How to Clean a Glass Stove Top

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Glass top stoves, like those in induction cookers and electric stoves, make your house look classy, modern, and unique. Unlike traditional gas stovetops, the glass top stove features an even, smooth surface that makes it easier to clean with a daily wipe down.

However, stains require different cleaning methods as glass can easily scratch or shatter with enough force. Here's how to clean a glass stovetop during your daily food preparation, weekly cleaning session, and deep cleaning routine:

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What You'll Need

Glass is generally forgiving when it comes to cleaning solutions, and you can use commercial cleaners meant for glass stovetops for your convenience. Although, we recommend going for safe alternatives like white vinegar and baking soda to remove stains, and clean a glass top stove. Here's what you'll need to start cleaning:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Mild dishwashing liquid
  • Microfiber cloth or Sponge
  • Large Towel
  • Spray bottle
  • Glass cleaner (optional)
  • Razor blade (optional)

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How to Clean a Glass Stove Top: A Step-by-Step Guide

Daily Cleaning

Daily cleaning is simply the way you clean a glass top stove after each use. The glass surface is susceptible to food spills, which can harden and stain the glass stovetop over time. After every cooking or food preparation session, wipe the glass stovetop clean with a damp cloth to remove any spills or splatters from food. Use hot water for dried gunk.

For oils and grease spills, dip your microfiber cloth in some vinegar and a drop of dish soap, then use the damp cloth to wipe the oils away in a circular motion until you no longer see streaks of grease. You may also use a food-safe glass cleaner for convenience.

Weekly Cleaning

Step 1: Sprinkle Baking Soda

Baking soda provides an abrasive scrubbing solution without harming or damaging the glass cooktop. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda all over the cooled stove top, making sure to focus the powder on heavily-stained areas.

Step 2: Spray Vinegar All Over the Glass Cooktop

Place vinegar into a spray bottle, and liberally spray all over the glass cooktop where the baking soda is. Allow the mixture to react and bubble - this reaction helps lift stains away from your glass stove top. Your glass stove top should be damp, but not dripping wet with vinegar.

Step 3: Soak a Towel in Hot Water

Soak a large towel in hot water, and wring out the excess, being careful not to burn yourself. Drape the towel over the entire surface of your glass top stove. Spray more vinegar on top of the hot towel for an extra cleaning action.

Step 4: Let it Sit

Let the solution stay and sit for at least 10 minutes. The white vinegar should be clearing away the grime from your glass top stove, while the baking soda deodorizes and scrubs away at the stuck-on food particles and oils. After 10-15 minutes, remove the towel, and wipe the vinegar solution clean.

Step 5: Clear the Residue with a Clean Microfiber Cloth

Use a dry, microfiber cloth to clear away any remaining baking soda or vinegar residue on your glass cooktop. Wipe in circular motions to prevent streaks, and keep wiping the surface clean until you no longer see any stains, fingerprints, or dust on the surface.

Stain Removal

For extreme cases where the food particles have dried over time, and refuse to clear away, you may find success in using a handheld razor blade to scrape the stain away. However, it is important to check with the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning your glass top stove using a razor blade.

Use gentle motions to lightly scrape the dried up bits away. Chip off the stain a small fragment at a time instead of scraping everything in one go to prevent damaging the glass surface. Whenever possible, a plastic card, such as a discarded credit card, may suffice in scraping off the stain from your glass stovetop.

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What to Avoid When Cleaning a Glass Stove Top

Glass can be easily scratched, depending on the quality and type of glass used in creating your stove top. As a result, you should avoid using abrasive cleaners and scrub brushes when cleaning any type of glass to prevent scratching the surface.

  • Do not use steel wool or any abrasive brushes to clean a glass stovetop. Use a soft sponge or microfiber cloths instead.
  • Do not use glass cleaners that are not food safe to clean your glass stovetops.
  • Avoid using scouring pads to clean glass surfaces.
  • Avoid applying too much pressure to prevent cracking or shattering the glass.
  • Never pour cold water on a hot stove, and vice versa as the extreme change in temperatures will shock the glass, causing it to shatter.

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Glassy Finish

Nothing gives you a more satisfying clean than seeing your glass stovetop come to life with a glossy, glassy finish. Achieve a complete clean in your kitchen with Luce Home cleaning services as our professional cleaners will get your entire kitchen - and home, in a pristine condition! You'll never have to worry about using a blade to cut through stains again!

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