It’s that magical time of year when you’re cooking twice and much and inviting people into your home to witness the aftermath of that.
Luckily, returning your stove top or cooktop to looking like new isn’t that hard; it just takes a little know-how.
Follow my tips and you’ll never flounder with soap and water again. Cuz ain’t got time for that!
If you have porcelain-coated stove top or grates
Tool: Nonabrasive plastic scrubbing pad and cooktop cleaner. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser saves a lot of elbow grease.
Timesaver: Throw grates in the dishwasher on the most powerful cycle you have. It’s recommended to give it a good bath in the sink first, but if you have a great Warner Stellian dishwasher like I do, no prerinsing necessary!
DO NOT: put caps on the dishwasher or reassemble caps on burners while they are wet. Unless you like struggling to ignite your burners.
If you have a ceramic or glass top stove, i.e. electric:
No. 1 Enemy: Sugary spills (jellies, candy, syrup). Tis the season!
Tool: Cooktop Scraper or a razor blade. Clean while the cooktop is still warm, wearing oven mitts if necessary.
Culprit: Heavy soil, dark streaks, specks, and discoloration
Tool: Cooktop Polishing Cream or soap and water (if you have aggression you need to work out). Do like Mr. Miyagi taught you: wax on, wax off until white film disappears and takes mess with it.
Culprit: Burned-on soil
Tool: Cooktop Cleaner and Cooktop Scraper (or razor blade). First apply cleaner. Then scrape surface keeping blade as flat as possible. Finish polishing cooktop until film disappears.
Culprit: Overboiling residue
Tool: Overboiling was a special skill of mine when I was first learning how to cook, which took place on the unforgivably hot surface of an electric stovetop. I learned that a melamine sponge (aka Mr. Clean Magic Eraser) eliminated the evidence quite well.
If you have cast-iron grates
Read this existing post. HOW TO: clean cast iron grates.
You might have a full stainless steel stove top under your grates. First try stainless steel cleaner. For tougher messes, try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Always go with the grain for best results.