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Dec 14, 2008 04:29 AM

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.