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Cleaning the Burners on a Gas Stove

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Food particles and grease build up on gas stove burners can effect your cooking and be unsightly. A clean burner will help with even heat distribution and the efficiency of your stove. This is a guide about cleaning the burners of a gas stove.
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June 25, 2013

Put your grimy burner grate into a gallon-sized zipper lock bag along with 1/4 cup of ammonia. Close the bag and let it sit overnight. The fumes will dissolve and loosen years worth of crud. Wipe it all off the grates with a sponge or rag. They come out looking like new!

I wish I tried this before I bought new ones!

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February 15, 20170 found this helpful

If you have an older stove with burner grates that have been used a lot, the ammonia will remove the paint where the flames have touched the grate. Beware.

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April 14, 20051 found this helpful

I clean my stovetop with oven cleaner. Spray it on and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe off. It melts all the greasy dried on cooking messes with minimal effort. I have found that the cheaper dollar store brands (like Family Dollar brand) of oven cleaner work even better than brand name Easy-Off.

By Tori

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September 13, 20110 found this helpful

I going to try the baking soda on the sinks. I get the large bag at Sam's. Thanks for the ideal.

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By 1 found this helpful
June 15, 2016

How do you clean your gas burners that have burnt on junk? I just want to get that junk off the burners. They light OK.

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September 22, 20160 found this helpful

Put them in a plastic bag with ammonia in it. Be carful of the fumes but if you let them siak in it that black build up will come right off

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By 0 found this helpful
June 1, 2010

The members here seem to know how to clean everything. I am having a big problem cleaning the burners for my gas stove. I have tried soaking, SOS pads, and they clean to a point.

Any suggestions on getting all the baked on grease off will be most appreciative. I am having a service man repair my over the stove microwave and don't want them to think I never clean the stove. Thank you everyone.

By Barbara from Youngstown, OH

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June 4, 20100 found this helpful
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I spray oven cleaner on the entire top of the stove. Spray the grates and burners as well. (Make sure you do not spray the oven cleaner on the top back clock digital area.) Leave it on for 20 minutes, and then wipe the oven cleaner off with a hot wet rag. If you still have some burnt food here and there use a magic sponge with simple green then wipe with a micro rag. At the end I spray the top with glass cleaner to give it a nice shine with no smear marks. Another tool I use is a "Sonic Scrubber" to get in between small areas. This sounds like a lot to do but it is really easy and cheaper then running your self-cleaning oven just to clean the grates and burners.

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February 1, 20140 found this helpful

We recently purchased a home that had been rental property. The gas burner grates are filthy with burned on food. I have tried the combo of Dawn dish soap with white vinegar and baking soda; bought a so-called restaurant product used for difficult cleanup jobs called "Greased Lightening"; Brillo scrub pads, and on and on. I don't recall everything I've tried, but they still look awful.

I am embarrassed for other people to see them so dirty, like it doesn't matter to me. Any helpful suggestion of specific product(s) would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance of your helpful suggestions or information.

By Miriam K.

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February 4, 20140 found this helpful
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Have the same problem here, though not as bad as yours. And like you, I tried many products, techniques, & so forth.

So I've gotten them as clean as possible, with still visible burn markings, dry black lines, & more. But I clean them once a week, usually with a combo of baking soda/ peroxide/vinegar-water mix. Also soak the center caps along with the dials every so often.

Like you, I don't care for the look of older gas grates & porcelain surrounds. (BTW, my parents had a flat white porcelain electric burner, & despite all their efforts to clean & even soak them under paper towels overnight, like the gas burners it still looked very used, if that's any consolation.)

Ultimately what I did was chose an unused cabinet door roughly the size of the entire top - still hinged - & cover it the entire thing up. And I have the benefit of another countertop space to use as I want. Cutting any board to same length & width would have worked instead.

I know that's not the answer you want, but you might just have to live with them. Good luck with them regardless,

Nica

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By 0 found this helpful
September 10, 2016

I used Easy Off oven cleaner on my black cook top and now I have big white spots on the burner. Help!

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

If it is a glass top, and has the solid burner, there is a product that is almost like a black paste shoe polish made to clean the burners. I forget the name of it. But, years ago I used to get it at sears (where my cook top came from). I still have that unit in a rental house and it worked very well. Check in some appliance stores.

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By 0 found this helpful
March 5, 2013

I want to clean the aluminum rings around my gas burners, but I can't get them out. The screws are rusty. Any suggestions please?

By Chloe I. from Cairns QLD Australia

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November 24, 20160 found this helpful
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Product called PB Blaster. Soak with spray on product, let it set for about and try to undo the screws. May take more than 1 try if they are really bad.

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January 14, 2015

I have a black enamel fast stove. The two front burners have charred grease and when I clean what will come off around the burners it has left dry dull areas. How can I remove all the charred buildup and make the stove top shiny like the rest of it? The dry dull spots are driving me crazy. I heard from the store I purchased it from that after I clean it I should polish it with car wax, but I'm a little nervous. Any suggestions? Thanks.

By Tammy

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January 22, 20150 found this helpful

No don't waist your time with car wax. I also have a black stove. It was my Mom's stove and is now over 60 years old. First do not use anything that will scratch it like those sponges that have a rough side. My husband scratched the daylights out of Mom's stove because he always used those even when I begged him not to. Just use a mix of water, a little ammonia, and a drop or two of Dawn Dish Soap. Spray that on then wipe off. If you have a real stubborn area, spray a little Easy Off Oven Cleaner on the spot, wait about ten minutes then wipe off. Only use the one in the blue can, the one in the yellow can is nasty. After you wiped the stove off, get a soft cloth that has been sprayed with Lemon Oil. Wipe the stove down again using the Lemon Oil. It will shine forever after that and after sixty years, still look new. The heat from your stove or burners might make the Lemon Oil smoke a tiny bit but it doesn't smoke allot or stink bad. Like I said, I have been using it for many years.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 26, 2015

I have a gas stove; underneath the grates is a round aluminum piece and it is getting burnt brown grease on it. How can I get this off of it? I can't seem to take it apart from the stove.

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September 27, 20150 found this helpful

You can contact the manufacturer's website-customer service to ask how to clean the stove and it's parts.

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August 27, 20130 found this helpful

I have a gas stove that takes forever to cook everything. I have one burner that seems to work better. I have to switch everything around to the one burner that gets the hottest to finish cooking each dish.

By Janie P

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June 27, 20160 found this helpful

Don't know. My mother bought her stove in 1950 and had it until Hurricane Katrina flooded it in 2005. Never had a problem with any of the burners.

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March 1, 20140 found this helpful

Do you take the gas burners off to clean them? If so how?

By R Chatman

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December 12, 20140 found this helpful

You just pick them up. They aren't attached so much as just sitting there to keep the pots and pans from sitting directly on the part that the flames come out of.

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June 23, 20120 found this helpful

I guess I had the flame too high on the burner. Now it's black and brown. I have used the things suggested, but cannot get it off. Can someone help me. Thanks.

By Marilyn

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June 25, 20120 found this helpful

Have you tried making a paste of baking soda and water? Use it like you would cleanser. Also, you might want to try a credit card as a scraper if the burn is thick like burned on food. But as jeff Campbell from the Clean Team warns, always use a plastic scraper with liquid like water to prevent scratching. The water works as a lubricant.

Good luck

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By 0 found this helpful
June 6, 2010

How do you clean burners? I have used too many grease removing cleansers, but they have not worked. And when I turn on the burner, it doesn't light on.

By Celia from TX

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April 25, 20110 found this helpful

I use a wet sos pad to scrub and have a cloth on hand to wipe mess.

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August 3, 20110 found this helpful

How do I clean the burners on a gas stove?

By Donna from West Haven, CT

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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

Every gas stove I've ever seen (to be fair, not that many because gas scares the heck out of me) had lift off burners that could be soaked in the sink and then replaced on the stovetop. Look at your burners to see if there is a hinged looking thing on any of them, sometimes you have to push the cool burner in and then pull up-yours may be different so just have a look. You can also Google the name and model number of your range to get the owner manual (usually free to download); read through the manual to see what the manufacturer suggests.

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April 17, 20150 found this helpful

How do I best clean residue of cooked food on gas burner base to bring back "new" look?

By CeeCee

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December 16, 20140 found this helpful

How do I clean burners on a gas stove?

By Staff

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December 13, 20140 found this helpful

How do I clean my stove? I can lift up the top, but what can I use to clean it with it where food spills when cooking?

By Margaret

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August 27, 20110 found this helpful

Can I clean the burners on my gas stove to improve gas flow? One is uneven and the other doesn't light at all.

By Anthony

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August 30, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds like these are clogged up. Try using a metal brush and lightly prick the holes after you remove the burner from the stove. Blow loose debris/dust out and see if that helps.

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June 8, 20130 found this helpful

How do I clean my Jenn Air stove? My burners are a solid piece. You pull out the whole piece with 2 burners in it.
The top is gas and the bottom is electric. The gas top is a mess. I have tried Dawn dish soap, scratch pads, and vinegar. And I can't afford the so called Jenn Air cleaner. It is too much $$$$.
I hate this stove. And paying over $2000.00 for it and not being able to clean it easy is crazy. Never again. Thanks.

By Bev in OH

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April 5, 20130 found this helpful

The burners don't come out and I also can't seem to lift the stovetop up to get to them.

By Shirley D

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December 2, 20120 found this helpful

How do I clean my gas stove burners? I shot air into them and the main one messing up and made it worse. When I cook on that burner, I get soot on my cookware. Any suggestions how I can do it myself?

By Alease

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August 19, 20120 found this helpful

My stove's gas burners don't fully light up. I've cleaned and taken off all the parts. All that's left is the little burner. I guess it it clogged up.

By Jan

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July 26, 20110 found this helpful

How can I remove the white residue on my gas burners? My father likes to leave the flame on even with no pot on the burner. The manufacturer says the white stuff will result.

Is this a job for vinegar?

By Ken K.

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June 6, 20100 found this helpful

I need advice on how to clean gas burners on a gas range. The gas company claims I need to clean them in order for them to work and they did not tell me how. Anyone have any tips or instructions for me? The range is a Jenn Air.

Stephanie

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Cleaning Burners on a Gas Range

Sometimes my gas stove burners get clogged with "gunk", when this happens I just remove the burner part and soak in warm soapy water for a few minutes. Then I take a fine wire and poke it in all of the little hole around the burner, then let running water from the faucet clean out the stuff I have poked out, this works for me. You might want to try that and see if it works. Also if you have the instruction manual that came with your stove, it may have tips in it on how to clean this. Or if there is a phone # or web site, you could call or write to them and ask them how to clean the burners. Hope this might be of help to you. (09/22/2005)

By Rosa

Cleaning Burners on a Gas Range

I have a Kenmore gas range and the following are instructions from my owner's manual:

  1. Remove the burner cap from the burner base, if you have them.
  2. Clean the burner cap with warm, soapy water and a sponge.
  3. If the gas tube opening (in center of burner) has become soiled or clogged, use a damp cloth to clean the area.
  4. If the burner ports are clogged, clean them with a straight pin. Do not enlarge or distort the port. Very important: DO NOT use a wooden toothpick for this. If it breaks off in the burner port, you are stuck. By the way, the burner ports are the small holes that go around the burner.
  5. After cleaning the gas tube opening and ports, put the burner caps back on. Check to ensure the burner caps are seated properly, then turn on the burner to see if it will light.
Direction #4 is probably the one that will be most helpful in getting full gas flow at each burner and probably the one to which your gas company is referring.

Hope this helps!

Tori in PA (09/22/2005)

By truerblue

Cleaning Burners on a Gas Range

Boil them in Tide powder detergent it works wonders.
I did it a long time ago and a gas man who was there to adjust the pilot lights was the one who told me to do it with Tide.
He was amazed when he returned to the the needed adjustments. (10/17/2005)

By LOCKHA885

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June 1, 20100 found this helpful

How do I clean cast iron grate above gas flame on a gas stove? Thanks.

By J. Burden from Boulder, CO

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How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

I just recently cleaned mine with a homemade cleaner and a steel wool 'sponge' and they look great! The cleaner I made was basically vinegar, baking soda, and lemon mixed with some hot water. It may take a bit of elbow-grease, but it works well and it's super affordable! (09/28/2009)

By CWallis

How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

Put them in the dishwasher. (09/30/2009)

By TXBetty

How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

I have taken really bad ones outside and used auto degreaser on them. (09/30/2009)

By mom-from-missouri

How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

If you have the thick heavy grates, stack them in the bottom of the oven and set to self clean for two hours. Then just rinse them in soapy water when they cool. Be sure to remove your oven racks before setting self clean cycle. I have cleaned ours this way for years. You will laugh at the people who use ammonia in a bag. (11/04/2009)

By rainycity1

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September 28, 20090 found this helpful

How do you clean a gas stove with burner caps, grates, and a burner plate that are all gray in color and similar to cast iron? The grates and caps are all removable. My stove is by General Electric. I have been using SOS pads and scrubbing them everyday to keep them clean.

I am looking for an easier way to clean them. I didn't know if I could spray something like Easy Off Bam on them, let it sit for a little while and come back and just wash them off with minimal work. Please share your tips. Thanks.

Onesummer

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How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

I put all the parts in a large trash bag, lay it in the bathtub, pour in about a cupful of Ammonia, and twist the top shut and hold it with a twist tie. Let it stand overnight. In the morning, pull the parts out of the bag, empty the Ammonia down the drain, run a few inches of hot water in the tub and scrub the parts with an old toothbrush. The cooked on food and grease will be soft and easy to remove. My stove is 10 years old and the grates still look like new. (10/17/2008)

By Harlean from Arkansas

How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

I think I have the same stove. I put the drip pans and grates in the dishwasher. I know it said not to put the grates in the dishwasher, but after several years I decided to give it a try. They are fine in there. The caps though, I have to scrub them. Bon Ami or Bar Keepers Friend works well. (10/21/2008)

By Lynn

Clean Gas

How do you clean gas stoves? Such a great question. Okay, there are so many ways to clean. Using SOS and scrub it everyday is one way. I think this will be the best way. Thank you. (11/16/2008)

By Robot

How Do You Clean Gas Stove

I have a white built in gas stove. The white around the burners gets dirty very quickly. The only way I have been able to clean it is with lots of elbow grease. (01/13/2009)

By Victor

How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

Before retiring for the night, I place items in the sink and spray with a No-odor Oven Cleaner. In the morning I address the remaining 'spots' with a white nylon scrubbing pad (white is the safe, non-scratching type); then rinse and towel dry.

Do not use SOS or any other steel wool for scrubbing. These stove/oven items are typically glazed (like porcelain) and therefore have a glass finish; steel wool will remove this glazing. Would you use steel wool on your tub or bathroom sink? You don't want to use any abrasive other than whiting.

I've also heard that Harlean's method is great for BBQ grills! (09/18/2009)

By Cajun62234

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October 16, 20080 found this helpful

I am looking for tips for cleaning around gas stove burners.

barbara batiste

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How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

I soaked mine in very hot almost boiling water and a good degreaser I purchased at the hardware store. Just let them soak for about a half hour. Then scrub with good scrub brush. Make sure you wear rubber gloves as the water may still be hot! jeangnome46 (11/04/2004)

By jeangnome46

How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

If you are cleaning the stovetop burners, I just pop mine in the dishwasher. It works great even when we bought our house and they were really, really dirty.

(11/09/2004)

By sarah_bellum

How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

Bar Keeper's Friend. Check out their website: barkeepersfriend.com It's cleans everything. I've found this product at Bed,Bath & Beyond. Some grocery stores and Walmart occasionally. Try it you'll be so satisfied. (07/25/2005)

By Jennifer,CA

How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

Try baking soda and just a little bit of elbow grease. It is abrasive enough to get the grime up but not abrasive enough to scratch up your finish. Baking soda also works great for removing stains on your counter tops, with a little elbow grease. And, I really do mean just a little. You don't have to scrub hard at all and I just use a regular wash cloth for both of these things
(07/26/2006)

By Mekale

An easy way.

I don't like to use products with a strong smell like ammonia. I just put all non-aluminum pieces into the dish washer machine. The hot water cleans all them very well and makes them shine.
I do have problems to clean the top: it's stainless steel and I can't rub anything to avoid scratches. (08/30/2007)

By Alice

How Do You Clean Gas Stove Burners?

I used "fume-free Max" Easy Off Oven Cleaner on my stainless cook top around where the flames come out (all that cooked on mess). I just sprayed two coats of it at night, and in the morning I used the scrubby side of my sponge, and it came off beautifully and easily! I wish I would have figured this out a long time ago! (06/02/2008)

By Patty from Ohio

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