Cleaning stove cooktop is one important part of you DIY bond cleaning adventure. Cleaning a well maintained stove can be easy as a breeze. But if you were not so careful and didn’t clean regularly, cooktop cleaning can become a complete nightmare.
One big thing favoring smooth cooktops is their ultra-modern look. Ceramic cooktops hide those ugly, old coiled heating elements, giving your kitchen a sleek, modern look. Aesthetically they cannot be beat. However, it is not easy to maintain its beauty. Ceramic cooktops are notorious for being frustrating to keep clean. An oil splatter from any daily cooking will turn into a black burn if not wiped up immediately. The tomato sauce that bubbled over from your famous baked ziti is sure to become an annoying stain the next morning.
There are many effective products on the market specifically for cleaning glass-top stoves. Most are thick and creamy salves that won’t damage the stovetop. Here’s how a routine cleaning should go when using these products:
- Add a small amount of liquid cleaner to the glass-top and quickly spread a thin layer over the surface of the stove.
- Allow the cleaner to set for about a minute. It should change from a liquid to a milky-white, dry consistency.
- Use a clean, dry cotton cloth to wipe the top thoroughly. Pay extra attention to any areas that feel rough to the touch.
- Once the cleaner has been removed, wipe down the surface of the stove again using another dry cloth.
- The stovetop should feel smooth. If not, repeat the process.
For really caked-on stains, try this method:
- Apply the liquid cleaner to the stain area, but don’t let it dry. For burnt-on stains, the cleaner is used as a lubricant instead.
- If you have a scraper, now’s the time to put it into action. Gently scrape the crust up from the glass until it’s completely removed.
Is it safe to use a scraper?
One hotly debated topic about keeping glass-top stoves in good shape is whether to use a razor or sharp scraper to assist in removing tough, grungy food stains. Reading the many public discussion forums about glass-top stoves will probably only confuse you more. Some people say you’re risking an expensive product by bringing a sharp object near delicate glass. Others say if you use it on the right stain, such as burnt cheese or other residue, and you’re very careful, a scraper will absolutely help keep the stove clean.
Appliance manufacturers do recommend purchasing a special scraper, which comes in a kit with a stove-top cleaner and soft cleaning pads. Here’s what to do: Add a liberal amount of liquid cleaner to the area affected and use the scraper to lift burnt-on debris. Using some pressure, move in a forward and backward motion with the cutting edge of the knife. The cutting edge should be held as flat against the glass as possible, while still maintaining contact. Do not use the corner of the scraper or razor blade, as it can scratch the glass top.
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