How to Deep Clean an Electric Hob - A Professional Guide to Restoring Electric Hob Plates -

Electric Hob plates can become discoloured and rusty with burnt on food that can prove difficult to clean away. Restoring your electric hob makes a big difference to how it looks in the kitchen. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, or take hours, even with safe, eco-friendly cleaning products.

In this professional guide, you’ll find out how to:

  • Clean up Electric Hob Plates & the surrounding hob surface area
  • Restore the complete black finish to Electric Hob Plates
  • Remove rust and burnt on carbon safely
  • Lift grease, oil and dirt with ease
  • Polish stainless steel electric hobs

To follow this full guide you will need:

-Kitchen Degreaser spray
-Oven Cleaning Paste or our recycled plastic tub version 
-Stove Polish 
-Multi Shine (optional)
-Stainless Steel Oil (optional)
-Non-Scratch Pad or Stainless Steel Scourer
-Microfibre Cloth

Dirtbusters Stove Polish for reviving Electric Hob Plates

How to Clean Electric Hob Plates

Electric hob plates can be a challenge to clean, especially when they have burnt on food, grease and dirt around the edges. Without the right ingredients and knowledge, the black carbon just doesn’t budge and can take a lot of time to clean.

Using the right ingredients and our professional tips, you can restore your electric hob plates easily, without harsh ingredients. Use the step-by-step guide below to deep clean your electric hob.

  1. Heat up the electric hob plates
    Switching your electric hob plates on to a low temperature for a short while helps to soften any burnt on carbon and food. This will make cleaning up the black spots and marks much easier. Turn the hob plate you are about to clean on at its lowest setting for a couple of minutes. Switch back off ready to clean.
  2. Spray on Kitchen Degreaser
    Kitchen Degreaser can be sprayed onto any type of hob to break down grease, fat, oils and grime from the surface. Spray the solution onto the hob plate and surrounding area. Do not wipe away.
  3. Apply Oven Cleaning Paste
    Apply Oven Cleaning Paste using a non-scratch pad or stainless steel scourer, to the hob plate and surrounding are, directly on top of the Kitchen Degreaser you have just sprayed on. Oven Cleaning Paste is suitable for any hob surface as it is abrasive but non-scratching.

    Depending on the hob surface, you’ll either want a non-scratch pad (abrasive but non-scratching and won’t affect delicate stainless steel), or a stainless steel scourer for any other surface that can take a bit more of an abrasive tool!

    Use your cleaning pad/ball to work the paste and spray into circular motions, gently lifting burnt on carbon and dirt.
  4. Rinse off the product using a microfibre cloth
    Wet a clean microfibre cloth and wipe away the Kitchen Degreaser & Oven Cleaning Paste from the hob surface.
  5. Repeat steps 1-3 if required
    For particularly stubborn, dirty hob plates with a lot of bunt on carbon, you might need to heat the hob plate and repeat the cleaning process a couple more times to get the best possible results.
  6. Repeat the whole process on each hob plate & surrounding areas
    Make sure to clean each hob plate and the rest of the hob surface for a complete deep clean.


Removing Rust & Restoring the Complete Black Polished Finish to Electric Hob Plates

Electric hob plates can become rusty and discoloured with general wear & tear over time. To completely revive and restore your electric hob, you can use black Stove Polish.

The difference this polish makes to the look of the electric stove top is huge! With only a small amount of product you can make your electric hob look like new again.

  1. Wear gloves
    Stove Polish is non-toxic and fume free, however the black polish can stain hands so make sure to wear gloves before applying.
  2. Apply Stove Polish using a microfibre cloth
    Add a small amount of Stove Polish onto a microfibre cloth and apply directly to the electric hob plate. Use circular motions to work into the plate all the way around up to the edges, covering rust spots and discolouration.
  3. Heat the hob
    Turn the hob plate on to set the Stove Polish and form a protective coating. This seals the polish and will prevent it transferring onto pots and pans. Make sure it is completely dry before cooking on the electric hob.
    Stove Polish is fume & odour free and therefore does not create toxic fumes when heated, even straight after applying. You can feel reassured using this safe, yet professional solution in your family home.
  4. Re-apply Stove Polish to problem areas
    If required, you might want to add an extra layer onto the hob plate if you have a very uneven, rusty surface. This will help to create a more even, polished finish.
  5. Wipe away any Stove Polish from unwanted areas
    If you have got any Stove Polish on surrounding areas, simply wipe away with a damp microfibre cloth.

Step back and look at the transformation!

Stove Polish is designed for log burners, but it can be used on many other surfaces to revive and restore the black polished finish.


Polishing a Stainless Steel Electric Hob

If your hob is made from stainless steel, you can finish off the clean with a polishing product to protect and add a professional shine.

We have two products that achieve this top standard professional finish – Stainless Steel Oil & Multi Shine.

Stainless Steel Oil should be sprayed onto the stainless surface and buffed in with a dry microfibre cloth. It will nourish and add a shine to the stainless steel hob. 

Multi Shine is a gel formula made with a blend of silicones that coats and protects stainless steel, plastic and enamel surfaces. It can be used on a stainless steel hob to add a high gloss shine and protect the surface, keeping it clean and scratch free for longer. Apply a small amount to a microfibre cloth and work into the stainless steel surface. Leave to air dry before using the hob again.


That’s our professional guide on how to clean an electric hob efficiently using our safe, non-caustic, cost-effective solutions.

If you need any further help or have any questions that we didn’t answer in this guide, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

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