Do you have a range with a glass surface? If so, then there is a good chance you have found yourself frustrated with trying to clean it. Whether it is removing streaks, scraping off burnt-on food, or simply cleaning the stovetop, it is hard to know just what works and what doesn’t.
Of course, you always want to keep in mind the delicate nature of your range’s stovetop – and care for it accordingly.
In this article, you will discover how to clean a range with a glass top.
How to Clean a Glass Stove Top Range
When it comes to a glass top stove, you can’t just jump right in and start cleaning whenever the mood strikes you. Well, you could, but not if you want to be safe – and effective. Here are a few things you need to know before you start cleaning:
- Wait until the stovetop is cool before you begin cleaning. We know that food that boiled over while cooking is just urging you to clean, but doing so can be dangerous. Keep yourself safe and free from burns by waiting until the surface is cool.
- Consider using natural products and not heavy chemicals when cleaning. Remember, anything you put on your burners will heat up the next time you cook. Using heavy cleaners can leave you with some strong smells burning off – and may be hard to get rid of.
- Take care of your glass top by only using gentle products and tools. Anything abrasive can permanently damage the surface.
And, finally, you may want to consult your manual or the manufacturer of your range to discover any specific information related directly to the care and maintenance of your glass top stove.
Here’s a closer look at how to clean a glass top range.
Daily Routine Care
If you use your stovetop often, then getting in the habit of caring for it regularly can help you in the long run. Think about it – your stovetop is left wide open to dust, dirt, and debris. And, with each use, whether you spilled anything or not, there is often a residue left behind – which can trap even more dust and debris.
Take the time to gently wipe down the stovetop after each use. This keeps it looking nice and fresh – and it reduces heavy buildup which is tougher to clean down the road.
For this routine care, consider using a spray bottle of water (or a mix of distilled vinegar and water) along with a soft cloth. Once the stovetop has cooled down, spray it down and wipe up with the cloth. Use an additional dry cloth to buff out any streaks.
Knowing how to keep your stovetop clean daily is one thing.
But, sometimes you need more, don’t you? If you find yourself in need of deep cleaning for your glass top range, then you will want to grab these ingredients and follow the instructions:
- White vinegar
- Dish soap
- Baking soda
- Spray bottle
- Hot water
- Bucket or large bowl
- Towel (or towels) large enough to cover stovetop
- Dry soft cloth
- Soft or medium bristled toothbrush
Step One: Spray the Glass with White Vinegar
Add some white vinegar to a spray bottle. This can be regular white distilled vinegar that you likely have in your pantry or can pick up easily on your next trip to the grocery store. Spray down the glass until it is fully covered with a nice, wet layer of vinegar.
Step Two: Sprinkle Baking Soda
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (or any other brand, generic or not) will work just fine for this step. Sprinkle a light yet a thorough layer of baking soda on top of the stove. Make sure to hit all areas, leaving a little extra sprinkle on the roughest, most used areas.
This baking soda, when combined with the white vinegar, will begin fizzing. This works to clear up the tough, stuck-on debris on the stovetop.
Step Three: Fill a Bucket with Hot Water
This bucket – or large bowl – needs to be large enough to hold a small bath towel or two kitchen towels. Fill the bucket with the hottest water your faucet will allow and add a couple of drops of dish detergent.
Place the towel (or towels) in the bucket to get thoroughly soaked. Then, place the towels across the stovetop, covering the baking the soda.
Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. The heat and moisture from the towels will further help the baking soda to penetrate any burnt-on debris.
Step Four: Remove the Towel and Scrub
When the time is up, remove the towel (or towels) and begin scrubbing the roughest areas with a soft– or medium-bristled toothbrush. Use the rest baking soda that remains on the stove and gently scrub in a circular motion. The key here is to give the stovetop and extra chance to release any grime or stains without damaging the surface.
Step Five: Clean It Up
Use your wet towels to remove the rest of the debris and baking soda that remains on the stovetop. Once you are back to your clear glass, use your spray bottle of vinegar to again spray down the surface. Then, using a soft rag or cloth, begin wiping down the stovetop, taking care to buff out any streaks.
Cleaning up your range’s glass stovetop does not have to take a lot of time or effort. This is especially true if you take the time to maintain your glass regularly after cooking. Once you do a major cleaning (listed in the steps above) follow it up with regular wipe downs. By doing so, you should not have to do any major cleanings for your stovetop for a couple of months. Though, keep in mind this does depend on how often you utilize your stove.
There are many methods that you may use to clean your glass. And, consulting your manufacturing may result in a specific recommended product. However, if you are looking for a simple way to keep your glass top shining bright without the use of heavy chemicals, then you will enjoy this method we have provided.