How to Get Stains and Discoloration Off a Stainless Steel Cooktop

The stove top is a prime location for a variety of food, beverage and grease stains. Although a stainless steel cooktop stays clean and shiny when maintained on a regular basis, stains left to accumulate can lead to discoloration. To avoid scratching or damaging your stainless steel cooktop, you must remove the stains with supplies and techniques safe for the metal.

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Step 1

Wet a nylon mesh sponge with full-strength white vinegar. Scrub the stainless steel cooktop to moisten the stains and discoloration. Allow the vinegar to sit on the surface for two to three minutes.

A nonabrasive sponge cleans stainless steel without scratching.

Sprinkle the sponge with baking soda. Gently scrub the vinegar-moistened stains and discoloration on the surface of your stainless steel stove.

Step 3

Wipe the loosened stains and baking soda off the stove top with a damp cloth.

Step 4

Treat any stubborn or burned-on stains with a weak ammonia solution. Dampen a clean cloth with water. Add five to 10 drops of ammonia to the moist cloth. Scrub the remaining stains and discoloration with the ammonia solution.

Step 5

Dry your stainless steel stove top with another cloth.

Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.