Learning how to clean stainless steel gas cooktops can be quick and easy if you know the right steps and materials to use. Stainless steel is a highly durable material that resists corrosion and staining.
However, it still needs to be maintained and cleaned regularly to look its best. Some methods are better for daily cleaning while others are good for deeper cleans, and there are a few things to avoid.
What cleaning agents can you use? How frequently should you clean? Hopefully these instructions will help keep your stainless steel appliances in good condition. I have a guide on selecting the best kitchen degreaser.
3 Ways to Clean a Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop
Method One: Mild Soap and Water
Why It Works
Daily maintenance is key when keeping your stainless steel stove looking beautiful. Mild soap and water are supplies you likely have on hand on any given day, and this simple routine can keep your cooktop looking clean and bright.
Try to follow these steps each time you finish cooking with your stove top to avoid any major grease or oil buildup.
- Warm water
- Mild dish detergent or cleaning soap
- Rag or sponge
- Dry towel
Place a few drops of mild dish soap onto your sponge or cleaning rag.
Run your kitchen faucet until the water turns warm, and then dampen your rag or sponge. Warm water works best because it creates more soap suds. Gently work the water into your sponge until you see a soapy foam. Don't run the water too hard or it will wash all your dish soap out of your sponge.
Rub your dampened rag or sponge onto your stainless steel gas cooktop. Like wood, most stainless steel has a minute grain or pattern that you can discern upon close inspection. Try to move your sponge along this pattern to ensure a more polished finish.
Note: If there are any tough grease spots on your cooktop, place a few drops of dish soap directly onto the grease stain before you apply your wet sponge.
Dish soap will emulsify the oil in the grease stain, which makes lifting the grease easier. If you apply water first, the grease stain will only smear when you try to scrub at it since grease naturally repels water. Soap is needed to break down the oils before they can be fully removed.
After all crumbs and food stains have been removed by the soap, take a clean and dry towel and buff the surface of your stove top dry.
Method Two: Vinegar
Why It Works
Stainless steel is susceptible to iridescent rainbow-like smears that look similar to an oil slick. These smears can occur after normal washing or cooking, and they are harmless but annoying.
Fortunately, vinegar can clean them away in a flash and return your stainless steel to its original finish because of its reactive properties. Vinegar is acidic and reacts to the metals in stainless steel.
While acidic substances can be harmful to stainless steel if left to sit for extended periods, their chemical reactions can provide superior cleaning. White vinegar also naturally fights off bacteria and harmful microbes, so it can keep your stove hygienic too.
- White vinegar
- Cleaning sponge
- Warm water
- Dry towel
Pour some white vinegar onto a water-dampened sponge. You only need a small amount. If you use the cap of the vinegar bottle as a pouring guide, you will need a maximum of two cap-fulls of vinegar for your sponge.
Rub your sponge over the surface of your stainless steel stove top. An added advantage of this method is that vinegar can cut through grease and stains just as well as dish soap.
Allow the vinegar to sit for one to two minutes. While you are waiting, rinse your sponge thoroughly in warm water and make sure it is free from any residue from the vinegar.
When the time is up, dampen your sponge with plain warm water. Wipe down your cooktop in the same places you covered with white vinegar. Then dry with a towel. You should notice that your stove top looks like new.
Method Three: Store-Bought Chemicals
Why It Works
When deep cleaning is needed, stronger chemicals are usually required. These chemicals have harsher agents that immediately cut through stains and grease with minimal waiting or effort.
Some commonly known chemicals that are usually considered safe for stainless steel include Barkeeper's Friend and Comet. If you are cleaning your stove daily with simple soap and water, harsher chemicals can be used every week or month in order to get a deeper clean.
- Store-bought cleaning agents
- Rag or sponge
Real the label of any chemical you use to clean your stainless steel stove. Make sure it is safe to use with your stove. Open windows for ventilation if necessary.
Apply the chemicals with your sponge or rag. Usually this is done similarly to how you would normally clean your stove with soap and water. Rub in the direction of the stainless steel grain.
Most cleaning agents do not require rinsing, but if the one you're using does, wipe down stove again with plain water. Buff everything dry with a towel.
Things to Avoid when Cleaning
- Abrasive sponges like steel wool. They may scratch your stainless steel.
- Leaving vinegar or other harsh chemicals on for too long. Doing so may cause pitting or marks in your stainless steel cooktop.
- Rubbing against the grain of stainless steel. While not immediately harmful, not being mindful of the grain can result in a duller shine.
- Leaving puddles of water. Though stainless steel resists rust and corrosion, it's always better to dry everything thoroughly when finished.
- Cleaning stove while heat is turned on. Doing so may result in your burning your skin. A rag or sponge can easily catch fire, too, if it brushes up against a hot burner.
Polishing Your Stainless Steel Cooktop
Sometimes your stainless steel cooktop may start looking dull even though you clean it every day. Keep your stove looking shiny and new by using a polishing agent.
These items usually come packaged in aerosol cans at the store. You can spray them directly onto your stove top as advised by the bottle and then rub them in with a rag.
Usually these polishes do not need to be rinsed or wiped clean. As before, always rub in the direction of the stainless steel grain.
This polish can also be used on any other stainless steel appliance in your kitchen to keep everything uniform and gleaming.
Keeping a clean stainless steel gas stove top is important to your stove's life and well-being. Clean it each day and your stove should keep working and functioning for many years without problems. Thanks to the durability of stainless steel, maintenance should not be too difficult if it is done daily.