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Cast iron, enamel or ceramic gas stove grates can become dirty with burned on foods. This is a page about cleaning stove grates.


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April 3, 20130 found this helpful

My housekeeper put the gas stove burner grates in the dishwasher and the black finish was stripped. Is there anyway to get the proper shine/color back (some sort of treatment)? They look all rusted and dull. Or must they be replaced?

By Ellen O


May 31, 20140 found this helpful

Don't blame your housekeeper. The dishwasher should not have done that, and many stove instruction booklets recommend running them through the dishwasher to clean - so she was acting properly. Mine go thru my dishwasher weekly and are fine. I also paint mine with black stove paint about once a year. It has to be stove paint (made for wood burning stoves) as it is a special paint made to resist heat.

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November 7, 20180 found this helpful

Do you use a spray stove paint or do you brush it on? Also, do you buy the glossy finish or the matte? I've been looking at products on Amazon and it's overwhelming!

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March 19, 2017

Can stove top grates be cleaned with the same methods as you do the oven racks?


March 19, 20170 found this helpful

You can put them in trash bags filled with ammonia and leave overnight. Wash them in the morning.

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November 4, 2015

I have a Wolf gas stove/oven. I have always cleaned the cast iron grates by spraying with oven cleaner, leaving them to soak for an hour or more, then rinsing off. I found this tip somewhere on the Internet years ago. It worked great! All the grease and anything stuck on, rinsed right off. However, all a sudden I'm noticing a white haze on them in spots. It's highly noticeable.


I have tried everything to get it off, scrubbing with a wire brush, soaking in ammonia (which is also a fantastic way to clean them), and plain old soap and water with a tooth brush. Nothing is taking it off. And I can't seem to find anything on the web to help me figure this out. I even called Wolf themselves. It's driving me crazy. Does anyone have any clue?


October 6, 20170 found this helpful

I would try Barkeepers Friend.

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June 20, 20120 found this helpful

Can you use "no fume" oven spray cleaners on gas stove top grates? Any other suggestions to remove black burnt on areas on porcelain (grey) grates and burner tops?


By Dawn K.


July 19, 20130 found this helpful

I have used spray on oven cleaner on my gas stove top but I cover the gas ports with foil. So far it's worked beautifully.

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December 9, 2010

My GE black grates/caps are not caked with food, but seem to be graying/discolored. Are they beyond help or will the oven cleaner idea do the trick on this type of thing also? Other tips? Thanks so much!

By Michelle from Hermosa, CA


December 11, 20100 found this helpful

Don't know if it would help but have you tried washing them in the dishwasher.? That's what I do with mine.

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March 12, 20140 found this helpful

I saw an article about this at one point, but lost it, and can't remember where to locate the information. This is for grates that are covered with grease and food all burned on. The article said that all you'd have to do after using this mixture, is to rinse or wipe off while rinsing, and it would come clean down to the surface of the ceramic grate.


Please help!

By Diana J. from Exeter, NH

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August 7, 20180 found this helpful

Keep your gas stove grates looking clean and new with the tips in this page. Ammonia is often recommended. This is a page about cleaning porcelain stove grates.

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