Cleaning a Smooth Top Stove

The smooth top stove has eliminated the dreaded job of cleaning burners and drip pans. However, this surface does have its own challenges and precautions for cleaning. This is a guide about cleaning a smooth top stove.
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June 1, 2016 Flag

Hand holding orange sponge cleaning glass stove top

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This is a guide about homemade cleaner for glass top stove. Rather than buy a commercial product to clean your smooth top stove, make your own.

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October 8, 2010 Flag

Instead of buying the expensive cleaner to clean my glass top stove, I keep a shaker jar of baking soda (like the jars you would use for grated cheese or sugar) beside the stove and shake it on any spilled food. Use a damp cloth and a little scrubbing, then wipe clean with a towel and it comes up sparkling clean.

By chevygirl1224 from West Brandywine, PA

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January 7, 20111 found this helpful

I just bought a house and it came with a new glass top stove. If I had a choice, I would not buy a glass top, because I had one before and accidentally dropped a pan lid on it and cracked the glass. Because of the cost to replace the glass, it was cheaper to purchase another stove. Anyways, I use a product called Soft Scrub. I buy it a Dollar Tree. The stove top is cleaned when the glass cools down, and have used s single edge razor to remove burnt residue. Due to my previous unfortunate experience, my wife cooks & I clean.

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May 22, 2014 Flag

There are two products that work the best. Softscrub (with bleach or lemon) or Proforce Oven, Grill and Fryer Cleaner.

The Softscrub is excellent. You have to shake the container vigorously before applying and then wait 5-10 minutes. Use the abrasive side of a sponge or an abrasive pad and gently rub, increasing force gradually.

The Proforce is a spray and is more liquefied than the Softscrub. You do use rubber gloves. Spray on and wipe away with paper towel after 5-10 minutes. Be sure to wipe the stove top thoroughly.

The smudges can be tiresome, but I like the Softscrub the best.

Source: A small vial of the Soft Scrub came with the stove when they installed it.

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March 16, 2013 Flag

Glass Top Stove

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This is a guide about removing burnt food stains on a glass top stove. While often easier to clean than traditional stoves, glass top stoves do have their own cleaning issues.

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February 8, 2012 Flag

Black smooth top cooking range.

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This is a guide about cleaning spills on a smooth top stove. While there may be no more grates, elements, or drip pans to clean, food still gets on your smooth top stove. Once it dries or cooks, on these spills can be difficult to remove without damaging the surface.

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June 4, 2011 Flag

What do I need to clean my new smooth top oven with? I have heard to use a razor blade. Is that good?

By Jeanette B.

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June 7, 20110 found this helpful

I use a razor blade all the time and it's fine as long as you use it flat.

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December 7, 2013 Flag

How do I clean an electric smooth top stove top?

By Yasminealreadytaken R.

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December 12, 20130 found this helpful

Use ice and a straight blade on a angle as not scratch surface. Let ice sit for about a hour and then go back and forth with blade going back to icing. Wipe down in between.

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March 9, 2010 Flag

Where can I get a "razor blade" scraper specially designed for glass-ceramic cooktops?

By Elaine from Woodridge, IL

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March 9, 20160 found this helpful

I got them in a dollar store, they should be little ones, not big

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June 6, 2016 Flag

I have metal stuck to my glass cooktop. The metal is copper off a pan. While cooking the pan got stuck and I am able to remove pan, but the metal is still stuck in the glass cooktop. I tried cleaning with ceramic cleaner and also scraping the residue off with a razor blade - carefully. Still the metal is there in the glass cooktop.

Has anyone experienced this with an induction cooktop before? How to remove the metal?

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December 6, 2011 Flag

I had some renters that burned the smooth top very black on the burners. Polishes, razor blades, and scrubbing doesn't work. Can I try wet sand paper, maybe 1500 and then move to 2000 and 3000 grit?

By Bruce M.

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December 7, 20110 found this helpful

I too have a smooth top stove (white, unfortunately), but have found that some elbow grease, Soft Scrub and Scotch Brite work pretty well to get 'most' of the stain off. There may still be a bit of discoloration, but for the most part your stove should look pretty good.

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September 27, 2014 Flag

How can I get the burnt bottom of the tea kettle off my glass top stove?

By Mary

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September 29, 20140 found this helpful

Spray the stain with the Easy Off oven cleaner, or similar brand. Cover it with a glass pot lid or any pot lid that can withstand the heat. Turn on the burner until it gets red hot, then turn it off after four or five seconds. Let it sit until the burner cools. Then uncover and wipe off with a scrubber or you can use the razor blade. It should come right off.

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January 24, 2011 Flag

While cooking, I stupidly grabbed a dry J-cloth to remove food off a still hot element and now there is melted J-cloth on my glass top stove. I have tried all the normal tricks for cleaning, such as the cleaner and letting it soak. Does someone have any suggestions?

By Lynn from Saskatchewan

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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

I am not sure but I would think carefully using a sharp razor blade to lift it up would work. Angle it like you would when removing paint from a window.

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September 20, 2012 Flag

We accidentally wiped a cotton dish towel across our new, black glass cooktop when it was hot and a baked-on residue formed.

Suggestions? Thanks!

By Bob P.

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September 24, 20120 found this helpful

Try making a paste of baking soda and water. Apply and leave on for at least hour, or maybe over night. Then scrub off. The baking soda shouldn't scratch!

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July 6, 2012 Flag

I have tried everything, baking soda, a razor, and cook top cleaner. I am left with this big black stain that won't budge. Now what do I do? There has to be something that will remove it. Believe it or not I have even tried oven Easy Off. Anyone have any answers? Please help. I wonder if hot steam would do any thing?

By Susan from Longmont, CO

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July 9, 20120 found this helpful

Spray the stain with the Easy Off. Cover it with a pot lid. Turn on the burner until it just gets red hot, then turn it off. Let it sit for about a half hour. Then uncover and wipe off with a scrubber or you can use the razor blade. It should come right off.

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September 8, 2010 Flag

What is going on with my stove top? I recently moved and my new place has a white electric stove top that's seamless (ie., completely flat surfaced). The problem is, whenever I use it, huge black marks (they look like burn marks) show up on the stovetop. I thought it was from my cheap pots and pans so I got new ones and it did no good!
What is going on? And how can I clean them?

By Jennie from Tempe, AZ

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September 9, 20100 found this helpful

Use an old credit card or other such plastic to scrape any burned on residue. At Walmart a product called Weiman glass cook top cleaner in a 15oz bottle is what is good for cleaning the glass top. Just reapply if it doesn't all come off the first time around.

Also just in case you are not aware of the type of pots and pans to use on glass; don't use teflon on high heat or aluminum pans. Stainless steel is recommended and no porcelain coated pans (they are usually speckled over another color) or cast iron. You can actually pit the glass stove top if cooking with these and who knows what temperature is safe for using.

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August 29, 2011 Flag

I have a black flat top stove and am looking for a way to clean it. It is worse around the burners after I grill or fry. Today, I used the white pasty glue and also the liquid spray, both recommended my the manufacturer. Any help or suggestions?

Thanks.

By Reda G.

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August 30, 20110 found this helpful

Scrub those "burn rings" with baking soda and a blue Scotch Brite pad. Be sure it's the blue, non-scratch one and not the green one. If there is a heavy build-up, you can scrape most of it off with a single-edged razor, like the ones you use to scrape paint off windows. This was recommended by GE when I bought my stove.

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April 2, 2015 Flag

My black marks seem to be under the glass. The surface is slick. I got that with a scraper, Dawn, and the cooktop cleaning liquid they sold me. This happened shortly after buying it. Any ideas?

By Pat M

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March 30, 2015 Flag

Does anyone know how to get my blue towel marks off my stove top? I had a boil over of pasta and grabbed the first thing in sight. :(

By Shelley

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October 12, 2006 Flag

I am looking for info for cleaning glass stove top with sugar cubes. Need info on how. Suppose to be able to remove burnt and messes, without scratching.

Jo from CT

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October 13, 20060 found this helpful

Be very careful. I had a glass top stove, and it was great, but the instructions warned to immediately clean up ANY split sugar on the surface, as it can cause pitting and damage. Also, never use any type of abrasive pad or cleaners, as this will damage the surface. I used a product called Crema Brite avaliable at hardware stores and some groceries, but it seemed like it was mostly lemon juice and paste. I would try making a paste with baking soda and lemon juice. This should not hurt the surface, but try in a small spot. Use a washcloth or soft rag to apply and wipe clean.

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August 5, 2011 Flag

I have my second ceramic glasstop stove and it seems as though the finish is being scrubbed off when I scrub the dirt off. I don't know why this is happening.

By Debbie

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October 7, 2010 Flag

What can I use to clean accumulated grease on glass ceramic stove tops?

By Marsha

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Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

By accumulated grease, I must assume it's been burnt on? Wet a Scotch no-scratch kitchen sponge and keep dipping the scour side into baking soda, to give a thorough scrubbing. Then, rinse thoroughly and buff dry before using the range. Also, be sure to apply a polish made especially for glass top stoves after each cleaning. This helps to repel the next round of cooking mishaps. My brand is Weiman Cook Top. I think you can find it really cheap in any Walmart, Dollar General, Freds, etc. I also think they sell it at Sears appliance stores. Be sure to clean your cook top after every use. It makes life a lot easier! Good luck. (07/24/2010)

By psr1lady

Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

Razor blade held absolutely flat will loosed the burned on, but it will scratch to top unless it is flat to the surface of the cook top. Never, never, never cook on a dirty burner; clean after every use or before use. Usually the razor blade will scrape the stuff enough the cleaners will work. Use lots of elbow grease. (07/25/2010)

By Chloelizabeth

Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

I have an all white glass top stove and I use baking soda with a couple drops of dish washing liquid. Make a paste and scrub. Sometimes I add salt to the past, that is an abrasive but won't scratch the surface. I've used the Mr. Clean erasers too, but I think the good old baking soda and Dawn or Joy paste works the best. (07/29/2010)

By Deborah570

Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

Lemon juice to a towel cleans the grease from a stove top and makes it sparkle. No streaks. (07/29/2010)

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September 8, 2010 Flag

How do I clean off burnt aluminum off of a ceramic stove top?

By Teresa from Lakeland, FL

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Cleaning a Smooth Top Stove

I have a smooth top stove and I clean it with Bar Keepers Friend that you can find at most stores. Also take a very smooth knife and gently scrape that aluminum off with out digging into the surface of the stove. That works for me. I take the blunt edge of a knife to scrape mine. Just be careful. (07/20/2010)

By Mirage

Cleaning a Smooth Top Stove

If you use a blade with a handle, (the type used for cleaning stickers and things off of windows) to clean off the big stuff first then a cleaner like Zudd, Bar Keepers Friend, Mother's Helper or just a wet dish cloth it should come clean. I have made messes while cooking jam and it all came off beautifully. A twin razor blade will work, but is not as safe as a window blade. It will also scrape off easier if it is wet or has been soaked a bit. (07/20/2010)

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July 24, 2010 Flag

For best results in cleaning a ceramic smooth top stove, use Vileda. It easily removes baked on brown spots. It can be purchased at Canadian Tire for approximately $5.00 for 2 sponges. I had a very hard time cleaning mine, until I found this product.

By Donna R.

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I just looked at ebay and found 4 of these sponges for $8.99 postage paid. They will ship from Ohio. (04/03/2010)

By irisbird

Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

If I do get burned on food or the cooking water from food spills over, I use the single edge razor blade to get the most of the gunk off. Then continue to follow directions from Cerama Bryte cooktop cleaner (I get it at Home Depot ). They also have Cerama Bryte cleaning pads for all smoothtops. A little elbow grease helps, too. ;-) CERAMABRYTE.com (04/04/2010)

By Great Granny Vi

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July 19, 2010 Flag

I use baking soda to clean stubborn, burnt on food on my Kitchen Aid smoothtop stove. It works beautifully. With lots of elbow grease and rinsing, it did the trick without losing the finish or scratching the top.

By Momonique from Burnaby, BC

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I use a flatblade utility knife. Use at an angle, takes spills off super easy. (12/11/2009)

By Judiah1

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April 1, 2010 Flag

I have a flat top ceramic stove. I cannot find anything to get off the burnt and dark places on the burner.

By Janice from Princeton, WV

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Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

I use a cleaning product called Soft Scrub (01/21/2010)

By tlc0324

Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

Bleach will help, good luck. (01/21/2010)

By kffrmw88

Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

I'd try the Mr. Clean Magic Sponge. There are generics and store brands available. (01/21/2010)

By OliveOyl

Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

I use Weiman's Cook Top for my stove top and I wipe it on with a dampened paper towel and let it dry and wipe off with a dry towel. You may need to repeat a few times and a bit of elbow grease, but you will be able to see the darkening material on the towel that's being rubbed off. This product came with my stove and can be purchased at WalMart. (01/21/2010)

By Lorelei

Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

I spray clorox bleach on it, let it sit for a few minutes, and come back to wipe down. It shines! I am messy and usually have lots of dried food and burnt spots on my ceramic cooktop. This works every time. I have the cook-top cream cleaner, but it requires a lot more sweat and effort. (01/23/2010)

By ksunnenberg

Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

Hi! I'm not into bleach and other chemicals (a natural gal, I'd say). The most success I've had with removing the black gunk from the stove top is by first wiping the glass with mild dish soap and very warm water (to activate the gunk). Then take a widget (see picture) and slide it over the glass top at a 45 degree angle. It takes the gunk right off and anything else that you couldn't see - you'll be quite happy with the result! (01/23/2010)

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