When you see, the cast iron grates are becoming rusty, what should you do then? Well, at that time, seasoning is the best option.
There are lots of techniques that you will find to clean iron grates of gas stove. But seasoning is something that works more effectively and effortlessly.
But how will it work? And how will you do that? That’s the question you might be thinking about. Let’s take a look at the entire process of cleaning the grates and compare them to know the best of all.
Methods of seasoning cast iron grates
For preventing rust, you can apply several types of methods. But above all the methods that are being used to clean cast iron, seasoning can be considered as the most useful one. Let’s see what the seasoning process is, and also learn the other processes.
Method 1: Seasoning
You can consider seasoning as the most effective way of all. It can remove all the grease of the cast iron grates easily and make it clean. And for doing this process, you will need:
- Any kind of fat (bacon grease, oil etc)
- A brush
- An oven to heat the grates
First, clean the entire area with a brush. You need to take water and spread it all over the area. Then take a stiff brush and clean the cast iron grates. You have to make sure that you cleaned the area properly. The reason is, it will be helpful to season the grates in an appropriate way.
After that, take the fat that you choose to do the process and cover all the surface of the grate with it. Make sure you won’t miss any place. And once you are done covering it with fat, then you need baking the grates. Bake the grate at 350°F for about 30-40 minutes.
After baking it for once, now let it be there to cool down properly. After that, grease it again just like you did before. And then re-bake at 450°F for another 30-40 minutes. You need to repeat the process until the grates become non-sticky and new-looking.
There are other types of techniques that you can apply to clean the iron grates. These are also effective and effortless tasks that you can do quickly and easily. Take a look at the techniques and see how these work.
Method 2: Cleaning with Degreaser
Cleaning the iron grates with degreaser is also an effective way. There are some steps and all you need to do is to follow them correctly. Let’s take a look at the steps to know the method more specifically.
At the first step, you need to soak the grates. Take a proper amount of degreaser and cover the grates well. You need to soak the grates well with degreaser. That will help you to remove all the dirt easily.
After covering the grates in a proper way, let it sit for 20-30 minutes. You need to soak it according to the situation of the grates. But you have to make sure that the grates won’t get dry out. And if it does, then you need to apply more grease.
After 30 minutes, take a scrubber, and gently rub the surface. Make sure you scrub all the dirt away from it. And for doing it in a proper way, you need to take a proper scrubbing tool. And to do that, you can use a non-abrasive sponge. It can take away all the grease, and dirt. Moreover, it won’t leave any scratches like the hard brushes.
Method 3: Vinegar
You can also use a vinegar solution to clean the grates easily. And for doing the processes, you will need:
Take an equal amount of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and mix those two things nicely. Spray the mixture all over the area and let it soak. The natural elements will be much beneficial for removing the grease. So, if you think the iron grates are getting dirty and it leaves light stains, then apply vinegar just like this.
After spraying the mixture all over the surface, then you have to let the areas sit for 15-20 minutes. Soaking is necessary because it will help to get rid of the stains and you don’t have to give a lot of effort to clean it.
After completing the soaking process, now you need to scrub it. And for doing it, you will need a good-quality sponge. It is because if you use a hard sponge or brush, then it can leave scratches on the grates. You can also use a toothbrush to do the scrubbing. Gently scrub it well, and you are done. You can also repeat the process if you feel like doing it.
Method 4: Using Baking Soda
We all know how baking soda works great for removing any kind of stain. And just like that, it’s also effective for removing stain from the iron grates. And for doing it, you need to follow some methods and apply these in a correct way. Let’s see all the methods, and how you should apply these in an accurate way possible.
And the ingredients you will need is:
- Baking soda
- And water
First, you need to wash the grates nicely. Take warm water and gently wash the surface with it. Make sure you do it in the right way. It will help you to remove all the stains quickly. Further, warm water helps to remove the upper level stain, and sticky dirt.
Now you have to make the solution. And for making it, you will need baking soda and water. Take these two ingredients and mix it well to make a thick paste. After that, apply this paste on the surface of grates to clean it properly. Then cover the entire area with the paste and let it stand for 20-30 minutes. Baking soda helps the iron grates to deeply clean and remove the stains.
Now, take a non-abrasive sponge and scrub the area. You don’t need to scrub it too hard but make sure your gentle hands remove all the grease and crusty effect of the grates. After scrubbing it for a while, you have to rinse it off well to clean it properly.
How will you keep it looking new?
To get rid of the excess trouble of cleaning the iron grates, you need to keep it clean. The reason is, if you don’t keep cleaning the surface then it will become more damaged and crusty. And this type of grates will be tough to clean.
Moreover, if you keep it clean regularly then you don’t have to take much pressure and you can do the cleaning without wasting much time. Further, if you keep it clean often then it will always look like new.
And to do that, the most effective way will be the seasoning process. Grease the grates well and bake at the right temperature. It will deeply clean the iron grates that no other method can do. So, take this method as the most effective one and try it.
- Make sure you won’t heat the oven at the wrong temperature.
- Maintain the duration of seasoning.
- Seasoning might leave some smell. So, try to apply these methods outside the house.
- Don’t rub too hard. It might leave scratches to the grates.
- Grease well before getting into any other steps.
- Do not use any soap to clean it.
- Rinse and dry well for a complete finish.
To sum up, let me tell you that you can apply any method you want. But make sure, whatever method you apply is effective and useful as well.
And when we talk about seasoning or baking, you need to know that this will surely clean the grates easily. You don’t have to get into any dilemma and think whether you should use it or not. Moreover, if you want a deep cleaning, then this method works perfectly.
So, get the cleaning done whenever you feel like cleaning the grates is necessary. But don’t apply this process often. Only use it when the grates become dirty and sticky.