Reader’s Questions: How do you remove coffee stains from a coffee maker hot plate?

By | October 5, 2019

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How do you remove baked on coffee stains from coffee maker hot plate?

by Donn Smith from Michigan

How do you remove burned on coffee stains from a hot plate on a coffee maker?

Thank you

I don’t think you will be able to remove those white coffee stains with anything. I think this means that the non-stick coating has already come off, and the underlying metal surface has been exposed. Vigorous scrubbing will only remove the remaining coating FAST! Be careful you don’t burn your coffee pot by leaving it standing on the pot.

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Without a non-stick surface, you may find that the coffee pot burns easily, and may seem to ‘stick’ to the electric plate a little. Gently remove the jug from the coffee pot. If at any time you think the glass jug will break, stop! Don’t ever force the jug off… otherwise you may find that you end up pouring a jug of hot coffee and broken glass all over yourself.

If the non-stick surface is still intact, but dirty! Hey, it happens! Gently clean with a plastic scouring pad! If that doesn’t work, try some non-stick pot or oven cleaner (make sure it’s safe for non-stick surfaces). People have reported good results with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar applied with an old toothbrush. Clean off with a wet cloth, then dry before using it again. You may find commercial solutions at Amazon, too.

If the pot is still sticking, and you find it a problem, it might be time for a new machine!

Hope that helps, but it may be time to look at a new machine if the stains are too serious to clean. If the coffee stains are on your clothes, you might want to look this article.


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