People love glass-top stoves for their sleek appearance that blends in with any modern kitchen design. And with a glass top, you also don’t have to clean bulky burner grates or replace drip pans. Unfortunately, there is a downside. Even the smallest splatter can stick out like an eyesore that requires some level of cleaning after each use.
Can You Use Windex on a Glass Stove Top?
Experts at Consumer Reports say you should never use a household glass cleaner like Windex to clean your glass stove top as the ammonia can streak or stain the surface. For regular daily quick-cleans, use a product called Cerama-Bryte instead to keep streaking at bay. Bar Keeper’s Friend MultiPurpose Cooktop Cleaner is also a popular store-bought product that works well on glass cooktops.
How to Deep Clean a Glass Stove Top
Before you begin to clean a glass stove top, always make sure it’s cool, for safety and to prevent causing damage or further spotting. Consult your manufacturer’s instructions for any specific cleaning product recommendations. Using the wrong product could accidentally void an existing warranty. So, how do you clean a glass stove top? The following steps will do the job.
- Step one: The best way to clean a glass stove top is with a product in your pantry. Vinegar is a natural cleaning solution that saves you both time and money. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray the surface of your glass top and then use a damp cloth to wipe away any debris. Vinegar also acts as a degreaser.
- Step two: Sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface. Baking soda packs a one-two punch for cleaning as it breaks substances down but the abrasive quality is mild enough you can scrub without scratching.
- Step three: Wet a large towel with hot water and drape it over the entire stove top surface. Leave the towel there for at least 15 minutes so the warm water and baking soda can loosen stuck-on crud. Remove the towel, then target any trouble spots with a non-abrasive scrub pad before wiping clean.
- Step four: Wipe your stove top down again with vinegar and a microfiber cloth, then buff it with a dry cloth for a streak-free shine.
Use a Razor to Clean Your Stove Top
Consumer Reports Home Editor Dan Diclerico says for hard-to-clean spills or burned-on messes, gently scrape with a single-edge razor blade at a 45-degree angle to get under the spill without scratching the surface. “Keep in mind while you’re cooking that sugar-based stains like chocolate or even tomato sauce need to be removed while the surface is still warm, otherwise they could end up binding to the glass,” Diclerico says.