Scratched chrome domes on your AGA? What can you do about it? Tips and tricks about the AGA Chrome Dome Lids.
You may be disappointed if you listen to my podcast (click on the Play Button just above this text). Why? Well the only tip I can give you at the end is to change the Chrome Dome Lids. This is because the newer 'Chrome Domes' are actually polished stainless steel. So you can't do anything about the scratches. No polishing with get them out. With normal stainless steel you can de-scratch it by lining up the brush of the stainless steel. On the polish AGA lids you can't do this.
So my tips to Living (or Not) With Scratched AGA Lids:
1. To Just live with them. Most AGAs we clean have scratched lids. And I mean 90% of them. It is very rare for us to clean an AGA where the lids are perfectly scratch free. I have even seen brand new AGAs in showrooms with scratch 'Chrome Domes' (In Knutsford AGA Shop 2016) - caused by careless cleaning. You need to get lots of light over the AGA to see the extent of the scratches.
2. Replace the domes and then use Chef Pads to ensure they don't get scratched again. The lids are very difficult to clean without scratching them. The way we do it is when we clean AGAs we use a sodden microfibre cloth plus Astonish Oven Cleaner in Solution - NB it must be in solution as it gritty and if you use it directly on the domes it will scratch them.
Transcriot of Podcast Audio:
Hi, it's Graham Rogers, the founder of OvenGleamers, the oven cleaning franchise. Today I'm going to be talking about how do I fix the problem of my scratched AGA chrome domes. If you've got an AGA and it's got chrome domes so it's going to be a deluxe version, so AGA made the deluxe version since late 1950s and you've got scratches on it, you may be thinking what can I do about this, what can I do about these scratches.
If you didn't use the chef pads that's when you would get the issues of scratching the lids. A lot of people take out stuff from the oven, they put it on the top of the chrome domes. I've cleaned AGAs where they've been quite flat on the top and dented.
That's the first thing. The way that scratches build up is by the use of the AGA, by taking stuff out. The other way that scratches build up is by the way the AGA's cleaned. I've noticed that if you say you've got a cleaner who does the work for you, they may have got themselves into a routine where they are using something which is slightly abrasive and they're going in a circular motion over the top of the chrome lids, and it gives like a scratched, ringed appearance. [those silver metal scouring pads are an example of this - they appear to be soft but they scratch].
If you've got scratched lids already, what do you do about it? I'd say what you need to do is you can get them replaced, so you can get new ones. The cost is, I think I've paid a AGA company to come out to replace chrome domes and they've charged £350 (in 2007). I think that's the sort of going rate: £350 to get new lids.
Or I also suggest you look at buying complete, brand new top lid units. You can get the whole lot, the whole brand new top lids. That's everything: the chrome dome, the inner lid, a new wire seal which goes around the inner lid. Get all that and combine them and the unit is about 260 pounds. You just change them over and you'll have perfectly brand new lids.
I'd say that was probably the thing you need to look at. But obviously you need to make sure you've got things in place to ensure they stay pristine. As I've already said, the main things is putting stuff on top of the lids when you take them out of the oven. You just got to make sure that you got something to protect the lids, and the way that the lids are looked after, the way they're cleaned. For example, for us as a professional AGA-cleaning company when we go out, if the lids perfect, pristine lids, then obviously we're going to ensure that they stay like that. For example, when I get my AGA cleaned we take it in turns. I do it sometimes and I get some of my guys to clean my AGA. I don't want anybody scratching it. It's got to be completely perfect.
That's Graham Rodgers from OvenGleamers talking about what to do about scratched AGA chrome domes. Until next time, thank you. Bye bye.