How to Clean Glass Stovetops
Not only are glass stovetops incredibly effective at cooking food, they also offer a sleek and modern design. Despite the plethora of other benefits they offer, cleaning them can be tricky because of their material. Luckily, this cleaning and care guide will help you maintain your glass stovetop so that it functions like new every time.
Step 1: Knowing How to Care for a Stovetop
Before we jump head-first into the cleaning process of these stovetops, it is important to go over the basics. The first rule to remember is that you should only begin the cleaning when the stovetop is completely cool. Don’t be tempted to start immediately after cooking just because the mess is fresh. It’s a safety issue, so be patient to avoid any potential accidents.
The second thing you should keep in mind when cleaning these stovetops is that they are made of glass. It is a strong and resilient glass, but you should still be wary of scratches and dents. Use soft materials as often as you can.
Finally, always begin with the simplest tasks. If there is a large mess to clean up, start by wiping down major spills and cleaning off debris. After doing so you will have a better idea of the next steps to take.
Step 2: Materials You’ll Need
If you have a glass stovetop in your kitchen, there are a few key items you should have in your arsenal for when it comes time to clean. While it’s always a good idea to have some specially-made store-bought cleaners, you’ll find the following items useful as well:
- A spray bottle
- Baking soda
- Dawn dish soap
- White vinegar
- A kitchen towel (big enough to cover the stove top- you might need 2)
- A bristled scrub brush
- 2 microfibre cloths
- Rubber gloves
Step 3: Vinegar and Baking Soda
For general cleaning vinegar and baking soda is incredibly effective.
Vinegar is a natural antibacterial agent which kills germs. Using it in combination with baking soda causes a (safe) chemical reaction, which lifts tough substances like oil and grease. These mixtures offer natural alternatives to the harsh chemicals found in many oven cleaners, and will solve most of your stovetop cleaning needs. With this method, you can save the specially made cleaners for the toughest cleaning.
Here’s what to do next:
- Simply wipe down the surface before liberally spraying it with white vinegar.
- Next, you should sprinkle on an even coat of baking soda to mix with the vinegar.
- Put a few drops of Dawn dish soap into your sink or a bucket, and fill it with hot water.
- Place your towel into the soapy water, then wring it out lightly so that it’s wet, but not dripping.
- Spread the wet towel over the stovetop, covering the baking soda and vinegar.
- Let this sit for 15 minutes.
- After, if your stove top was really dirty, you might want to use a bristled scrub brush to help loosen any stains or grime.
- Next, use the cloth to wipe up the mixture. It might be a good idea to wear rubber gloves to do this.
- When all the powder is gone, spray the surface one more time with vinegar and buff it with a new cloth.
Voila! You should have a clean glass stovetop which shines like it’s new.
You may find yourself in a predicament with tough stains on your glass stovetop that don’t want to come out. In that case, it might be time to reach for the store–bought cleaner. These tend to be thick, milky liquids, so you only need to use a small amount. Here’s how to use it:
- Add a few drops on the stovetop. Then, use a sponge to spread a thin layer evenly across the surface.
- Let it sit for a few minutes until it changes to a dry consistency.
- Then take a dry, clean sponge or cloth to scrub the cleaner into the surface.
- Focus on areas that with the toughest stains first.
- Once the surface is clean, it’s time to wipe the cleaner off entirely and then wipe the surface once more with another clean cloth.
- The surface should feel smooth to the touch.
If this doesn’t work and there’s still a tough stain, begin the process again but only on the one spot. Don’t let the cleaner dry and work with the scrub brush. You might have to do this a couple of times, but don’t get discouraged because it will work!
Try out these tips next time you clean your glass stovetop, or just remember them if you find yourself tempted to get one next time you’re wandering through appliance stores in Ottawa. Don’t let the glass intimidate you – cleaning a glass stovetop doesn’t have to be complicated. We hope this article serves as a guide on how to clean your oven properly.