How are you cleaning your glass top stove?

blue_fastbackFebruary 8, 2007

I recently bought a GE glass top stove and having a hard time cleaning it. Anything that burns on it is very hard to get off. I boiled over some elfredo sauce on it and for days could not get it off. I am afraid of scratching the surface. I am not impressed with the Cermabrite that came with the stove. I bought a MR Clean Eraser for the first time and it did take off my burnt elfredo sauce but seemed like a lot of scrubing. I also bought some Weisman cook top cleaner and put on after. It seemed like a wax like I would use on my car. Maybe it will make cleaning up a little easier. Any cleaning secrets?

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lisad71

I use Ceramabryte (sp?). Our builder included it with our welcome basket and I've been using it ever since.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2007 at 10:38AM
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Lynne_SJO

I have had my glass top stove for about 7 years now and it still looks new. I do a lot of cooking and am good at making messes - big time.

The trick is that unlike the old coil kind, where boilovers dripped underneath into the pan (that you could go for years w/o cleaning if you could stand it), any grease spots, spill overs or debris MUST be cleaned off the glass top right away--and above all, BEFORE being used again. You can wait until it is cool and then use Windex - or while hot a wet sponge will work if you are careful not to burn yourself.

The worst thing you can do is re-heat the cooktop after a spill of any kind - even normal grease splatter, bc it bakes it on, hardening it and making it very difficult to get off.

No matter what you do though, you should be able to get it clean, but once you do, you've got to keep it that way. To remove really hard baked on debris you will need the metal scraper that came w it. Kinda like a razor blade w a handle. For less stubborn debris, use windex and a paper towel first to get up anything greasy and easy; then use the mild cleansing cream that came with it. (Cermabrite is good; I have Cooktop Magic now). Put it on a damp paper towel and rub like heck until it is clean, then buff with a clean soft towel (not paper - old t-shirts work well, or any kitchen towel).

These cooktops are great - I love mine and would never go back to the old crummy messy coil type, but you have to "follow the rules" as they are less forgiving. I clean mine after every use - or at a minimum, inspect the burner I intend to use to be sure it is clean before turning on.

L

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 2:59PM
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debby_ab

My glass/ceran top stove came with a 'paint remover' blade. When something gets stuck on, I use that to remove it. I also use those wool pads that look like SOS pads. They're made for these types of surfaces as they're made of wool and not metal. I can't remember the name brand. I also use the cream cleanser made especially for glass/ceran stoves. It has a bit of an abrasive in it, but won't harm the surface. Easy Off has one, come to think of it. It polishes the top to a really nice shine. For brown spots that may be difficult to remove, make a paste of baking soda and water. It usually does the trick. DO NOT ever let sugar spill on your stove top. It can burn holes in the glass top. The trick is, as was said above, clean up spills as quickly as possible.

I love my glass/ceran top stove. I find it's sooooooo much easier to clean than the coil burner with the drip cups. It's one of the few times where my son was right to make me spend extra money........

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 9:02PM
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acanuck

My Whirlpool Ceran finish stove is almost 7 years old now and looks as new as the day I bought it.

The appliance store gave me this tiny bottle of cleaner when I purchased it and the replacements were $7.00 - hah!

What I use? Vim - Soft Scrub - works like a charm, no scratches and it looks perfect 7 years later.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2007 at 3:37PM
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littlebug5

Barkeeper's Friend and a damp cloth. Works great. The liquid cleaner that came with the stove was a joke, hardly worked at all.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2007 at 10:33PM
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quandary

I've had my glass cooktop for 6 years and usually just need a damp cloth to clean it. For more stubborn messes (like a pasta boil over, egg or oatmeal) I've had good success with the cream cleaners. I squirt it right onto the spot and use my finger to dab it liberally. I leave it for about an hour before I use a paper towel to scrub it off. Those green scrubbing pads work better than paper towels, but I never have one handy. I think the trick to the cream cleaner (and many other cleaning products) is to give them time to work.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2007 at 1:20AM
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elisamcs

I found that any of the following work wonderfully: plain old vinegar, ammonia, or Orange Glo. I spray one of them on the cooled surface (if there's a lot of gunk I let it sit, then use the razor blade scraper), wipe with a sponge, then follow up with a dry microfiber cloth. The top sparkles.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2007 at 2:44PM
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mamitosami

Two words--barkeeper's friend. This stuff is a miracle!! I use it every day, even with burnt-on spots, with no effort, it's awesome! The stove still looks like new...

    Bookmark   February 26, 2007 at 12:52PM
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speedmaster

Use a razor blade to remove the burnt buildup, then CeramaBryte for the final clean/polish. Works everytime with little effort. Also, the razor blade lubricated with stone polish is excellent for removing buildup on granite counters.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2007 at 10:22AM
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krissy_2008

I just bought a used glass top yesterday. It has brown "stains" where the elements are. It doesn't look topical. Could they be under the glass? If so, are they cleanable? If they are topical should I try the bleach suggestion? I tried vinegar and it didn't touch them.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2008 at 1:31PM
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albert_135

We have had our Kenmore glass top for about a year. After each use, after it cools, I soak any spot under a wet towel and it usually wipes right off. I find the soaking to be easy, free and quite useful. If it need further cleaning I use a soft abrasive made for glass tops.

On an older glass top, in a household that is immaculate at all times, I have seen what appears to be permanent discoloration within or under the glass. Does anyone know if the older ones became permanently discolored? Perhaps the newer ones will too?

    Bookmark   February 3, 2008 at 1:56PM
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ebear1271

Just vinegar usually doesn't work. I scrape mine first, then spray with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water and then sprinkle with baking soda. It's the baking soda that will absorb the stain. As far a permanent discoloration, my stove is 10 years old and it doesn't seem to be discolored so much as "wearing off". I have a couple of spots that aren't stains, they just seem worn.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2008 at 12:27AM
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zipster

This is my second stove with a glass top and there is a difference in the tops. The first one cleaned up perfectly in minutes with the cream cleaner/polish. This one is a bear to clean. I use the razor blade for any dried spots but then I have to rub and rub forever to get it to shine and look good. This stove top is "Schott Ceran" and I can't remember what the old one was, I just assumed they were all the same. I use pots to fit within the burner and still I get a ring round the whole burner that is hard to get off. Sorry I'm not much help.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2008 at 4:31PM
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Cindy Noll

I got my smooth top a month ago and haven't had any problems yet. I cleaned it with the Ceramabryte that came with it before I used it, as instructed. I wipe it down either with a completely clean dish rag or a wet paper towel before using the cleaner most nights. I have had splattered grease from frying and drips from when I lift a lid and the condensation drips all over. Saturday night I boiled potatoes and discovered when I removed them from the burner that they had coooked over leaving brown & black stains on the burner. I don't yet have a scraper, so I was worried, but it wiped up with a wet dish rag while the burner was still warm. I polished it with Weiman cream afterwards. Normal clean up is either the Weimans or the Ceramabryte rubbed on with a wet paper towel or non scratch scrubbie and a buff with a dry paper towel. My top is bisque and is made by K (forget who that is), but no problems with cleaner streaks. Takes less than 5 minutes.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2008 at 6:49AM
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sowngrow

I use baking soda and a damp cloth. Works great.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2008 at 6:35PM
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nicole93089

Barkeepers Friend is the best! Then some Glass Plus with a miracle clothe and it shines like the day it was installed. Also use the razor blade for serious burnt on disasters.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2008 at 8:37PM
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piper101

BarKeeper's Friend. To me it works the best and is the cheapest. I"ll take what little effort this is to clean over my old gas cooktop where I had to soak and use a toothbrush to get all the elements & rings clean any day of the week!!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2008 at 4:33PM
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jenniferandbob_gmail_com

I accidently melted some polyester material on my stove top (it was a towel). I can't get it off. Any suggestions?

    Bookmark   February 13, 2011 at 12:38AM
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openeditorialoped_gmail_com

. . . are there "Stove Busters" similar to Ghost Busters? Who Can You Call ? Re Baked on Olive Oil Spill

    Bookmark   February 24, 2011 at 8:15AM
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dmartin4015_gmail_com

Try to prevent any oil or grease build up on the burner by cleaning metal pan bottoms with SOS pad when washing pan or before using on the smooth top stove.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2011 at 10:49AM
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ritamct_gmail_com

I sprinkle some bading soda and vinegar on the cook top . Let it sit for 5 minutes then wipe it off with little pressure . It really works like magic!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 1:49AM
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marcar731_aol_com

We just bought a home with a smoothtop range and there is no instruction booklet with it. This is my first smoothtop range. What type of pots should you use with it....anything or something particular. HELP

    Bookmark   April 29, 2011 at 11:07PM
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srani327_aol_com

I melted an empty bag of cheese on my glass top stove and now have a huge mark and stain. Any idea how to remove it because it looks awful and stinks when I turn the burner on

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 10:31PM
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cbaumea_yahoo_com

dont use glass plate,bowls or bascail any kinda dish or pot,coz it'll scratch the top

    Bookmark   June 5, 2011 at 2:08PM
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ndhamassoc_cs_com

We have a Fridgidaire flat, speckled top, electric stove witch is approx. 2 years old... I beleive something boiled over and got burned on to the surface, the end result is a black splotch on the burner area 1.5" dia., (it almost appears that the speckled finish has been burned off in this area),.. We've tried removing the spot using the cleaning fluid that came with the stove, razor blade, etc., lots of rubbing but to no avail, can this be removed or is it burned into the glass top for good..?? Thanks in advance...!!!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 6:56PM
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Jubille34_aol_com

My daughter left an empty pot on the glass top stove and didn't realize the burner was still on. It burned the copper right off the pot and ruined the glass. Does anyone know how to remove the white residue on the glass top ?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 1:19PM
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Laurie_landry_rogers_com

What is barkeeper's friend. Some are saying it cleans glass tops perfectly. Where do you buy it?

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 2:34PM
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albert_135

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 3:17PM
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SharperClean

Glass top stoves are a great creation. They are easy to clean and can provide years of great service. You will never have to clean underneath a burner again. One thing you don't want to use on a glass top stove is glass cleaner. Harsh cleaners such as ammonia and bleach can damage the stove top.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 4:20AM
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nsk705_aol_com

Help! A tenant left a large brunt stain on my glass top stove. I used zep oven cleaner with a razor. Some of the debris came off but there is still some remaining. Any ideas to help me clean the rest of the mess would be greatly appreciated.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 2:24PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

Did you read through and try all of the above suggestions?

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 9:30PM
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ashleyw1140_gmail_com

I just used windex on my bfs moms stove with a green scrubie and it was about trends minutes or so of scrubbing it was off, we tried the cleaner that came with the stove and it didn't work...windex does!

    Bookmark   September 10, 2011 at 9:16PM
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kmccann

You can get Bar Keepers friend in most grocery stores. If not, Home Depot, for sure. It's also great for your kitchen sink. Try it once and you'll be hooked. I used it on everything... shower, tub, vanities, sinks. Bar Keeper's friend and a little elbow grease = AMAZING!

    Bookmark   October 6, 2011 at 1:37AM
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vala55

I use soda on a dish cloth, it that doesn't do it I use the cleaner made for them. I clean after every meal so I don't have much of a problem. I had to scrape twice I think in 5 years.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2011 at 8:31PM
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S.Mulholland

We have a Kennmore flat, speckled top, electric stove witch is approx. 2 years old... I beleive something boiled over and got burned on to the surface, the end result is a black splotch on the burner area 4 inches dia., (it almost appears that the speckled finish has been burned off in this area),.. We've tried removing the spot using the cleaning fluid that came with the stove, razor blade, etc., lots of rubbing but to no avail, can this be removed or is it burned into the glass top for good..?? Thanks in advance...!!!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 10:11AM
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albert_135

Posted by S.Mulholland
"We have a Kennmore flat, speckled top, electric stove ... "

I have demonstrated to my satisfaction that it is not too difficult to rub off the speckles from a modest Kenmore electric. I thought I had a splotch of stuff burned onto the surface in one place and using a cleaner that came with the stove and a 3M green thing I rubbed it too vigorously and removed the burned stuff and speckles around the splotch too.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 4:15PM
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snookums2

Vinegar with baking soda, let sit for a while first, cleans it off nicely!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 3:13PM
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KC66

Which Bar Keepers Friend is everyone using? The cream or the powder?

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 1:22PM
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kks_mom

I think the cream would be better??

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 11:05AM
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kks_mom

I think the cream would be better??

    Bookmark   December 23, 2013 at 11:06AM
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AngieB55

I have a 9 month old Kenmore glass top stove and after scrubbing with the cleaner that came with the stove and trying a mixture of peroxide and baking soda and still couldn't get the burned on spill off, I tried turning on the burner with no pots on it and burning it off and then wiping away the residue and it worked! I thought if self-cleaning ovens work by burning off the residue it should work for the stove top too. I have also used a glass scraper to remove burned on residue with no scratches.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2014 at 6:43PM
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Muffin_Momma

I have 2 words... Easy Off. I have had two houses with glass top stoves. The first house I did everything that everyone suggested and it worked OK but never really got it all of without scratching the top. My new stove has had some baked on reside for a while and I was hesitant to scratch the top. I know that you can clean the oven glass doors with easy off so I tried it on the stove top. I turned the burner on for about 15 seconds then sprayed easy off. I let it sit for about 1 hour and wiped with a paper towel. Viola it is perfect with no scrubbing. Be careful to spray on painted part of your stove as it can remove paint, Just put a towel over the painted part.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 9:16AM
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jewelisfabulous

I second the suggestion for the liquid Barkeeper's Friend. Just let it soak in to cooked on spills and that brown haze that accumulates on the burners then wipe it off with a damp sponge. .

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 1:02PM
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jane7733

I have a 22 year old Whirlpool glass top stove and it is totally smooth. My husband has repaired it, and we are finding it difficult to obtain parts so are looking to buy a new one.

But here is the key, the NEW stoves have a very slight texture to the glass, making it much more difficult to clean.

I use Weiman ceramic cleaner on my old one and its just like it was brand new.

I am leery of buying a new stove, after seeing my neighbours struggling with keeping theirs clean.
I will have to continue to search for a new burner unit for my old stove, or just have 3 burners that work.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 11:09AM
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