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Cleaning the range?

post #1 of 10
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Hey everyone,


I just got a new job about a month ago as culinary manager/chef, and there was a lot of cleaning projects to be done. I've had everyone do a lot of deep cleaning, but I'm wondering what the best way to tackle the stove is. I was thinking of just turning them upside down, burning them for a couple of hours (while keeping an eye on it) and throwing it into a sink filled with water and degreaser. I did that with one stovetop for an experiment for about 2 or 3 hours, and it only came away half clean. Does anyone else have a good method for cleaning stove that just have years of built up, burnt grease?

post #2 of 10

I encountered this same issue, the cooked on grease almost made it look like the iron was warped and pitted but really was just grime. The BEST tool that I have found that is strong enough to chip away that stuff is this Hyde Scraper




It's very sturdy and firm, narrow enough to get between the grates of the burners and has the sharp end to dig into the corners really well.


I don't know what I would use non chemically to do the job. If you want to go the chemical route, I hear Carbon-Off is a good product.

post #3 of 10
Carbon off is a good product. If you really want to go crazy get them sandblasted or shot blasted, we did this once a year at an old job, they will look like new. Ive found eazy off to work well also but the trick is to spray a thick coat on and cover it lightly with plastic wrap to keep the solvents from evaporating. It may take a day or so though.
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post #4 of 10

You can read about sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda. A powerfull grease dissolver. Lots of commercial products use it. Take some care if using it.

Also check steam cleaners.




Sorry to post here as i'm not a pro.

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post #5 of 10

An acid grill cleaner would be your best bet depending on the severity of the problem. However, most acid grill cleaners work at its best when heated. I used to boil water in an old stock pot on a stock pot burner(a single burner with high BTUs) put the eyes in with some grill cleaner and let foam up. turning the stove of an on to prevent overflow. do this 3 or 4 times then rinse. This should get your eyes pretty clean. Next remove each individual plate and as mentioned in another reply spray a thick coat of easy off on each plate cover with plastic let stand for about an hour remove scrub with a steele scrubby (chore boy) that should get most of the grease off. Next check inside under the plates where the burners are located you may have to scrape and scrub to get this grease out on most commercial ranges the gas lines to the burners are easily removable, but be careful that the pilot stays lit. (note grease buildup under the stove is a potential grease fire hazard which needs to be avoided) Good luck and happy scrubbing.

post #6 of 10

Berryman carburetor cleaner.  Sells by the gallon, reuseable.  (If you're talking about the burners and/or burner tops.

post #7 of 10

regular small paint scraper from a hardware store. scrape grime/grease and then in sink soak with degreaser/water for a few minutes and scrub away. it gets the job done after a busy night service. 

post #8 of 10
Angle grinder with brush attachment. Or elbow grease. There is no easy way out. Chemicals are your friend use them.
Tell the cooks who use it to clean it.
Then tell them again. Rinse, repeat.
Clean it yourself if you need a workout. Then I suggest you delegate. Dont experiment just clean it. It takes a lot of work. The more you clean it the dirtier it will look.
Ask your supplier to suggest a product, in front of the team, then get excited when the product arrives, and delegate it.

I use Ecolab and I talk with the rep in front of the Stewards every time. Get them involved.

The cleaner will never have a greater kitchen moment. They will be waiting for their next chance to get at it.

post #9 of 10

EasyOff, steel wool, and A LOT of elbow grease. I had to do this last night  along with the hood vents. My arm still hurts.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

I actually figured out the best way, that pretty much takes no effort and leaves them looking brand new (after much experimeting).


I simply took the parillas off the broiler (why can't I think of the word in English right now? Um...the metal bar things), and put the range tops two at a time directly on top of the fire, covering it with a sheet pan. It takes about 30 mins to an hour and then you carefully remove them and place them in a 3 compartment sink with a little soap and degreaser. After having run them through the dishwasher, they looked absolutely brand new. Took me a few hours to do the entire stove top, and trust me, they hadn't been cleaned in years. I'm sure it'll take much less time to clean if we clean them on a schedule. 


As for the hood vents, we just spray degreaser on them, let it sit about half an hour, then wipe and run through the dish machine. Once a week, they look like brand new. 

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