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How to Clean Rust From a Stove Burner

Danny Donahue

Over time, with a little moisture, metal tends to rust. Coil-type stove eyes and the metal pans used on them are no exception to the rule. Rust on stove eyes can pose fire, shock and inhalation hazards to people, pets and your home. Cleaning the rust from your stove will reduce these risks and give you a properly working appliance to prepare meals for you and your family.

  1. Turn the power off at the stove controls, and allow the burner to cool for at least 1 hour. Remove the burner from the stove. Lift the loose end of the eye, and pull the burner, unplugging it from the socket beneath the surface of the stove. Place the burner into a 5-gallon bucket, and spray oven cleaner onto both sides of it, coating the burner completely. Leave the burner in the bucket for 15 minutes to allow the chemical to do its job.

  2. Wet a rag, and wipe away the residue from the burner. Hold the burner inside of the bucket as you clean to avoid spreading the chemicals from the spray, rust and debris from the burner.

  3. Wet your soap pad, and scrub the entire burner on both sides. Focus on the rusted area, but scrub the entire burner to be sure you get any smaller sections of rust from the metal.

  4. Rinse the burner with clean water while still holding it inside the bucket. Wipe away any residue with a wet rag. Dry the burner with a new rag, and allow it to air dry further for 30 minutes before plugging it back into the stove.