Enameled grates on your stovetop require non-abrasive yet powerful cleaning, as the enamel can easily be scratched with abrasive scrubbing pads that ruin the grates' finish. Ammonia, a potent cleaning solution that removes grease from the grates without harming the enamel finish, effectively eliminates tough stains without requiring excessive scrubbing. Ammonia is safe to use in well-ventilated areas.
Things You'll Need
- Hot water
- Rubber gloves
- Non-abrasive sponge
- Soft cleaning cloth
Fill a bucket with 1 cup of ammonia and 2 gallons of hot water.
Remove the enamel grates from the gas stovetop and place them in the solution-filled bucket to soak.
Leave the grates in the bucket for an hour to loosen food spills and caked-on residue from the enamel surface.
Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands from the ammonia. Pick up each grate from the bucket and rub a damp sponge against the grate to remove remaining stains.
Rinse the grate under hot running water to remove ammonia from the enamel surface.
Wipe the grate dry with a lint-free cloth and place the grate back onto the stovetop.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't remove grates from the stovetop until they have cooled off completely.
- "Reader's Digest": Home and Garden Uses for Ammonia
- "Good Housekeeping: The Complete Household Handbook"; Editors of Good Housekeeping; April 2007 (p. 54)
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