Have you noticed how quickly your stove grates become covered in dirt, oil, grime, and leftover food? Do you wonder if you’re cleaning your stove grates frequently enough? Perhaps you don’t know how to do it properly? It could be an overwhelming job if you don’t know what you’re doing.
We’re going to tell you about the various ways of cleaning your stove grates so you can keep them shiny and clean every single day.
Let’s get straight to the point.
How should you clean your stove grates?
Put your stove grates into the sink and pour boiling water over them. Use hot soapy water to fill the sink and leave to soak for 10 minutes. Then use a sponge to scrub the grates clean. Rinse them under warm running water and use a cloth to remove any remaining dirt. Dry them thoroughly and put them back on the stove.
What material is used to make stove grates?
Most stove grates are made from cast iron, although some are finished with porcelain. These need to be particularly well looked after as cast iron that has been exposed tends to rust very easily. You should also avoid using scouring pads or harsh chemicals like ammonia on cast iron as it must be treated very carefully.
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It’s important to make sure that stove grates are completely dry before they go back on the stovetop as cast iron rusts if it stays wet.
Are there any other ways to clean stove grates?
It’s always a good idea to know a few different cleaning methods, so we’re going to give you some ideas using things that you might already have around the house.
This method uses a paste made from baking soda to give your grates a good deep clean.
What do you need?
Strong scrubbing brush with soft bristles.
Three tablespoons of baking soda.
Three tablespoons of cold water.
Put baking soda and water into the bowl and mix well to form a paste.
Wear gloves and spread the paste by hand all over the stove grates as evenly as possible.
Leave on for 20 minutes.
Use the brush to scrub the paste to help remove any bits of dirt that have become loosened.
Rinse the grates under cold running water and use a dishcloth to remove any excess bits of dirt.
Use a tea towel to dry the grates thoroughly.
Put the grates back on the stovetop.
Dish Washing Liquid
This is such an easy method! All you need to do is clean the grates in the same way as all your other dishes.
What do you need?
Basin or sink.
Sponge or scrubbing brush with soft bristles.
Put the grates in the sink and make sure that the plug is not in. Pour boiling water over them to start loosening the dirt.
Return the plug to the sink and fill it up with hot soapy water.
Soak the grates for 10 minutes. Many grates do not fit in the sink, so you may have to turn them around after 10 minutes.
Use the sponge or soft brush to scrub the grates to get them clean.
Rinse the grates under warm running water and use the microfiber cloth to give them a final scrub to remove any remaining dirt.
Use a tea towel to dry them thoroughly.
Put them back on the stovetop.
Sometimes you may still need to give your grates a heavy-duty clean. In this case, you will need to use a commercial degreaser. Do make sure that you read the packaging first to ensure that it is suitable for use on the material that your grates are made from.
What do you need?
Sponge or scrubbing brush.
Spray the commercial degreaser onto the grates, burner, and stovetop.
Leave it on for 30 minutes.
Use the sponge or brush to scrub everything hard so that all the dirt and grime are removed.
Repeat the same procedure if needed.
Wipe everything down using a dampened microfiber cloth.
Daily care for stove grates
The methods previously described are best used for a weekly deep clean. But it’s a good idea to clean your grates daily too. Here we give you some top tips for daily cleaning.
Use vinegar to clean stove grates daily. Use a spray bottle containing distilled white wine vinegar and water at a ratio of 1:1. You could also add some essential oils if you want them to smell nice. Spray the liquid over the grates and leave it for 15 minutes, then wipe down with a clean dampened cloth.
Always make sure you clean up any liquid or food spills straight away as they will harden and become very difficult to remove.
Stove grates need to be kept dry. Even when you’re in the middle of cooking, dry up any dampness as you go. This must be done after the vinegar method, too.
If there’s any food left after cooking that won’t come off just by using your fingers, use a scrubbing brush to remove it. This should be done every evening when you’re cleaning up after cooking.
Sometimes you don’t have time for a deep clean so it’s a good idea to spot clean whenever you notice some dirt. That way it’s less likely to hang around and become hardened. A toothbrush is a handy tool to use for this. Just dip it in salt or baking soda and scrub off the dirt.
One of the worst jobs
Having to keep your stovetop clean is one of the worst cleaning jobs there is in the whole kitchen. There are just so many little bits that need to be cleaned individually. While the stove grates can be one of the worst things of all, now that you have learned how to deal with them, the rest of the stove should be much easier to tackle.
The best things to use for deep cleaning your grates are baking sodas, dishwashing liquid, or a commercial degreaser. You can also use vinegar and water spray to clean daily and spot clean using a toothbrush with some salt or baking soda.