Viking Range Cleaning Tips

Viking Range Cleaning Tips

Below are some useful tips to help you extend the life of your Viking appliances. Regular maintenance and proper cleaning can keep your appliances working their best, and will minimize the calls to the Viking repair man.

Viking Range Grates/Burner Caps (sealed and open burners)

Make sure to always wipe down the burner caps and grates after cooking. You can use a wet rag and then a dry one to finish the cleaning. Soft Scrub cleanser, without bleach, on a blue Scotch-Brite pad works great with some hot and soapy water. Easy-Off Fume Free Max Oven Cleaner would be a good solution if there are still some stains remaining.

In order to clean your Viking oven, you should use the following procedure. Remove the burner caps and grates from the unit. Place them outside on some newspaper. Then spray them with Easy-Off. Next allow the cleaner to sit on the spotted areas for an hour or two. Finally rinse off with warm, soap-filled water.

Drying your burner caps and grates is important when you clean them. Pay particular attention to the parts underneath. However, if the bottom parts aren’t completely dry, they might rust if your put them back on the cooking surface too quickly. You can dry these parts further by setting the burner caps and grates onto the top of the burner. Then simply turn up the burner to a high temperature for 10-15 seconds. Make sure not to submerge grates in the water at all and/or put them in the dishwasher to avoid discoloration and rusting. Bar Keeper’s Friend with a blue Scotch-Brite pad are great for removal of rust if it does start to form. Put a little bit of either vegetable or mineral oil to condition the burner caps and grates. Let the oil soak in for a quarter of an hour. Then you can put the burner caps and grates back onto the cooking surface. If this does not work you might need to call us for our Viking appliance repair service, our technicians can make sure the burners are working properly and can perform the necessary cleaning on all your Viking appliances.

Burner Bases

Some hot water and soap works great to wipe down the burner bases. This should be done after every cooling period. Make sure to NOT use abrasive cloths, steel wool, powders, or cleanser. You can take off encrusted materials by soaking the spot with a warm towel. This will allow the material to become looser. After you can use a nylon wooden spatula. Be sure not to use a metal spatula or knife and/or any other metal tool for scraping the base made of aluminum.

Sealed Burner Top/Burner Bowls

You should all the time wipe down burner bowls and the sealed burner top with hot, soapy water and a soft cloth when you have finished cooking. To remove spots use Soft Scrub cleanser (without bleach) with a blue Scotch-Brite pad. If you scrubbed too abrasively scratches may occur on the porcelain surface.

Knobs

You should remove knobs from your Viking range and clean with hot, soapy water and a soft cloth. Do not soak and scrub gently; to remove the graphics use abrasive cleaners or ammonia-based products. White knobs may need 409 Professional Strength. You should dry thoroughly before replacing.


Viking Range Control Panel

To clean the control panel you should use only a soft cloth and hot, soapy water. The graphics may be removed by the use of abrasive cleaners or ammonia based products on the control panel.

Stainless Steel Surfaces

To clean stainless steel surface use hot, soapy water and a soft cloth. Take care to rub in the direction of the grain/brushed finish. Acidic things may land on the surface such as tomato sauce, lemon, etc.; if so make sure to clean it up immediately because it will stain.

Use a stainless steel cleaner to remove smudges and fingerprints to make the unit shine. You can finish up with a polish like Thor available at www.thorproducts.com. You should not use cleaner and polish daily, however. You should use once every couple of weeks.

Brass Trim

You can use a soft cloth complete with some soapy, hot water for cleaning. Don’t use brass cleaners and all brass parts have been coated with epoxy.

Viking Oven Interior

You should use hot, soapy water to clean your Viking oven.

Non self-cleaning Viking ovens
  • Oven door: You should use Easy-Off Fume Free Max Oven Cleaner for non self-cleaning ovens. To perform this work use a damp sponge.
  • Oven racks and rack supports: Clean Oven racks and rack supports with Soft Scrub cleanser or hot, soapy water. Remove before self-cleaning.
  • Oven interior surfaces: You should use Easy-Off Fume Free Max Oven Cleaner. In case of self-cleaning ovens, remove the oven racks and rack supports and follow self-clean instructions in the Use and Care Manual.
Self-cleaning Viking ovens:
  • Oven interior surfaces: At first remove the oven racks and rack supports and follow self-cleaning instructions.

You should not clean the infrared broiler because cleaner can damage the special mesh screen and the igniter.


Viking Char-Grill

Make sure to clean while it is still hot.

Grill grate:

Grill grate may be cleaned instantly before turning off the flame after cooking is completed. You can use a soft bristle brush to scrub the grill grate. At first dip the brush into a bowl of water. When water contacts the hot grate Steam is created. The steam assists the cleaning process by softening the food particles. You can use grill cleaner according to manufacturer’s directions and then soak 15 to 20 minutes in a hot water and mild detergent solution for cleaning of the grill grate,. Scrub with a blue Scotch-Brite pad after soaking. You should not use steel wool pad or abrasive cleaners, for risk of the porcelain finish.

Flavor-generator plates:

To clean flavor-generator plates scrape off all burned on debris and Soak 15-20 minutes in a hot water with mild detergent solution. You can scrub with a blue Scotch-Brite pad after soaking. Flavor-generator plates are also dishwasher secure.


Griddle/Simmer Plate

It is made of machined steel with a blanchard finish.

For first time use, scrub griddle with a mixture of one quart cup white vinegar and one quart warm water and using blue Scotch-Brite pad. You should wash griddle with warm, soapy water, rinse off and dry thoroughly.

The season griddle by thinly coating the surface with approximately 1/2 to 1 teaspoon unsalted vegetable oil. You can apply to entire griddle using a clean cloth or paper towel then let it sit on griddle for about one hour and then wipe down with a clean cloth to soak up any residual oil. Now it is ready to be used.

If after heavy cooking the griddle is still warm, you can pour some room temperature club soda directly on the griddle. You can use a metal spatula; pull oils and excess food towards the grease trough. A paper towel use to clean surface.

It is normal for the griddle to darken over time, possibly unevenly:

  • They have high water which has a tendency to burn on so nonstick cooking sprays are not recommended.
  • Due to their high sugar level corn oil is not recommended. Because it will caramelize and burn on the surface and very difficult to remove.

Always remove the grease trough located in the front after using the griddle. Simply pull the tray towards you and lift out. After each use the trough or tray traps need to be cleaned. Then wash the trough in hot soapy water.

We hope these tips were helpful. If you need Viking appliance repair services in the greater Los Angeles area, give us a call.