How to Clean a Glass Stovetop or Cooktop
Every cook experiences a boil-over mess at some point. So how do you clean your glass stove and remove the burnt-on bits without scratching the glossy surface? Reach for affresh® cooktop cleaner and safely restore your glass or ceramic stove top to its smooth, shiny glory.
How to Clean a Glass Cooktop Without Scratching
Glass-top stoves are easier to clean than open burner electric or gas stoves. Most times, to clean your glass-top stove, all you need is a warm, damp cloth and a dry towel to buff it dry. Be sure to clean your cooktop after each use because any bit of food left behind will become a burnt, caramelized mess the next time you use it.
Other times, you look away from a pot on the stove and it boils over, quickly creating stuck-on stains and burnt-on debris on your glass cooktop. Now you need more than a simple wipe to clean your glass stove. While you may be tempted to get out the steel wool, a scouring pad or a rough scrubber sponge, make sure to fight that impulse. The glass top of your stove can scratch permanently from using an abrasive cleaner or the wrong kind of sponge.
You need a cleaner, scrubbing pads and tools that are made specifically for glass ceramic cooktops. You can gather these components separately, or just reach for an affresh® cooktop cleaning kit that has everything you need to cut through tough, burnt-on residue, and clean and polish your glass stove to a glossy, streak-free shine, when used as directed.
How to Clean a Glass Top Stove, Step-by-Step
- Affresh® cooktop cleaning kit: with scraper, a scrubbing pad and a bottle of affresh® cooktop cleaner.
- A soft, dry polishing cloth, such as a microfiber or lint-free soft towel.
Always make sure the surface of your stove is cool before you clean it. Most glass top stoves have an indicator light to let you know if the surface is still hot. Wait for the light to turn off before you start cleaning, but don’t wait too long as some stains, especially sugary ones, are harder to remove the longer they sit.
Once your cooktop is cool, follow these steps to get your glass top stove clean:
Step 1: Remove Food Residue and Crumbs
Wipe down the stove with a soft sponge or cloth, removing as much of the crumbs and bits of food as possible.
Step 2: Remove Burned-On Food
Use the cooktop scraper in your kit to remove any burned-on food from the cool cooktop.
Step 3: Apply affresh® Cooktop Liquid Cleanser
Shake the bottle of liquid cleanser well. Apply cleaner directly to the cool cooktop, specifically over the areas with the burnt-on food debris. Let it sit for a few minutes to soak into the burnt-on food and begin to loosen it.
Step 4: Scrub the Cooktop Surface
Rub soiled area with the cleaning pad in your affresh® kit. This pad is safe for glass stove tops, so it’s okay to lean into it and scrub vigorously if necessary.
Step 5: Polish the Glass Cooktop
Wipe away the cleaner with a warm damp cloth. Buff the surface with the soft dry cloth.
If you’re left with stubborn bits of burnt-on debris on your glass cooktop after this process, repeat step 3 above, then cover the surface with warm wet towels or paper towels and let them sit for about 30 minutes. Take the towels off, then use the cooktop scraper to remove remaining softened food debris. Then complete steps 4-5.
Never Use these Items to Clean Your Glass Top Stove
The following items are no-no’s when it comes to cleaning your glass top stove:
- Steel wool
- Abrasive powder cleansers
- Chlorine bleach
- Rust remover
Keep a bottle of affresh® cooktop cleaner under your sink or with your cleaning supplies to use after cooking to maintain your glass-top stove’s shiny, sleek appearance. It cuts through tough, cooked-on residues without scratching or harming glass cooktop surfaces. Even if you don’t have a cooking mess to clean up, use affresh® cooktop cleaner at least monthly to help clean and polish your glass surface for a streak-free shine.