Many commercial establishments use stainless steel stoves, because it looks great and it doesn't rust. However, you may notice stains, grease, or fingerprints in spite of it being called stainless. Stainless steel isn't entirely maintenance free, and it needs regular commercial cleaning.

 It is easy to clean stainless steel stove tops yourself with the right tools. Clean your stainless steel stove stop by following this guide.

Prepare to Clean the Stove Top

To clean the stainless steel stove top, gather: 

  • paper towels
  • microfiber cloth
  • soft sponge or soft dish
  • rag
  • tea kettle
  • vinegar 
  • baking soda
  • flour or salt (optional)
  • liquid dish soap
  • stainless steel polish 

To pre-treat stains, boil water in a tea kettle. Let the stove cool, fold a paper towel in half, lay it across the mark or stain, and pour a small amount of the water on the paper towel. Let the steam dissolve the mark or stain for about ten minutes, then wipe the surface with the paper towel following the grain..

Remove Stains with Baking Soda, Flour, Salt, or Vinegar

Mix enough baking soda and water to make a paste, dip a cloth in the mixture, and test the mixture on a hidden area. Wipe the spot, then rinse the baking soda with a clean cloth or paper towel. 

Alternately, sprinkle some baking soda on the spot, then add a small amount of vinegar, which will make bubbles. Use the cloth or dish rag to rub the spot, then remove the mixture with a clean, damp rag. 

Salt can also be applied to remove stains and grease. Sprinkle some salt on a damp cloth or sponge, and rub the area in a circular motion. Sprinkling flour all over the surface, and wiping it with a dry cloth is another way to remove stains.

Do Maintenance Cleaning

For regular cleaning, mix several drops of dish soap in two or three cups of warm water. Measuring isn't really important as long as the water gets soapy. 

If the stove top has fingerprints, buff them with a glass cleaner, but don't spray the cleaner directly on the stove.  Mist a cloth with the cleaner, and work in a circular motion, rinse, then pat it dry using a paper towel or kitchen towel. 

Moisten the sponge or cloth in the mixture, and wipe the surface following the grain direction. Rinse the surface with a clean, damp sponge or rag then let it dry. To maintain the shine, work the polish over the surface using the microfiber cloth.