stainless steel cooktop

I've got stains on my stainless steel cooktop... I think they are water/mineral deposits that combined with the heat become baked on, but I'm not a chemist and I hope someone has seen this and has a remedy? I paid alot for this cooktop, and now am wishing I got the plain white enamel finish. Maybe there is a good all around stainless cleaner? tia, John
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First -- don't use steel wool. There is a product called "Barkeeper's Friend" which will probably clean it up. Look for it in most larger grocery stores.
HTH, Mark
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If it's just calcium carbonate from water, try putting a few drops of white vinegar on one of those stains. Give it 15-20 minutes and then wipe off.
I haven't done this on a cooktop but it works for me on sinks, faucets and more. Soaking a shower head in white vinegar overnight also works like magic.
White vinegar is cheap and very safe -- one of the few cleaning chemicals that is safe to drink ;-)
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First, have you checked with the manufacturer for cleaning guidelines? Wet the area with white vinegar, sprinkle some salt on top, rub with a cloth, rinse, buff dry. This technique will clean most metals, is non-abrasive, inexpensive, and non-toxic. Coca-Cola might work too. For regular cleanup and removing spots, spray on some seltzer water and polish with a soft cloth. Careful--many metal polishes are abrasive or slightly abrasive and could damage the shine.
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Web searchs (appliance reviews) will tell you that SS cooktops can and do get permanent discoloration from sustained high heat. Some more easily than other.
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On Fri, 21 Dec 2007 12:46:38 -0800 (PST), Bart

I have a stainless steel kitchen. The trick is to get a brushed finish SS that is the right grade for a kitchen (Don't remember the spec but it is something between 316 and 304 in hardness) . The guy who fabbed up mine does commercial kitchens. You are never going to keep a mirror finish. To keep it clean I don't use anything but a scotch brite sponge and some of the afore mentioned barkeeper friend.
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