Things You'll Need
White paper towels
Ceramic cooktop cleaner
Scrub extremely stubborn hard-water stains with baking soda. Apply the baking soda to the wet sponge.
Abrasive powders and sponges may scratch flat-top stoves.
Flat-top stoves, commonly known as "ceramic stove tops," feature smooth glass finishes that complement any kitchen. Like all stove tops, flat-top ranges experience stains that mar their beauty. Exposure to wet cookware typically causes hard-water stains on flat-top stovetops. Distinguished by white film or deposits, hard-water stains consists of insoluble minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. Not only are these mineral deposits unsightly, they also become harder to clean from ceramic stove-top surfaces over time. Get hard-water stains off flat-top stoves as soon as possible using convenient solutions.
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Shut off the stove. Let the glass surface thoroughly cool.
Drench a white paper towel in white vinegar. Lay the saturated paper towel on the stove top, covering the hard-water stain.
Leave the paper towel on the stove top for an hour. Vinegar dissolves mineral deposits on stove surfaces.
Peel the paper towel off the stove top. Wipe the stove with a dry paper towel.
Inspect the stove top for remaining hard-water stains. If any white film remains, douse the mineral deposits with ceramic cooktop cleaner.
Cover the moistened mineral deposits with a water-moistened paper towel. Leave the stove surface alone for 30 minutes.
Remove the moistened paper towel. Scrub off the remaining water stains with a damp sponge. Rinse the sponge and wipe the stove to remove any cleaner residue.
Dry the flat-top stove thoroughly with a dish towel.
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