This section is from the book "Elements Of The Theory And Practice Of Cookery", by Mary E. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Elements Of The Theory And Practice Of Cookery; A Textbook Of Domestic Science For Use In Schools.
If anything is spilled on the stove or range, wipe it off at once with soft paper. Use sapolio to remove anything not taken off by the paper. To keep it black and clean, wipe it daily with a few drops of kerosene on a cloth. Polishing is unnecessary ; but if you prefer to polish it, apply stove-blacking just after the fire has been started, and polish with a brush or coarse cloth. A new type of gas-range is enamelled, a finish which makes it much easier to keep clean.
Zinc discolors easily. Even a drop of water allowed to stand on it will make a spot. It may be cleaned with a little kerosene rubbed on with a flannel, or with electro-silicon on a damp cloth. Polish with dry flannel.