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OT question. I have some Spring Cleaning to do-->Can you give me hints for some cleaning of a stove, etc.

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Last updated: Apr. 2, 2014 7:57 pm
Posted: Apr. 2, 2014 6:44 am
 
Commented by: Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 6:47 am
I want to pick your brain. I am sure someone has some good tips on cleaning. I have a Sears Pro Gas Top Stove. Parts of the stove are ceramic. I can't seem to get the cooked on goop. Can I use oven spray on ceramic? Next, I have this huge mirror in my bathroom. I need a ladder to clean the mirror. The mirror is not my favorite thing to clean. Anyone have any hints to clean such a huger mirror? Thanks!
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Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 6:48 am
meant to say -get the cooked on goop off the ceramic parts of the stove.
 
Holiday Baker
Apr. 2, 2014 7:31 am
Did you try the cleaners specifically for the flat stove tops at the store? I think its Weiman brand. Walmart sells it. I also use Scotch Bright scour pads non scratch. I clean it after every use. If a pot accidentally boiled over, so it is slightly worse than normal I put water on the flat burner and turn it on for a few seconds. I let it cool slightly then clean as usual.
 
Holiday Baker
Apr. 2, 2014 7:32 am
I am sorry, I had read that quickly and thought you were referring to the flat top stoves. Disregard what I said if not.
 
Brenda
Apr. 2, 2014 7:45 am
On my ceramic on my stove I read to use baking soda with white vinegar. Sprinkle on the soda and pour on some vinegar. Works like a charm!!!!!
 
Brenda
Apr. 2, 2014 7:45 am
On my ceramic on my stove I read to use baking soda with white vinegar. Sprinkle on the soda and pour on some vinegar. Works like a charm!!!!! For the mirror, how about getting a squeegie thing and use that?
 
Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 8:05 am
Blender Woman-that's okay. I have a gas stove with grates and the burner parts are ceramic.
 
Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 8:06 am
Brenda-thanks. I will try that. For the mirror-I think I will buy a squeegie and try it. I get tired of getting the ladder out to clean the mirror. Great idea.
 
rozekitten
Apr. 2, 2014 11:45 am
Stove - What Brenda said. Mirror - squeegee will work with paint rolling handle, broom handle, etc. However, this is what I do. I use my boring swiffer sweeper handle, and use 1/4 c white vinegar and 3/4 c warm water soaked in a wash cloth (dedicated for cleaning. Works like a charm and is non-toxic. I put it on with the wet washcloth and clean it off with the dry one. Swiffer and windex make things for this, but I prefer non-toxic cleaners when possible. Bonus? Rinse the yucky off and throw it in the wash. The vinegar will help keep your washer clean and fresh smelling as well. Especially if it is an HE model. Vinegar is a miracle cleaner. Between vinegar, baking soda, and Dawn dish soap, you don't need much else. Also, FYI to all. Dawn dish soap is a super awesome stain remover from clothing. For example, I found a WHITE shirt that was very special in the corner of my daughter's closet that she hid because it's one of a kind, and she had spilled red Hawaiian Punch on it about a month before. Dabbed Dawn on it, rubbed it in, and let it sit overnight. Washed in warm water, and it got every.last.bit. of the stain out.
 
Commented by: westcoastmom
Apr. 2, 2014 7:44 am
do you mean the stove top grates are ceramic? I soak them in the sink with dish soap for awhile and use a blue scrubber pad. If it's really stuck on, then use an sos pad.
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westcoastmom
Apr. 2, 2014 7:46 am
I saw a Windex commercial, using a long telescoping handle for doing outside windows, that might work for your bathroom! :)
 
ARname
Apr. 2, 2014 7:59 am
Maybe a specific stove pic we cn look at? I looked and lots were PRO and all different. I got confused over gas cook top and ceramic too so not sure. I have a gas stove regular white enameled. after prolonged cooking some stuffe never came off. I have used oven cleaner too but some stuff wouldn't budge and I ended up making scratches with varieus items. Finally hit me to use a straight razor, like you scrape paint off a window. So long as it's new and sharp and you keep it paralalel to the surface it gets all the gunk off and won't scratch. I'm the messiest disaster in the kitchen.
 
Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 8:27 am
westcoastmom thanks for the idea of the long handled window cleaner. ARname-I can't get a photo to upload. Here is the link to the stove I have---http://www.sears.com/kenmore-pro-30inch-gas-drop-in-cooktop-3100/p-02231003000P?prdNo=3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3&blockNo=3&blockType=G3
 
Semigourmet
Apr. 2, 2014 8:28 am
My father used to own a window cleaning business. he used ammonia to cut grease. but usually for mirrors and glass he and now I only use clean water. clean cloth get wet, wring out as much water as you can and then a clean dry towel. wipe mirror or window down then dry with clean towel. Gleaming mirror and NO Streaks! and very cheap! if it it greasy use the ammonia diluted a bit. then go over with the water.
 
Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 8:29 am
Underneath the black burner tops is the ceramic parts. You really can't see them here.
 
westcoastmom
Apr. 2, 2014 8:38 am
I see, those grates are probably too big for the sink! I read the cleaning instructions too, scour with a soapy scouring pad or use ammonia solution. It said for stubborn stains to use a mild abrasive cleaner, I think an SOS pad will work.
 
Semigourmet
Apr. 2, 2014 8:40 am
are you talking about the burner cap thingies? Can you use a brush in there to break off the debris and just wipe it off the stove top?
 
westcoastmom
Apr. 2, 2014 8:49 am
the cleaning instructions I read said to use the scour pad/ammonia cleaner on the porcelain enamel and surface burners. The burner caps should come off too so it's easier to clean.
 
Mi ~ (a PRO at) Being Mi
Apr. 2, 2014 9:08 am
Have you tried a product called Bar Keepers Friend for your cooked on goop? It's available at Walmart and probably other stores and is very inexpensive. It gets goop off my cooktop when nothing else would.
 
ONIOND
Apr. 2, 2014 9:14 am
I used to use comet or similar on my gas stove...it didn't scratch...but test a small section first! That's also what I used on my laminate countertops, took off kool aid stains and all manner of nasty things!
 
Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 9:16 am
Semigourmet-never tried just water. Will try that! Thanks! It is hard to explain what I mean. You know how your oven gets that baked on stuff. That is what is on the ceramic parts.
 
Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 9:19 am
Westcoast mom-I didn't think to look for the cleaning online from Sears. I have misplaced my manual. I will look that up. Thanks for the ammonia idea. The parts all come off that need to be cleaned.
 
Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 9:20 am
Mi-I do have Bar Keeper-Thanks for the tip.
 
Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 9:21 am
ONIOND-I don't have Comet. Are you talking about the powder form or the liquid form? Thanks!
 
Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 9:26 am
Westcoast Mom-I think I will try the ammonia first since you say it is suggested in the cleaning instructions. If that doesn't work, I am going to try the barkeeper. If that doesn't work, I will buy Comet! THANKS EVERYONE! THis is just like calling my Mom! She always knew what to do! (She is in heaven now.)
 
rozekitten
Apr. 2, 2014 11:50 am
If you really get desperate with the caps and grill plates, then spray them with "Easy-Off" outside and put them in a hot, hot oven for one hour. When you clean them off, use a mild abrasive like a cheap wash cloth or scotch sponge, and the grease will come off. DON'T USE WATER until you have all of the grease off. Then wash, allow to dry, and put them back on.
 
ONIOND
Apr. 2, 2014 12:47 pm
Sorry got distracted with Craigslist...I used the powder of Comet or any generic version thereof, you know, 75 cents a can...scrub with a damp old rag and viola.
 
Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 7:57 pm
rozekitten-thanks for your hints.
 
Lela
Apr. 2, 2014 7:57 pm
ONIOND-Thanks. I need to buy some Comet.
 
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