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When cleaning your enamel stovetop you want to use methods and products that will not damage the finish. This is a page about cleaning an enamel stovetop.


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July 25, 2010

How do I remove black stains from a white stove top?

By Pam Garvin from TX


July 30, 20100 found this helpful
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I use 'Cook Top' cleaning creme for smooth top ranges (made by Elco Industries) although I have a gas stove. It was recommended by Maytag, Corning and Sears. I get it at Sears stores for about $8. for 20 oz. Just use it with a rag (I throw it away after), or for stubborn spots, leave the cream (actually thick liquid) on for awhile and just wipe off with a cloth.

It's actually not hard to do even with these arthritic hands.


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So my roommate made dinner and used too high of a heat while cooking. This resulted in heat damage to the stove. Is there anyway I can fix it?


May 19, 20190 found this helpful

You can try Barkeeper's Friend. If that doesn't do it, the stove may be permanently discolored.

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May 20, 20190 found this helpful

Dampen the area, leave some baking soda on it for several minutes, then scrub.

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May 20, 20190 found this helpful

Don't try to remove the stain with anything that will scratch the enamel.


Easy Off Oven Clean should loosen it so it can be wiped up.

Remove the stove eye or raise it up if it can't be removed. Cover up your counter space and anything that is not enamel.

Spray the area with Easy Off oven cleaner and cover it with plastic wrap and let it set for an hour or more. It should wipe up easily.

I have to clean around my stove eyes about once a year to remove these stains.

I hope this will work for you.

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May 20, 20190 found this helpful

This is a post from me in 2016 that shows pictures of how I remove stains on my stove top.

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May 20, 20190 found this helpful

You can also try to make a paste of vinegar/baking soda and salt (equal proportions--like 1 TBSP each) and lay it on the stain--almost like you are frosting a cake--but with a soft spatula or plastic spoon--DO NOT use anything metal.


DO NOT rub it in, just spread, let it set for 15-20 minutes and with a damp white cloth or clean sponge gently remove--DO NOT use elbow grease here--just gently wipe up. It should remove the spot if it is just a stain.

If it lightens but not removes completely, repeat the process until it is gone.

If that doesn't work and it is a burn, that damage is most likely permanent.

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May 28, 20190 found this helpful

Stove tops can be permanently burned if heat and grease are left on for a long period of time and someone continues to use the burners.
Hopefully your burns can be removed.

A paste with baking soda, water and vinegar (Pghgirl's formula) usually works but you can use one of the little green scrub pads (just do everything gently and take your time).


There are also stove-top cleaners at big box stores that does a good job and also a product named Soft Scrub also works without scratching.

Check out these links for other suggestions.

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September 12, 2016

Can I use Soft Scrub on my black enamel stove top? I can't get the burnt on stains from around the burners?


February 20, 20170 found this helpful

I don't know why not. I used to use it when I had a glass top one, it was black colored and I never had an issue. I did have to make sure I rinsed it off good so it would not streak on the black.

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

Soft scub should work. If it doesn't, try Barkeepers Friend.

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July 25, 2010

I am looking for tips for cleaning a black enamel painted stove top, around the gas burner areas. The spills and spatters penetrate the hot surface and I can't get them cleaned out. Please recommend a remedy. Thank you.


By Jim


Cleaning Enamel Stovetop

I have found the new Mr Clean white sponge works great to clean the stove top, I have also used Super Cleaner, in a purple jug in the automotive area of Walmart, let it sit for a few hours (full strength) and wipe, it is amazing how well it works, I have cleaned my oven with this stuff, and it just wipes out. It's about $6.00 for a gallon, but the gallon will last the average person about a year, a very good buy. Make sure you wipe with clean water when your done. (02/10/2010)

By jeni

Cleaning Enamel Stovetop

I would be careful with the white sponges, they are somewhat abrasive, and (with repeated use), might dull the surface. But they do do a good job! (02/10/2010)

By Jill

Cleaning Enamel Stovetop

I agree, the "white sponges" do clean, but I don't like the the dullness effect. I bought a package and only used one once. Threw it away and set the rest under the kitchen sink.


I use oven cleaner on the stove for cooked-on stuff and use a medium toothbrush for the small areas. For the main stove/oven areas I use a spray window cleanser with whiting for removing splatters and leaving a polished finish.

Is a very fine, white powder used for polishing glass, as well as any porcelain items such as ovens, sinks, tubs, etc. and is used in automobile polishes and waxes. (the "white dust" after buffing). Commercial painters also primarily use it for thickening paints. You can purchase whiting in paint stores that generally cater to paint contractors; it is not expensive. Usually sells for under $5 for a 1lb container, but that 1lb will last the average homeowner years, a little goes a long way!

To clean windows; you can sprinkle onto a damp, sudsy cloth or sponge and the powder will adhere to any debris without harm. Use a cloth that will not scratch glass!

When washing my car, I dampen the glass and clean the windows and windshield with the whiting to remove the street grime. Then I begin the normal washing technique which removes all the whiting during the process. The windows are virtually free of road grime when finished. (02/10/2010)

By Cajun

Cleaning Enamel Stovetop

Use the liquid soap for dishwashers. If possible, use a hair dryer to heat the soap. I tried this on a yellow stove and it worked. (02/13/2010)

By Kath

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