Whether you can barely boil water or are a gourmet cook, stove-tops can get messy. Food gets dropped and then burned onto the surface, pots boil over, hot grease flies everywhere — just preparing one meal can leave quite a problem. Ignore the chore of cleaning up for a couple of days and you’ve got a real quagmire. Needless to say, the quicker you clean up a spill or splatter on a stove-top, the easier it will be to remove. It’s a good idea to wipe away food and grease from the stove-top after every cooking session. That can usually be done in just a few minutes with the right cleaning tools and product. Then, you can give the stove-top a more thorough cleaning once a week or so depending on how often you cook. The best product for cleaning a stove-top depends on the surface material: baked paint or porcelain enamel, ceramic (often called a glass cooktop), or stainless steel. There are even some differences in how you should safely clean a gas stove-top and an electric coil stove-top with drip pans. After a lifetime of cooking in test labs and at home, I’ve cleaned every type of stove-top. Because it certainly wasn’t my favorite task, I tested dozens of c...