How to Clean a Glass-Top Stove

The flat surface of a glass-top stove eliminates crevices and exposed coils, but food spills make cleaning a challenge, especially when they burn onto the surface. Regular cleaning with safe and effective tools keeps the stove top looking like new so it fits into your kitchen decor instead of becoming an eyesore.

Act Fast

Spills are part of the territory when it comes to cooking. Instead of waiting until later to clean up the mess, wipe up drips and spills as you go. Removing the food before it hardens makes cleaning simple. Wipe the mess with a damp cloth.

Wipe After Use

Even if you don't have a major spill, get in the habit of wiping the glass stove top after every use. A warm, wet cloth removes grease and other remnants that may not be obvious. Cleaners made specifically for glass stove tops aid in removing food or grease left behind.

  1. Squirt a small amount of the cleaner on a cooled stove top.
  2. Rub the cleaner over the stove with a cloth.
  3. Wipe the cleaner off the glass with a clean, damp cloth.

Scrape Off Food

A razor scraper works well for removing food stuck onto the glass surface. Keep the scraper near the stove but away from children so you can scrape the burned-on food right away.

  • Hold the razor blade at a 45-degree angle. Slide the blade along the surface of the stove, scraping at the edge of the food spill.
  • Apply glass stove-top cleaner to the spill.
  • Scrape the spill as soon as possible, especially for sugary spills, which harden once they cool. Use a pot holder when using the scraper on a hot stove top.
  • Wipe down the entire stove top after scraping the spot to get rid of any remnants.

Home Solution

Glass stove-top cleaner isn't a requirement for cleaning the surface. Baking soda and vinegar work as a homemade cleaning option.

  1. Mix just enough water with a few tablespoons of baking soda to make a paste.
  2. Apply the baking soda paste to the spill.
  3. Dampen a rag with wet water. Place the rag on top of the spill.
  4. Let the rag rest for 30 minutes on the area. Wipe the surface to remove the food.

If baking soda alone doesn't tackle the job, combine it with vinegar.

  1. Combine 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 4 tablespoons of baking soda to make a paste.
  2. Spread the mixture onto the food stain.
  3. Wait one minute before rubbing the area with a clean cloth.
  4. Wipe the entire cook top with a clean cloth.

Shelley Frost

Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience comes from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.