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Oct 9, 2012 04:22 PM

Best way to clean your heavy enameled stove top parts

My stove top parts are over ten years old, and have grime on them that just won't come off in the dishwasher or with elbow grease. These are heavy enameled parts. Any suggestions on how to clean them so they look almost brand new, or at least 'grime free.' Thanks in advance.

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  1. Soak for awhile in dilute ammonia before washing.

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    1. Easy-Off, especially the institutional-strength.

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      1. re: kaleokahu

        Can you get institutional-strength Easy off at your local grocery store though? Or does it have to be purchased online?

        1. re: Tudor_rose

          You would be able to get it at any restaurant supply store, and there are a lot more restaurant supply stores around then you are probably aware of. If you check your yellow pages I'd be surprised if there wasn't one where you live. Until I looked I didn't realize there were 3 in my small hometown.

          1. re: Tudor_rose

            Hi, T_r:

            I get it at Cash & Carry, which is a crossover retail/resto grocery. Think it's a West oast plac.


        2. Washing soda is another possibility, which is milder than lye (oven cleaner). In either case, wear gloves.

          1. If you're referring to the grates, you could try this method which works very well with grimy, gunky barbeque grill grates: Put the grates into a heavy-duty black plastic trash bag, add a cup or two of ammonia, seal the bag tightly and let it sit in the sun all day. After soaking they should clean right up.

            If you're referring to the stove top surfaces, have you tried using a gentle abrasive like Bon Ami? Removing a ten year build up of grime does require patience, persistence and elbow grease. Good luck.

            1. Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I did try the easy off, and left them in bags over night, and about 90% of the grime is gone. I may have to try some other suggestions to get that last 10%, but hey, that's a great result, and I didn't have to use too much elbow grease. Thanks!!!