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

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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.


Step 1

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

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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.

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