Even the cleanest of kitchens will look dirty if the stovetop is covered in last night’s dinner – and the build-up grime will also reduce the functionality of your cooking elements.
To keep your glass or stainless-steel stovetops glossy, it’s best to give the surface a wipe over after use.
However, if you’ve had a food explosion or have really neglected your stovetop for a while, follow these easy steps to clean your stovetop like a pro and restore the shine!
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Prepare the stovetop
Make sure the stovetop is cool before starting. With a paper towel, wipe over the stovetop to remove as much of the loose debris and liquid as possible.
Step 2: Prepare a towel
Soak 3-4 old rags or tea towels in a bucket filled with warm water that’s mixed with household washing detergent.
Step 3: Sprinkle bicarb soda
While your rags are soaking, sprinkle some bicarb soda across the stovetop, making sure you cover the entire surface with a thick layer. Be careful not to get any of the product inside the raised heating elements.
Step 4: Scrub it
Take the soaked rags out of the bucket and ring halfway so they still retain plenty of wetness. Lay each rag across the stovetop to cover the entire area. Gently push down on the towels, allowing the liquid to form a paste with the bicarb underneath. Make sure you apply pressure around the elements to really work the area.
Step 5: Take a 15-minute break
Now, let the dishwashing liquid and bicarb soda do all the work – while you take a 15-minute break! If your stovetop is in poor condition, consider leaving it for 30 minutes.
Step 6: Remove the paste
Remove the rags to see a thick white paste that has loosened the debris. Take one of the rags and, from the top right side of the stovetop, work in an ‘S’ pattern to remove all the product from the stovetop. You may need to repeat this a few times to get the area totally cleared.
Step 7: Wipe it
Using the soft side of a sponge, give the surface a wipe over so it’s clear of any excess moisture or debris.
Step 8: Give it a final wipe down
Finally, give the surface a polish with a microfibre cloth to bring up the shine. For a stainless-steel surface, apply a dab of vinegar to the cloth to achieve a glossy, reflective finish.
With your stovetop looking clean and sparkling bright, you’ll be inspired to create your next cuisine masterpiece. Enjoy!