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How to Clean Burner Grates and Caps

Cleaning Burner Grates and Caps on your Whirlpool Cooktop

If your grates or caps look dirty or dingy, try the following to help clean them: A clean burner cap will help avoid poor ignition and uneven flames. Always clean the burner cap after a spillover and routinely remove and clean the caps. Do not reinstall wet caps on burners.

Cleaning method:

IMPORTANT: Ensure all controls are off and the cooktop is cool before cleaning. Soap, water, and a soft cloth or sponge are suggested first unless otherwise noted.

  • Use a nonabrasive plastic scrubbing pad and a mildly abrasive cleaner. Clean as soon as the cooktop, grates, and caps are cool. 
  • During a Self-Cleaning cycle, do not clean burner caps or grates in the oven.
  • Do not wash burner caps in the dishwasher.
  • Some grates may be washed in the dishwasher. Use the most aggressive cycle. Cooked/burned soils on grates should be soaked or scrubbed before being placed in the dishwasher. Refer to your Owner's Manual to verify if grates can be washed in the dishwasher. 
  • Food spills containing acids like vinegar and tomato should be cleaned as soon as the cooktop, grates, and caps are cool. These spills may affect the finish.
  • Do not bang grates and caps against each other or hard surfaces such as cast iron cookware to avoid chipping.

Reinstall burner cap: 

  • Be sure the correct burner cap is on the correct burner base. The burner base and underside of the burner cap may have a mark indicating which burner cap and burner base match.
  • When reinstalling the burner cap, ensure the alignment pins are properly aligned . The cap should fit flush with the burner base and have very little side-to-side movement.
  • The cap must be seated on the burner base to light and perform properly. 

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