How to Clean a Glass Top Stove – The Best Practices
How to clean a glass top stove? Glass top stoves are beautiful. They are sleek, shiny and make your kitchen look appealing. However, people who have glass top stoves all have one common struggle.
A glass finish comes with the inconvenience of being extra sensitive. A little splatter or spill can do a lot of harm. Not only does it make your whole kitchen look dirty, but it can also harm your glass top stove.
Glass top stoves require a particular cleaning ritual. First, you need to clean your glass top stove more frequently than a regular one. Second, you need to know the right methods to not scratch or damage your glass top stove. Finally, you need the best cleaner and tool to avoid scratching the glass top.
How to Clean a Glass Top Stove?Regular Cleaning
Glass top stoves are sensitive. For that, they need regular cleaning. You don’t have to deep clean your glass stove every day. You do need, however, to clean it as soon as something spills on it. Here are the steps to clean your glass top stove after light spills.
Step 1: Unplug your glass top stove and let it cool
Step 2: Wipe the raw food residues with a damp towel or sponge
Step 3: Apply a few drops of the glass top stove cleaner and wipe the cooktop using a paper or soft towel
Step 4: Finish by wiping the glass top stove with a clean towel
I recommend The Crown Choice all purpose dish cloth to wipe your stove top down as it’s non scratch and easy to use.
For tougher stains and hardened food residue, use The Crown Choice Non-Scratch Scourer – HEAVY DUTY Mesh Scouring & Scrubber Cloths to make cleaning easier.
Cleaning Dirty Glass Top Stove
It’s not a good idea to wait for your glass top stove to get dirty to clean it. But when that happens here are the steps to follow to keep your stove in good shape:
Step 1: Apply your glass top stove cleaner on the surface of your stove and let it soak. This will help get rid of soft residuals.
Step 2: Use a sharp blade scraper to gently scrape tough food residues. Make sure to scrape at a 45 degree or lower angle to not damage the glass top. Don’t scrape too hard
Step 3: Clean the residues with a towel
Step 4: Apply a glass surface cleaner and wipe with a microfiber towel for a glossy finish.
Best practices to clean a glass top stove
Glass top stoves bring a beautiful touch to your kitchen. Additionally, they are ecological. Cooking with a glass top stove can save up to 70% of energy compared to a regular one. Which makes them more expensive than regular ones.
For that reason, it’s crucial to take good care of your glass top stove. It is a big investment, and if damaged it can cost a lot to fix or replace. Adopting the right methods and using the best tools and products is the best way to keep your glass top stove in good condition.
Here are the best practices to clean your glass top stove and keep it in good condition:
Clean your glass top stove when it’s cool
Using any cleaning product on a hot stove might damage it. Cleansers will burn on a heated stove, leading to scratches or even cracks.
Always make sure your stove is cooled down before applying any products or starting to clean.
Be gentle when cleaning
The glass finish of glass top stoves makes them extra sensitive. While cleaning, make sure to not lean on or apply too much pressure on your glass stove. Extra physical force will make it crack.
When scrubbing or while using a scraper, be gentle and mindful. Rough rubbing might scratch your glass top stove.
A general rule of thumb is to apply a light touch when cleaning your glass cooktop.
Unlike regular top stove, glass top stoves don’t do well with food residues. Some spills if not wiped on the spot, can cause irreversible damage.
Foods that contain sugar are the most dangerous. If you spill anything sugary or sticky, like caramel sauce, syrup or jam, make sure to clean it as soon as you can.
Spills and drops happen. The best way to not let them harm your stove is to clean fast and not let food compile or stick to your glossy stove.
Use the right tools and products
One deadly mistake you can commit is cleaning your glass top stove with the wrong tools and products. You should not clean your glass top stove with regular cleaning tools. A lot of those tools or products are too abrasive and cause permanent scratches.
Here are the products and utensils that you should never use on a glass top stove:
- Chlorine and bleach-based cleaners
- Metal scouring pads or sharp tools
- Flammable or caustic cleaners
- Dishwashing agents
- Rough scrub sponges
- Powdery cleaners
In contrast, you can use products like Bar Keepers Friend cooktop cleaner or Weiman glass stove top cleaner that are made specifically for glass top stoves. These products will thoroughly clean your cooktop leaving it glossy and shiny.
The Crown Choice Bar Keepers Friend Cooktop Cleanser Liquid (13 OZ) and Non Scratch Scouring Scrubber Kit is the best cleanser and scrubbing cloth combo that will make cleaning your stove top a breeze.
A fancy top stove is a considerable investment, it’s only wise to take good care of it. Make sure to adopt a consistent and proper cleaning ritual and most importantly to use the right tools and products.