The Best Way to Clean Porcelain Stove Tops

Porcelain stoves can be an elegant and stylish addition to the kitchen, lending a sensible and old-fashioned tone to any theme. Designed to last a lifetime, with proper care and maintenance they can even be passed from one generation to another. The glossy surface is resistant to watermarks, and food spills are easily removed, provided you choose the right cleaning products.


To clean your porcelain stove top, begin by washing the surface with mild dish soap. Place a few drops of soap onto a wet sponge and then apply the sponge to the surface, rubbing away any loose dust, dirt, debris or loose bits of food. Rinse the sponge under hot water periodically to remove any crumbs that may be clinging to the material. Continue swabbing the stove with the wet sponge until the soap has been cleared away and then wipe dry with paper towels.

Baking Soda

Treat stubborn areas with a gentle cleanser. Place a scoop of baking soda in a small dish and add enough water to make a thick paste. Spread a thick layer of baking soda onto the areas of the stove that still need cleaning and then allow the paste to dry for 30 minutes. After half an hour has passed, wipe the paste away with a damp cloth. The surface beneath should be clean and shiny.


If the area remains soiled after being treated with baking soda, you may have to resort to something a bit stronger. Put on a pair of disposable rubber gloves. Fold a paper towel into the approximate size you'll need to completely cover the soiled area. Soak the paper towel with household ammonia and then place it directly over the area in need of cleaning. Cover the towel with a piece of plastic cling wrap and then weight it down with a plate or bowl. Leave the ammonia in place for one to three hours. As you remove the paper towel, press down on the stove top -- the baked-on, burnt-on food should slide right off. Allow the stove top to air dry. If the area remains soiled, repeat the treatment.

Lisa Parris

Lisa Parris is a writer and former features editor of "The Caldwell County News." Her work has also appeared in the "Journal of Comparative Parasitology," "The Monterey County Herald" and "The Richmond Daily News." In 2012, Parris was honored with awards from the Missouri Press Association for best feature story, best feature series and best humor series.