How do you clean your Wolf cast iron grates?

irishterriSeptember 22, 2008

Does anyone have a secret to cleaning the black grates for your Wolf range? Someone suggested taking them outside, spraying them with ammonia and water, and then sealing in a black trash bag for a couple of hours. Has anyone heard of this? Please help. Terri

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These are the grates themselves, right? I just use a soapy blue scrub sponge on them in the sink, rinse with the sprayer (hot water) and then lay them upside down on paper towels to dry. They don't come out all pristine brand-new looking (some blotchiness), but they are grates, and it doesn't bother me that they look used. I'm pickier about the black enamel burner pans and the SS parts :-)

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 10:08PM
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Is it a bad idea to put the grates in the dishwasher? What about the pans?

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 8:14AM
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I've never put either in my DW, so couldn't say. I know some here have put the grates from different ranges in their DW's without problems, some have reported rust on the grates. For me, IMHO, it would be more of a hassle to wait for a time when there's enough space in the DW in order to fill it up with range parts. Also, I'd be too afraid of ending up with nicked DW racks and bent plate holders (with my luck). Again, plenty of people here use the DW to clean their grates without a problem, it's just not something I do.

I have cleaned my hood filters (mesh) in the DW, becuase those are a pita to clean well by hand (inside the mesh). They did leave a bunch of grit in the tracks/rack glides, but one empty load/cycle later (I think I threw in some vinegar for good measure), it was fine.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 9:13AM
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FWIW, my Wolf grates have been through the DW at least 10 different times with no damage to the grates or DW interior. I use heated dry. The grates do take up a lot of room but I just run them through when the DW's not too full of other dishes. I use heated dry and have never had any rust. I think the Wolf manual does not recommend using the DW but, as I said, I've done it numerous times with no ill effects and the grates come out looking like new. If you have any burnt-on grease that won't come off, you can spray Dawn Power Dissolver (available at some grocery stores) on the grates beforehand.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 9:33AM
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I LOVE my Wolf range, however I am having the most difficult time keeping the black porcelain burner pans clean. I have followed the instructions in the manual - I've used warm soapy water with a scrub sponge; I have even tried some water and baking soda paste, nothing seems to be effective in removing the greasy blotches that have appeared on it from cooking. The burner pans have a tired, dull and a worn out look, and we bought this range only about six months ago! PLEASE ADVISE. Thank you.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2008 at 6:59PM
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Bar Keeper's Friend is your friend. I've used it sparingly on a wet rag like the directions say and it works great on the Wolf burner pans.


    Bookmark   November 26, 2008 at 3:25PM
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irishterri, yes barkeeper's friend is your friend. It really works well. I had an issue with my drip pans as well, it looks like they started to pit. I called Wolf and they replaced them. The service tech let me keep the pitted set, and I use those while cooking and put out the new ones for "show". The tech told me I can put the drip pans in the dw as long as I took them out immediately and dried them.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2008 at 5:53PM
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Try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for the enamel pans. I also use it on my grates occasionally. I have a Monagram, not a Wolf, however.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2008 at 7:07PM
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DO NOT USE MAGIC ERASER on the black drip pans it will scratch them.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2008 at 9:39PM
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Am I missing burner pans? I have the Wolf 36 inch cooktop (not range top or range) and all I have is the stainless steel "floor", which is the cooktop itself, and then the heavy black grates.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2008 at 2:21PM
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No helo you are not missing the drip pans. Yours is a drop in CT 36G/S. We are referring to the 36 free standing range which has the drip pans.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2008 at 9:46PM
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umm okay I have kitchen aid cast iron grates...but cast iron is cast iron right? Really these are meant to season up like a cast iron frypan. I use a dry scrubby to brush off any blobs, but I never clean them beyond that. They've turned smooth black and shiny over the last five years. Most stuff burns off right away and the thin film of oil becomes seasoned.

As for enamel...have nooo advice there. I especially hate the lighter colored always just looks dirty because the stains really bond on. I'm so much happier with cast iron. My top is stainless and that releases much better than enamel. Best of luck!


    Bookmark   November 29, 2008 at 10:13AM
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Anne, your KA grates are cast iron inside but are painted ("porcelainized" is the term KA prefers) with black enamel. Actual raw cast iron grates are rare, if not unknown. Since the the surface is enamel, they don't require seasoning like a cast iron pan.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2008 at 12:43PM
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The grates on my Wolf range never look too dirty. For the charbroiler in the center, I use a barbeque pumice stone after grilling, along with hot water and dish soap. This works perfectly.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2008 at 6:55PM
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Thanks Cavu, really appreciate the tip. One more question: I checked Bar Keeper's Friend online and found quite a few products on their website. Which of those should I buy to clean the black porcelain burner pans? Thanks a lot. Mona.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2008 at 9:20PM
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I use oven cleaner (Easy Off yellow can) on the grates and black porcelain plates. I let them soak for 15-20 minutes then wash with soap and water. They come out looking new without a lot of effort.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2008 at 11:23AM
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Monasid, the Bar Keeper's Friend that I use on the black burner pans is Cleanser & Polish. It says it's got "mild abrasives" so follow the directions on the label and use a very wet rag to put it on. I kind of mash it into a paste on the rag and then apply it.

It's in a goldish container. You can get it at your grocery store.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2008 at 5:17PM
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I see some posts here about taking out the drip pan to clean it - I didn't realize it came out and can't find any instructions on the Wolf website. Can someone help describe the process of removing the drip pan? Do I need to unscrew the burners?

    Bookmark   December 17, 2008 at 11:49PM
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Do you have sealed or semi-sealed/open burners?

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 12:00AM
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If you have a closed burner cooktop or rangetop, you don't have a drip pan.

The drip pan is a stainless steel pull out tray located on the front of the range/ rangetop below the burners & below the burner knobs. It just slides out.

I believe than all Wolf cooktops are sealed burner and that all Wolf ranges are open burner. Wolf rangetops are available with either open or sealed burners.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 10:05AM
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Wolf all gas ranges are open burner and their dual fuel ranges are sealed burners. Rangetops are avialable either way as of this year.

    Bookmark   December 18, 2008 at 10:49AM
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OK thanks a lot, I was getting confused by the terminology then because I must have the sealed version and no drip pan to remove.

    Bookmark   December 22, 2008 at 10:57AM
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We have the wolf 36" open burner range top with charbroiler. I had a Wolf repairman out for an oven problem--he said that the best way to clean the black enamel burner pan is (as djlankpl said) to use Easy-Off non-fume oven cleaner.

For regular cleaning I usually use a non-abrasive scrubber with soapy water and finish with a microfiber cloth. I have also developed a tolerance for a less-than-perfect look. I rarely clean the grates as they sort of self-clean with enough heat.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 10:37AM
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Does anyone know if you can put the cast iron grates from a GE range in the oven during the self cleaning of the oven. I know GE says not to but am wondering what would happen.

Also which do you find easier to keep clean and how, the cast iron black/grey grates or the smoother ones with the porcelain/enamel on the grates?

Thanks, Cindy

    Bookmark   January 10, 2009 at 11:41PM
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Here's an idea: Don't clean them. Instead, why not "season" them as you would a cast-iron pan? Apply some oil, then bake it on. In no time you should have a nice black coating which can be easily wiped clean. Has anyone tried this?

    Bookmark   January 13, 2009 at 4:48PM
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Hi, I went and bought a 2nd set to use when we have guests come over. After what we paid for the stove , it really works for us. I got the Black bases for 60.00 each

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 1:06PM
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I use a razor blade to carefully scrape off anything that won't come off with regular cleaning. Dull spots won't come off the black base, but can be polished to look new with a drop of oil on a paper towel. In fact, I use oil on a towel to rub the stainless steel too, covering up water spots.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 2:04AM
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"why not "season" them as you would a cast-iron pan?"

Cast iron pans do not have a porcelain coating like most stove parts.

Just use oven cleaner (lye).

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 12:55PM
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I put the grates in the dishwasher on the short cycle when they get bad enough. That does a pretty good job.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2015 at 10:33AM
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