This is how I clean my Ceramic-Glass Cooktop
The Internet has so many comments, opinions, and methods on cleaning a glass-ceramic cooktop. Lots of opinions on ease of use and struggles. Below, I detail my method for cleaning my cooktop after over two-months of cooking without a thorough cleaning. Yes…that’s kinda sad, but in the name of “science” for this blog…we did it. So, the glass surface was a mess with caked on gunk, but it wasn’t that far from many cooktops I’ve seen. More time and more cooking in between cleaning make the surface harder to clean; so, over two months is a pretty good case scenario. Over time, I’ll keep attempting other means and tools to clean, either from your suggestions or knowledge of what others have tried and what’s offered. All Steps in this method are when the cooktop is at room temperature, NOT hot!
Starting point: Two Month Soiled Cooktop
Step 1:Scrape the top surface of burnt on residue off.
This reduces the thickness of the residue and allows for easier reaction with the cleaner. Note: razor scraper is …A RAZOR BLADE and incredibly sharp. Be careful! Not all cooktop manufacturers suggest or offer a razor scraper due to liability reasons, but it is the best way to remove grime from your cooking surface. Without it, you will be scrubbing a long time and become quite frustrated with your cooking surface.
A new sharp blade is best and I am pushing with some force at an angle. Do not drive a corner or the blade edge directly into the glass as you may scratch it. Note the angle of the tool in my photo’s. You shouldn’t scratch the surface if you do this correctly. If your blade is chipped, carefully dispose and use a new one. (click on image for larger view)
Step 2:Cover and buff surface with Weiman cleaner.
Put enough cleaner on the surface to wipe and coat entire surface.
Buff the dirty, high residue areas using a paper towel and as much force as you can. It’s like buffing your car with wax. You should notice more and more residue coming off the glass surface.
Step 3:Wipe off Cleaner and Grime with Paper Towels
With the paper towels, probably new clean ones, continue to wipe until all the cleaner is removed and cooktop looks pretty good. If you had a really dirty top, like mine, you may notice some residue still on the burner areas.
You could go back and use more cleaner and paper towels, or, what I do is attack this area with the razor scraper again. Note: I am NOT using the razor scraper while there is cleaner residue also on the surface. It’s one OR the other, not both at the same time.
Step 4:Touch-Up with razor scraper
The scraper used with some force, should remove the final gunk residue. If not, repeat one of the steps above. For me, my cooktop is generally clean at this point.Step 5: Optional final polish with cleaner
I prefer one additional step with cleaner. This time I use only a few drops, polish off any remaining marks, fingerprints, etc. This leaves the top shining, clean, and protected for the next cleaning steps. Voila! A clean ready for show cooktop.
Result: Clean Cooktop
Happy cleaning, Ted
Cleaning materials used:
Razor Scraper: The best cleaning tool for a glass-ceramic cooktop! Get one and use it safely! I really do not like the cheap plastic ones. This standard one works fine, but I’m still looking for a more solid option.
Weiman Glass Cooktop Cleaner: One of the original cleaners, designed for glass-ceramic cooking and residue removal. Correct pH to soften burnt foods, mild abrasive to polish surface. CeramaBryte is also another good option for cooktop cleaning
Standard paper towels: Great for cleaning, when soiled you discard so not to re-contaminate or scratch the surface with some other foreign dirt