How to Clean a Stainless Steel Stove
Your stainless steel stove is the gleaming centerpiece of your kitchen, except when you actually use it. Then it quickly becomes a gunked-up, caked-up, smudged up, ugly appliance. Rather than throw a cloth over the thing or simply start eating out all the time, you can clean a stainless steel stove with a bit of resolve and a few simple implements.
- Wipe regularly with damp cloth. The best way to keep a stainless steel stove from getting out of hand is to wipe it down with a damp cloth after each use. This way you catch the scrambled eggs, gravy and soup splatters before they dry and become a nuisance.
- Use soap for heavier cleaning. Regular old dish soap works well for cleaning off the eggs, gravy or soup splatters you did not get to right away. Saturate a rag or sponge, wipe down the stove and rinse well. You may want to leave the soap on a for a few minutes to soften up any caked-on food.
- Scrape lightly if necessary. If the sponge saturated in soap just isn't cutting it, you can gently, lightly and very tenderly scrape off any baked-on stuff. Never use metal to do this but rather pick something that won't scratch, like a fingernail, old credit card or plastic or rubber spatula. Do not scrape into the stove top but gently drag the scraping item along the top.
- Break out the big guns. Get a stainless steel cleaner, a specially made formula to spruce up stainless steel. These are sold at hardware and home stores (see Resources).
- Wipe dry. Whatever cleaning method you choose, make sure to wipe the stovetop dry with a soft cloth or even newspaper to avoid unseemly streaks.
Things You Will Need
- Rag or sponge
- Dish soap
- Stainless steel cleaner
- Soft scraping device (optional)
- Soft towel or newspaper
- Never use steel wool or an abrasive scouring brush or material on the stainless steel. That's going to scratch it and forever ruin the stove.