Taking Care of & Cleaning your Lacanche
Your Lacanche / Lacanche Moderne range cooker is a sturdily built appliance, designed to last many years. Whilst it is a robust piece of equipment, as with anything of value, it pays to take care of it. Here are some notes as to how:
The pan stands (& traditional hob & simmer plate) are all made of cast iron with a heavy, non slip enamel finish. These will mostly remain clean, due to the high heat they experience (food tends to carbonise off). Clean with a damp cloth, detergent if required & a plastic scouring pad. You can lift them off & take them to the sink for ease.
Wok Ring, Trivet, Small Simmer Plate & Traditional Hob
As above these are all made of cast iron with a heavy, non slip enamel finish. These will mostly remain clean, due to the high heat they experience. Clean with a damp cloth, detergent if required & a plastic scouring pad. You can lift them off & take them to the sink for ease.
Griddle Plates (smooth & ridged)
The first time you use them, before heating them up, wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any dirt & dust. Heat up for a good ten minutes, then allow to cool. Your griddles are ready to use.
To clean them after use, use the Lacanche scraper (available accessory)(ridged blade for ridged griddle, smooth blade for smooth griddle) to scrape off any food. Allow to cool. If there is much fat lying in the grease trap (around the edge of the smooth griddle or at the front end of the ridged griddle) then remove using kitchen towel/cloth. Then wipe down with soapy water & cloth/plastic scouring pad. You can dry by heating it up briefly.
Brass Burner Caps
These will tarnish with use, as does all brass. Use Brasso to bring them back to gleaming brass condition. A little polishing frequently tends to be more effective than a major go twice a year. Tip – you can leave the burner caps upside down in lemon juice & vinegar overnight. This helps loosen any stubborn marks. Wipe clean & then continue with Brasso as above.
These are made of a light alloy. The most effective way to clean them is in the sink with some hot soapy water. For stubborn stains use Fairy power spray and a metal scourer.
Steel Hob Tops
The hobs are made of stainless steel & are easy to clean. Remove all of the pan stands, simmer plates etc & simply wipe out with a damp cloth. A stainless steel cleaner may be used. The radiused edges, & on many models the single piece pressed top, make cleaning easy.
Induction & Radiant Vitroceramic Hobs
Simply wipe down with a damp cloth. You can use appropriate glass/oven cleaner if required.
Enamel Front & Side Panels
These do not tend to get dirty, but if required, simply wipe down with an E Cloth, or damp cloth if required. Do not use oven cleaners on the exterior enamel finish as it may harm the enamel. Do not scrub at the enamel with scouring pads, as they may scratch: Think of them as glass (high silica enamel) – an ‘E Cloth’ or chamois leather is the best tool if you need to wipe a panel clean. The enamel can be also be cleaned with a glass cleaner.
All of the panels of the interior of our ovens are coated in a multi-layered antic-acid enamel to make cleaning easier. Regular cleaning is advisable, & again a little often tends to avoid build up of dirt & smoking/fumes. When the oven is cool, wipe surfaces with a damp cloth. Detergents & oven cleaners may be used, but avoid the most aggressive products & do not leave these cleaners on the interiors for long periods of time. You can remove the base of the gas ovens for ease of cleaning. On some of the more recent models, the racking system on either side oven wall may be unscrewed (silver screws) & removed: like the oven interiors they are enamelled for easy cleaning. Once clean & dry, simply put back in position & replace screws.
If all else fails
If you have neglected your oven interior, or for some reason it is smoking when used, it is probably dirty inside. You can in the last resort use the services of a professional oven cleaning company such as Ovenu – check internet for local oven cleaning service.