If you are a proud owner of an electric glass cooktop, then you probably already know how its sleek exterior can really make the kitchen stand out. Conversely, when it's covered in stuck-on food and littered with burnt debris from previous meals you've cooked, it can just look plain unsanitary.
So, how do you keep your cooktop from looking like a desolate garbage wasteland? By following these simple tips, you can quickly and painlessly clean your cooking space so you can continue to stare at your beautiful reflection through the glossy surface.
What You'll Need
- Paper towels
- A sponge
- A microfiber cloth
- Medium bowl of hot water
- Dish soap
- Baking soda
Are you ready to start wiping grime off the face of the earth? Or maybe just your glass cooktop? Here's how you do it.
Chill and Let it Cool
Spilling while cooking is always going to happen, but cleaning up spills on the stovetop right after you turn the burners off never should. Give your cooktop a couple minutes to cool down before wiping off the surface so you can continue to keep all the skin on your fingertips.
One way to make sure your heating elements are completely cooled off is by flicking a couple drops of water over them and seeing if they sizzle. If they don't, then you're generally good to to start wiping away any mess left behind from what looks like a summer camp food fight.
Chuck the Chunks
Simply grab a paper towel and gather up all the food debris. You most likely won't get everything, since it's difficult to get melted food off your cooktop, so just wipe up as much as you can. It will probably look like a giant smear of grossness, but don't worry, it's only the first part of the process.
Soap, Soak, and Soda
Pour dish soap in the bowl of hot water and then let your rags soak in the sudsy goodness. While your rags are absorbing and heating up, sprinkle the baking soda over your glass cooktop. And when we say sprinkle, we really mean pour as much as you want on because the more the merrier, amirite?
And now that your once glossy stovetop looks like the top layer of a powdered sugar crepe, it's time to add on the rags. Ring out each rag gently and then lay them flat so your entire cooktop is covered in washcloths. And now we wait for 15 minutes...
15 Minutes Later ...
Unless your cooktop looks like it could use a little extra love, 15 minutes should be all the time you need to get the results you want. Remove the rags from your cooking surface and you'll see that the scum has lifted and loosened from your glass cooktop, which will make wiping this bad boy up a piece of cake. Just use the washcloths that you removed to wipe the debris off and it'll come off like butta.
There will probably be some leftover water and crumbs to clean up still, so take your sponge and use the soft side to wipe away the bits and soak up the rest.
Dry and Be Done
You're almost there! Use a microfiber cloth to get the last of any water and give it that final shine. And that's it! Your glass cooktop has been restored to it's stunning self once again!
Of course, nobody likes wasting 20 minutes to give their cooktop a deep cleaning, so the best way to maintain your pretty glass cooktop is by simply wiping it down after every meal you cook on the stove.
Keeping up with your cooktop is an easy process, but if you wait too long to thoroughly clean it, consequences could involve scratching and even cracking! And when that happens, who ya gonna call? Us. Visit us and view our array of the best name-brand cooktops to find the right one for your home. Just give it a little love and it will last for years to come!