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Stained gas range burner grates

Have a GE Profile gas range..the gray enamel (?) burner grates stain very badly with general use and nothing seems to help in cleaning them. I am told that anything with any scrubbing power is a no-no. Does anyone have any help? Thank you. I hate the grey grates on my one year old GE gas cooktop. Yes, they will come clean but only with a great deal of effort and then just turning the burner on causes them to be cruddy again. The cooktop itself is not easy to clean especially since GE caustions against anything abrasive. All in all, I hate this GE cooktop and I will replace it as soon as I can with something other than GE. Buying new grates is expensive. I unsuccessfully searched for used cast iron grates. This cooktop is a do over...any other cooktop is bound to be a step up...And I don't believe GE did not have this problem in their test kitchens.

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  • dorareene Feb 14, 2009

    Thx...that is helpful butttt, the problem with these grates is that they are easily soiled. Just turn the burner on and the grate turns brown. While using the oven clean cycle might well work, I would not want to routinely/frequently use that method to clean the grates.

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    I have the same problem, I have the grey grates and I'm constantly trying to clean them. I wish I knew this before I bought this stove. I would have never bought it because I like my stove to look clean all the time. I cook everyday and it's a pain every night to soak these grates. Isn't there anything we can use to clean them. I even tried the vinegar in a plastic bag over night.

  • cmichmax Apr 18, 2009

    I feel your pain Dorreen. I hate my Ge gray burner grates and the cook top surface. I cook a lot -- and keeping them and stove top clean is impossible. I'm trying to find new grates that are black.

    Michelle

  • thefergs99 Apr 19, 2009

    I also hate to clean these gray grates for my GE XL44 stove. I use SOS/Brillo pads and it cleans them up pretty well. I have noticed areas in which the paint appears to have "melted" off and cannot cover up those areas. I have been looking for replacement grates, without success.

  • galefilups Sep 23, 2009

    I hate my GE grey gas grates too ! ! Does anyone know where to purchase black ones?

  • arkw52 Nov 20, 2009

    Has anyone tried to remove the gray enamel finish from the grates; if so, how did you do it? I was thinking maybe sandblasting would do it. Has anyone tried a high-heat paint to paint them black; if so, did it hold up?

  • becauseis620
    becauseis620 Jan 23, 2013

    I also have a problem with the grey grates. You don't even have to have any spills on them and they turn black. Of course GE will not replace them. All they do is sell their product! Very dissatified customer. I will never buy them again.

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Hey y'all. I have the same lame GE profile gas cooktop with the gray grates and burner covers. I know this is the expensive way to go, but I use Easy-Off "self-cleaning oven" oven cleaning spray. For about $5, you get 3 cleanings. It is a pain to do, but I have better things to do than scrub these grates all the time. I don't know why, but the baked on crud just drives me crazy. I tried everything to clean them completely. I even tried to scrub the darn things with a kitchen pumice stone(sold at walmart)but it is impossible to get the curvy areas clean. Now the paint has started to wear off on the burner covers.

I do not use the oven cleaner on the cooktop itself. I use soft-scrub with baking soda, then cover the cooktop with a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil and cut out holes for the burners. This keeps most of the spills contained, and helps with cleanup.

I visited to the GE parts web page, and they only sell gray grates and covers. I am going to buy black BBQ grill paint(spray can)from Home Depot and try it on the burner covers first. They are the least expensive to replace if it fails, and if it works, I will paint the grates with this high temperature paint. I will keep you posted on the results.

Regards,

Laura D.

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You might try placing them in the oven and running a them through a clean cycle. I did the with some ceramic coated drip pans and it worked great. Don't do this with chrome plated things as it will darken the chrome finish. Don't ask me how I know this. :)

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We have a GE gas stove with the gray enamel burner grates--2 @ 17" each. I find that I can wait about 6 months before cleaning the grates. I remove them to the driveway -- on newspaper or some other cover to protect the concrete and spray them liberally with EasyOff, extra strength. Leave them for about 20 minutes to penetrate then hose them off, and wash thoroughly in hot soapy water. Any small spots that remain can be scraped off carefully with the edge of a paring knife. Or just redo the spray etc. You have to be careful in handling these grates--mine have 2 sets of 3 fingers protruding from one side that are easily broken--in fact I broke one today. The metal is very brittle--just ****. But the enamel stands up to the Easyoff very well.

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Soak for about a day in automatic dish washing solution (higher than normal strenth). Then use a green 3-m scrubby to remove the grime.

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