Be sure the stove is cool. Remove the firebox and take out any removable pieces from the stovetop.
Dampen a cloth with warm water and wipe down all surfaces of the stove. Use a soft brush to clean the corners. If any rust is present on the stove, gently rub a wire brush against the rust until it flakes off. Wipe away the flakes with the damp cloth. Allow the stove to dry.
Dip a clean rag into the stove polish and apply directly to the stove. Begin at the top left and work your way to the right and down in a logical pattern. Rub the polish in a circular pattern, reapplying to the cloth frequently and turning the cloth to a clean section when it becomes soiled. Cover the entire stove with polish. Allow to set for four hours.
Buff the stove with a clean, dry cloth until it shines. Use large, circular patterns around broad surfaces. Be sure to work the cloth into the crevices as well.
Clean the removable pieces with a damp cloth. Repeat the same polish procedure as you used on the stove itself. Replace the pieces.
Things You Will Need
- Wire brush
- Soft-bristle brush
- Old cloths
- Stove polish
- If you have a modern cast iron stove, check with the manufacturer before cleaning your stove to determine any special precautions.