How to clean a stainless steel stove without scratching it? The person who lived here before left baked-on food around the burners.
Alisa F., Shelbyville
I’m glad you asked how to clean a stainless steel stove because it can be a little tricky. Stainless is a wonderful surface but if it is not cleaned properly, it can get scratched and the surface will dull quickly. Here is how to clean a stainless steel stove without harming the surface and the best ways to leave it sparkling with very little effort.
The best way to clean steel appliances like the stove and dishwasher or refrigerator requires a little extra care. This type of surface seems like it would be very durable, and it is, but it’s quite easy to scratch.
It’s quite rare to see stainless steel oxidation but it can happen if the surface is not properly treated on a regular basis. Caring for stainless should be an integral part of your kitchen cleaning routine to ensure its brilliant finish for years to come.
To start, I’ll give you a few tips on how to remove that baked-on food and grease stains without causing damage. For future reference, you might want to review this page: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-clean-an-oven-from-the-stove-top-to-between-the-glass-in-the-door/
First, before you begin to clean, make sure the stove isn’t hot. If you have time, you can save a lot of effort by leaving a wet cloth on top of the dried food to soften it before removal. Wait at least ten minutes for the best results, but it could take even longer.
Next, the best tools to use for cleaning stainless steel are a microfiber cloth and Barkeeper’s Friend. This gentle cleanser is ideal for polishing metal without scratching it and works well to clean a stainless steel sink, too.
Before you do anything else, take note of the direction of the grain of the steel. Be sure to rub with the grain, not crosswise against it. Wiping the wrong way will scratch the surface and mar the steel. There is no fix for this problem.
Dampen the stovetop and sprinkle Barkeeper’s Friend on it. Then wipe it clean with a wet cloth, and repeat if necessary. The same tools and method work on any other appliance made of stainless steel, too.
If you don’t have any Barkeeper’s Friend, a great DIY stove cleaner with baking soda is easy to implement with just a little baking soda and water. It’s great for grease stains and to give your stove a fresh shine.
There are also several recipes available for a do it yourself stainless steel cleaner that you can make to help you do the job right. Vinegar works well as a homemade stove degreaser, as does baking soda. Combine the two ingredients for a spotless stainless finish.
If you also need to take care of the interior of the oven, it can be challenging to know how to clean an oven quickly. It is, unfortunately, not a very fast job most of the time, especially if it has not been cleaned in a while. However, there are some tips you can follow to make the work go more smoothly than it would otherwise. Just follow our suggestions for oven cleaning.
Finally, take a look at the linked article I mentioned above. It will tell you how to clean your oven and stovetop burners, too.I hope your stove looks like new in no time at all.