Samantha said, “Hi, I recently touched the cuff of my fleece sweater on the hot stove and it burned on a little. So, I used the scrub pad and cleaning cream that came with the stove to remove it. Now, most of the burned area is removed, but there is a dullness (not scratched) on the area that I cleaned. How can I restore the shine? Or is it permanent? My stove is a stainless steel Samsung. The cooking surface is a black, flat top. It is a small area that is marked. There doesn’t seem to be any scratches; just a faded, foggy looking patch.”
Although no scratches are visible, a dullness or foggy appearance on a stove top is often fine scratches left behind from scrubbing, even if it was done using the scrubber that came with the stove. Even the slightest bit of abrasive material can dull a glossy finish, and that abrasive material can be as single granule of dust, such as the kind that is left behind from the burnt material that needed the scrubbing. If this is the case, then no cleaning product will restore the glossy shine – but a polishing product will.
Start by pre-cleaning the stove. If you have not used the burned since the previous cleaning, you can skip this step. Make sure the burners are turned off and cool before cleaning, then clean the area as you normally would, making sure it is dry before proceeding to the spot polishing tips.
Spot Cleaning & Polishing
Here are three polishing products you can choose from that should work to remove the dullness and restore the shine. You should not be scrubbing with these products, but rather gently polishing; the product should do the work. Scrubbing might make it worse.
- Bar Keepers Friend
- Bar Keepers Friend is a powder so wet the stove top. Sprinkle it over the stove top, concentrating on the dull area. Wait a few minutes then wipe it off with a damp cloth followed by a drying and polishing with a soft, clean cloth. If the foggy area remains, repeat the process.
- Cameo is another polishing product. It is also a powder so you will need to wet the area, and then sprinkle some of the product onto it. With a wet cloth, gently rub the product into the area. (Rub, don’t scrub.) Rinse with clear water. Dry and polish with a clean cloth.
- CookTop Cleaning Crème
- Apply directly to the dull area. Gently work it in using a soft cloth. Rinse with clean cloth and water. Dry and polish with clean cloth.