Burner grates literally support all of our stove-top cooking efforts, and they can suffer from even the most successful endeavors. Grates suffer through spills, overflows, burns and other cooking troubles; it goes without saying that they need care and protection. A thorough cleaning, followed by a new coat of protective paint, will refinish your burner grates and keep your stove looking its best.
Remove the burner grates from your stove. Place each burner in its own sealable bag or container.
Add 1 cup of ammonia to each bag or container. Add enough water to cover the burner as it sits flat against your table or counter. Seal the containers.
Allow the grates to soak in the ammonia/water mixture overnight; this cleaning mixture will dissolve rust, grime, food buildup and other contaminants.
Remove the grates and rinse them in clean warm water to wash away ammonia and loosened contaminants. Scrub with a non-metallic scouring pad to remove any remaining contaminants.
Thoroughly dry the grates to prevent rust buildup.
Coat each burner grate using the paintbrush and the temperature-resistant paint. Follow product instructions regarding application, as some products might require multiple coats or have varying drying times.
Allow the paint to dry completely before returning the grates to the stove-top.