How to Clean Gas Stove Grates

I’m moving in a few weeks and figured giving my gas range a good cleaning is a nice thing to do for the next renters. I always like to leave a place cleaner than it was when I arrived. I love to cook and regularly wipe up the messes that accumulate on my stovetop. However, I don’t give the grates a good cleaning very often.

If you’re wondering how to clean gas stove grates, follow along. I’ll share my tried and true methods along with some advice on how to remove stuck on gunk.

Why cleaning gas stove grates is important

  • Efficiency – Cleaning your gas stove grates regularly helps maintain the efficiency of your stove. When grates are covered in grease and food residue they can obstruct the flow of gas leading to uneven cooking.
  • Food Safety – The accumulation of dirt and grime can attract pests and breed bacteria compromising the safety of your food.
  • Fire Safety – Built up material on your grates has the potential to catch on fire due to the open flame utilized in a gas stove.

My stove was heavily worn by previous renters. I’m guessing that they used a hard brush or steel wool at some point because the grates and the center griddle are all scratched up.

The griddle is aluminum with some sort of nonstick coating so if you’re wondering… no, I’ve never used it. I’m genuinely terrified of any scratched nonstick pot or pan after watching Dark Waters and learning more about the Teflon story.

Below is a close up of the grates before I cleaned them. You can see the built up gunk and grease spots. Oh, and did I mention the scratches. 😉

Steps for cleaning gas stove grates

Cleaning your stove grates doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following a few simple steps, you can remove even the most stubborn gunk and restore your grates.

Step 1 – Remove the grates

Start by turning off the gas supply and ensuring that your stove is cool. Once cool, remove the grates from the stove top.

Step 2 – Pre-soak the grates

Fill your sink or a large basin with hot water and about a teaspoon of dish soap. Then place the grates into the water until they are fully submerged. Let them soak for 15-20 minutes or longer if there is stubborn gunk. The soaking will help to loosen any stuck on food and grease making it easier to remove in the next step.

My kitchen sink was large enough to fit the grates. If your sink is too small you could use a bathtub or a large plastic tote.

Step 3 – Scrub with a brush

After the grates have soaked, use a soft bristled brush or sponge to remove the loosened food and grime. I like to use a toothbrush to get the hard to reach areas. Pay attention to any stubborn spots and use more pressure if needed.

Rinse the grates with water to remove any of the soap residue.

Step 4 – Use a cleaning solution

If your grates still have some stubborn gunk you can make a homemade cleaning solution. Just mix equal parts baking soda and vinegar to create a paste. Apply the paste to the grates using a brush or sponge and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Then scrub the grates with a soft brush or sponge.

Step 5 – Dry the grates and reassemble

Once you’ve scrubbed away the gunk it’s time to dry the grates. Use a clean towel or allow them to air dry. Once dry, place the grates back onto the gas stovetop making sure that they fit securely.

Maintenance tips to keep gas stove grates clean

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your stove grates clean. By following these maintenance tips, you can minimize the accumulation of grease and gunk and make your cleaning routine much easier.

  1. Wipe down after each use – After cooking, take a damp cloth and wipe down the grates to remove any spills. This will prevent the buildup of grease and make your regular cleaning routine more manageable.
  2. Use a splatter guard – If your cooking something that is causing oil to splatter consider using a splatter screen or lid that will prevent oil and food particles from landing on your grates and causing a mess.
  3. Season cast iron grates – If your grates are cast iron, seasoning them regularly will create a protective layer that prevents food from sticking, making cleaning easier. Simply apply a thin layer of cooking oil to the grates and heat them on low for about 30 minutes. While many people just turn their burners on low, I prefer to place the grates in the oven at 350 degrees F. Repeat this process every few months as needed. Seasoning grates also prevents the cast iron grates from rusting.

FAQs about cleaning gas stove grates

It’s recommended that you clean your stove grates at least once a month. However, if you cook frequently and notice buildup, more frequent cleaning may be necessary.

Abrasive scrubbers such as steel wool are not recommended since they scratch the surface. It’s best to use a soft bristle brush or sponge.

It is not recommended to clean stove grates in a dishwasher as they can be too large and heavy for the dishwasher’s cleaning mechanism. Also, the heat and detergents in the dishwasher could damage the grates.

Cleaning gas stove grates may seem like a daunting task, but with the right techniques and tools, it can be a breeze. Regular maintenance and proper cleaning can help keep your grates in top condition, ensuring efficient cooking.

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Our next rental has an electric stove so I’m a little bummed about that. I really do prefer gas. For those of you looking for cleaning tutorials for glass stove tops, I may have something coming soon!


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