How to clean a glass stove top

A sleek glass top stove is a modern touch that can shine and stand out in a kitchen. For a daily touch up, it’s as easy as using vinegar. When it comes time for a deep cleaning to address residue and buildup, you’ll want a more thorough regimen in place.

While you might imagine that a glass stove top should be cleaned with a glass cleaner (like Windex), these cleaning products are actually not suitable for a cooktop, as they can lead to permanent stains and streaking on the fragile surface. Cleaning with distilled white vinegar is your best bet. But of course: Always consult your manufacturer’s manual to see recommendations and cautions.

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How to clean your glass stove top after useHow to deep clean your stove top

How to clean your glass stove top after use

From a splatter of sauce to months of build-up, here’s how to clean your glass cooktop. 

What you’ll need

  • Distilled white vinegar

  • Microfiber cloth*

  • Spray bottle (optional)

*Even if you have tough buildup on your stove top, make sure to avoid scrubbing it with anything abrasive, as this may end with a scratched stove top.

How to clean

  1. Make sure that your stove is turned off and cooled down before you begin cleaning.

  2. If you’ve got an empty spray bottle on hand, fill it with vinegar and use it to spritz the stovetop. If that is not available to you, lightly soak a microfiber cloth in the vinegar and begin taking it across your stove. 

  3. Follow by wiping down with the dry side of the cloth to remove remaining liquid and marks.

How to deep clean your stove top

Additional Supplies:

  • Baking Soda

  • Hot Water

  • Towel (clean)

  • Razor Blades 

How to deep clean

  1. Start the same way as in your daily cleaning. After letting the stovetop completely cool down, spray the surface with white vinegar to cover the entire surface. 

  2. Cover the vinegar with a heavy sprinkle of baking soda.

  3. Soak your towel in the hot water and ring out any excess water before placing the damp towel over the stovetop.

  4. Let the towel sit for about 15 minutes. 

  5. Remove towel and use microfiber cloth to remove vinegar, baking soda, and residue.

  6. Like your daily cleaning, spritz the stovetop with the white vinegar and wipe with microfiber cloth again, removing remaining streaks and residue. 

  7. Repeat the entire process again if necessary.

For tough residue

This is where the razor blades come in. Sometimes the magic combination of baking soda and white vinegar isn’t enough. A quick warning: Some glass top stove manufacturers advise against using a razor blade. Check in with your model and skip this step if not advised.

  1. On a cool stovetop, spray residue with white vinegar.

  2. With a gentle hand, hold the blade on the cutting side at an angle to lightly begin scraping the residue with the razor blade.

  3. Wipe the surface with microfiber cloth and repeat the process until clean. 

Cleaning a glass stovetop doesn’t have to be a chore. The more you proactively clean it after use, the less frequently you’ll need to deep clean it. Luckily, the cleanup process is simple and natural—just keep that spray bottle with vinegar handy—making for a non-stressful addition to your cleaning regimen. 

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