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Removing Melted Plastic from a Stove Burner?

April 8, 2018

Removing Melted Plastic from Electric Burner - plastic on stove burnerI am having issues with removing stuck on plastic that is stuck to an old burner that is coiled. And I have tried a lot of stuff.

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April 8, 20181 found this helpful
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This is not an easy job but it can be done.

  • If you have good ventilation you can actually burn it off but you will also need to wear a mask to keep from breathing the fumes.
  • homeguides.sfgate.com/melted-plastic-off-stove-burner-24706...
  • You can put water in a pan or your sink and add a strong cleanser like Ajax or Barkeepers Friend and place the burner in the water to soak overnight.
  • You should be able to scrub it off the following day.
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April 9, 20180 found this helpful
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I would use a very low heat and a sharp metal tool to peel it. Wear gloves and a mask.

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November 26, 2007

My flat top stove had a spatula melted on the hot surface. How do I get it all off?


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April 11, 20104 found this helpful
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I laid a plastic grocery bag with 2 loaves of bread in it on the stove not knowing it was recently turned off. I went to get more groceries out of the car and came back to a very smokey kitchen and melted plastic all over the burner, the bread was also burnt. I had no idea how to clean it up.

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The next day I found this site and I am still amazed and relieved how easy it was to clean up with alcohol and a razor blade from my utility knife! I am also relieved I am not the first person that made that mistake! I felt pretty stupid!

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March 4, 2008

I had a plastic bag on the electric stove and I accidentally turned on the wrong burner. Now, I have bits of melted plastic on one of the electric rings. I have scrubbed and scrubbed and it won't come off. Please help!



Kate from Melbourne

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March 4, 20080 found this helpful

That has never happened to me, but if it did I would be tempted to take a straight-edged razor and carefully scrape away at the burnt-on plastic. I wonder if the remnants that are left could just be burned off by running the burner for a while (with a ventilator fan on, of course).

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March 4, 20080 found this helpful

Have you tried using steel wool and Comet or Ajax?

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March 7, 20080 found this helpful

That's a tough stain to get rid of, what I did, and it worked pretty well, was to get the burner hot as heck and use a full sized wire brush to clean the burner, I won't say that it will take all os it out but it sure got rid of a lot of the stain.

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March 7, 20080 found this helpful

How about a new burner ring?

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By duckie43 (Guest Post)
March 7, 20080 found this helpful

I did the same thing and tried almost everything to get it off with out much luck. It accidently slid into a sink full of soapy water with the dishes. I didn't notice it until I was almost finished. When I found it, the plastic was gone. I put it back in the receptical, after letting it dry for a couple of days and it worked fine.

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I wouldn't suggest dropping it in the sink, but you could try standing it up in a pan of hot soapy water and letting it sit until the water cools. Making sure you keep the element dry. It worked for me and it wouldn't hurt to try it.

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March 8, 20081 found this helpful

HEAT THE STOVE RING AND WIPE WITH A THICK HEAVY DAMP RAG ONCE IT IS HOT IT SHOULD WIPE RIGHT OFF

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June 4, 20180 found this helpful

I have parts of a plastic cutting board melted on mine. I scraped off as much as I could. I tried warming the burner with the overhead exhaust fan on. My fire alarm's went off. I have scraped many times. Any other suggestion would be appreciated. I will not use that burner.

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I do not want to see the `fire dept' again. I'm in a sm. apt.

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April 7, 20200 found this helpful

May not be able to get one. You have to order them online where I live and I'm on a budget anyway. $20 might as well be $100. If the OP is asking how to remove it, I'd wager a guess that they have thought about a replacement already but are in the same boat.

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February 4, 20211 found this helpful

Sounds like a good plan to heat the stove burner then wipe with round with a damp rag. What my husband is going to do tomorrow is take the stove round outside and blast it with a blow torch to get the plastic melted and then wipe with a damp rag.

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That way no worry about the toxic fumes. Enough fumes the first time around!

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February 5, 20210 found this helpful

The blow torch used outside to the stove round worked like a charm! No fuss, no muss! No toxic fumes. Just saying . . . .

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July 25, 2015

How do you clean a stove that has had a plastic bag melted on it?


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July 25, 20150 found this helpful

Removal method depends on the surface type-glass, metal, etc. "how to clean stuff.com" has several methods.

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January 16, 2015

I have an electric stove top burner with melted plastic on it. The plate is solid and not easily removed. I would like a solution that does not require burner removal.

By Martin J from Tucson, AZ

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January 17, 20150 found this helpful

A search online brought up many suggestions; you can try this site to start: homeguides.sfgate.com/melted-plastic-off-stove-burner-24706...

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February 12, 2010

I melted a plastic strainer on the burner of my stove.

By Renee from Flushing, NY

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February 13, 20100 found this helpful

I know this may sound awful, but what I usually do is turn the burner back on and while it is hot I get a wet dish cloth or a metal meat turner to remove it very quickly. It smells bad but it works for me, good luck.

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November 30, 2013

How do I remove melted plastic from electric stovetop?

By Richard

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June 18, 2013

A plastic freezer bag somehow got on a very hot burner of the smooth top stove and melted and burned. I tore away as much as I could, but still have lumps and streaks of the plastic on the top. I'm afraid to try to scrape it off lest I scratch the top.

By Virginia C.

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April 22, 2013

Well, I have a slightly different problem. I had a plastic bag melt on my stove burner because of the heat from the oven. I thought I could get it off while it was warm, but didn't work. Any suggestions?

By Doris H

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