Beginners Guide to Cleaning Glass Cooktops
Glass Cooktop Cleaning, Simplified
The cooktop comes into contact with many substances in the kitchen - grime, grease, oil, food particles, you name it. If you have a glass cooktop stove, here are the things you need to know next time you clean it!
Five No-Gos for Cleaning Your Glass-Ceramic Cooktop
- Never use knives or other sharp objects to remove crusted-on stains. It is best to use a metal cleaning scraper as this will prevent creating ugly scratches on your cooktop.
- Avoid using scrubbing sponges; otherwise, scratches on your cooktop will be inevitable.
- Avoid scouring cream as this cleaning agent is too aggressive for the surface of a glass-ceramic cooktop.
- Dishwasher tabs can also be used for cleaning, but most of them contain ingredients that could harm your cooktop, so it is best to avoid these in general.
- Lastly, stay away from oven cleaner while cleaning your cooktop as it contains certain ingredients that can adversely affect the integrity of your glass-ceramic cooktop, causing it to lose its finishing.
Four Easy Steps That Will Change Your Cleaning Game Forever
1. Only use a metal cleaning scraper for crusted-on soiling
The small, sharp blade resolves even burned on or ingrained soiling in no time without any effort. The dissolved dirt can then be wiped off the cooktop with a kitchen rag.
2. Only use glass-ceramic specific cleaners
Our kitchen cleaner contains a special combination of powerful active ingredients that eradicate fat and starch and help loosen burnt-on stains. It is also suitable for light soiling, such as grease splatters.
3. For thorough cleaning, agitate with a microfiber towel.
Also, always allow the surface to cool completely before cleaning to prevent melting of your towel and cleaner.
4. For the perfect finish, wipe and dry.
After cleaning the soiled surface, grab a damp microfiber towel and wipe the cooktop, then dry it with a clean microfiber towel.
One last tip: sugar is the cooktop’s nemesis. If you spill sugar on your cooktop while it is hot, make sure to remove it immediately using a clean metal cleaning scraper only. This would be the one exception to waiting for your cooktop to cool before cleaning it. When the temperature rises, the glass cooktop expands as the ceramic components shrink, maintaining the material stability even in drastic changes in temperature.
However, sugar does not have this property. When heated, it expands. If the cooktop cools down, the glass-ceramic components remain stable, but the sugar expands yet again, causing damage to your cooktop that is irreversible.
Resources and References
The Daily Meal