The well-known gap between the stove and the countertop appears to be a true magnet for various crumbs of food. No matter how careful you may be, there’s always going to be some food debris falling into this gap while you’re cooking a meal or cleaning your stove top.
Cover That Gap And Forget About It
If there’s no food falling inside this opening, why bother cleaning it at all? Try to find a cover for this gap between the stove and the countertop and you’ll never have to worry about cleaning it again. You may be able to find something suitable at your regular hardware store or online.
What About Food That’s Already In The Crack?
Of course, if there’s already food in this opening, you’ll need to find a way to remove it. If you ignore it, you’ll probably have to deal with cockroaches or nasty odors. The best method to clean it depends on the size of the gap.
If the space is narrow, scrape those crumbs out with the help of a butter knife. Always make sure the blade doesn’t point at you. Insert the knife in the gap and scrape all debris toward you. After you’re done, spray some of your favorite kitchen countertop cleaner on a microfiber cloth or paper towel. Wipe the crack with great care. If you see any crumbs left, repeat until you remove them all and the crack is sparkling clean.
If the space is wider, grab a stick or a spatula, wrap a microfiber cloth around it and use it to remove the crumbs. After you’re done, you can use your vacuum cleaner with the brush accessory to remove every tiny bit of dirt. The only thing to be very careful about is water. Ensure that the area is completely dry before firing up your vacuum cleaner.
Explore The Forgotten Zone!
Every six months to one year, remove your stove from the wall to clean under the oven. This is a surefire method to remove all olive stones, lemon seeds, nut crumbs and whatever other food leftovers may have accumulated over time.
How To Clean Behind The Stove
Move your stove with great care, in order to avoid damaging the natural gas hose or the electrical cord of the appliance. Consider asking for help, as the stove is a rather heavy appliance. Carefully lift the corners of the stove to start with, place a doormat or carpet underneath, and then use this doormat to slide the stove out of its place. This is how you can avoid scratching your floor and breaking your back by lifting a heavy item.
Now that you know how to clean this gap, you may want to find out the best methods to clean other places in your home that are difficult to reach.
If all these seem too difficult for you to handle, you can always contact professional house cleaners and let them do everything for you. Your home will be spotless and you won’t have to lift a finger.