Think the best way to clean a glass-top stove is with a glass cleaner? Think again. Here’s exactly how to clean a glass-top stove to prevent damage and streaking.
Burnt-on food, water spills, discoloration — there are many things that can cause your glass-top stove to go from looking sleek to eek. Fortunately, glass stove tops do respond well to certain cleaning methods, but there are a few don’ts involved to prevent your stove top from streaks and scratches.
What to Use to Clean a Glass-Top Stove
Since glass-top stoves are a bit delicate, made from a glass-ceramic blend, you want to be careful what you use on them. Avoid traditional glass cleaners and abrasive pads and brushes. Instead, opt for the following, which you likely already have around the kitchen:
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Dish soap
- A soft sponge (the non-abrasive side) or microfiber cloth
- A hand-held razor blade
These items are gentle but effective, so you can get rid of that mess without worrying about damaging your stove top or breathing in harmful chemicals.
Daily Stove Cleaning
What you may not want to hear is that the best way to keep your glass stove top in good condition is to clean it daily. That way, those spills and messes don’t have the chance to caramelize or get burnt on, which could make them much more difficult to remove.
At the end of the day when you’re done using your stove top, let it cool completely, and then do a dry dusting to remove any loose debris. From there simply use a wet sponge or a few spritzes of white vinegar and gently wipe away any food, liquids, or seasonings. Circular motions are best, and your sponge shouldn’t be too abrasive. Using the abrasive side could cause scratches. Be careful not to let any liquids run down the back or sides of the stove to where the wiring is.
Once you’ve wiped everything up, make sure to thoroughly dry the surface with a microfiber cloth.
Weekly Stove Cleaning
Did you forget about that grease from the other night’s burgers? If your stove top has been collecting spills and stains for several days, you’ll need a little more elbow grease to get it nice and clean.
Again, you want to wait until your stove top is completely cooled down, and then spray the surface with white vinegar. Next, generously sprinkle some baking soda over it. Wet and wring out a dish towel with warm water and lay that flat over the vinegar and baking soda mixture for around 15 minutes. (Be careful no one turns on the stove.) After the 15 minutes are up, wipe away all the debris, and then give the surface a final cleaning with just white vinegar or a damp sponge. Be sure to dry thoroughly.
Deep Stove Cleaning
Been months since you gave your stove top a good cleaning? We’ve all been there. The bad news is that those long-lived stains are going to need some deep cleaning now. The good news is that there are very few stains you absolutely won’t be able to remove.
For those stubborn, caked-on messes that have been sitting a while, you’re likely going to need a hand-held razor blade. For this method, use extreme caution and make sure to keep the little ones away. Also, check your stove’s manufacturer’s instructions. If it specifically states not to use a razor blade, skip this step. If not, carry on.
Here’s how to clean a glass-top stove that’s gone a while without TLC. First, spray some white vinegar over the surface to loosen stains. Then, with the razor blade as flat as possible, carefully scrape away stubborn messes. Use light pressure, and definitely don’t use the blade’s corners, which will cause scratches. Use gentle scraping motions to lift any messes, and then dry dust them away.
Next, spread some dish soap over the stove top and let it sit a few minutes to cut through stuck-on grease. Using circular motions, gently scrub the stove top with a damp sponge. Lastly, use the vinegar-baking soda-wet towel method above to fight any remaining residue, and follow up with a microfiber cloth to dry.
How to Clean a Glass Stove Top Without Streaks
Knowing how to clean a glass stove top without streaks is definitely important if you own an electric stove. Here are a few tips to keep your glass stove top looking clean and polished, not streaky and cloudy.
- Avoid paper towels. Tiny paper fibers can get left behind and look like dust particles. Plus, paper towels just don’t do as good of a job at creating a polished effect as microfiber does.
- Thoroughly dry the surface. If you don’t, you’re likely to end up with cloudy water stains.
- Don’t use a glass cleaner. Though it sounds like glass cleaner is exactly what you should use on a glass stove top, it’s not. Most traditional glass cleaners contain ammonia, which is a sure way to end up with streaks.
- Cut off any direct overhead lights. Those lights that shine onto your stovetop are convenient for being able to see what you’re doing while cleaning, but they can also heat up the vinegar or other solutions you use, causing them to create further stains and cloudiness or even not perform as well.
Knowing how to clean a glass-top stove properly is a good skill for a homeowner to have. An unsightly stove top mess isn’t very welcoming when your dinner guests come over, nor is what you want to see when you get home after a long day and need to get dinner started. Remember that it’s easier and less time-consuming to just do a quick daily cleaning after you’re done using your stove for the day, but if you end up with tougher stains, the other methods provided will do the trick.
Bonus tip: Some people swear by applying a light wax to their glass stove top to make future messes easier to wipe away.
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