Knowing how to clean a glass stove can mean the difference between a crystal clear surface and an abundance of scorch marks. Glass stoves are one of the trickiest things to clean, as any residue will likely burn into place. Typical surface cleaners won’t remove these stains, but don’t worry, with the right products and technology you can make your glass stove look like new again.
It sounds too good to be true, but you can remove those pesky stains from your glass stove. It may require more than one application, and some serious elbow grease, but it can be done. Here we show you exactly step by step what to do and answer all your questions you may have along the way.
If you’re also dealing with rosters, check out our guide on how to clean cast iron stove grates?†
How often should you clean your hob?
Doesn’t sound demanding, but your glass stove should be cleaned quickly after each use after it has cooled down.
What you will need
Degreaser for hobs
White Distilled Vinegar
This is because spitting can cause unseen remains to accumulate. It is also best to remove any leftover food or spills as soon as possible to prevent it from burning in the next time you use the elements. With regular use, it is good practice to also thoroughly clean your glass stove once a month. It takes a lot of effort, but keeping this up to date will prevent future stains, making cleaning a lot easier.
If you see burn marks appearing around the elements, it’s a sign that your cooktop needs some TLC. As mentioned above, it is important not to clean a glass stove until it has completely cooled down to avoid injury and damage to the appliance.
First check whether your stove comes with cleaning instructions in the manual. It is always best to follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for method and cleaning products. If none is provided, follow these steps.
This is how you quickly clean your glass stove
1. For daily cleaning, once your stove has cooled down remove all obvious food residues with a damp cloth.
2. Next one, use a hob degreaser to spritz the surface and let it sit for about a minute (or however long the brand recommends). If you want to opt for something more sustainable, fill a spray bottle with white distilled vinegar and use that instead.
3. When the time is up, wipe it clean with a damp microfibre cloth or sponge† If you are using a sponge, remember to use only the soft side.
4. Than wipe off any streaks with a dry microfiber cloth† This method immediately removes grease and grime.
How do you thoroughly clean your glass stove?
If you have a buildup of residue on your glass stove, this is the method to follow. It’s good practice to do this once a month to avoid getting it in the same condition in the future.
1. If you want to use a hob cleaner, just follow the instructions. This usually involves applying a cream or paste and then rinsing it off. If you want to be more sustainable, Spray the surface of the stove liberally with white distilled vinegar†
2. Than, sprinkle baking soda over the vinegar, again be generous, especially in areas where there is a lot of residue. You will notice that it starts to foam.
3. Next one, dip a few towels in hot water, remember to wear rubber gloves to protect yourself. Wring out the towels and lay them flat on your stovewhich covers the entire surface.
4. Leave the towels for 15-30 minutesdepending on how dirty your glass stove is.
5. When the time is up, remove the towels and wipe off any residue with a damp microfibre cloth.
6. Give the surface a final spritz with the vinegar† This will help move hardened baking soda.
7. Rinse and polish remove any streaks with a microfiber cloth.
How to get rid of burn marks?
Burn marks are notoriously difficult to remove from a glass stove. You need a combination of the right tools and elbow grease, but it can be done and here’s how. Some recommend using a loose razor blade to scrape off this residue, but we don’t recommend this method as it is dangerous and can damage the glass.
Instead, buy a scraper designed for the job, such as the Cerama Bryte Scraper Tool† Be sure to check your manual to see if your manufacturer advises against using a scraper tool before doing so. Some of the glass has been treated and the blade may damage it.
1. When the stove has cooled down, spray white distilled white vinegar about the burns.
2. Next one, dip a few towels in hot water, wear protective gloves and wring them out and lay them flat over the burn marks†
3. Leave it to sit for 10 minutes to moisten the residue.
4. Next one, gently scrape the residue using the scraper. Rotate it at a 30 degree angle to avoid scratching the surface and use a pushing motion. This should slowly remove the burnt residue.
5. Wipe the glass stove clean with a damp microfibre cloth and buff.
You may have to repeat the above methods to get your glass stove looking like new again, but it’s worth it. You should now have a sparkling glass stove, don’t forget to clean it regularly!
Tips to keep your glass stove clean
- Wipe it off after each use and let it cool down completely first.
- Keep a third eye on your pots and pans, try not to let anything boil over or spill.
- Use soft materials to clean, such as a microfiber cloth or the soft side of a sponge, anything abrasive can scratch the glass.
- Only use the designated hob cleaners or the ingredients we recommend above; do not use bleach or ammonia as this can damage and even discolor the stove.