How to Clean a Glass Top Stove
Electric glass stovetops are a popular option for those who want to achieve a sleek and modern look in their kitchens. Unlike gas and traditional electric stovetops, glass tops consist of one solid piece. In theory, this should make cleaning easier because there are no “nooks and crannies” like there are with other stovetop designs.
Still, there are some special precautions and tips that should be kept in mind when it comes to cleaning a glass stovetop. And unfortunately, these probably need to be cleaned even more often than other styles because even a small amount of crumbs or a tiny splatter can be very obvious to the naked eye. Don’t want to do it yourself? You may need to hire a maid service.
Special Precautions When Cleaning a Glass Stovetop
It’s no secret that glass is fragile, so you’ll need to exercise some basic precautions when cleaning a glass stovetop. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that glass and abrasives don’t mix. When wiping down glass stovetops, then, avoid using anything other than a microfiber cloth. Traditional washcloths and even some paper towels can actually cause small surface scratches to form on the glass, which can make it more prone to breaking and even staining.
Scrub brushes and scouring pads are also a no-go when cleaning a glass stovetop for the same reasons.
While there are commercial cleaning products available for glass stovetops, it’s generally best to avoid them if you can. Using harsh chemicals on the same surface where you prepare your meals is never a great idea. If you try the following tips and tricks for cleaning your glass stovetop without harsh chemicals and you still have debris or caked-on food that you cannot get rid of, you may want to resort to using one of these products. Otherwise, it’s best to try more natural cleaning methods first and foremost.
How to Clean Your Glass Stovetop Without Harsh Chemicals
Before you begin, refer to the instruction manual that came with your glass stovetop for specific instructions and guidance on cleaning. These instructions should always be deferred to over the information provided here, as each manufacturer and model can differ greatly in their cleaning recommendations. If you don’t have your instruction manual or have misplaced it, search for it online using your stovetop’s model number.
Always make sure your stovetop is cool before cleaning. Attempting to clean it while any of the burners are still warm could not only result in a burn injury but could cause cleaning products to melt to the surface and create an even bigger mess!
To clean your glass stovetop, you’ll just need a few basic supplies and ingredients—and there’s a good chance you already have these in your pantry. To start, use a microfiber cloth dipped in white vinegar to wipe down your stovetop. White vinegar does a great job at cleansing and removing grease.
Next, take some baking soda and sprinkle it over the entire top of your glass stovetop. Focus specifically on the burners, which tend to accumulate more grease and debris. Baking soda is an extremely mild abrasive, and its alkaline qualities help to break down food debris naturally without damaging the glass surface.
Next, take one bath towel or a few smaller hand towels and soak them in hot water. Wring them out and set them on your stovetop, on top of the baking soda. Leave them on the stovetop for about 10-15 minutes before using the towels to wipe and scrub away the baking soda and any remaining grime.
Some glass stovetops are also designed with a small groove around the perimeter. These grooves are notorious for catching crumbs and other debris, and can be difficult to clean. If your glass stovetop has one of these pesky grooves, try cleaning it out using a toothpick or a Q-tip and vinegar. It’s a tedious process, but it will be worth it in the end.
By now, your stovetop should be looking nice and clean! However, if there are any stubborn areas where caked-on food debris has not been removed, you may need to repeat the above steps once again. If that still doesn’t do the trick, your best bet is to take a small razor blade and carefully scrape away the remaining food bits. Caution is key here, as a slip of the blade could result in damage to your glass stovetop or an injury! Consider investing in a razor blade with a handle for added control, precision, and safety.
Once your glass stovetop is spotless, all that’s left to do is polish it off with a little more vinegar and a microfiber cloth. From there, your stovetop will be clean and ready to use again!
Keeping Your Glass Stovetop Looking Like New
Glass stovetops are pretty easy to clean, but unlike other styles of stovetops, it’s very noticeable when a glass top hasn’t been cleaned after use. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to at least wipe down your glass stovetop after each use. Doing so will help to keep it looking sleek and clean while also preventing food from becoming caked on and more difficult to remove later on. Wiping down your glass stovetop can also help to extend the amount of time between deep cleanings.
While cooking cut down on splatter and spills on your glass stovetop by always using the appropriate-sized pan or pot for your recipe. Cover pots and pans with lids when needed to prevent spill-over. There are also silicone “splatter guards” you can purchase that will help to reduce splatter from pots and pans while cooking, which can help keep your glass stovetop looking its best and cut down on the amount of time you spend cleaning yours!
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