How to Get an Oven Cleaner Stain off a Countertop

Always use caution when working with an oven cleaner.
Protect the nearby floors and countertops when cleaning your oven with an oven cleaner.Protect the nearby floors and countertops when cleaning your oven with an oven cleaner.
It is a corrosive product that can damage floors, countertops and other surfaces it comes in contact with. If you were unfortunate to get oven cleaner on your countertop, your best defense is to clean it up and remove any lingering residue or stain immediately before it starts to corrode the surface, causing permanent damage.

Step 1

Wipe the oven cleaner off the countertop with wet paper towels right after it spills. Do not delay. Repeat two or three times.

Step 2

Saturate the area with water and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then scrub the area clean with a rag or sponge.

Step 3

Clean the area with hot soapy water to remove any remaining oven cleaner stains left behind. Repeat two or three times and rinse. If the stain does not come off with water or soapy water, proceed to the next step.

Step 4

Clean the area with an all-purpose or multipurpose household cleaner -- per label instructions -- that lists rust as a type of stain it removes. Read your countertop's user manual first before using this type of product to check if it is safe to use. You may want to also test it in a discreet area of your countertop first.

Things You Will Need

  • Paper towels
  • Sponge or rag
  • Dish soap
  • All-purpose household cleaner

About the Author

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.