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Cleaning Egg Shelves. Any suggestions?

jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 962
edited November 2012 in EggHead Forum
I bought the plastic Egg shelves for my Large. I ASSumed they would be easier to clean than the wooden Egg Mate versions. The plastic is not very smooth and has a slightly rough finish on it, almost like a non-slip finish. Up until now it has not been the easiest thing to keep clean. Food wants to really stick to it. Saturday a gust of wind blew some charcoal dust out of the bag of lump I was pouring  into my Egg and it landed on one of the Egg Shelves. I can't get it all off of the shelf. I have a 6" faint but darker grey area where the charcoal dust landed. I have an orange citrus based grill spray that has cleaned up anything I've ever thrown at up until now. Even this doesn't work.

What do you guys use to clean the plastic Egg Shelves? Thanks in advance. 

Jim
Website: www.grillinsmokin.net
3 LBGE & More Eggcessories than I care to think about.
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,298
    Here is a post on how one member cleaned the wooden mates of coal dust, might be worth a try.

    Otherwise, you could try a diluted bleach solution.
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  • jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 962
    Thanks I shall certainly give that a try. One of my worries is where my shelves are a plastic resin, they might be "more sensitive". I think anything I try, I will run a test on the underside of the shelf first. 

    Website: www.grillinsmokin.net
    3 LBGE & More Eggcessories than I care to think about.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    edited November 2012
    in this order, stop when they're clean or when you feel better

    1. mild soap and water
    2. ammonia
    3. isopropyl alcohol
    4. bleach
    5. pressure washer
    6. sand blaster
    7. belt sander
    8. 4500 pound pickup truck
    9. sledge hammer
    10. wood chipper
    ______________________________________________
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,298
    in this order, stop when they're clean or when you feel better

    1. mild soap and water
    2. ammonia
    3. isopropyl alcohol
    4. bleach
    5. pressure washer
    6. sand blaster
    7. belt sander
    8. 4500 pound pickup truck
    9. sledge hammer
    10. wood chipper
    @nolaegghead: Won't the plastic give your dakkeries a funny taste?
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  • jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 962
    Lol. What no small thermonuclear devices?
    Website: www.grillinsmokin.net
    3 LBGE & More Eggcessories than I care to think about.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Jim - that's just plain silly :D
    =))
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    @Eggcelsior  The plastic helps clean the coon outta the blades so the dakkeries doen have so much hair in em.
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 848
    With a scrub brush, use Bon Ami or Bartender's Friend, two "no-abrasive" scouring powders. They work wonders on all sorts of things. 
    *******
    Owner of a large and a beloved mini in Philadelphia
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,298
    jlsm said:
    With a scrub brush, use Bon Ami or Bartender's Friend, two "no-abrasive" scouring powders. They work wonders on all sorts of things. 
    +1 on Bar Keeper's Friend. I use that stuff like Frank's RedHot Sauce.

    Oxalic acid is awesome! Watch out when it starts hanging out with Calcium and not with Hydrogen. The results can be very painful.
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  • Try Greased Lighting, (yellow spray bottle) works good on plastic
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • RACRAC Posts: 1,450
    I use 409. Works great.

    Ricky

    Spring, TX

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  • jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 962
    Thanks everyone for their suggestions! Looks like I've got lots of possibilities to try out.
    Website: www.grillinsmokin.net
    3 LBGE & More Eggcessories than I care to think about.
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,926
    in this order, stop when they're clean or when you feel better

    1. mild soap and water
    2. ammonia
    3. isopropyl alcohol
    4. bleach
    5. pressure washer
    6. sand blaster
    7. belt sander
    8. 4500 pound pickup truck
    9. sledge hammer
    10. wood chipper
    I thought you'd go further with the chemicals. I know we got some stuff in our lab that will strip anything right off...might not be much left of the plastic shelves, though.
    :))

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,430
    I'm not big on plastic around my cooking area. One thought is to change the tops to cypress, ipe or some other durable wood with spar varnish. Having stainless cut is another option.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,259
    Griffin said:
    in this order, stop when they're clean or when you feel better

    1. mild soap and water
    2. ammonia
    3. isopropyl alcohol
    4. bleach
    5. pressure washer
    6. sand blaster
    7. belt sander
    8. 4500 pound pickup truck
    9. sledge hammer
    10. wood chipper
    I thought you'd go further with the chemicals. I know we got some stuff in our lab that will strip anything right off...might not be much left of the plastic shelves, though.
    :))
    Hahah....yeah, that would have been fun.  Methylene Chloride, sulfuric acid, all the way to trinitrotoluene.  :D
    ______________________________________________
    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,926
    I love the smell of Hydrochloric Acid in the morning!

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,298
    Griffin said:
    I love the smell of Hydrochloric Acid in the morning!
    image
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,298
    Griffin said:
    in this order, stop when they're clean or when you feel better

    1. mild soap and water
    2. ammonia
    3. isopropyl alcohol
    4. bleach
    5. pressure washer
    6. sand blaster
    7. belt sander
    8. 4500 pound pickup truck
    9. sledge hammer
    10. wood chipper
    I thought you'd go further with the chemicals. I know we got some stuff in our lab that will strip anything right off...might not be much left of the plastic shelves, though.
    :))
    Hahah....yeah, that would have been fun.  Methylene Chloride, sulfuric acid, all the way to trinitrotoluene.  :D
    nola, you'll appreciate this one:

    image
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  • Clean burn. Throw your PS in there while you're at it.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,926
    Sorry @jfm0830 - sometimes things get a bit sidetracked around here. ;)

    Richardson, Texas

    Griffin's Grub or you can find me on Facebook

    The Supreme Potentate, Sovereign Commander and Sultan of Wings

     

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  • Jim,

    Let us know what works best, always looking for tips.

     

    -SMITTY     

    from SANTA CLARA, CA

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  • jfm0830jfm0830 Posts: 962
    Griffin said:
    Sorry @jfm0830 - sometimes things get a bit sidetracked around here. ;)
    Griffin I  got more than enough serious answers before the train went off the rails, so I'm laughing along with everyone else.
    Website: www.grillinsmokin.net
    3 LBGE & More Eggcessories than I care to think about.
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  • Jim, it may be time to build a nice table and ditch those little side cars
    LBGE
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
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  • Those plastic wings are terrific on the small when cooking away from home.  I haven't had charcoal dust get on them yet, but it's only a matter of time.  Let us know what works.  I'm thinking the alcohol or 409. 

    ........................................................................................

    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

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  • BigWaderBigWader Posts: 588
    edited November 2012

    The best luck I had was with car wash soap.  and a green scouring pad

    I thought the composite would be easier to maintain  - especially long term versus wood - but I think for everyday clean the wood would be better and so what if every year I'd need to water seal the wood.  I could spend a significant amount of time trying to keep the comp. clean and at this point I'm "living with" a certain amount of not clean.

     

    Large BGE

     

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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,458
    I love the Magic Eraser.
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
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  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 774

    Warm water, comet and a sponge.  By the way who picked the brown color for the plastic? Couldn't they have come up with something better? 

    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
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  • GK59GK59 Posts: 501
    Scrubbing Bubbles .

    Smitty's Kid's BBQ

    Bay City,MI

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