Glass top stoves are well loved for their sleek appearance, but they do take a little more care and maintenance than most people realize. The surface can be all too easily scratched if the wrong kind of cleaner or tool is used and can be stained fairly easily. However, there are some convenient tricks you can employ to keep your stove looking as pristine as the day you bought it.
For regular cleaning and daily maintenance, most manufacturer's recommend using a gentle, nonabrasive cleaner and non-scratch sponges. There are many crème cleaners available in most stores designed specifically for cleaning glass top stoves with ease, and without the risk of scratching or discoloring the surface.
You will also want to use either a non-scratch sponge or soft cloth. Harsh or rough fabrics or the wrong kind of sponge will damage the surface and could possibly lead to cracking of the painted surface.
Wiping up spills carefully as soon as they happen will also make cleaning the glass top much easier. Keeping wet, disposable cleaning cloths conveniently close by is a great way of dealing with spills as they happen. Just remember to exercise caution and never to clean on top of a hot burner or when it is turned on.
Many people have adverse reactions or do not want their home filled with the chemicals found in conventional cleaners. You can clean your glass top stove with ease using all natural cleaners with products you already have around your home or in your kitchen cupboards and still have a nice, shiny and clean surface.
To cut through any grimy or built-up greasy areas, sprinkle baking soda on the surface when it is cool. Cut a lemon in half or use a sponge dipped in lemon juice to scrub the range top. Use a clean, wet cloth to rinse away the baking soda and lemon juice. This will clean, sanitize and shine up the surface of your stove without causing any damage.
Tough Stains or Heavy Burns
If you encounter tough stains or heavy burns, elbow grease and time are your best friends. Whether you are using a conventional or natural cleaner, apply generously to the trouble area and allow it to sit for a good five minutes or so. Scrub the stain with a non-scratch sponge and rinse clean with a fresh cloth.
With a little extra care and caution, you can have your glass top stove looking beautiful for years to come.