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How To Clean Glass Top Stove

Glass-top stoves can add a sleek, minimalist look to any kitchen. They also come with the major benefit of not having to clean or replace drip pans or burner grates. But if you have a one of these stoves, you’ve likely noticed that even the smallest spill or splatter shows up and can seem much more noticeable.

Learn how to clean your glass-top stove without scratching it so that you can keep your kitchen looking its best.

Glass-Top Stove Cleaning Basics

Before you set out on a mission to banish stains from your stovetop, keep the following tips in mind:
  1. Clean while cool. Never clean your stovetop while the surface is still hot.
  2. Less is more. There’s no need to pull out the heavy housekeeping artillery when cleaning these surfaces. After all, you don’t want residue from chemical cleaners to burn off as you cook, as they probably aren’t great for you to breathe in. In addition, harsh or especially abrasive cleaners can scratch your stovetop.
  3. Consult your manufacturer’s instructions. Certain ranges require you to use a specific type of cleaning product. Check care instructions so that you don’t accidentally void any warranties.
  4. Use gentler tools. Your stovetop is fairly resilient, but scouring pads or scrub brushes could leave scratches. Stick to softer cleaning materials, such as microfiber cloths or sponges. Razor blades are the exception to this rule, and we’ll discuss that below.

Daily Cleaning for Glass-Top Stoves

It’s a good idea to wipe down your stovetop after each use to prevent residue from building up and collecting dust.

You’ll need:
  1. Let the stovetop cool.
  2. Spritz it with the vinegar or water.
  3. Wipe the liquid away with the microfiber cloth.
  4. Buff any streaks out with a dry cloth.

Cleaning Dirtier Glass-Top Stoves

For routine biweekly or monthly cleaning, you’ll want to go a bit further than a wipe-down with vinegar and a cloth.

You’ll need:
  • Baking soda
  • A spray bottle of distilled white vinegar
  • A clean towel
  • A clean sink basin or bucket filled with hot water
  • Microfiber cloths
  1. Once the stovetop is cool, spray the surface generously with vinegar.
  2. Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the liquid you just sprayed.
  3. Dip your clean towel in the hot water, making sure to wring out excess liquid.
  4. Place the towel over the baking soda and vinegar on the stovetop.
  5. Let this sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the towel and wipe away the baking soda and vinegar with a microfiber cloth.
  7. Spritz the surface with vinegar again and use a clean microfiber cloth to buff any streaks out.
  8. Repeat the above steps until your stovetop is free of residue.

How to Clean a Glass-Top Stove With a Razor Blade

When thinking about how to clean a glass-top stove, it’s important to consider the inevitable burnt-on rings around the burners or epoxy-like gunk that just won’t disappear. When used properly, a razor blade can be your glass-top stove’s best friend.

You’ll need:
  • A razor blade in a holder or scraper tool
  • Distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle
  • A microfiber cloth
  1. Before you use a razor blade on your glass-top stove, be certain to check your manufacturer’s instructions. If your manual advises against using a razor blade, heed that recommendation.
  2. Make sure the surface is cool.
  3. Spritz any offending areas with vinegar to help soften burnt-on residue.
  4. Scrape the residue gently with the razor. Here it’s very important to hold the razor properly: Do not use the corners of the blade or you can etch your stovetop. Rather, hold the cutting edge at a very slight angle from the top of the stove. It should be as flat as possible. Use this to lightly scrape at debris until it comes free.
  5. Wipe away residue with a clean microfiber cloth.
  6. Repeat the above steps as necessary.
  7. Looking for more kitchen cleaning inspiration? Learn how to remove grease from your stovetop and then check out these tips on keeping the gap between your stove and countertop clear and free of crumbs, grime and other food-based surprises.

How to Clean Burnt Food on a Glass Stove Top 

The first step in dealing with burned on food is to wipe and clean your glass cooktop regularly so that it doesn’t build up and harden. If the food isn’t too baked on, just using vinegar will often do the trick. For more difficult stains, you may need to use baking soda or a combination of vinegar and baking soda together. If you are dealing with a thicker crust, you may have to do some careful scraping to break it down. Consider using a razor and be extra cautious to avoid scratching. Olive oil can also help loosen food chunks if they are larger and hard to scrape—just be sure to let it sit for a few minutes until it is absorbed. 

Why There Is Discoloration on Your Black Glass Stove Top 

There are a number of reasons why you may be noticing haziness or white spots on your glass stove. Sometimes, it is merely the result of food, liquids or oils spilling from your cookware. It can also be the result of water leaving behind mineral deposits (also known as water stains). In other instances, you may see discoloration after using the wrong kinds of cleaning solutions or tools. Harsh chemicals like ammonia can damage the glass while scrubbing tools can leave behind small abrasions. Thankfully, most of these problems can be resolved through the cleaning methods described above. 

How to Clean a Glass Stove Top Naturally 

There is good news for people who love natural cleaners because the best way to clean a glass stove is with all-natural cleaning products. Vinegar is the standard product recommended and is effective at eliminating most grime. Baking soda is a good supporting product to use alongside vinegar for tougher stains. Lemon juice can also be added to baking soda to make it even stronger. You can even use half a lemon like a cleaning sponge after applying baking soda to the stovetop surface.  

And if you need a hand keeping your kitchen tidy — whether you’re recovering from a special event or are just plain busy — contact your local Merry Maids about kitchen cleaning services. We’re happy to keep your cooking space nice and neat, so that you can spend time doing the things you really enjoy.