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:
- Clean while cool. Never clean your stovetop while the surface is still hot.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A spray bottle of water or distilled white vinegar
- Microfiber cloths
- Let the stovetop cool.
- Spritz it with the vinegar or water.
- Wipe the liquid away with the microfiber cloth.
- 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.
- Baking soda
- A spray bottle of distilled white vinegar
- A clean towel
- A clean sink basin or bucket filled with hot water
- Microfiber cloths
- Once the stovetop is cool, spray the surface generously with vinegar.
- Liberally sprinkle baking soda over the liquid you just sprayed.
- Dip your clean towel in the hot water, making sure to wring out excess liquid.
- Place the towel over the baking soda and vinegar on the stovetop.
- Let this sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove the towel and wipe away the baking soda and vinegar with a microfiber cloth.
- Spritz the surface with vinegar again and use a clean microfiber cloth to buff any streaks out.
- 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.
- A razor blade in a holder or scraper tool
- Distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle
- A microfiber cloth
- 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.
- Make sure the surface is cool.
- Spritz any offending areas with vinegar to help soften burnt-on residue.
- 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.
- Wipe away residue with a clean microfiber cloth.
- Repeat the above steps as necessary