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Cleaning a gas stovetop. Any suggestions?

I have checked other threads and found one suggestion but I was wondering if people had others. I cook alot of indian food and my gastop burner areas get gunky with cooked on grease very quickly, especially If I fail to clean them right away. I have cleaned them before with vinegar and baking soda which cuts pretty well for cooked splashes, but fails to remove the really cooked -on ,burnt food. I find baking soda to be abrasive and it scratches the porcelain surface(I also use a paper towel. would a sponge be less abrasive but still do the job?).
The Hood over the stovetop is another problem. It has a very, very greasy and sticky coating on the top which even baking soda cannot remove or even totally cut through. does anybody have any suggestions for that as well? Someone suggested something to me the other day called "Bom". Does anyone know anything about that? I've also seen recommendations for "Barkeeper's Friend". What is that, does it work on tough stuff, and where may I find it?

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  1. I use a product called Cook Top Cleaning Creme that works well. I usually find it in hardware stores, appliance stores or department stores that carry appliances. And along with that I have razor blade scraper that actually came with the stove. It works the same as scraping dried paint from windows. Very effective for the baked on gunk.

    1. We have an old chrome top stove which our housekeeper thinks is absolutely gorgeous. (she's raved about it to another client of hers, who's a friend of mine). Ana uses Easy-Off oven cleanser on it. I don't know whether she uses the cotton shop towels or non-stick safe scrubbing sponges we provide. I do know that paper towels can be abrasive because I have scratched eyeglass lens using them. The chrome-top just gleams when she's done.

      1. I'll be awaiting other responses, as the hood over my (electric) stovetop also has baked on greasy/sticky coating that won't come off with regular cleaners. I've already tried scrubbing at it and all that's done is worn off some of the enamel, which means I'll have to paint it if I ever leave the apt.

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          Linda, have you tried the citrus based cleaners -- especially the ones with orange oil? I find them very effective on that type of sticky grease when used undiluted.

          1. re: dinin and dishin

            Yeah, that's what I have at home, I'm pretty sure. I"m wondering if that cooktop cleaning creme you mentioned would work.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Yes, it would probably work and be less abrasive than some of the other options. Of course for abut $40-50 you can replace the hood with something basic, unless it is one of those high tech special ones. That's about the same price as buying a bunch of cleansers and repainting it before you move. Very easy to install. Just a thought. :)

              1. re: dinin and dishin

                Believe me, this is *not* a high-tech special one. Not from my landlord. :-)

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Updating my own reply 2+ years later.....I *will* be moving out of this apt. in a month, and will make sure I know how much the hood costs so the landlord doesn't try to ding me for a more expensively priced replacement! :-)

        2. How about Magic Eraser? It has a minimal abrasive, but so far nothing I've used it on has gotten scratched. I use it on my white laptop, walls, pretty much everything. I just tried it on some hard-to-remove stuff on my gas stovetop and it came right off!

          1. Could it be "Bam" instead of "Bom"? made by Easy-Off, it's a foaming cleaner, works really good for me. Bar Keepers Friend is a mildly abrasive powder cleanser & polish, I use it on my glass top stove, does an excellent job. I find both products in the same aisle of my supermarket.

            1. Oven cleaner (easy-off or generic) works great, I've never had a problem on enamel or stainless. Try it on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it doesn't damage the finish if you're concerned about it.

              1. Pick up a bottle of "AWESOME" at your nearest Dollar Tree store. It almost certainly will cut the greasy buildup on your hood.

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                1. re: AreBe

                  Thank you all so much for your responses. I will try some and report back.

                  1. re: Bengaliwife

                    Hope I'm not too late!!! I use Orange Soft Scrub for my stove top (gas stove) and put all the removeable pieces (grates, etc.) in the dishwasher. After 6 years, my stove looks brand new. I also cook lots of Indian and other stuff that makes a mess.

                2. Apply glass top cleaner (I used to use one in a white bottle with a black label - name escapes me - but it was a white very non abrasive cleaner. I applied it while the burner was warm and before I cooked anything else on that burner. Rub it in and maybe dilute it with boiling hot water. And then with a razor scraper that looks like this http://www.drillspot.com/products/732...
                  you go at it at an angle chipping and peeling back the goo. Use a deep angle at first if you are worried or try it on a hard surface to practice if worried. It will come off. Those scrapers are lovely.

                  I have a gas range now. I am too messy for glass.

                  1. I have never tried this on my stove, but I remember it worked great on my car: Armor All Car Wash Concentrate. The blue bottle, not the stuff with the wax in it. For really tough stuff you use it full strength and let it soak for a bit. It will dissolve bugs and tar without killing the paint, so I'm sure it would work on your stove.

                    1. Whatever you do, turn off the gas to the stove first.

                      1. Once you have the stove top clean, rub Turtle Wax (the car cream) on the stove and hood surface and it will prevent greasy build up from becoming a bigger problem the next time. The wax repels the buildup.

                        I have a black enamel gas stove with black enamel grates and enamel burner covers. Once a month I run the grate and burner covers in the dishwasher on a short steam cycle to clean them. Once a month I spray Easy Off on the stove top and let it sit for 20 mins, removing the residue with hot soapy water but the Turtle wax btwn cleanings is what saves me from grease build up and a harder clean up job.

                        Learned about the Turtle Wax thing from our mechanic.

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                        1. re: HillJ

                          I have a black enameled top on a gas range. Not sure if I may have caused permanent damage to the surface. When I wipe around the burners it almost appears as though there are tiny blisters on the surface. They are also showing up in other areas where there has been considerable heat. Has anyone else noticed this type of behavior? Anyone know of an appropriate solution?

                          1. re: Klass

                            Klass, I would call the manufacturer of your gas range. Nearly all have some sort of customer service/hot line for specific issues and they will know their appliances best. If you don't have the stove manual, search online, you should be able to find a toll free number.

                        2. Hi Bengaliwife, I have the exact same problem with my cooktop. Since your request for advice was 5 yrs ago I wonder if you might share with me what worked for you? I appreciate your time and response. Susan

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                          1. re: HowDoYouDoThat


                            Really, oven cleaner is the way to go. Most ovens are lined with enamel and suffer no harm at all. This is what it's designed for, taking greasy gunk off enamel.

                            It's also the bomb on stainless steel. I sprayed the bottom of a frypan this morning, then about 5 hours later, came back and rinsed it off with my sprayer. No wiping, no rubbing, just a water rinse. It gleams.

                          2. Goo Gone works like magic on light grease buildup. You have to soak the burnt on stuff and scrape it off first. But goo gone is totally non abrasive.

                            1. Use plain vegetable oil (or whatever oil you have on hand) for the greasy, dusty stuff that builds up on the hood. Put a little on a cloth and rub it onto the hood, wipe gunk off, then use a clean cloth with a bit of dawn dish soap on it, to wipe the fresh oil off. It seriously works like magic!

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                                1. re: scubadoo97

                                  Yep! It's pretty cool how easy it makes it, having tried scrubbing with soap and water...

                              1. Baking soda is not a solvent from grease. Mixing it with vinegar will work a little better but just because of the vinegar.

                                For cleaning my gas stove and vent hood, I mix up a spray bottle with 2 parts vinegar and 1 part water. Spray it on and wipe clean with a microfiber rag or a nylon scouring pad.

                                This may not be sufficient for your burned on gunk.

                                In this case, try:

                                1. Magic Eraser.

                                2. A citrus cleaner like De-Solv-It (http://www.de-solv-it.com/all-product...) but test in a small area first to make sure it does not dull or mar the surface. This should work well on the inside of the hood also. Spray on and then clean with a nylon scrub pad.

                                1. I use Grease Lighting to clean the grease from my hood and from around the burners. Works better than most things at breaking down the grease

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                                  1. re: scubadoo97

                                    Hi Scubadoo - which of Greased Lightning's products do you use? On their site, they show the Multi-Purpose, Super Strength and Orange Blast.

                                    It's so hard to remove the grease from the stove, so I will be so happy if this works! Thanks!

                                    1. re: goodeatsgal

                                      The super strength I guess since it's a yellow bottle. The use to just have one product when I last bought a gallon jug

                                  2. I know this is an old thread, but I have a stainless steel stovetop that gets really sticky with stubborn grease. A building contractor told me about straight ammonia; soak towels with it and let them sit on the stovetop overnight; maybe cover them with plastic. (This will smell horrible.) You need the overnight time for the stuff to work, but it does.

                                    I'm going to try this for the enameled burner pans, which are also a mess. I'll put them in a big plastic bag overnight with ammonia in it. Supposedly, it's the fumes that do the work; you don't need to immerse the burners.

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                                    1. re: comestible

                                      Hi comestible,

                                      Have you tried oven cleaner? For my stainless steel gas cooktop I used Easy-Off with the blue lid (no heat needed) and let it sit overnight. The next day I just wiped everything off. Easy peasy.

                                      I also use it on the bottom of my stainless pans when they get a greasy build-up.


                                      1. re: DuffyH

                                        Take extra care with oven cleaners as they are usually lye and can burn skin and cause serious blinding eye burns so wear protection

                                        1. re: scubadoo97

                                          Common sense should be used with all cleaning products. So what?

                                          I think you might be sounding the wrong alarm. The poster to whom I made my suggestion was planning to use straight ammonia. Which product do you think is more dangerous?

                                          The fume free (blue cap) version of Easy Off releases no toxic fumes (per the mfg.) and doesn't require rubber gloves. Now, to be safe, if I do get any on my hands, of course I wash them immediately, and make sure the room is well ventilated, but with normal care it's a very safe product to use and needs no extraordinary precautions.

                                          1. re: DuffyH

                                            Regular Easy Off contains lye which will blind you quickly if it gets in your eyes

                                            Better to be safe...

                                            1. re: scubadoo97

                                              But that's not what I recommended. I was pretty specific, I think. Never mind.

                                    2. I make a slurry from Bon Ami mixed with water. I use a dedicated toothbrush to spread it over the burnt on spots. I wait about 5 minutes, then scrub the spots with the toothbrush, sometimes adding more of the slurry. It works really well on my SS gas cooktop.