detailed guide is specifically for you and also in the best possible way (according to me)
As per Research:
To give you a proper idea and authentic results, we have conducted a thorough probe into the matter. In this research, we unfortunately couldn’t find any experiment or study case, but we do found other solid evidences to substantiate our narrative here.
At Stackexchage there was a discussion about the subject where majority of the people were advising to use any long stick to clean between your stove and counter. People while sharing their experiences have shown their creativity which was mesmerizing and pertinent to mention here:
- A coat Hanger is handy in this regard. Straighten the coat hanger out and make a thin pole out of it.
- Wrap a cloth around, enough for it not to fall off, but also do not use too much of a cloth that it doesn’t fit in the gap.
- Now, you can use it to wipe across the area that you want to clean.
- One even shared that he is using a blunt metal sword and wrapping old cloth around it and it works perfectly fine.
- Another shared his utilization of available products by telling he uses a broom stick and wraps paper towel around it in the subject matter.
- Some are using Bamboo canes, the longer ones while wrapping pillowcases or large tee-shirts around them.
Pretty Crazy Creative people, right?
You should remove your stove from its place once or twice a year to clean the wall and the area where it stands. Make use of this chance to clean the back of the stove and under the oven. It also allows you unrestricted access to clean up any food crumbs that have fallen into the space between the burner and the countertop.
TIPS FOR CLEANING BEHIND THE STOVE:
When moving the stove, take care not to damage the electric cable or the gas hose, depending on the type of stove you have in your kitchen. Extra hands will also help to prevent damaging the floor or denting the stove’s edges and supports.
COVERING THE GAP BETWEEN THE STOVE AND COUNTER?
Prevention and attentiveness are still important things to practice and aim for. The prompt attention and prevention will make the real deep cleaning of these places much easier. One ingenious solution I discovered was to use clear rubber slot guards that overhang the counter and stove, shutting the cap while keeping a safe distance from the high heat regions to avoid melting or damage.
STRIP TO BLOCK GAP BETWEEN STOVE AND COUNTER
In the last, I wanted to ask you one question, why are you living in the Stone Age? I mean, there are way much better techniques to help you maintain your kitchen and keep it clean.
The strip to block the gap between the stove and counter is also the best method. Here, have a look at this video:
If all of this seems too much for you, you can always hire professional home cleaners to do everything for you. Your home will be pristine, and you will not have to do anything.
Well this was a wrap up from us, but if you have any other idea or questions that you’d like to discuss then please let us know by commenting below.