How to repair a rusty stove top

Stainless steel hobs are appreciated for their longevity, polished appearance and simple maintenance. Although highly resistant to corrosion, stainless steel is not completely invulnerable to rust. Cleaning with steel wool, wire brushes and other harsh abrasives causes stainless steel hobs to become scratched, making them susceptible to rust. Besides appearing unsightly, rust spreads quickly and, if neglected, can cause even stainless steel to deteriorate. Promptly repair a rusty stainless steel hob to restore its natural lustre and structural integrity.

Dampen a microfibre cloth with warm water. Wipe the cloth over the hob to remove food debris and grime particles.

Saturate a nylon scouring pad with undiluted white vinegar. Rub the pad over the rust patches, following the stainless steel's natural polish lines. Remove as much rust as possible from the hob.

Examine the hob for remaining rust. If reddish-brown spots remain, put on protective goggles and rubber gloves for protection against the naval jelly.

Moisten a second microfibre cloth with naval jelly. Wipe the cloth over the remaining rust patches. Leave the naval jelly on the hob for 30 minutes.

Dampen a third microfibre cloth with warm water. Rub the cloth over the hob to remove the remaining rust and rinse away the naval jelly.

Wipe a terry cloth towel over the stainless steel hob to remove moisture and restore shine.


Substitute an all-purpose cleaner for the white vinegar.


Leaving even a small trace of rust on the hob will allow the rust to regenerate.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 microfibre cloths
  • Nylon scouring pad
  • White vinegar
  • Protective goggles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Naval jelly
  • Terry cloth towel
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