How to Clean Stainless Steel Burn Marks

Food burnt onto stainless steel will make the cookware or appliance appear dirty. Once the burn marks appear on the stainless steel, they must be removed to keep the item in good condition. Common household ingredients will help you to remove the burn marks from the stainless steel, and they require little effort and time. Regularly cleaning your stainless steel appliances and cookware will help to keep the burn marks from adhering tightly to the surface.

Use a washcloth to remove any loose debris from the surface. Soak the washcloth with water, and scrub lightly to remove the loose food debris around and on the burn mark.

Add a mild dish detergent to a bowl of water. Soak the soft washcloth in the soap solution and scrub the burn mark. Dry the area with a soft cloth and repeat to remove the stain. If the stain remains, then make a paste out of baking soda and water.

Place ½ cup of baking soda into a bowl. Moisten a washcloth with water, and dip the cloth into the baking soda. Rub the baking soda onto the burn mark to create a paste. Scrub the area with the grain to prevent scratching the stainless steel. Rinse the area with a clean washcloth and water. If grease stains remain after you remove the burn mark, then use rubbing alcohol to clean the area.

Moisten an area of the soft cloth with rubbing alcohol. Scrub the soiled area with the rubbing alcohol-soaked washcloth to remove traces of grease from the stainless steel.


Do not use abrasive cleaners or steel wool to clean a stainless steel surface. Always rub with the grain of stainless steel and never against it to prevent scratching the surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft washcloths
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Bowl
  • ½-cup baking soda
  • Rubbing alcohol
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