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Mar 28, 2014 11:29 AM

Cleaning Encrusted Porcelain Range

Our old Vulcan stove has some crusty stuff around the burners.

Any tips to get it off?

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  1. i'd start with simple green and let it soak for 10 minutes. then start scrubbing with a soft nylon toothbrush. you might have quite a project on your hands, but i would worry about ruining the porcelain finish

    1. I use these Tuffy scrubbers along with glass cleaner or just about anything.

      1. If standard (toothbrush, scrubby, etc...) methods don't work, and if the porcelain is intact (not cracked, split, chipped, dinged, etc...) oven cleaner will definitely do the trick.

        I would not recommend if you've any concerns about the integrity of the enamel, but as long as the enamel is strong, it will do no harm. Use the Fume Free version, it's the best for cold work.

        1. I believe a CH turned me on to this 'recipe' for cleaning the inside window of the oven. A paste of baking soda and water. It's amazing and I don't know why it wouldn't work for a cooktop.

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          1. re: c oliver

            c oliver,

            I tried it today on my never-been-cleaned 3 yr old Breville's window. Worked like a charm, on both the glass and the surrounding metal. Sadly, it did nothing for the drip pan, which is totally cruddy. I recently saw another recipe that's 2 parts baking soda to 1 part peroxide, supposed to be good for aluminum baking pans. I'll try that overnight.

            But in the meantime, my oven's glass is clean, thanks! :)

            EDIT - It worked so well on the Breville that I thought to try it on my big oven just now. Sure it's only 3 months old, but Dude baked 6 racks of ribs last weekend, and it was looking ugly. As I was wiping on the baking soda slurry, it was quite literally turning amber from the grease. I didn't even let it sit, just wiped it on, then off. No scrubby! Easy peasy, thanks! I might have to do that every month, because it's so little work. :)

            1. re: DuffyH

              Thank some un-remembered CH :) It was like magic! Our SF kids moved out of their apt into their first home and I recommended it to them.

          2. I just saw this the other day (it is only two days old as I type this). It might help and couldn't hurt.