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Old 09-12-2008, 08:10 AM
 
Location: SoCA to NC
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Default Stainless Steel Stove Top Yellowing Around Burners

How do I clean that off? I have tried Stainless steel polish/cleaner. Warm soapy water (Dawn Soap) 409, ? I am afraid to scratch it. One burner on my stove top is just yellow and dirty looking around the burner no matter what I do. It is only a two year old stove top.
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Old 09-12-2008, 09:19 AM
 
Location: near Portland, Oregon
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This stuff is essentially polymerized oil, a sort of natural plastic. It's very hard to get off with chemical cleaners. In a commercial kitchen, they hire a steam cleaner guy to get it off, about once a year.
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Old 09-12-2008, 12:50 PM
 
Location: SoCA to NC
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This stuff is essentially polymerized oil, a sort of natural plastic. It's very hard to get off with chemical cleaners. In a commercial kitchen, they hire a steam cleaner guy to get it off, about once a year.
So do you think if I got a steam cleaner it would come off? Or would only a commercial type do the trick. It is an eye sore for me.
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:36 PM
 
Location: near Portland, Oregon
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The type of steam cleaning I am thinking of is a service rather than a product-- I have no experience with steam cleaner machines. I would not necessarily run out and buy a special tool for this.

In fact, here's something else you could try-- it might work, it might not. But it shouldn't do any harm. Get some Soft Scrub, and put it on a damp (not wet) nylon scrubby pad. Make sure the pad is NYLON only, not copper or steel wool, as that definitely would scratch. Start scrubbing, gently at first, testing on an inconspicuous spot, as they say. Sometimes these "stainless" appliances are faux, just silver painted metal, and won't hold up well to heavy scrubbing.

If the stuff does not come off after a lot of elbow grease, then I would call a commercial cleaning company.
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Old 09-12-2008, 07:12 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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I wonder if a chlorine bleach product would work? Sometimes my stainless steel sink needs a dose of it to remove stains.
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Old 09-12-2008, 07:16 PM
 
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NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOO to the soft scrub.

Seriously NO!

Clorine bleach + hot HOT water + soft rag with multiple wipe sessions and a good rinse will get it.

But easier than that Easy Off oven cleaner. Just spray it on and let it set. Wipe it of with a soft cloth. Never ever use anything that has scrub or grit to it on stainless steel.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:08 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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There is something in the auto supply store called "Wheel Magic". It's green and in a spray bottle and I have seen it take stuff off that nothing else would touch. My husband restores old jukeboxes and it's amazing the stuff that comes off the inside parts..........if people saw it they would NEVER smoke again! The ones that come from the bars are the worst. The tar residue is GROSS!!

Anyway, I would definately try the Wheel Magic.
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:14 AM
 
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Have you tried those Mr. Clean white pads?

I have been simply amazed at what they get off of my stove.
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Old 09-14-2008, 07:36 AM
 
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Default NO Soft Scrub !!!!

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NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOO to the soft scrub.

Seriously NO!

Clorine bleach + hot HOT water + soft rag with multiple wipe sessions and a good rinse will get it.

But easier than that Easy Off oven cleaner. Just spray it on and let it set. Wipe it of with a soft cloth. Never ever use anything that has scrub or grit to it on stainless steel.
Ditto. No abrasive cleaners!!! I can't believe that they recommended that!

I had SS appliances in my last house. The best cleaner I found for it was Vinegar and Water.

I never had yellowing because mine was a professional stove and the entire stove top was black so you couldn't see the grease build up.

I bet you could get it off with a Shark steam cleaner if you know someone who has one. You shouldn't have to pay anyone to come in and clean it.
In fact, you might try microwaving a wet rag, getting it hot and laying it on there to see if it softens it...

You also might try Simple Green which is a degreaser.

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Old 10-16-2008, 06:26 PM
 
Location: SoCA to NC
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Update I used the Easy off oven cleaner. Left it on for about 20 minutes and it wiped off like butter. Thanks for the great tip Pitt Transplant. I would have never thought of it.
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