Total Estimated Time Required: 30 – 45 Minutes
Cleaning a glass ceramic stovetop, even one with baked-on grime, is a breeze if you have the right tools. With simple tools and techniques, you can easily keep your ceramic stove top looking sparkling clean and shiny! Whether you’re dealing with minor spills or tough stains, we’ve got you covered with our step-by-step ceramic stovetop cleaning guide.
Things to Avoid
- Sharp objects: Avoid using sharp objects to remove crusted-on messes as these can scratch and damage the surface of your cooktop.
- Steel wool and abrasive scouring pads: These will scratch the surface of ceramic stovetops, so it’s best to avoid using them.
- Aggressive cleaning products: cleaning agents such as Comet, Ajax, or oven cleaners, are too harsh for glass-ceramic cooktops and should be avoided.
- Dishwasher tabs: Some contain ingredients that can harm cooktops, so it’s best to avoid using them for cleaning.
- Ammonia-based cleaners: These can cause iridescent stains on the surface of your cooktop, so it’s best to avoid using them.
- Sugar spills: These can cause irreparable damage to cooktops, so be sure to clean up any sugar spills as soon as possible. This includes food spills that contain food ingredients with sugar such as sauces.
- Hot burners: Cool burners provide the best temperature for cleaning ceramic surfaces, so it’s best to avoid cleaning your stove top when the burners are still hot.
Regular Cleaning and Minor Build-Up
In this section, you will learn how to effectively clean and maintain your ceramic stovetop on a regular basis. You will also learn how to tackle minor spills and build-up that may occur. By following these steps, you can easily keep your stovetop looking clean and shiny with minimal effort.
Clean Spills As Soon As Possible
If you spill something on the stovetop, it’s important to wait until it has cooled before wiping it up. This will prevent burns and make cleaning easier. To prevent spills and make cleaning easier, you can also use a stovetop cover or liner and low to medium heat while cooking. Wiping up spills immediately will also help to prevent stains and make cleaning easier in the long run.
Cleaning with Dish Soap
To clean your ceramic stovetop with dish soap, you’ll want to dilute a mild detergent with water and spray the solution across the surface. Use a soft, clean sponge or damp cloth to clean the cooktop, making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. To restore the cooktop’s polished shine, use a soft, dry cloth to buff it up.
Cleaning with Baking Soda
To clean your ceramic stovetop with baking soda, sprinkle some baking soda onto the surface of the stovetop. Then, soak a large dish rag in warm, soapy water and use it to wipe the stovetop clean. The baking soda will help to lift any dirt or grime, and the soapy water will help to loosen it up and make it easier to wipe away.
Cleaning Tough Stains, Burnt, or Stuck-On Build Up
Learn how to remove tough stains, burnt-on build-up, and stuck-on messes from your ceramic stovetop and restore its sparkling shine. In this section, we’ll provide step-by-step instructions on how to tackle these tough cleaning challenges and keep your stovetop looking its best.
Use A Metal Cleaning Scraper
If you’re dealing with tough stains, burnt-on build-up, or stuck-on messes, a metal cleaning scraper can be a lifesaver. Be sure to use a metal scraper specifically designed for glass-ceramic cooktops, as regular metal scrapers can scratch the surface. Gently scrape away any crusted-on messes, taking care not to apply too much pressure. Then, wipe the cooktop clean with a damp sponge or cloth.
Make a Baking Soda Paste
To make a baking soda paste, mix together equal parts water and baking soda until you have a thick paste. Apply the paste to the affected area of the stovetop and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the paste to work its magic and loosen up any tough stains or burnt-on build-up. Once the time is up, use a soft, damp cloth to wipe the paste away. You may need to scrub a bit to fully remove the stain, but be sure to do so gently to avoid damaging the surface of your cooktop.
Use Specially Formulated Cleaning Products
For a deeper clean, you may want to consider using a specially formulated cleaning product for glass-ceramic cooktops. These cleaners contain powerful active ingredients that are specifically designed to remove tough stains, burnt-on residues, and grease with ease. Follow the instructions on the bottle and use a soft, damp cloth or sponge to apply the cleaner. Wipe the cooktop clean and buff with a dry cloth for a polished shine.
Additional Tips and Tricks
- Combine techniques: For really tough stains, you may need to use a combination of techniques to fully remove them. For example, you could try using a baking soda paste followed by a specially formulated cleaner.
- Soft-bristled toothbrush: If you have tough stains that just won’t budge, you may want to try using a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub them away. Just be sure to use a light touch to avoid damaging the surface of your cooktop.
- Boiling water: If you have burnt-on food stuck to your stovetop, you may be able to remove it by boiling a pot of water on the affected burner. Once the water is boiling, turn off the burner and use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe away the burnt-on food.
- Microfiber cloth and warm, soapy water: For a quick and easy clean, you can also use a microfiber cloth and some warm, soapy water to wipe down your stovetop. Be sure to rinse the cloth thoroughly to avoid leaving any soap residue behind.
- Water and vinegar solution: If you’re dealing with greasy or oily stains, you may find it helpful to use a solution of equal parts water and vinegar to clean your stovetop. Simply mix the ingredients together in a spray bottle and spritz the solution onto the affected area. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe the stovetop clean, then buff it with a dry cloth for a polished shine. The vinegar will help to cut through the grease and grime, making it easier to wipe away.
Cleaning a ceramic stovetop doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the right tools and techniques, you can easily maintain the sparkling clean and shiny surface of your cooktop. Remember to avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaning products, and always clean spills as soon as possible to prevent stains. Regular cleaning with mild detergents or baking soda will keep your ceramic stovetop looking its best, and for tougher stains, a specially formulated cleaner or a baking soda paste can work wonders. With a little bit of effort and the right approach, you can keep your ceramic stovetop looking like new for years to come.
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