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Old 03-22-2009, 10:01 AM   #1
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How do I remove "Gunk" on non-stick griddle?

I have a couple of non-stick griddles that I use for making things like French toast, grilled cheese and pancakes. I wash then with a cloth or a sponge, then towel dry them and they look clean. Later when I get then out to use, I can see a shadow on the surface. Scratching with my fingernail does nothing, but if I rub it with my finger "gunk" rolls off. I've washed them several times but I cannot seem to get rid of it.

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Old 03-22-2009, 10:15 AM   #2
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Do you wash your griddle with soap? My best guess is that its either soap residue that has hardened (not my first choice) or its grease that has hardened. You could try using Easy Off on it. I hear that works. I've not done it myself but I hear it works wonders.
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:24 AM   #3
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I would try the new Dawn Power Scrubber it's for dishes and it seems to get the stuff that you are talking about (and I know what you are talking about) off better than most stuff. Is your griddle electric and you can't soak it? I had an electric that did the same thing. You can also try "Goo Off" (Goo Gone ~ I forget the name) the stuff that removes sticker residue, it works for that stuff too.
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:25 AM   #4
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I've used Easy-Off many times on my non-stick griddle with great success. After I spray the Easy-Off on the griddle I wait a couple of minutes, then use a soft-bristled brush and lightly scrub the surface. Let it sit for a few more minutes and wash with hot soapy water. The griddle is nearly 10-years-old, used at least once per week and still looks and cooks like new.
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:32 AM   #5
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I've never heard of using oven cleaner or Dawn Power dissolver on a non-stick griddle. If the plates are removable, I'd start with running them through a heavy duty dishwasher cycle.

Then I'd try a blue scrub sponge with soap that's safe for non-stick.
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Old 03-22-2009, 11:58 AM   #6
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The bottle of Dawn Power Scrubber says as long as the non-stick is in tact and not scratched, it can be used. I'm not necessarily impressed by the stuff, but it shines my stove in an excellent way.
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The bottle of Dawn Power Scrubber says as long as the non-stick is in tact and not scratched, it can be used. I'm not necessarily impressed by the stuff, but it shines my stove in an excellent way.

Good to know. I guess I should read the directions.
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:16 PM   #8
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Good to know. I guess I should read the directions.
For your entertainment pleasure:

Dawn Power Dissolver: Avoid use on: appliance lettering, scratched "non-stick" surfaces, oven hoods, dishwasher doors, varnished wood, and copper. Painted items, particularly metal, vary in quality. When in doubt, test in a small hidden area.

Are they serious? Who comes up with these lists? Appliance lettering and dishwasher doors. I really wonder what this stuff is made of.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:31 AM   #9
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Thanks for the tips, I'll give them a shot.
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:36 AM   #10
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I have always had good luck with "Soft Scrub" Cleaner and those green scotch pad.
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