How to Remove a Burn Mark from a Stove

Burn marks on your stovetop can make it look dirty even when you just cleaned it, and they can be challenging to get rid of with only soap and water. Thankfully, even severe marks are removable with some elbow grease and a more intense cleaning process. Within 30 minutes, you should have a clean, unblemished stovetop just waiting for your next cooking session.

Method 1Gas Stove

  1. Remove the grates and caps and soak them in soapy water. Fill an empty sink with warm water and some dish soap, and let the removable parts soak while you clean the rest of the stove.
  2. Wipe down the surface of the stove with a wet, soapy sponge. Clean away any easily-removable bits of food or grease splatters.
  3. Make a paste out of equal parts salt, baking soda, and water. This mixture is best for ceramic stovetops. For ones made of glass or stainless steel, omit the salt.
  4. Spread the paste over any burn marks and let it rest for several minutes. The great thing about this cleaning method is that it works for burn marks, stains, and hardened food bits.
  5. Rub the burn mark with a sponge or washcloth until it disappears. Wet the sponge or washcloth and wring it out so it isn’t dripping wet.
  6. Buff the stovetop with a clean, dry towel until all the residual water is gone. After scrubbing the scorch marks away, thoroughly wipe down the stovetop with a fresh, clean towel.
  7. Take a few minutes to scrub the grates and caps soaking in the sink. Run a scrub brush over the pieces in the sink to dislodge any loose gunk. Rinse them off with fresh water to get rid of all the suds.
  8. Let the grates and caps dry before placing them on the stovetop. Use a towel to dry off the pieces or rest them on a drying pad or rack until all the water has evaporated.

Method 2Electric Stovetop

  1. Let the stovetop cool down completely before cleaning it. A recently used stovetop could easily burn you. Also, some cleaning materials could burn if they come into contact with hot surfaces, which would create more problems and more to clean up.
  2. Remove and clean the burner coils with a baking-soda paste. If your stovetop has removable burner coils (not all electric stovetops do), gently tug and pull them upward to remove them.
  3. Remove crumbs from the stovetop with a dry microfiber cloth. Take a minute and quickly wipe down the stovetop’s entire surface area to get any lingering crumbs or bits of food out of the way.
  4. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire stovetop and spray it with vinegar. There’s no need to use an entire box of baking soda but use enough to coat the whole surface area lightly.
  5. Lay a damp, soapy towel over the stovetop for 15 minutes. Drizzle a little dish soap on a clean kitchen towel and get it wet so that it starts to get sudsy.
  6. Buff the stovetop with the dishtowel to remove burns, stains, and crud. Start wiping away the baking soda with the damp kitchen towel, paying particular attention to burn marks and deeply soiled areas.
  7. Use a razor to remove really tough marks. You may need to scrape away intense burn marks if they aren’t coming loose from a good deep cleaning.
  8. Spray the stovetop with vinegar and buff it with a microfiber cloth. Once your stovetop is clean and all the burn marks and stains are gone, give it a final spritz with white vinegar.

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