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Two months of cooking burnt-in grime

Best Glass-Ceramic Cooktop Cleaning Method!

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

Two months of cooking burnt-in grime

Two months of cooking burnt-in grime…(Yes, I am using cast iron pans!  Read more about that in cookware!)

Step 1: 

Scrape the top surface of burnt on residue off.

Close up of burner before cleaning

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. 

Carefully scrape as much of the residue as possible

Carefully scrape as much of the residue as possible

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.  

Drip some cleaner across soiled cooktop

Apply adequate ceramic cooktop cleaner

Put enough cleaner on the surface to wipe and coat entire surface.

Buff cleaner into surface grime, like you are buffing a car with wax

Buff cleaner into surface grime, like you are buffing a car with wax

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

Wipe off dried cleaner & grime with paper towel.

Wipe off dried cleaner & grime with paper towel.

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.

Remaining residue after first application

Remaining residue after first application

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

Note the angle of scraping, I'm not pushing and edge or corner into the glass surface

Note the angle of scraping

Touch up removal of remaining residue with scraper

Touch up removal of remaining residue with 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

Final Polish, I only put a few drops and repeat cleaning/buffing procedure

Final Polish, I only put a few drops and repeat cleaning/buffing procedure

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

Cleaned Cooktop catches reflection of backsplash

Cleaned Cooktop catches reflection of backsplash

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

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8 Responses to “Best Glass-Ceramic Cooktop Cleaning Method!”

  1. Bluetang January 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    I have followed your instructions for removal of iridescent mineral stains with no luck. these stubborn stains remain. Any other ideas?

    • Ted Wegert January 18, 2015 at 11:20 pm #

      Thanks for reading. Generally, the iridescent colors come from soap + heat. Do you think this is the case for you? Are you using considerably force or pressure with the cooktop cleaner and towel? Let me know or send a picture. -T

      • Vijay April 10, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

        I possibly used soap when cooktop was still hot…in a hurry to wipeout something that had fallen. It has become dull white…under the glass surface…is there a way to get it back to what it was? thanks a lot!

      • Ted Wegert May 4, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

        Should be no problem with normal soap. Just use a good cooktop cleaner at room temp. That white is actually on the top surface, not below.

  2. Elizabeth May 24, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    I haven’t used dish soap or any cleaner to wipe my stove down. Only an envirocloth dampened with water and still have the rainbow effect.

    • Ted Wegert September 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

      Late reply, but just try cleaning with a cooktop cleaner like Weiman or CeramaBryte. Should always take the rainbow off.

  3. Jane December 15, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

    I’ve cleaned my stove top as you described and all of the visible gunk is removed. My problem is that there is a brown discoloration on one of my more heavily used burners. When you slide a razor over the surface you don’t feel anything. It’s completely smooth. What’s this from and how can I remove it? Thanks

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