I am Katy from Blake & Bull, I have written this guide to show you just how easy it is to refurbish your own hot plates at home - making them more efficient, cleaner, and altogether a bit more fancy! I was brand new to the process and this took me just 20 mins.
Rust can build up on your hotplate if your cooker is off for the summer months or longer. Matthew has put together a guide on how to combat this and other useful tasks.
If your hotplate is pitted and the rust is a little too established to be combatted with a DIY clean, then we can can send you shiny shot blasted ones. Yes, In the post!
You Will Need -
A dry metal scourer, not brillo, just a plain ol' scourer
A lint free rag/cloth
A bottle of olive oil
A face mask
Protective eye wear
A cup of tea (for after)
A camera to document your before & after efforts for us!
NOTE - This page shows you how to clean your hot spots. Please ensure that your range is off before you start and your cast iron cool. You can lift the hot spot out, but if you choose not to do so, take care and work slowly. Vitreous enamel does not like scourers or brushes.
1. Turn your cooker off and allow to cool. Prepare your work space, pop on your mask and lift your hotplate out. If you are cleaning with the hotplate in situ, take care to not mark your enamel.
2. Now you are ready to get started - Take your dry scourer and move it around the surface with pressure, use a circular motion. Rust dust will start to build.
3. This is satisfying! But, rust dust is not nice. So make sure that you are wearing a face mask and..
4. ..vacuum up as you go! This will reveal the more stubbon rust that you can then work away at with your wire brush!
5. Our wire brushes come in a pair, a very useful pair. I was applying a lot of pressure and the bristles withstood it. The larger of the two is perfect for cleaning the ovens. At this stage I found it useful to repeat the vacuum and scourer process. This way, I could see what areas needed working on.
6. After you have vacuumed for the final time, take your cloth and wipe over your hot spot with a little olive oil. You might want to repeat when the finer dust is taken off with the first wipe.
7. Rub over enough oil to bring it to a glorious shine & remove any excess. Mask off, you are done! Now enjoy a cuppa
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