Do you know how to clean black stove top without scratching it? I moved to a new apartment where the last tenants left it a mess. I want to scrub off the baked-on crud as easily as possible.
Alisa M., Minneapolis
I’m guessing that when you ask how to clean black stove top without scratching, you’re referring to a ceramic glass cooktop. In that case, you have two options.
One is to use a specially-made stovetop cleaner cream and a scraper designed for that purpose. The second option is to mix up a homemade paste with baking soda and vinegar. Then let that sit on the stains for a while. Afterward, wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth. You may need to repeat the process a couple of times.
If you happen to have an enamel-coated cooktop, you can use the same paste to clean it. Instead of vinegar, you can substitute lemon juice like we did in our glass cleaner spray. Or if the stove top is stainless steel, barkeepers friend is an excellent way to maintain the shine without scratching it. Just be sure to rub in the same direction with the grain.
This article is a comprehensive guide to cleaning both the cooktop and the inside of an oven. You might also be interested in seeing how to remove stains embedded in the glass of an oven door.
I hope these tips help you make your stove look like new again.