A flat glass stovetop with no burners or coils may look like it will be easy to clean, however, if the cleanup is not done well, the stove will suffer from it. In this article, we explore some cleaning mistakes people make that you need to avoid.
It is easy to treat glass stove tops like the rest of your countertops, however, the truth is that it requires different cleaning supplies if you want to keep it in good shape.
Knowing what mistakes to avoid will make keeping your glass stove top in tip-top shape a piece of cake as long as you keep up with maintenance. One of the biggest mistakes you can make during the cleanup is using anything that might scratch the surface.
Avoid using things like steel wool or the rough side of a sponge as they cause a lot of damage. You can use the soft side of a sponge as it won’t scratch the glass. The steel wool is best suited to cleaning your oven but it is too abrasive for a glass stove top.
Also, remember not to add too much pressure to the stovetop when using a soft sponge as that could crack it.
Cleaning your glass stove top every day for a few seconds will help it last longer. You can mostly avoid problems like food spills by wiping down the glass stovetop after each use. All you need is a soft sponge or microfiber cloth moistened with water or vinegar.
If you plan to use a cleaning spray for daily cleaning be sure to use one made specifically for glass stovetops. Regular glass cleaners like Windex are too strong and can damage it. Also, make sure the burners are turned off and completely cool before the scrubbing begins so burn accidents don’t happen.
If you forget to wipe down your glass stovetop after every use, it will accumulate tougher stains. When this happens, it is advisable to do a deep clean once a week by spraying the stovetop with white vinegar and then sprinkling on some baking soda.
When that’s done, lay a towel that has been soaked in hot water on top then let it stay for close to 15 minutes before wiping it all off with a microfiber cloth.
If there are stubborn spills that resist the above recipe, you might have to use a scraper. There are some that have been manufactured for glass stovetops that can help you get rid of the old baked-on stains.
Scrape it as much as you can until then follow up with baking soda and water spread over the spot. Cover that with a damp rag and leave it for some minutes before wiping it off.