How to Remove Stains From an Enamel Stove Top

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An enamel stove top needs to be cleaned without heavy abrasives.
An enamel stove top needs to be cleaned without heavy abrasives. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Enamel-coated stove tops were commonplace around the 1950s. The white or colored coating provides an easy-to-clean and eye-appealing surface for your stove and helps distribute the heat. Since enamel scratches easily, you must remove stains carefully so the stain is gone but the enamel coating remains intact. While you can purchase commercial products to help you, home remedies will effectively remove the stains and keep your enamel covered stove top in the best condition possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloths
  • Baking soda
  • Bucket
  • 1 cup trisodium phosphate
  • Rubber gloves
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle

Wet a clean cloth and sprinkle baking soda onto the cloth. Gently scrub the stains on your enamel stove top with the mild abrasive. Leave the baking soda paste on the surface for a minute or two to loosen coffee, tea or oily food stains.

Rinse your cloth off with water and wipe away the baking soda. Tackle remaining stains from food or grease by mixing 1 cup trisodium phosphate (TSP) with 1 gallon warm water. Wash off your enamel stove top with gloved hands, then rinse with plain water and dry with a clean cloth.

Rubber gloves protect your hands while washing with TSP.
Rubber gloves protect your hands while washing with TSP. (Image: rubber gloves image by AGphotographer from Fotolia.com)

Treat mildew, mold or odor on your enamel stove top by spraying with undiluted vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit on the surface for a few minutes to kill the fungus or absorb the odor.

Wipe your stove top surface with a clean, dry cloth to remove the last of the stains.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep a spray bottle of vinegar handy for quick cleaning after cooking. Regular cleaning prevents stain buildup that requires a more serious cleaning.
  • Commercial scouring powder can safely be used to clean enamel stove tops.
  • Avoid scraping cooked-on food off your stove top as you can scratch or chip the enamel.

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