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Range - Cleaning Grates, Pans, Caps, Or Burner Heads



Below you will find the various cleaning methods recommended by GE for the burner grates, drip pans, burner caps or burner heads for your GE gas range or cooktop.
Enamel on steel or cast iron grates and caps:
  • Grates and caps should be washed regularly in hot soapy water, rinsed in clean water and dried before placing them back on range.
  • Grates and caps can be cleaned in dishwasher as long as they are enamel coated on the bottom.
  • For burned on soil grates and caps can be soaked in a slightly diluted solution of liquid cleanser and scour with a non-metallic soap filled pad.
  • Place the grates and caps in a sealed bag or covered container with 1/4 cup of ammonia. Leave to sit for three hours up to overnight to loosen soil. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
To prevent rusting of cast iron grates apply a light coating of cooking oil to the bottom of the grate.
Do NOT clean in self cleaning oven. The high temperatures will damage the grates and caps.
Note: If burner caps are discoloring after each use (blackening) a flame adjustment may be needed. Too much air mix can cause soot and a yellow flame. Call your gas company or your installer to resolve.
Porcelain enamel drip pans:
  • Wash in hot soapy water.
  • May be cleaned in dishwasher.
  • Place the grates and caps in a sealed bag or covered container with 1/4 cup of ammonia. Leave to sit overnight to loosen soil. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.
  • Soap filled scouring pads may also be used.

Non-removable porcelain pans :

  • Wash in hot soapy water.
  • Soap filled scouring pads or cleansing powders may be used on heavy soils.
Chrome Drip Pans:
  • Wash the chrome drip pan in hot soapy water.
  • Use a stiff bristled nylon brush.
  • Non-metallic soap filled scouring pad.
  • Rinse well and polish with a soft cloth.
  • Clean in dishwasher
Never use abrasive cleaners or steel wool to clean chrome drip pans. These products will scratch the chrome surface.
Never clean chrome drip pans in self clean oven. They will discolor and warp from the excessive heat.
Burner Heads:
  • Wipe burner heads routinely when cleaning the range top.
  • For heavy cleaning, remove burner head from the range. Soak the burner head upside down in a solution of mild liquid detergent and hot water. soak for 20-30 minutes, if food does not rinse off completely, scrub with soap and water or a soft brush or a plastic scouring pad.
  • For stubborn stains: scrub with a cleanser like Soft Scrub or Bon Ami. Rinse well to remove any traces of the cleanser that might scratch the burners.
  • Check the holes in the burner head to make sure they are not clogged. if clogged, clean with a paperclip.

Before putting the burner head back using any of the above methods, shake out excess water, dry burner head thoroughly by placing it in warm oven for 30 minutes. Then place the head back on the range, making sure the pin in the burner base goes in the hole of the burner head. Also make sure the burner head is properly seated and level.

Note: Do not use ammonia to clean the burner heads, as it will cause discoloration.

To view a short video on cleaning your open cooktop burners:
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