How to remove stains from an enamel stove top

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How to remove stains from an enamel stove top
An enamel hob needs to be cleaned without heavy abrasives. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Enamel-coated hobs were commonplace around the 1950s. The white or coloured coating provides an easy-to-clean and eye-appealing surface for your stove and helps distribute the heat. Since enamel scratches easily, you must remove stains carefully so the stain is gone but the enamel coating remains intact. While you can purchase commercial products to help you, home remedies will effectively remove the stains and keep your enamel covered hob in the best condition possible.

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Things you need

  • Clean cloths
  • Baking soda
  • Bucket
  • 1 cup trisodium phosphate
  • Rubber gloves
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle

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  1. 1

    Wet a clean cloth and sprinkle baking soda onto the cloth. Gently scrub the stains on your enamel hob with the mild abrasive. Leave the baking soda paste on the surface for a minute or two to loosen coffee, tea or oily food stains.

  2. 2

    Rinse your cloth off with water and wipe away the baking soda. Tackle remaining stains from food or grease by mixing 1 cup trisodium phosphate (TSP) with 1 gallon warm water. Wash off your enamel hob with gloved hands, then rinse with plain water and dry with a clean cloth.

    How to remove stains from an enamel stove top
    Rubber gloves protect your hands while washing with TSP. (rubber gloves image by AGphotographer from
  3. 3

    Treat mildew, mould or odour on your enamel hob by spraying with undiluted vinegar. Allow the vinegar to sit on the surface for a few minutes to kill the fungus or absorb the odour.

  4. 4

    Wipe your hob surface with a clean, dry cloth to remove the last of the stains.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep a spray bottle of vinegar handy for quick cleaning after cooking. Regular cleaning prevents stain build-up that requires a more serious cleaning.
  • Commercial scouring powder can safely be used to clean enamel hobs.
  • Avoid scraping cooked-on food off your hob as you can scratch or chip the enamel.

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