NH Home Staging Tip - Easy Way To Clean Stove Grates and Oven Racks

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Whether you are preparing your home for sale or not....this tip on how to EASILY clean your stovetop burner grates is invaluable!  I've hated my stove since the day I moved into my home two years ago.  It's a fairly cheap gas stove with porcelain covered cast iron grates.  The grates always seem to look nasty and I've wasted way too much time and energy scrubbing them without the best results.  

I finally got a new stove and it's time to sell the old one.  I saw this tip on Pinterest for cleaning the grates using ammonia, and figured I would give it a try.

If you have spent any time on Pinterest at all, this information will not be news to you.  For the rest of you....this is pretty amazing stuff!

I was very skeptical, but OMG the results were amazing!  Practically no scrubbing was needed at all....and the grates looked like new when I was done.  If only I had known about this sooner!

 

 

It's so EASY!

Place grates in zip lock bags.  Add 1/4 cup ammonia. Sit 12 hours.  (I let them sit overnight.)  Remove from bags and rinse clean.  Some wiping with sponge may be needed. 

This technique can also be used for cleaning oven racks.  (place inside garbage bags and seal closed with duct tape) 

 

For more detailed instructions and some great before and after pics, check out this blog. 

 

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
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Sharon-What a fantastic tip. I have an electric stove and the silver rings get so gross looking and scrubbing them is time consuming and doesn't result in a clean ring. I will have to try that on those.

May 25, 2014 02:26 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Marte:  We sold the old stove today!  I will be using this technique on the grates for the new one just as soon as they need it!

Sharon:  I hadn't thought about using it for the rings on an electric stove.  Let us know how it works.  

May 25, 2014 12:26 PM #27
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Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Thank you.  Nothing better than NO scrubbing.  lol  I am wondering if this would work on BBQ grates?  Or if unsafe to grill/cook on afterwards.  If you see no further posts from me you will know the answer. 

May 25, 2014 08:37 PM #28
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Mark:  I have read that you can use this technique on BBQ grates.  Also, Raymond, comment #3, says you can.  Let us know how it works out for you!

May 26, 2014 07:50 AM #29
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Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Sharon, I'm going to try this.  It sounds so easy!  I may need to leave the bag outside as the fumes from ammonia are irritating.

May 26, 2014 01:37 PM #30
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sharon:  I left the bags in the garage.  Never noticed any leakage or fumes.  When you open the bag, however, you do get hit with fumes.  

May 26, 2014 10:58 PM #31
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Sharon, That is good to know. I have ceramic top ranges and self-clean ovens so it is much easier but some of our rental properties may need this.

May 26, 2014 11:16 PM #32
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Debbie:  It's good information to pass on to your clients.  

May 26, 2014 11:22 PM #33
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Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi sharon, thanks for sharing this excellent tip. It make life much easier to clean the oven.

May 27, 2014 11:46 AM #34
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Mark Neighbor
A O Home Solutions - Sell House Georgia - Buy House Georgia - McDonough, GA
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great idea and thanks for the tip.

May 27, 2014 02:25 PM #35
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Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

I've used vinegar and baking soda before. Same results, no scrubbing needed! Thank god..

May 28, 2014 10:44 PM #36
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Kwee:  MUCH easier...I couldn't believe the results!

Mark:  You are welcome! 

Suzanne:  I tried baking soda, and had to scrub like crazy with less than thrilling results.  But, I didn't combine with vinegar...never thought to try that.  

May 28, 2014 11:50 PM #37
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Sharon,

It is amazing how these turned out. I am going to have to try it. Thanks.

May 29, 2014 02:45 AM #38
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Sarah & Lester:  Let me know how it works out for you...I don't think you will be disappointed.

May 29, 2014 04:25 AM #39
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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
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Sharon-thanks for sharing this amazing tip! I know It will come in handy with one of my clients in the near future. 

Jun 02, 2014 01:28 AM #40
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Adrian:  I just suggested this to a client last week and they were very impressed with the results!

Jun 02, 2014 04:47 AM #41
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sharon,

Thankfully I have an induction electric stove so this isn't a problem for me anymore personally; however, I will definitely pass the information on to Seller's. This is a great tip and it makes me realize how much money people are spending foolishly when all it takes is some good old ammonia. Baking Soda, vinegar, and ammonia - three products that never seems to fail. Thanks Sharon!

 

Jun 05, 2014 09:46 AM #42
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Patricia:  I wish I had learned this many many years ago.  I had grates on my first two stoves and swore I never would own them again.  I then had electric and hated it.  I then had glass top and hated it.  I was convinced there was no such thing as an easy to care for stove....until now!

Jun 05, 2014 11:00 PM #43
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Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
29 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Sharon, thank you for this tip. I did battle with the stove yesterday, without the ammonia. Definitley saving this for future reference.

Jun 14, 2014 11:08 PM #44
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Lisa:  Don't feel bad, I struggled with a few stoves over the years before I learned about this.

Jun 15, 2014 12:05 AM #45
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