Melted Spatula on Dishwasher Element

Yep.
I did it. Heard it drop and didn't think too much about it until that smell started coming out...
Does anyone know of an effective way to remove the remnants of a melted spatula from a dishwasher heating element? No amount of scrubbing seems to help.
thanks for your help!
JohnH
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Get a single edge blade or a "utility" knife and start scraping. Keep the plane of the blade almost parallel to the surface. The goal is to remove the high stuff. The outer ;layer is a high temperature alloy with an oxide layer that protects it. If you have an electric stove you know the coating is tough but why press your luck?
You can get most of the rubber off doing this. Finish the job by running the "HEATED DRY" portion of the cycle. This will burn off the little that remains (with luck).
If you are lazy, just run the "HEATED DRY" cycle a few times until it stops smoking!

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Hi,
You -might- try warming up the plastic a bit with an hair dryer to see if softening it up a bit might help to remove it....might need to replace that element ( fairly easy ) if you cannot clean it up.
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Cutting as much as possible with a razor blade scraper then using some emery cloth and/or steel wool might get it to the point where the remaining can be burnt off. (a well ventilated kitchen might be a good idea for that.
If you can't get it off satisfactorily, I agree with Jeff that replacing the element may be necessary.
Dan O. - Appliance411.com http://ng.Appliance411.com/?ref411=dishwasher+elements
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Knowing my own ineptness sometimes... can I possible do more harm than good with the razor/steel wool treatment? i.e. could I potentially damage the element to the point of creating another more dangerouse problem...
just trying to think ahead (this time!)
JohnH
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I'm sure it may be possible. Just scraping the outer surface *slightly* may not do any harm to it but if you have any doubts, just replace the element and be done with it.
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