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General Care & Cleaning - Kenmore Electric Range Use & Care Manual

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General Care & Cleaning
Cleaning Various Parts of Your Range
Before cleaning any part of the range, be sure all controls are turned OFF and the range is COOL. REMOVE SPILLOVERS AND HEAVY
Aluminum & Vinyl
Painted and Plastic Control
Knobs, Body Parts, and
Decorative Trim
Stainless Steel (some mod-
els) Oven Door & Drawer
Front Panel and Decorative
Surface Elements and Drip
Bowls (some models)
Porcelain Enamel
Broiler Pan and Insert,
Cooktop, Surface under
Cooktop, Door Liner, Body
Parts and Warmer Drawer
and Drawer Cavity
Oven door
Do Hand
Clean Frame
Do Hand
Do Not
Clean Door
Clean Seal
How to Clean
Use hot, soapy water and a cloth. Dry with a clean cloth.
Using a soft cloth, clean with mild dish detergent and water or a 50/50 solution of vinegar and
water. Follow by rinsing the area with clean water; dry and polish with a soft cloth. Glass cleaners
may be used if sprayed on a soft cloth first. DO NOT spray liquids directly on the control pad
and display area. Do not use large amounts of water on the control panel - excess water on the
control area may cause damage to the appliance. Do not use other liquid cleaners, abrasive
cleaners, scouring pads, or paper towels - they will damage the finish. To remove control knobs,
turn to the OFF position; grasp firmly and pull straight off the shaft. To replace knobs after
cleaning, line up the flat sides of both the knob and the shaft; then push the knob into place.
Clean stainless steel with hot, soapy water and a dishcloth. Rinse with clean water and a
cloth. Do not use cleaners with high concentrations of chlorides or chlorines. Do not
use harsh scrubbing cleaners. Only use kitchen cleaners that are especially made for
cleaning stainless steel. Always be sure to rinse the cleaners from the surface as bluish
stains may occur during heating that cannot be removed.
Surface elements can be unplugged and removed to make cleaning the drip bowls easier.
The surface elements clean themselves when they are turned on. Food spilled on a hot
element will burn off. Food spilled on a cold element can be cleaned with a damp cloth any
remaining soil will burn off the next time element is used. NEVER IMMERSE A SURFACE
ELEMENT IN WATER. To remove surface element and drip bowls, follow the instructions
under General Cleaning.
To clean drip bowls, wash in hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher. Rinse and dry while still
warm. Hard-to-remove, burned-on soils can be removed by soaking the drip bowls for about
20 minute in a slightly diluted liquid cleanser or solution made of equal parts ammonia and
water. A nylon scrubber may be used after soaking. DO NOT use abrasive cleanser or steel
wool, as they will scratch the surface. Always rinse with clean water and polish, and dry with
a soft cloth. To replace drip bowls and surface elements, follow the instructions under
General Cleaning.
Gentle scouring with a soapy scouring pad will remove most spots. Rinse with a 1:1 solution
of clear water and ammonia. If necessary , cover difficult spots with an ammonia-soaked
paper towel for 30 to 40 minutes. Rinse with clean water and a damp cloth, and then scrub
with a soap-filled scouring pad. Rinse and wipe dry with a clean cloth. Remove all cleaners
or the porcelain may become damaged during future heating. DO NOT use spray oven
cleaners on the cooktop.
Oven racks should be removed, or else their finish will dull and their color turn slightly
blue. If they do go through the self-clean cycle, wait until the oven has cooled, then remove
the oven racks and rub their sides with wax paper or a cloth containing a small amount of
baby or salad oil; this will make the oven racks glide easier back in and out of their positions.
To clean oven door, wash with hot, soapy water and a clean cloth. DO NOT immerse the
door in water.
DO NOT clean the oven door gasket. The oven door gasket is made of a woven material, on
self cleaning models, which is essential for a good seal. Care should be taken not to rub,
damage or remove the gasket.

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