The Best Ways to Clean Stainless Steel Cooktops


Stainless steel appliances look professional in a kitchen. Stainless steel is durable and easy to sanitize, making it an ideal material for kitchen appliances. However, stainless steel can be difficult to keep looking new because it shows spots, smudges, and even fingerprints so readily. You can keep your stainless steel stove top looking clean and new with a simple routine performed regularly.

Cleaning Up Spills

  • Remove cooked-on messes carefully. Food sometimes spills over the tops of pots onto a cook top, and you must be careful about how you clean such spills if your cook top is stainless steel. Use warm, soapy water and a wash cloth, but avoid scouring powders such as Bon Ami or Comet. They will scratch the chromium surface of stainless steel. Instead, wipe up spills immediately after they occur whenever possible. To get rid of old, dried spills, wet a wash cloth and let the cloth sit over the dried food for awhile until it has loosened up enough that you can wipe it away.

Heat Stains

  • Use club soda to remove heat stains from stainless steel cook tops. Heat stains usually occur when a hot pan or pot is placed directly on the stainless steel. Put some club soda on a clean cotton wash cloth or towel and rub in a circular motion. The heat stain should completely disappear.


  • Over time and with heavy usage, stainless steel can get a dull appearance. To restore your stove top's original shine, dampen a wash cloth with apple cider vinegar, and rub the entire surface of the stove top with small, circular motions.


  • One of the most common complaints about stainless steel appliances is that they show so many fingerprints. The oils in our hands leave definite marks on the smooth surface of a stainless steel cook top. To get rid of fingerprints. Dab a cotton ball with olive oil and rub the olive oil all over the cook top. Not only will the olive oil get rid of existing fingerprints, but it will also make future fingerprints less noticeable.

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