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How to Clean a Stovetop: Glass, Black, Ceramic, Stainless

Your kitchen is spotless, but your stovetop? It seems impossible to clean completely. It’s the one thing standing between you and a 100% spic-‘n-span kitchen. No matter what type of stovetop you have, there’s a proper way to clean it. Let’s make things easier for you. We have the secret to cleaning your stovetop once and for all, no matter the type and no matter the problem. Here’s what you need to know to get this kitchen task finished.

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How do you clean a glass stovetop?

Glass seems intimidating, but you can restore it to its brand-new glory with the right tools. A great bonus about a glass cooktop, especially if you’ve got a small kitchen, is that it can be used as an additional work or prep surface. As with cleaning, though, make sure it’s completely cool first.

You’ll need:

  • baking soda
  • distilled white vinegar
  • hot water
  • a soft cloth

Method:

  1. Wait for the stovetop to cool down before cleaning.
  2. Spray vinegar on the glass surface generously.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda on the vinegar, covering the whole stovetop.
  4. Put your cloth in hot water and wring out excess.
  5. Place the towel over the baking soda and vinegar mixture and allow it to cool.
  6. Once the towel cools off, use it to wipe the excess vinegar and baking soda from the surface, gently buffing away stuck-on grime.
  7. Repeat if necessary until your glass is clean.

How do you clean a black stovetop?

Black stove tops can scratch easily, and they show all fingerprints. Cleaning this type requires some finesse. The secret is to use a gentle touch and buff out any remaining residue with a soft, dry cloth.

You’ll need:

  • Microfiber cloth or other soft material (old t-shirts work well, too!)
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Gentle dish soap

Method:

  1. Remove grills and place them in your sink with hot soapy water.
  2. To clean the top, start with vinegar and a soft cloth. Spray the vinegar on the surface and wipe it down to remove streaks and grime. If you have a flat-top stovetop, start with this step, as well.
  3. If you still have stubborn stains, you can move to a baking soda mixture. Spray your stovetop down again, and sprinkle a bit of baking soda onto stubborn stains.
  4. Soak your cloth in hot water and wring it out.
  5. Place it over the stain or stubborn grime. Allow it to cool.
  6. Gently wipe up the excess once the towel cools down.
  7. Use a mixture of dish soap and water to remove any leftover film. Distilled water can also help remove any hard-water stains.

How do I clean a ceramic stovetop?

Ceramic cooktops resist food stains, but they do scratch easily. It’s best to use a gentle hand. Remember to be gentle with ceramic. The material is very convenient for cooking but requires a soft touch when cleaning to ensure the surface remains in top shape.

You’ll need:

  • Gentle dish soap
  • Hot water
  • A microfiber cloth (or other soft cloth)
  • Distilled vinegar
  • Small brush or toothbrush
  • Spray bottle

Method:

  1. Start by mixing some vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray liberally onto the surface.
  2. Turn the stove on and allow it to heat up. Continue to spray the surface to ensure the liquid doesn’t evaporate completely. Turn the element off and wipe the surface once it’s cool enough to touch.
  3. If you have stubborn grime or built-up grease, use your toothbrush or brush to agitate the stain gently before wiping the surface clean.
  4. Rinse with hot water.

Tips to Clean a Stainless Steel Stovetop

Stainless steel is prone to discoloration and scratches. The best option for cleaning stovetops like this is a product specifically for stainless steel. Bar Keeper’s Friend Soft Cleanser is one option that’s a lifesaver for bringing back stainless steel surfaces.

If you don’t have this product, the best option is to clean spills right away. Each time you cook, wipe away any grime that’s collected over the surface of your stovetop with a non-abrasive cleaner and soft cloth.

Vinegar can leave serious discoloration. Unlike the other surfaces on the list, don’t leave your stainless steel cooktop to soak in vinegar. Only use it to disinfect the surface, then clean the residue away immediately with hot soapy water.

How do you get burnt-on grease off of a stovetop?

Baked on grease is a huge pain. Built-up grease isn’t a death sentence to your stovetop, though. Cleaning it is a matter of having the right touch and the right combination of tools.

Method:

  1. First, blend a bit of lemon juice and white distilled vinegar. Pour the mixture (in small amounts) over the grease. Scrub with a soft bristle brush.
  2. Next, sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the area to sit for a moment. Wet a soft bristle brush and scrub in a circular motion to help break up the stain. You can add a drop of gentle dish soap to help break up the grease.
  3. If that doesn’t work, you might try Coca-Cola. Pour a small amount over the grease and allow it to fizz for a few moments. Gently scrub the area with your soft bristle brush.
  4. If that still doesn’t work, you can try a stovetop scraper. This tool is specially designed to scrape up baked-on grease. Gently test the tool on your surface to ensure that you don’t scratch the surface.

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