Porcelain Stove Top Grates: Cleaning

oldfixerNovember 9, 2013

I was happy to get a new stove, and chose the Gray Porcelain stovetop burner grates. But was quickly disgusted because these grates turn BLACK, and nothing would clean them. I swear that boiling a pan of water will start to turn them black(?), so discount the fact that grease/cooking splatters do occur. Scrubbing stupid burner grates should not be a daily chore. Desperate snooping found the answer, and I CANNOT/WILL NOT take credit for the process. But, I can share it with you.
Plain, simple Ammonia!
Put the burner grates in a strong plastic bag, add 1/4 cup ammonia, seal the bag, and let it sit overnite. (Last time, I used a 5 gal bucket with lid.) Next day, take out the grates and wash them with a simple scrubbie pad. Maybe a little work on some tough spots, but the black (and grease) come off nicely, and you'll have nice clean grates again. Doubtful? Do a google search on the subject, and you'll find tons of positive results. Remember, this is for PORCELAIN GRATES, of any color. Pure, rough cast iron will not produce the same results. Nor is it recommended to do this with chrome plated oven racks. Give it a try on your burner grates.

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emma

There are a lot of gas lovers out there so I am sure they will your post helpful.

I have not had to worry about stove top grates since I went to electric stoves. Elec burners burn off the residue and no sticky goo on the cabinets.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2013 at 4:45PM
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jannie

I've used cheap sudsy ammonia to clean any parts of my burners, oven broiler,Corningware and Pyrex dishes, etc. This method works great. I would not try on plastic parts,however.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2013 at 8:46AM
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dakota01

I have done it with my oven racks (occasionally) and have not had a problem. I do not fill the garbage bag with ammonia, just a good dose and they come out super clean. For my grates, I soak them for an hour or so in Dawn Power Clean, it works great,

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 6:27PM
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dakota01

I have done it with my oven racks (occasionally) and have not had a problem. I do not fill the garbage bag with ammonia, just a good dose and they come out super clean. For my grates, I soak them for an hour or so in Dawn Power Clean, it works great,

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 6:37PM
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