This is an Aga. Years of fat and oil has been oxidised all over the
enamel and chrome parts on the top to make a solid coating. In cooler
places it's soft, very hard where it has been hotter and burned right
off only on the very hot places like the hot plates themselves. How do I
clean it off?
So far tried various 'dissolves grease' cleaning products and green
scourers. Doesn't really work. A blunt table knife seems to remove the
stuff without scratching the enamel too badly but it's very laborious.
Is there a chemical solution? Even to soften it up?
I don't think even the old Methylene Chloride "Nitromors" will touch the
worst of it. Boiling, strong sodium hydroxide solution probably gives
you the best chance. Not recommended unless you are used to handling
The lacquers from oxidised oils and greases are *very* chemically
resistant. Otherwise you are down to mechanical methods (wire brush,
Sodium hydroxide, (dangerous, 1 drop in the eye and you are blinded)
I think this is what the `oven cleaner companies` use but in gel form to
it would help if the parts concerned could be diassembled and taken
outside and soaked in a tray for an hour.
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When were were students, a place we rented had a Baby Belling cooker. It
was pretty grim when we moved in- various oven cleaners didn't really do
I mixed up some strong NaOH sol., immersed the bits I could, and used a
paint brush to apply the rest- covering it with kitchen roll and cling film.
After maybe and hour, I cleaned it all off and there wasn't a trace of
old grease etc.
Suspect someone is claiming a benefit under false pretences? Incapacity
Benefit or Personal Independence Payment when they don't need it? They
But be aware that NaOH gets pretty hot when being dissolved, and can
boil and spit, so there's a real risk of it splashing into your eyes.
As a very minimum precaution, wear goggles, preferably a full-face
Are you saying that that is a very fundamental design flaw
and that the only viable approach is to clean the enamel
top after every use or so for cooking so the fat doesn’t
bet baked on ?
Have you tried conc nitric acid ? That should get it off, but isn't that
easy to get.
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