How to Clean a Black Stove Top

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Black kitchen appliances are sleek, and fit a sophisticated, cool aesthetic for your kitchen. However, discoloration from cleaning products can cause white streaks and spots that damage your black appliances, and make your kitchen look unkempt.

A black stove is a popular choice for kitchens as the glass stove top is easy to clean, and stains become unnoticeable. However, cleaning a black stove can be challenging when you can't see the stains you're trying to remove. A gentle abrasive like baking soda and vinegar will get rid of all the stains, and clean a black stove surface entirely!

What You'll Need

Cleaning a black stove top can be done in 5 easy steps, using common household materials to keep your stove top shiny and pristine. Dish soap acts as a stove cleaner to remove oils from the surface of your stove tops, and baking soda gets rid of tough stains by lifting them off your black stovetop. Here's what you'll need to get started:

  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloth or Sponge
  • Paper towel
  • Scrub brush
  • Razor blade - optional

How to Clean a Black Stove Top in 5 Steps

Step 1: Separate the Stove Grates, and Clean with Soapy Water

Remove the stove grates and burner caps if you have a gas stove, and clean these with hot soapy water. The dish soap and water mixture will degrease your gas stove grates, and remove any remaining food particles on them. Make sure to use a nifty scrub brush to clean the hard-to-reach areas. Add some baking soda as well to provide a gentle abrasive action.

Step 2: Sprinkle Baking Soda and Scrub

Wipe your stove top clean, and sprinkle a good amount of baking soda all over the surface. Scrub the baking soda in a gentle, circular motion using a microfiber cloth, damp paper towel, or a scrub brush to brush out any food stains and oils. This will help remove as much grime from your stove top as possible to make cleaning easier.

Step 3: Spray Vinegar and Let it Sit

Pour vinegar into a spray bottle, and spray your entire stove top. Consider unplugging your electric stove, or shutting off the gas stove top before doing this. Let the vinegar and baking soda mixture bubble, as this will help lift stains from your black stove top. Let the solution sit for at least 15 minutes, adding more vinegar as the glass stove top dries out.

Step 4: Scrub Out the Grime

Take your scrub brush or sponge, and start scrubbing out the grime from your black stove top. You will notice the food bits and dried particles have loosened, and are easy to remove with a wipe of a sponge. Keep scrubbing the entire surface of your stove tops to clean them.

For particularly tough stains, use a razor blade to carefully scrape out the dried bits. Be careful when doing this as the sharp blade can end up scratching the surface of your stove tops. Glass and electric stove top models are susceptible to scratches, so perform with caution.

Step 5: Wipe Your Stove Top Clean

Wipe the stove top clean with a damp cloth, and let the stove dry completely before placing the grates and burner caps back on. You may polish the stove top with a spritz of vinegar, wiped to a shiny finish with a dry, microfiber cloth, but this step is optional.

Tips to Keep Your Stove Clean

Keeping your black appliances clean can be easily done with proper cleaning methods, and good maintenance practices that will keep your black stove shiny, pristine, and smooth. Here are a couple of tips to keep the cleanliness of your black stove:

  • Avoid using bleach and whitening agents on your black stove top as this may discolor the surface, leading to white, cloudy spots.
  • Understand the care instructions of your stovetop material. Some materials can etch with acidic solutions, while others can get scratched by abrasive scrubbers.
  • Clean your stove top after every use even if it looks clean. This will remove debris and oils before they settle on the surface.
  • Use splatter guards to prevent oils and food bits from spilling onto your stove top, making it easier to clean up after cooking.

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Luce Home is a trusted partner with decades of experience cleaning homes across Singapore. Our cleaners will get your kitchen and home spotless, so make your home cleaning easy, and let us tackle those maintenance chores!

Contact us today, and let's get your home in tip top condition!

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