I have a Dacor cooktop (about which I have some reservations) which has a brushed stainless steel finish. I tend to use the largest front burner the most and it gets that dark grease halo around the burner which is baked onto the metal. Does anyone have some suggestions about how to clean the grease halo off without scratching the metal finish?
I would be happy to find a solution to this too. I have a friend who boils over a lot on his Dacor. He is a serious cleaner and couldn't find a way to keep it clean and avoid discoloration around the burners. The rep at the store I purchased my Dacor from (still in the box) says this is unavoidable when heat, grease, and stainless steel mix it up over time.
Another note, my friend found the gray finish on the burner assembly rings/collars, the ones on the bottom, scraped off fairly quickly the way he cleaned them. Now they don't match the rest of the burner parts.
I would also like to know how to get that part clean. I've used soft scrub on the burner heads and it's worked great. I'm too nervous to put it on the actual cooktop. Any ideas on how to get the black burner heads clean?
For a nonabrasive cleaner try Dawn Power Dissolver. Spray it on and let it sit for a while then wipe off. It won't work on everything and It won't get all of the baked on crap off from around the metal hub of my burner but it works well on the cook top to loosen up some pretty nasty stuff.
I had so much difficulty at first cleaning the baked-on stuff from the metal ring that surrounds the jets, which are brushed stainless. The best option I've found so far is to soak paper towels in vinegar, set them on the metal and leave them there for a while. The vinegar loosens some of it, and then I "softscrub" them with a paste of baking soda or and water. Sometimes I have to repeat the process, but it's working pretty well.
Note I personally only use the paste on the brushed stainless components.
Use oven cleaner! We tried a few different cleaners on our Dacor stainless steel cooktop and nothing worked. We figured that some day we'd need to replace the cooktop if we ever tried to sell the house, but Easy Off oven cleaner works like a charm.
My stainless Dacor gas cooktop is about a year old. I have to say, it's a pain in the butt to clean, but I've found that Formula 409 used with a Dobie pad removes all of the grease around the burners. Then I use Windex to remove the streaks left behind from the cleaner. I don't know if we have the same cooktop, but for me, the part that's the biggest nuisance to clean is the panel (on the right side of the cooktop) with the control knobs.