How to Clean a Universal Antique Stove


If you have a vintage Universal brand stove from the 1950's that works, you have an appliance that is well made. Unlike modern appliances, early versions found in kitchens were built to last. Older appliances like this use simple mechanisms. Fixing them is quite easy. But an antique stove may have more than a half-century worth of grease built up in it. Cleaning an antique universal stove requires effort and a few natural cleaners.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand broom
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Soft, clean cloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Remove the heating elements from the top of your stove. The area under the heating elements may be particularly dirty because food may dribble down under the elements during the cooking process. Universal stove elements may simply be picked up off of the stove and set aside.

  • Brush away any loose particles of food with a hand broom. Loose food particles can interrupt the scouring action of cleaners.

  • Prepare a paste by mixing equal parts baking soda and water in a bowl. You may use a half a cup of each to clean your entire stove. Baking soda has scouring and bleaching properties but will not scratch your antique stove's finish.

  • Scoop a tablespoonful of the baking soda paste out of the mixing bowl and into your soft cloth. Apply the baking soda to stains. Rub gently using a circular motion. Apply the paste to the rest of the stove once you have scrubbed the tough stains. Use a toothbrush to reach hard-to-reach cracks and crannies. As the baking soda absorbs stains and oils, it will clump together. Brush the clumps away with a hand broom.

  • Pour vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray the vinegar over the stove and the baking soda. The vinegar will kill germs and neutralize the baking soda and reduce it to water. Soak up the liquid with your cloth. Wring the cloth out and rinse the stove surface with a clean cloth. Place the elements back onto the stove when you have finished.

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