Pots boil over. Taco fillings overflow. Pancake batter spills off the griddle. It happens, and often results and burnt on messes that are difficult to clean. But we’ve been around a stovetop or two, and lucky for you, are sharing our knowledge on how to clean your stovetop. Roll up your sleeves and get started.
How to Clean Porcelain Stovetop
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, 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.
How to Clean Glass/Ceramic Stovetops
No. 1 Enemy: Sugary spills (jellies, candy, syrup).
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: A melamine sponge (aka Mr. Clean Magic Eraser) eliminates the evidence quite well.
How to Clean 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.