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Glass Top Stove Cleaning Tips

Updated on June 17, 2015
Beautiful new glass top stoves
Beautiful new glass top stoves
Used glass top stoves that weren't properly maintained over the course of time
Used glass top stoves that weren't properly maintained over the course of time
Not all cleaning chemicals are compatible with glass top stoves
Not all cleaning chemicals are compatible with glass top stoves

Maintaining glass top stoves in the world today isn't exactly an exciting topic that's going to turn into a script for a major motion picture anytime soon, but it's a topic that for many out there has raised some interesting questions in the past. The electrical stove was developed in several different phases throughout time, and in the 1970s the glass top stove first started to appear onto the kitchen scene. Recently our smooth glass top stove decided to take a long deserved rest, and stop working after 19 long years. Can you imagine if we still had all of the food that was cooked inside, and on top of this stove? There wouldn't be enough table space to hold all of this food.

Well when we traded in our old glass top stove in for a new one, the salesman at the appliance store was amazed at how well kept the glass top of the stove was maintained. He said that a lot of customers asked him how to clean the top of the glass top stove, but he wasn't really sure how to do it, and what to tell them. So he ask us what we did to keep this glass stove top in such a good condition.

You see these modern glass top stoves are a much sought after kitchen appliance for their sleek, modern design and ease of use. The smooth glossy surfaces of these glass top stoves are a thrill to cook on, but glass top stoves sure can be frustrating to keep clean. It's best to wipe up any cooking splatters immediately. Hot water will help clean up some of these spills. You can use a razor blade to scrape up those stubborn messes that bubbled over out of the pot and turned into an annoying stain on your shiny glass stove top from some time before. You want to be very careful to not scratch the glass top surface. There are also scrapers on the market that are specifically made to scrape away stubborn spills on glass top stoves.

The smooth glass top is really an easy area to clean, because it's just a pure smooth flat stove top surface, and it doesn't have rough old fashion burners sticking up. It's very important to make sure that the surface is cool before you start cleaning. You don't want to use abrasive cleansers or harmful chemicals that will end up damaging, and scratching your shiny glass top surface. There are cleaning products, cleansers and polishing creams that are made specifically for glass top stoves, which are highly suggested by the manufacturer for you to use. You can make your own homemade glass top stove cleaner by mixing 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 4 drops of lemon essential oil into six ounces of warm water. You also need to keep in mind that your glass top stove isn't an extension of your counter-top. You need to avoid keeping things on top of it, which could eventually damage it. You also have to watch out for plastic items like plastic bowls and plastic bags, which could end up melting on the hot surface of the stove.

You need to keep in mind that replacement stove parts aren't exactly cheap. Replacement individual burners can cost around $80.00 a piece. A cracked glass stove top broken from storing things on top of it can be costly as well, and an entire new glass top can cost up to $200.00 to replace. So you want to take care of and protect your glass stove top so that you can show it off to all of your friends, and have it for many years to come. This may not be all of the story or the even the complete story on glass stove tops, but for this Hub it's TheHoleStory.

take special care your glass stove top so that you can show it off to all of your friends for many years to come.
take special care your glass stove top so that you can show it off to all of your friends for many years to come.

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    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Good idea about putting the cutting board on the top of the stove. After the burner turns black you do have a tendency to forget it's still hot. Thanks for the idea.

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      tricomanagement 2 years ago

      I use eucalyptus oil and water - easy, pleasant smell and it works. To keep me from setting anything on top of the cooking surface without thinking about it, I use a large wood cutting board on top.

      Nice HUB!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I also just clean my smooth top stove with just warm soapy water. It makes it shine.

      Happy New Year.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I love my smooth top stove. I had it for several years now. I never thought that the burners underneath would have to be replaced. Thanks for the heads up on the cost.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      If I ever get stove trouble, I'll know where to turn for help!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I'll have to try the baking soda solution since I'm not all that fond of the chemical based cleaners. Love my glass cooktop and won't go back to burners!

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Informative with clean descriptions. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I've had a glass cook top for twenty years and though there are some stains it certainly doesn't look anywhere as bad as the ones you pictured!

      I love mine. It is so easy to clean and always looks nice.

      :You've done a nice job of outlining the care of a glass cook top.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Randall Guinn 2 years ago from Pinellas Park, Florida

      A good informative hub. We have a glass top stove as well and I totally agree with all you said. I gave it a thumbs up and useful.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very useful for those wanting to keep clean their stoves. You narrated some interesting facts of the glass top stove and with getty images. Have a nice day.

      Voted up and useful.