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How To Clean Glass Cooktops

Glass stove tops are sleek, modern, and a great complement to a kitchen with crisp, clean design lines. But they can also be a chore to clean. Whether you’re dealing with stubborn grease stains, a burnt on spill, or something in between, here are some tried and true tips on how to clean glass cooktops.

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While not as common as gas stoves these days, especially in kitchens with homeowners who love to cook, glass cooktops are still a popular choice in kitchen remodels. The low profile and ability to seamlessly fit into a modern or minimalist kitchen design makes them an appealing option.

Plus, the single, smooth surface means no food or crumbs from cooking falling beneath a stove top grate or electric coil. But the cleaning gains they provide in one area can often be forsaken in another, as spills, burnt food, and other cooking residue can quickly adhere to the flat surface and prove difficult to remove.

Difficult, but not impossible if you know what tools to use. Here are some of the most effective methods on how to clean glass cooktops.

Burnt Stains

Baking soda

One of the best ways to get rid of stubborn, burnt on stains on your glass cooktop is to use baking soda. It’s a natural cleaner that can break down grease and grime. Plus, its inherent mild abrasive quality makes it ideal for removing stains without scratching the glass.

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  1. First, wait for the stove top to cool down.
  2. Then wipe it clean with your surface cleaner of choice. Or if you prefer a natural option, vinegar works as well.
  3. Spread the baking soda evenly over the cooktop glass and place a hot, damp towel over it.
  4. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then use the towel to start scrubbing off the cooktop. Don’t overdo it, as too much pressure could damage the glass.
  5. Keep rinsing the towel and scrubbing until the baking soda is gone.
  6. Once it’s been all wiped up, polish the surface with another dash of vinegar to enhance the shine.

Safety razor blade

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Sometimes, there are stains or gunk that are just too caked on for baking soda to be effective. In those cases, it may be time to break out a razor blade for some precision scraping.

First, get the vinegar again and spray it over the glass cooktop for some lubrication. Then, with the blade in a protective holder, ease it under the residue and gently pry it up. As before, don’t be overly aggressive. Carefully working specific areas repeatedly should remove the grime.

Cloudy Surface

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Along with burnt on stains, another common issue with glass cooktops is the cloudy halos that can form around the burners with repeated use. These are caused by pots and pans being continuously placed on them, resulting in rings of tiny scratches. Though not exactly dirt or grime, there are still options to help restore the shine to your glass cooktop from these hazy hazards.

Various polishing products like Scotch-Brite, Magic Cooktop Cleaner, and Cameo, claim varying degrees of success in buffing out small scratches and bringing the sparkle to your glass cooktop. As a best practice, check your product’s care instructions to see what your manufacturer may recommend.

Daily dirt and grime

Of course, one of the best ways to keep your cooktop looking like new is to clean up spills and messes regularly and do some regular maintenance.

  • If you do spill something, wait for the stove top to cool down, then clean it up as soon as possible. Warm water alone or mixed with vinegar and a damp cloth can usually tackle most messes if dealt with quickly.
  • Perform a deeper clean on your glass cooktop about once a month using the baking soda method outlined above. This can help remove less noticeable stains and any that you may have missed in previous, quicker clean-ups. This will help keep the surface shiny and smooth.
  • Don’t forget to clean the items you place on your cooktop. Pots and pans with dirt or grime on the bottom of them can leave muck on your stove top, and result in scratching. Washing them before use can help avoid staining or damage.

Check the Manufacturer Instructions

The methods described here are all pretty safe and effective, but it’s always a good idea to consult your manufacturer instructions before diving right in and trying a new cleaning product. You want to avoid doing or using something that could negatively affect your warranty.

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