How to Clean a Garland Stove

Kate Evelyn

Garland stoves are large gas or electric ranges that are most commonly found in commercial establishments. Even though it is on a larger scale, you can clean a Garland stove in the same manner as you would its smaller counterparts. A Garland stove can be just an oven, or have burners on top of it.

The stoves come in both electric and gas models. Most have stainless steel finishes, so take extra care not to scratch them.

  1. Check to see if your stove is electric or gas. If it has burners, you can tell immediately when you turn them on. On a gas stove, blue flames will appear. On an electric stove, the heating elements will start to glow red. If the stove is oven only, check for a gas hose in the back.

  2. Fill your sink with very hot water and three teaspoons of unscented dish soap. Remove the burner covers or reflector bowls from the stove top, as well as the knobs and any drip trays. Put them in the water. Then take the racks out of the oven and place them in the sink too. Let them sit for at least 15 minutes.

  3. Pour your vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it on your cotton cloth until it is completely saturated. Wring it out lightly if it starts dripping. Wipe down the top, door and sides of your stove. Make sure to get the tight areas beneath where the burners sat and the oven’s handle. If there are any stubborn spots, scrub them with your steel wool pad and them wipe them with a second cloth soaked in water only.

  4. Put on your gloves and head to the sink. Scrub all of the items you left to soak with the steel wool pad. Rinse them with the sprayer hose or under the tap. Towel them dry and set them aside.

  5. Lock your oven and set it for self cleaning if it has that option. (Turn the knob or set the digital programming.) If your stove is manual, soak a new cotton rag with ammonia. Use it to wipe all the interior surfaces of the oven. Let it set for a half hour. Scrape cooked-on stains off with a wire brush if the cloth won’t take care of them. Then rinse with a water-soaked cloth.

  6. Wait until the oven is cool if you used the self-cleaning feature. Then put the hardware and the racks back where they belong.

  7. Tip

    A commercial sink should be able to accommodate the oven racks. If the stove is in your home, you may need to soak one half at a time.


    The ammonia scent may linger in your oven. To remove it, run the oven at 325 degrees for 20 minutes with pan bread dough or cake batter inside to help absorb it. Do not eat it when it's done since it may taste like ammonia.

    Don't pull the racks out when the oven is hot.