How to Get Hard-Water Stains Off My Flat-Top Stove

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Things You'll Need

  • White paper towels

  • White vinegar

  • Ceramic cooktop cleaner

  • Sponge

  • Dish towel


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.

Water stains mar a flat-top stove’s appearance.

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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Step 1

Shut off the stove. Let the glass surface thoroughly cool.

Step 2

Drench a white paper towel in white vinegar. Lay the saturated paper towel on the stove top, covering the hard-water stain.

Step 3

Leave the paper towel on the stove top for an hour. Vinegar dissolves mineral deposits on stove surfaces.

Step 4

Peel the paper towel off the stove top. Wipe the stove with a dry paper towel.


Step 5

Inspect the stove top for remaining hard-water stains. If any white film remains, douse the mineral deposits with ceramic cooktop cleaner.

Step 6

Cover the moistened mineral deposits with a water-moistened paper towel. Leave the stove surface alone for 30 minutes.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

Dry the flat-top stove thoroughly with a dish towel.



April Dowling

April Dowling first started writing in high school and has written many news articles for newspaper and yearbook publications. She is currently pursuing a career as an online writer and affiliate marketer. Dowling writes for several websites and keeps many blogs.