How to Clean Rust From a Stove Burner

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Over time, with a little moisture, metal tends to rust. Coil-type stove eyes and the metal pans used on them are no exception to the rule. Rust on stove eyes can pose fire, shock and inhalation hazards to people, pets and your home. Cleaning the rust from your stove will reduce these risks and give you a properly working appliance to prepare meals for you and your family.

Things You'll Need

  • Scouring soap pads
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Clean, dry rags
  • Water
  • Oven cleaning spray
  • Rubber gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Turn the power off at the stove controls, and allow the burner to cool for at least 1 hour. Remove the burner from the stove. Lift the loose end of the eye, and pull the burner, unplugging it from the socket beneath the surface of the stove. Place the burner into a 5-gallon bucket, and spray oven cleaner onto both sides of it, coating the burner completely. Leave the burner in the bucket for 15 minutes to allow the chemical to do its job.

  • Wet a rag, and wipe away the residue from the burner. Hold the burner inside of the bucket as you clean to avoid spreading the chemicals from the spray, rust and debris from the burner.

  • Wet your soap pad, and scrub the entire burner on both sides. Focus on the rusted area, but scrub the entire burner to be sure you get any smaller sections of rust from the metal.

  • Rinse the burner with clean water while still holding it inside the bucket. Wipe away any residue with a wet rag. Dry the burner with a new rag, and allow it to air dry further for 30 minutes before plugging it back into the stove.

Tips & Warnings

  • Oven cleaner is a chemical that poses several hazards to people, pets and the environment. Please read and follow all manufacturer's recommendations before and during use of this or any chemical.
  • Never dispose of oven cleaner, or other chemicals, into the drainage system in your home or outdoors. Please dispose of leftover chemicals, rags and gloves contaminated by chemicals and chemically-contaminated water in a legal and environmentally friendly manner.
  • Always wear appropriate safety equipment, such as safety glasses and rubber gloves, when using chemicals.
  • Oven cleaning chemicals pose a major inhalation hazard. Please use this chemical outside or in a well-ventilated area. Wear a respirator when using oven cleaner, especially if you have any type of respiratory problems.

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