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Clean Team: How to clean a glass stove top.

Last Updated: March 15, 2021

Keep your fancy glass stove top clean and streak-free (and avoid damaging it!) with these best practices.

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Glass-top stoves are popular for their sleek surfaces that make your kitchen look fresh, clean, and modern. They can double as extra counter space when not in use, and clean-up is a cinch, since they don’t have grates like gas or electric stoves. If you’ve got a flat-top stove and you’re wondering how to best clean it and prevent streaks, residue, and gunky build-up, wonder no more. Here’s our expert guide on how to clean a glass stove top quickly and efficiently — and without gross chemicals.


Why is it important to clean a glass stove top?

Glass stove tops require a different kind of care than electric or gas stoves. Glass flat tops are made from a glass-ceramic blend, which can scratch more easily than other types of stoves. It’s also prone to streaking, which is the bane of many glass stove owners’ existences. Cleaning your glass stove regularly will prevent spills and cooking residue from accumulating into tough, burnt-on stains. And cleaning it properly will keep those streaks at bay so your cooktop looks as clean as it is.

Glass top cleaning recommendations

Some glass-stove manufacturers offer specific cleaning instructions, including what products and tools to use, so read the instruction manual before you pull out your cleaning supplies. If you no longer have the instructions, you can probably find them online — or trust that this guide won’t steer you wrong, no matter who manufactured your stove.Here are some general rules of thumb when cleaning your glass stovetop.

Let the surface cool

Make sure your stove is off and the top is cool to the touch before you clean it. Cleaning a hot stove top is a sure-fire way to get yourself burned, ruin your sponge or microfiber, and suffer from serious streaking.

Skip the strong abrasives

Harsh abrasive cleansers will scratch your glass stovetop, so it’s best to avoid them like the plague. Vinegar and baking soda are powerful enough to get your stove clean while being gentle enough to use without leaving marks.

Use gentle tools

Scouring pads, steel wool, and scrub brushes are a bit too intense for your glass stove top. Reserve those for that pan you cooked lasagna in a week ago, and use sponges or microfiber cloths on your glass stove top.

Can you clean a glass top stove with a glass cleaner?

Using a glass cleaner on your glass stove sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s actually a terrible idea. Most conventional glass cleaners contain ammonia, a harsh chemical that’s too strong for glass top stoves and will leave streaks and stains that won’t come off, no matter how hard you try. Reach for the white vinegar instead.

What you shouldn’t allow on a glass stove top

You can use just about anything to clean a conventional stove without damaging it, but not so with glass stove tops. These are a few things you should keep off your glass stove top whenever possible — and when it’s not, be very, very careful.

Heavy pots

Avoid using cast iron, stoneware, or ceramic pots on glass stovetops. Since these materials tend to be heavy and rough, they could scratch your stove. If you must use them, set them down gently, and whatever you do, don’t drag them across the surface.

Spills

Obviously, you’re going to spill stuff on your glass stove — it’s unavoidable, unless you’re a perfect being who never spills anything, ever. But the longer you leave spills on your glass stovetop, the harder they’re going to be to get off.

Utensils

Never put anything other than cookware on your glass stove. Utensils left on top of your stove can melt, making a huge bummer of a mess, or they can scratch the surface. Place a spoon rest to the side of your stove, where you can rest your cooking utensils.

How to clean your glass stove top

Cleaning stubborn stains off of a glass cooktop without scratches or streaks requires just a few simple ingredients and tools that you’ve probably got under your sink at this very moment. Whether you’re a daily cleaner or a once-a-month deep cleaner — or both — we’ve got options for you.

Daily cleaning

Wiping down your stovetop every day — ideally after every use — is the best way to keep it clean and stain-free. Keep your stove cleaning supplies close at hand to make daily wipe-downs easy.

What you’ll need:


What to do:

Spritz your stovetop with the vinegar, and wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. Use a dry microfiber cloth to buff out any streaks.

Deep Clean

Life is busy, and it’s not always realistic to carve out time after every use to clean your stovetop, especially if you cook on it multiple times a day. If you’ve let the spills accumulate for too long, a good, deep clean is just what you need.

Razor blade method

Razor blades are a great way to remove hardened gunk from your glass stovetop — if you’re super-duper careful. Read your stove’s user manual first, and make sure it’s okay to use a razor blade on your model.

What you’ll need:


What to do:

Spray the vinegar on any stains then hold the blade as flat as you can so that it’s nearly flush against the surface. Lightly scrape the stains off and wipe the surface clean with a microfiber cloth. Repeat this process as necessary until all residue is removed.

Soak method

If you can’t use a razor blade on your stove, try this method instead. It gives an excellent deep clean and requires less elbow grease than using a razor blade.

What you’ll need:


What to do:

Mix about three parts baking soda to one part water to form a paste. With a gloved or bare hand, slather the mixture across your stovetop. Wet your microfiber cloths under hot water, wring them out, and lay them on top of the paste. Let the whole shebang sit for thirty minutes, then use the microfiber cloths to wipe off the paste. For reluctant stains, or if the paste is too hardened to easily remove, spray a bit of vinegar on the stove top, allow it to fizz, then wipe away.

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