How to Clean Stubborn Stains on a Glass Stove Top

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Cooking appliances are always at a high risk of being covered with food stains. If you don't clean up food spills immediately, they can become burned on and extremely difficult to remove. Stubborn food stains require forceful scrubbing to get rid of them. If you have a glass stovetop, you have to be gentle or you risk permanently damaging the surface, so stain removal can be a challenge. By choosing gentle, yet effective methods, you can safely clean glass stovetop stains.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass stovetop cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • Paper towel
  • Nylon or plastic cleaning pad
  • Single edge razor blade or glass scraper
  • Apply a thin, even layer of glass stovetop cleaner directly onto the entire surface of your stovetop. Dampen a paper towel with warm water, and wipe away the cleaner and any grime or loose debris.

  • Sprinkle enough baking soda onto any stains to completely cover them. Dampen another paper towel with warm water, and scrub the stains lightly to loosen and remove the stains. Wet a nylon or plastic cleaning pad with water, and wipe away all the baking soda and debris.

  • Apply another layer of glass stovetop cleaner onto any remaining food stains, and wipe it away with a damp paper towel. Insert the top of a single edge razor blade or glass scraper just under any burned-on stains. Try as hard as possible not to glide the blade or scraper across the top of the glass.

  • Scrape the blade or glass scraper in a light back and forth motion to loosen the stain. Lift up on the loosened stain particles to pry them off the glass surface.

  • Spray another thin layer of glass stovetop cleaner. Remove the last of the stain particles with a damp paper towel. Let the stovetop dry thoroughly before heating it up for cooking.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apply a coat of glass stovetop cleaner to your stovetop beforehand each time you are about to cook, and wipe away any food debris to prevent stains from burning onto the surface.
  • Clean up any salt, sugar or other rough-textured stains immediately because they can scratch the glass and leave permanent brown marks.
  • Do not clean your glass stovetop while it is still hot or you risk burning yourself on the heating mechanisms.
  • Do not use abrasive scouring pads to remove stains because they may scratch the glass.

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