How to Clean a Burnt-on Patch on a Flat Stove Top

A combination of cleaner, moisture and safe scraping helps remove cooked-on food remnants on a flat stove top to return your kitchen to an aesthetically pleasing and functional space.

Prep the Surface

Let the stove top completely cool down if you just finished cooking. This allows you to safely work on the burnt patch without burning yourself. Wipe off as much of the area as you can with a clean rag. If the patch is fresh, some of the food may come up just by wiping.

Use Cleaner

Several companies make cleaners designed for stove tops. Spread a layer of the cleaner over the burnt patch. Scrub the cleaner into the patch with a non-abrasive rag. Wipe away the remaining cleaner to check the progress of the cleaning. If the patch remains, spread another layer of the stove top cleaner on the area.

Scrape the Patch

If scrubbing with a cleaner and rag isn't enough, use a razor scraper along with the cleaner to remove the remnants. Hold the blade at a 45-degree angle against the surface of the ceramic cook top. This angle gives you the best leverage and helps avoid scratches in the surface. Apply light pressure as you scrape the razor across the ceramic surface. Wipe off the cleaner and pieces scraped off the patch. Repeat the process as needed to remove any remaining areas of burnt food.

Home Remedy

Another approach is to use household items and warm moisture to loosen the burnt patch. Mix a paste of baking soda and water. Cover the patch with the baking soda mixture. Moisten a cloth with warm water and place it over the stain for about 30 minutes. Much of the burnt patch should wipe away.

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.