Gas Range and Cooktop - Cleaning Grates and Burner Caps

To clean burner caps and enamel on steel or cast iron grates:

  • Grates should be washed regularly in hot soapy water, rinsed in clean water, and dried before placing them back on range.
  • Grates and caps can be cleaned in dishwasher as long as they are enamel coated on the bottom.
  • For burned-on soil:
    • Soak grates and caps in a slightly diluted solution of liquid cleanser and scour with a non-metallic soap filled pad.
    • Place the grates and caps in a sealed bag or covered container with 1/4 cup of ammonia. Let sit 3 hrs up to overnight to loosen soil. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft, clean cloth.
  • Some models have grates that can be cleaned in a self-cleaning oven. See Owner's Manual for specific cleaning instructions for model.
    •  If self-cleaning instructions are not mentioned in Owner's Manual, the grates should not be cleaned in a self-cleaning oven.
    • If the grates do not have rubber bumpers (pads) on their bottom surface, they may be cleaned in the oven using the self-clean cycle. When cleaning in the oven, the grates must be placed on the oven rack/s, not on the oven floor. See Gas Range Self-clean Grates.
  • The CeramaBryte┬« Gas Grate Kit can also be used to clean baked on deposits and revitalize gas grates and burner caps.  To use:
    • Wear rubber gloves and safety glasses.
    • Mix cleaning powder with water until dissolved.
    • Gently place gas grates and burner caps in the solution and allow to soak several hours or overnight.
    • Use the brass bristle brush to remove debris from corners and tight angles.
    • CeramaBryte┬« cleaning pads can be used to clean surfaces as well.
    • When clean, simply rinse, dry and return grates and caps to your cooktop.



To prevent rusting of cast iron grates, apply a light coating of cooking oil to the bottom of the grate.

If burner caps are discoloring or blackening after each use, a flame adjustment may be needed. Too much air mix can cause soot and a yellow flame. We recommend that you contact your gas supplier, or call for service. For service, please schedule an appointment with GE Appliances Factory Service.

. See also Gas Range Yellow Flames or Soot on Top Burners.