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Best way to clean your heavy enameled stove top parts

Tudor_rose Oct 9, 2012 04:22 PM

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.

  1. g
    GH1618 Oct 9, 2012 04:39 PM

    Soak for awhile in dilute ammonia before washing.

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    1. re: GH1618
      Tudor_rose Oct 9, 2012 06:59 PM


    2. kaleokahu Oct 9, 2012 06:45 PM

      Easy-Off, especially the institutional-strength.

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      1. re: kaleokahu
        Tudor_rose Oct 9, 2012 06:58 PM

        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
          TeRReT Oct 9, 2012 07:06 PM

          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
            kaleokahu Oct 10, 2012 07:46 PM

            Hi, T_r:

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


        2. g
          GH1618 Oct 10, 2012 07:05 PM

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

          1. j
            janniecooks Oct 11, 2012 12:42 AM

            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. t
              Tudor_rose Oct 11, 2012 10:04 AM

              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!!!

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                chefwong Oct 11, 2012 03:59 PM

                1st, if using LYE, wear a respirator. I believe that stuff is not good for you....

                2nd. For those that just spray, bag and *bake* your grates in the sun. My Wolf grates have built in rubber feet.....I'm sure that the spay and soak and bake will not be good for the rubber. How do you guys deal with this area. Reynolds wrap these areas :/0

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