How to Remove White Stains From a Ceramic Stove Top

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Ceramic stovetops are among the most popular feature in homes across the United States.
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Ceramic stovetops are among the most popular feature in homes across the United States. In addition to being easy to clean, attractive and durable, ceramic stovetops are common because they go with all sorts of decor. Although a clean white ceramic stovetop is a wonderful and beautiful thing to behold, a ceramic stovetop with white marks or burnt stains is significantly less appealing. Fortunately, there are easy ways to remove ceramic stove top discoloration.

Cleaning a Ceramic Stove Top

Cleaning a ceramic stovetop involves both cleaning, degreasing and drying. Because ceramic stovetops see a lot of oil and a lot of splatters, it can be easy to make a mess every time you cook. Too often, cooks get comfortable not cleaning their stovetops for days at a time, and then grease, food and debris begin to build up, making stains become harder and harder to remove.

To prevent stains from building up in the first place, it's a good idea to clean the stovetop after you cook — every single time. Wait until the stove has cooled down entirely before you begin cleaning. Start by clearing any solid debris, crumbs or bits of food from the surface of the stove. Then, run a cloth over the surface of the stovetop to gather any crumbs and dispose of them.

Next, spray a solution of vinegar and water onto the stove and wipe it down with a sturdy cloth. Allow the vinegar to sit on any stains or marks for a few minutes before scrubbing at it with your cloth. The vinegar's acid should cut through grease and loosen the grime so that it is easier to remove. Be careful not to scrub with a harsh pad like steel wool because that could damage the surface of the stovetop.

Ceramic Stove Top Discoloration

When you're dealing with white marks on ceramic hob, ceramic hob burn marks or other varieties of ceramic stove top discoloration, you will want to use an abrasive cleanser. An abrasive cleaner can be something like a solution of baking soda and vinegar, which can help remove any white discoloration from a cooktop without harsh scrubbing.

Pour a liberal amount of baking soda on top of the surface of the stovetop. Using a spray bottle of water, make a paste out of the baking soda and allow it to sit and penetrate the stains on the surface of the stove. Then, take a sponge and begin to scrub from the exterior part of the stain to the interior. Use a circular motion to break down the stain. Once you've scrubbed, rinse the area with cool clear water and a soft cloth.

Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner

In some cases, white marks on ceramic hob or ceramic stovetop discoloration don't come out with only baking soda, vinegar or an abrasive cleaning pad. In these cases, you will want to employ a commercial-grade ceramic cooktop cleaner. These are available at home improvement and hardware stores, and are helpful and easy to use.

Simply squeeze a nickel-sized amount of the cooktop cleaner onto the stained or discolored area and spread it over the affected surface. Allow it to sit and settle for 5 minutes before using a very sharp razor blade to scrape at the affected area. Apply gentle pressure as you scrape the razor blade across any visible stains.

Apply a second coat of ceramic cooktop cleaner and wipe it with a soft cloth until all stains and residue have been cleared from the surface of the stove. Wipe the area again with a cloth that has been dipped in warm water. Dry the stovetop thoroughly.

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Ashley Friedman

Ashley Friedman

Ashley Friedman is a freelance writer with experience working in the home, design and interiors space.