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A modular kitchen with shiny tiles and glossy accessories definitely looks aesthetic but when the glass top stove at the center has spills, smudges, and crumbs, it just spoils the collective look.
The salesman sure told you it’s easy to clean and maintain but you didn’t think of all the oil splashes and sauce drops at that time which when ignored for a short period becomes notoriously frustrating. It requires extra effort to tackle tough stains and prevent unsightly buildup because one has to be extra careful about what they use to clean it and how they use it.
Daily Cleaning Routine for Glass Stovetop
It’s common for people to try and just muscle off any cooked-on-food with Scrubby sponges and why not, you just spend a good amount of time cooking a delicious meal and now you’re just too tired to handle this patiently. It’s a no-no. 5 more minutes is all it will take so be patient with your glass top stove or it can lead to permanent damage.
The first step is only necessary if there is cooked-on-food. If it just spills and drops you can move onto step no 2 directly. So to clean off the buildup use a metal scraper.
Make sure to use a potholder to grip the scraper to prevent your hand from burning. Hold it at an angle of 45-degree with the blade staying flush with the surface, and scrape any sticky items like sugar, jam, baked-on-food before it cools down.
The next step is to add a few drops of any approved cooktop cleaner and rub it with a soft rag or paper towel. This should take care of tough stains along with tiny droplets without leaving surface scratches. Do let the stove cool down before heading to this step.
Top it off by wiping the surface down with a wet soft cloth. Any residual dirt or fingerprints will be taken care off and you can let the surface dry off and enjoy the meal.
These 3 steps will maintain the shine and health of your stove.
Cleaning Dirty Glass Stovetop Using Natural Ingredients Available at Home
If you can’t get hold of any approved cooktop cleaner? No worries. Use these methods to clean off the dirt from your stove.
Method 1: Using vinegar and baking soda
1. Spray WHITE VINEGAR and sprinkle some BAKING SODA evenly on the surface. The vinegar will react with baking soda, creating a fizzy cleaner that will loosen up grime and grease.
2. Put a few drops of your DISH SOAP in HOT WATER and dip a clean towel in it then wringing it out lightly so it’s wet but not dripping.
3. Spread the towel on the surface and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. The steam from the hot towel will help to “steam clean” your stovetop and rehydrate any baked-on gunk, and the dish soap will help cut through greasy messes. In the meantime, you can go and get a steam bath yourself.
4. A little scrub from a stiff-bristled scrub brush will help loosen any stains or grime.
5. To Top-it-off, Wipe the remaining baking soda away. give your stovetop another spray with vinegar, and use a cloth to get the sparkling shine back.
Method 2: The magic method
1. Moisturize a soft cloth with water and wipe the surface with it.
2. To remove dried out food, add a small amount of DETERGENT and rinse with water.
3. Clean any remaining areas with a MAGIC ERASER and scrub with A non-abrasive scouring pad.
4. Use a glass cleaner to make the surface shine. Or you can just Shake it off like Taylor Swift, I mean SHAVE IT OFF….
Method 3: Using shaving cream
1. Use SHAVING CREAM, rub it on the surface. Let it sit for 5 minutes and rip off with a car bug sponge.
Removing Burn Marks from Glass Stovetop
Removing burn marks can be a tedious and tiring job.
Burn marks are usually followed by unsightly discoloration. You have to be careful with these marks or you will be left with scratches which can spoil the look and invite more dirt. Using Abrasives can cause permanent damage to the stove.
So, how to get rid of these marks without causing any damage to the stove?
1. Let the stove completely cool down before attempting to remove the stain.
2. Use a dull butter knife to remove thick burned areas. Be careful that you don’t scratch the surface. Scrape until the area remains smooth. If you find any difficulty in scraping the burnt stains off, moisten it with distilled vinegar and let it sit for 20 minutes.
3. Add some baking soda to a bowl, around 2 to 3 tbs. Add water in the bowl and stir until thick paste forms.
4. Rub the baking soda paste over the stained area. Allow it to sit on the burn for 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Scrub the burn stain with the soft side of the sponge(Tip-Always use the soft side on your glass top stove). If it does not remove the stain apply the baking soda paste again. Add a couple of drops of lemon juice over the paste to help dissolve the stain.
6. Wipe off the baking soda with a damp washcloth.
7. If you still find any difficulty in removing the stain we suggest you buy a commercial stain remover designed for glass or ceramic stovetops. Follow the instructions on the cleaner to make sure that you apply it properly.
It’s important to remove the burn marks immediately. This will prevent them from ruining the appearance of your stovetop, and will also ensure an extended life of your stovetop.
Tips to Maintain a Clean Stovetop
- Minimizing spillage– Use utensils deep enough to prevent boil-overs which will reduce the cleanup work.
- Quick to clean– If you are quick to clean, you can whisk away any spillage. Wiping your stovetop after every use will save you a lot of scrubbing and prolong the stoves’ life.
- Don’t use abrasives– Abrasives can lead to scratches and the next spill will grip the scratches making it even harder to clean.
- Let it cool down– Never apply any cleanser while the stove is hot. This can damage the finish of the glass, leaving boils and pits.
- Heavy pressure– Don’t lean too much when scrubbing a tough spot, this can crack the glass.
These tips should help in prolonging the life of your stove. Still, the most important thing is regular cleaning, occasional delay in cleaning is very much humane but the more regular you are with wiping off the spills after every usage the better for you and your product because simple spills on a glass stovetop can quickly turn into tough, baked-on messes.
With regular cleaning and occasional repair, your stove should keep on serving you and your family for decades.