How To Clean A Pizza Stone

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tips on how to clean a pizza stone

If you have a pizza stone, you know how great they can be for making pizzas and reheating all types of foods. The pizza stone is relatively easy to work with and takes almost nothing to clean; however, issues can sometimes happen.

There are times that your pizza stone may burn or get sticky. This is normal, and there are some quick fixes for getting this all cleaned up. 

We will look at how to clean a pizza stone both when you have an issue with it and when it just needs a good cleaning. These quick steps will get you back to cooking pizza very soon!

Supplies Needed To Clean A Pizza Stone

When cleaning a pizza stone, you will need some specific supplies. More important than what you need to clean a pizza stone is what you don’t want to use on a pizza stone.

Some things will destroy your pizza stone when used, so be careful to follow our recommendations. 

  • Scraper, Metal Spatula or Plastic Spatula
  • Toothbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Scouring Pads
  • Stone cleaning brush
  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar

Step-by-Step Directions For Cleaning Your Pizza Stone

If you are ready to start cleaning your pizza stone, the first thing you can do is put your soap away. If you use soap on your pizza stone, you could end up having soap tasting pizzas for the life of the stone.

Don’t give in to the temptation to clean your pizza stone with chemicals of any kind; you can clean it with water and heat, and it will work out just fine. 

Step One: Apply Hot Water

The first step is to pour hot water on the surface of the pizza stone. You can do this while the pizza stone is in the sink and apply the water directly from the faucet.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you will have to dry the pizza stone before using it again. There is no need to complete drench or submerge the stone in water. 

Step Two: Scrub With a Stone Brush 

Next, you will take a brush and scrub the pizza stone. Make sure that you are using the proper type of cleaning brush that will not damage the stone.

If you do not have a brush you can use a scraper, but the brush works better for truly getting the pizza stone clean. 

Step Three: Wipe Off Loose Particles

Now that you have scrubbed the pizza stone, there are probably some lose particles sitting on the surface of the stone. Do not rinse the stone again; simply use a wet rag to wipe the stone down.

You don’t want to rinse the stone again because it will just prolong your process and cause you more time until the stone is ready to use. 

Step Four: Dry The Stone

There are two ways to dry the pizza stone. You can let it air dry for a while, or you can wipe it dry with a towel. Either way is entirely acceptable.

If you have time, just let it air dry. If you are trying to get back to cooking, then go ahead and dry it with a towel. 

Protecting Your Pizza Stone

If you don’t take care of your pizza stone properly, you could end up damaging it, or it could crack. You can do a few things to make sure that you are protecting your pizza stone both when you use it and when you store it as well. 

  • Don’t ever use soap on your pizza stone.
  • Do not use oil on the stone; natural oils will accumulate, and it will keep the food from sticking, continually adding oil to the stone will weaken it over time.
  • Don’t let your pizza stone experience large changes in temperature as this could cause a crack
  • If you put very cold food on a hot pizza stone, you may end up cracking the stone.
  • Try to leave your pizza stone in the oven; there is no need to take it in and out regularly, even cleaning a pizza stone is a periodic thing.

How To Clean A New Pizza Stone Before First Use

When you first get a pizza stone sometimes, it needs to be both cleaned and seasoned. Some pizza stones come seasoned or oiled, so you don’t need to do anything to them aside from a quick clean. 

When you clean a pizza stone for the first time, you can just use a damp rag to wipe it clean. When you cook with the pizza stone for the first time, allow it plenty of time to heat up so that it sanitizes and cleans itself a bit. 

As we have mentioned before, do not use soap to clean the pizza stone, even when you use it. 

How to Clean Pizza Stone Stains

Over time, your pizza stone will get some stains. This is natural, and some of them really don’t matter. The stains will add some character to the stone, but they won’t affect the way the stone cooks. However, if you want to remove the stains from your stone, you can do a few things. 

The first step is to clean off the stone following the process mentioned above. You don’t want to start cleaning the stains until you are sure that you have all of the dirt and food scraps off of the top of the pizza stone. 

Next, you will want to make a special cleaning solution that will help to eliminate stains. For this solution, you will use equal parts water and baking soda. Most people need about two tablespoons of water mixed with two tablespoons of baking soda. 

Use your stone brush to scrub this solution onto the pizza stone. It is best to use a circular motion when you scrub on the pizza stone.

This type of scrubbing helps to loosen dirt particles because you are hitting it from all different angles. It takes take several minutes of scrubbing, and then you may have to reapply some of your cleaning solutions. 

Keep scrubbing until you see that the stains are mostly gone. When they are, you can wipe the pizza stone clean with a cloth. It is ok if the cloth is somewhat damp when you are wiping the stone clean.

Don’t rinse the stone in the sink because it just adds more water than necessary to clean this stone. Once you are finished wiping, and you see that the stone is free of its stains, let it air dry completely. 

How to Clean a Burned Pizza Stone

Sometimes food gets left on a pizza stone a little too long. Most of the time, you will see this happens when things like cheese drip onto the stone and burn on there.

Usually, these burned bits of food are going to come off with a scraper or when you clean. If you have a really hard time with some burned food, you can do a deep clean on a high temperature in the oven. 

The first step is to put your oven on 500 degrees. You can put the pizza stone in while it is heating so that it sits in there the entire time.

Bake your pizza stone at 500 degrees for one hour. Do this while the stone is on the top rack but do not put anything else in the oven at the same time. 

After one hour, you should take a look at your pizza stone; you should see that there are grease bubbles on the top of the stone. When the stone gets to this point, you can then put your oven on its automatic cleaning feature.

You will probably see pieces of food burning off, and there could be lots of smoke. 

After the cycle is finished, make sure that the oven cools down before you try and remove your stone. Although this is a good thing for a pizza stone with bad burned food on it, we don’t recommend doing this to your pizza stone quite often. 

How to Clean a Sticky Pizza Stone

Sticky pizza stones usually just have excess food on them. Sometimes pizza sauce can dry and get sticky, and so will other foods that may have been cooked on top of the stone. Although a sticky pizza stone is annoying, it is not that hard to clean. 

You can follow the steps for cleaning a pizza stone that we mentioned above, but we also recommend scrubbing with the baking soda and water mixture. Most of the time, the baking soda will help to remove these pesky sticky areas and get the stone clean again. 

Baking soda is such a great cleaning agent, and it will not harm the stone to use it. 

How to Clean a Moldy Pizza Stone

Seeing your pizza stone covered in the mold is not fun. Some people will call it quits on this stone and just purchase another, but sometimes the mold can come off quite easily.

Mold is caused by the pizza stone not having ample opportunity to dry. This is partly why it is so important to make sure the pizza stone is dry before storing it away. 

When cleaning a pizza stone that has mold, you should use baking soda and vinegar to help form a paste. This paste will then be scrubbed onto the pizza stone in the areas where there is mold. 

Once you have the mold completely scrubbed, you should use a damp cloth to clean the stone one more time. By wiping this all clean, you should now have a pizza stone that is mold-free.

If this did not work for some reason and the stone is just covered in mold, we do not recommend cooking with this stone. 

Pizza Stone Tips

When you get used to cooking with a pizza stone, it gets quite a bit easier. The more time you spend using the stone, the better you will get at it, and the more you will realize you can do with a pizza stone. 

Here are a few of our favorite tips when it comes to pizza stones and how to make sure your food turns out perfect each and every time. 

Let The Stone Heat Up

Before you put your pizza or any of your food on the stone, let it heat up. It is going to work much better if the stone is hot, and you will deal with less sticking and a perfect pizza crust.

You don’t want to take a raw dough and put it on a cold stone; this is when you will find that the dough will stick to the stone. 

Leave The Stone In The Oven

When your pizza is cooked, do not try and take the entire stone out with the pizza on it. There are a few reasons why this is a bad idea. First of all, the change from the warm oven to the cold kitchen could cause a crack in the stone.

The other reason is that pizza stones are very heavy. Trying to carry the stone with the pizza could cause you to drop one or the other. Get an excellent pizza peel and leave the pizza stone in the oven. Most times, after it is used, it won’t even need to be cleaned. 

Keep The Stone Dry

We know you want to keep a clean kitchen; we are the same way. Start thinking of your pizza stone like the grill; it does not need to be cleaned after every use.

A wipe down or a quick scrape off from time to time is perfectly acceptable. When you keep getting your pizza stone wet, you will weaken it, and it will not last as long as you would probably like. 

Hopefully, you feel better about how to take care of a pizza stone. The pizza stone is one of our favorite kitchen accessories; it makes for such an easy and reliable way to heat up food, and it gives you that crisp crust that no other cooking method can.