Praise the lord, if this works it is a god send. This is one project we all need to know how to do well.
There’s nothing more satisfying than a warm, cheesy homemade meal—that is, until you look at the stovetop and realize the damage you’ve done. Grease and cooked-on mozzarella everywhere. Now what? If the mess just happened and the stovetop has cooled, now’s the time to act, says Debra Johnson of Merry Maids. All you need is warm soapy water and a microfiber cloth. “The microfiber cloth is the best way to absorb the grease. It is important to rinse the cloth after each wipe to allow the food or grease to release from the cloth and tackle more with the next wipe,” she advises.
And what if the stove and the cooked-on grease has already cooled? The task is tougher, but still not impossible. Donna Smallin Kuper recommends dipping your sponge in hot, sudsy water, and then squeezing it over the spot. “I let it sit for a few minutes to soften (usually while I am loading the dishwasher or washing pots and pans) and then I give it a quick scrub with the scrubby side of a sponge and wipe it up with the sponge side,” she says. Johnson also believes in letting the spot soak. She suggests letting a degreaser product sit on the area for three minutes, then wiping it off with a microfiber cloth.
To buy: Brillo Estracell No-Scratch Sponge, $11 for three; amazon.com.
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