How do I Clean Electric Stove Burner Plates?

Cleaning the kitchen is a daily job, but some cooking surfaces accumulate buildup over time, even when wiped down regularly.

Burner plates collect debris when cooking on the stovetop.
The stainless steel burner plates underneath the coil burners of your electric range receive abuse from daily cooking and the occasional boil over. Over time, the heat of the range bakes food and liquid particles to these plates, resulting in a crusty, black residue that requires attention. Cleaning electric stovetop burner plates is not difficult, and requires cleaning tools that you may already have in your kitchen. .

Remove the burner plates from your range. Pull the coil burners upward so the connectors slide out of the socket. The plates sit under the burners and can be easily lifted out of the stovetop.

Wipe food debris out of the inside of the burner plates with a damp dish rag. Do this over a garbage can to catch any food pieces that come out.

Place a stopper in the drain and fill the sink about halfway with hot water and 1 tbsp. of dishwashing liquid.

Soak the burner plates in the soapy water for 15 minutes. Soaking will help to loosen caked-on debris.

Scrub the inside face of the burner plates with a steel wool pad. The abrasive surface of the steel wool will scrub away any remaining food residue from the plates. Drain the sink when finished.

Wash the front and back of the burner plates with a dish rag once the caked-on debris has been removed.

Rinse the burner plates with warm water to wash away soap residue. Dry immediately with a dry dishtowel to prevent spotting.

Things You Will Need

  • Sink
  • Water
  • Dish rag
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Steel wool pad
  • Dish towel


  • Clean burner plates as spills happen to minimize the scrubbing effort required for less frequent cleaning. Allow the burner coils and plates to cool before cleaning.
  • Due to wear and tear associated with cooking and cleaning, burner plates may need to be replaced every two or three years.


  • Always remove electric burner plates before attempting to soak or clean to eliminate risk of electrical injury.

About the Author

Heather Lacey is a freelance writer who has been specializing in print and Web articles since 2008. She is a regular contributor to "Go Gilbert!," "Scottsdale Health Magazine" and other local publications. Lacey has a professional background in hospitality management and studied journalism at Phoenix College.