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How to clean a stainless steel stove

Discover the best way to clean stainless steel stovetops with our favourite deep cleaning methods.


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Key steps

If you’d like to know how to clean stove top surfaces, follow our key steps:

1.     Make sure your stove top is turned off and cool.

2.     Choose your method (always using a microfibre cloth, sponge or soft brush).

3.     Wipe away any leftover cleaning residue and dry.

4.     Finish with a quick polish.

The stove is a central part of the kitchen, so you want it to remain bright and clean for as long as possible. Once you know how to clean stainless steel stove tops the task becomes a whole lot easier. We’re here to give you a handful of clever methods to help you find the best way to clean stainless steel stove tops.

Get rid of fingerprints on your stove top with window cleaner. A simple spray and wipe down with kitchen towel makes window cleaner a really effective stainless steel stove cleaner!

How to clean stove top surfaces with soap and water

Good old soap and warm water can be all you need to get your stainless steel stove clean. A few drops of liquid detergent in water and a wipe down with a sponge can get the job done.

Go gently and work in the same direction as the grain of your stove before wiping dry to remove any leftover residue. Add a bit of stainless steel polish for a super shine.

Using baking soda as stainless steel stove cleaner

Baking soda is a wonder ingredient when it comes to home cleaning, and it really can do a top job getting your stove back to its shiny best, particularly with more stubborn stains.

Make a paste from equal parts water and baking soda, and then use a soft brush to scrub at the marks. The slightly abrasive qualities of baking soda will help lift dried-on debris, leaving you to just wipe clear and dry.

How to clean stainless steel stove tops with vinegar and oil

Just like baking soda, vinegar is a powerful cleaner and when you pair it with olive oil you can give your stove a great shine. Pour a little vinegar onto a microfibre cloth or spray directly onto your stove top. Wipe clean to remove the grime, re-applying as many times as you need.

Finish with a clean cloth dipped in olive oil, making sure you wipe away any excess. The vinegar works to remove the stains and the oil leaves the steel shiny and bright.

How to remove scratches from a stainless steel stove top

We’ve looked at cleaning, now let’s look at how to remove scratches from stainless steel stove top surfaces. For deep scratches, your best bet is to get a specialist scratch remover or consult an expert.

It may be ok to deal with minor scratches yourself, though. Use fine-grade sandpaper and work with the grain to smooth out marks. You can even try whitening toothpaste to buff up scratches. Whatever method you choose, always test on a small area first to see if there are any negative reactions.

As you can see, there are many different methods you can use to find the best way to clean stainless steel stove tops.

Try out each deep cleaning solution to find out which works best for you and bring the shine back to your much-loved kitchen stove!

Got your stove all clean? You might want to move up and check if the hood filter needs a clean as well – this article on how to clean range hood filters can help.

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