Glass cooktops are the style of choice for anyone who prefers electric or induction cooking appliances and while nothing beats them for their seamless look and sleek style, they can be a real eyesore in your kitchen when covered with grease, film, burned-on deposits and food spills.
How do we know? With all the test kitchens in our Good Housekeeping Institute and the constant flow of ranges in and out of our Kitchen Appliances Lab, we’ve seen, cooked on, and cleaned our share of glass stovetops. And we’ve tested lots of glass cooktop cleaners in our GH Cleaning Lab. Read on to see how to make your glass stovetop shine in just a few easy steps.
How to clean your glass cooktop to prevent stubborn stains
The trick to keeping this surface clean and saving yourself more time, stress, and elbow grease is to stay ahead of the mess and not give it a chance to bake on in the first place. Here’s how to keep your cooktop sparkling:
- Promptly wipe up spills and splatters as they happen with a damp sponge or cloth. Even if the surface looks clean, invisible layers of grease can build up and burn on over time, making them harder to remove.
- Use a grease-cutting spray or wipe specifically made for glass tops on a cool cooktop, like those from GH Seal-holders Weiman and Affresh. These cleaners won’t leave hazy streaks behind like regular all-purpose and glass cleaners with ammonia can.
- Rinse and buff the glass dry with a soft cloth or paper towel.
How to clean a dirtier glass stovetop
If it’s been a busy week and cooktop spills have gotten ahead of you, switch to a cooktop cream or paste. The gentle abrasives in these formulas will help loosen stubborn residue that needs a bit of a nudge but isn’t totally welded onto your glass.
- Apply cooktop cream or paste with a non-abrasive scrubbing pad working in a circular motion.
- Rinse the surface thoroughly and buff dry. It’s super important to completely remove any cleaning product residue, otherwise it, too, can bake and burn on and even worse, interfere with the performance of your cooktop, especially induction.
- Sprinkle on a little baking soda or a non-abrasive cleanser in a pinch and rub with a damp cloth to remove stuck-on stuff and wipe clean.
How to deep-clean stubborn, burnt-on stains from your glass cooktop
If your glass cooktop has seen better days and is already covered with burned-on grime, it’s time to pull out the heavy duty tools.
- Lay a hot, moist towel on the glass to help soften the residue.
- Use a razor blade — or the scraper that comes in a cooktop cleaning kit — held at a 45° angle, carefully scrape off the burned bits. Don’t worry, the glass on these cooktops is durable and can handle this treatment. Depending on how baked-on the deposits are, you may have to repeat the hot towel/razor blade step several times.
- Clean the entire top with your cleanser; then rinse well and buff dry.