Cleanliness in the kitchen is the dream of every housewife. However, keeping it perfectly clean is not an easy task, especially when it comes to washing your gas stove.
It is difficult to wash both the stove and its grate, which collects hard-to-remove layers of grease, carbon deposits, and dust on the surface. And if housewives rarely have problems with washing the stove, then not everyone can wash the grate.
The main problem is that food residues, grease and dust accumulating on the grate are thermally affected after each use of the hob. When a metal product is heated, all moisture evaporates from the accumulated thin layer of fat, so it, in addition, becomes strong.
The resulting film is very sticky, dust and other particles from the air settle on it. Such layers alternate, erode into the metal, harden, and as a result, it becomes problematic to remove them. But today there are many ways to remove even the most difficult stains. They will be discussed below.
How to clean the grate of a gas stove from grease and carbon deposits
First, you need to determine what material the grill of the gas stove is made of: metal, cast iron or steel.
Enamelled metal grilles. Due to their glossy enamel coating, they look the most attractive in comparison with their cast iron and steel counterparts. They are also lighter, they are not afraid of water, brushes with soft and medium-hard bristles and caustic solutions of household chemicals.
However, do not get carried away with abrasive and potent agents, since they effectively clean, but significantly reduce the service life of products due to the destruction of the enamel and the top layer of the coating. It is safer to use more gentle products, achieving an effect by increasing the time of their exposure to the surface of the product.
Cast iron grates are recognized as moderately strong and durable if several important conditions are observed during operation, such as no contact with water, metal brushes and strong abrasive substances.
Steel grilles are the cheapest, covered with enamel. When purchased, they look attractive, but the enamel will begin to “peel off” over time. Steel products can be easily cleaned with caustic detergents and are not afraid of abrasive compounds.
The most popular, fastest and most effective ways to clean your grates at home
This method is primarily suitable for cast iron and steel products. Place a dry wire rack over an open fire and leave exactly until the frozen fat and carbon deposits fall off in pieces.
Then shake off the carbon residue from the grate with a brush and wipe the surface with a slightly damp cloth, but only if you are the owner of a steel grate. It is strictly forbidden to wash cast iron products with water.
At home, this method is applied using the gas stove itself. The main condition is constant ventilation of the room (in addition to open windows, use an extractor hood if the kitchen is equipped with it).
We use ammonia
Method suitable for heavily soiled products. To get started, take either a large zip-top bag or a heavy-duty garbage bag, also large, to fit the grate into it. Add ammonia inside the bag (the contents of 1 bottle of ammonia sold in a pharmacy are enough).
Then close the bag with a zip (or wrap the bag tightly) and twist it in your hands so that the liquid is evenly distributed over the grid. Leave the package for at least 3 hours, and preferably for 5-8 hours for maximum effect.
After this time, rinse the grate under water (not suitable for cast iron) and wipe it dry. Grease and carbon deposits will be completely removed.
When using ammonia, do not forget to wear protective gloves, and soaking is best done in a ventilated area.
We use baking soda, mustard powder, salt and vinegar
The safest way for human health and the environment. By mixing all of the listed ingredients in equal proportions, you get a cleaner that will deal with any dirt. Apply the resulting mixture to the grate of the gas stove and leave for 3-5 hours.
After that, the surface should be rinsed (if you have steel or metal gratings) or simply wipe dry (if you have a cast iron product).
Remember the following important rules when removing stains
- When wiping the surface of the product, do not use hard metal brushes, as this will lead to the appearance of pores and other damage.
- Do not soak the grates immediately after cooking; temperature changes make the metal brittle.
- When cleaning the grate with a cleaning agent, be sure to remove it from the stove so that it does not come into contact with the cooking zone. There are cases when such an oversight led to serious damage to gas stoves.