Never, ever think of putting a magnet or sticker on an oven hood, let alone an oven. No, I did not make this mistake, but the previous tenant did. And boy is it a pain to remove. However, I think I found the secret (let’s call it a homemade WD-40) and I’m going to share it with you! The oven hood I was working with was a smooth metal, so this process might not work for every surface type. Test a tiny area to make sure the steel scrubber won’t destroy your appliance.
What you’ll need:
- a sharp knife (butcher works best, no serrated edges )
- steel scrubber
- old sponge
- a hell of a lot of elbow grease
What to do:
- Start by scraping off the magnet(s) with a butcher knife. Be careful not to aim the sharp end at any part of your body, since it could very well slip.
- Once the magnets have been removed as much as possible, you’ll have a lot of “gook” remaining. Use the old sponge to layer on some vinegar. Be generous, leaving enough to make any sticker and magnet remains soggy.
- After a few minutes, use the steel scrubber to scrub off the magnet and sticker remnants. This is where the elbow grease will come in handy, too. Who knew a kitchen project could turn into a nice arm workout?
- Be sure to let the surface dry completely before beginning to paint. I chose a paint that I used on our doors, semi-brillante látex (semi-gloss, latex paint), which worked very well.
Any tips of your own to share to remove those awful disasters your former residents left you? Share them in a comment!