How to Clean Glass Stove Tops

Unlike regular stove tops, glass stove tops take a few special steps to keep them shiny and streak-free.

You Will Need:

Steps to Clean a Glass Stove Top:

  1. Start by moistening a soft cloth with water.
  2. Wipe the surface of the stove to remove any loose food or debris.
  3. Add a small amount of detergent to remove food that is dried (not cooked) on the surface.
  4. Rinse with clean water.
  5. Clean any remaining areas with a glass stovetop cleaner or the Magic Eraser. Both are effective in removing the cooked on stains that are more difficult to remove.
  6. Rinse the cloth and surface regularly to see how much progress you’re making. A non-abrasive scouring pad, like the plastic scrubbers, can also be used to scrub the surface.
  7. Once the surface is clean, or shows no more improvement, rinse well with clean water and a clean cloth.
  8. To remove any streaks, a glass cleaner or wipe can be used to make the surface shine.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • The key to keeping your stove top in excellent condition is cleaning up the spills right away. NEVER use the stove top with spills present. The heat will cook them on and adhere them to the surface. Once cooked on, the stains will likely require a harsh chemical or razor scraper to remove them completely.
  • Clean the surface after each use to remove any grease splatters or spills.
  • There are a variety of glass stove top cleaners on the market. Other products, such as Bar Keeper’s Friend also work well to clean glass cooking surfaces.
  • Never us any abrasive cleaners on a glass stove top. They will cause scratches that will dull the surface of the stove.
  • For cooked on plastic, food, grease stains and more, see our other glass stove top cleaning guides.


  1. Lynn says:

    This is the quickest and least messy way to clean a glass stove. If you want the stove top to be perfectly shiny and not have streaks or spots, use window cleaning wipes instead of all-purpose cleaning wipes.

  2. Lynn says:

    It’s a lot easier to wipe up a fresh hot mess than it is to scrape off something that’s had a chance to cool and harden. Keep a warm wet dishcloth handy while you cook, and wipe off spills and splatters as soon as they happen. Then, clean the whole stove top with hot soapy water once you’re done cooking.

  3. Lynn says:

    I tried using regular cleaners like 409 on my new glass stove top, but they left spots and streaks. If the stove top is really a mess or you have a lot of grease, use a regular grease-cutting cleaner and then follow up with Windex to get the stove top to a perfect shine.

  4. Lynn says:

    It’s so easy to scratch a glass-top stove, and that’s a good way to lose your deposit. Be sure not to use any pot or pan that’s rough on the bottom when you cook, and don’t get in the habit of setting things on the stove when you’re not cooking. Also don’t try to clean the stove top with anything abrasive, be sure to use cleaning products that won’t scratch.

  5. Lynn says:

    If you’ve got a glass top stove; it’s probably new, right? And you want to keep it nice. So don’t experiment with regular cleaners and risk scratching the glass; spend the extra two bucks and buy a cleaner made just for new ceramic and glass top stoves. They work perfectly and you won’t have to worry about ruining your new stove.

  6. Tami says:

    My stove still looks brand new. I buy the Weiman Cook Top Glass Cook Top Cleaner from Walmart. There is a red scrub pad that you use with it. I put the cleaner on a dry stove. Scrub with the pad, then wipe clean with a wet dish cloth. Then I dry it with a dry cotton cloth. After that, I take a cloth that I found at Walmart in the automotive section. It’s a lime green cloth (fiber cloth) and it shines it like new. I will never use anything else. The cloth is also fantastic for the control part of the stove. No smears and shines so nice. I also use the cloth for the outside of my microwave.

  7. Brenda says:

    Sprinkle a little BonAmi on the surface and scrub it with a very wet paper towel. It removes all stains and burnt on messes very easily and is less expensive than those commercial cleaners. Wipe the cleaner off with soap and water. Works every time.

  8. Shawn says:

    We use baking soda and elbow grease. We also use stuff called Bar Keepers Friend (powder) and the last resort is a razor blade.

    We have not had any problems with scratching, but maybe we’re just lucky. I’ve always gone with the theory that if something is not as hard as glass (5 on Mohs scale of hardness – yes, that’s a real scale), you should be OK.

    But then again, I’m on here looking for an easier way.

  9. Maureen says:

    A dear friend passed along the tip of using “Bar Keepers Friend” for cleaning the cook top! Even when it looks clean, you’ll find it has removed grease residue that you didn’t even know was there. It is great for cleaning pots and pans, countertops, and general cleaning too. It comes in both a powder and a liquid. I personally prefer the liquid, but both are wonderful. All the friends to whom I’ve passed this along also swear by it!

  10. Bob says:

    I’ve tried everything. The best I’ve found is plain old Brillo pads. If there’s a lot of burnt on crud, just saturate the pad with water, spread it on and let it sit for minute. Then lightly rub till clean, dry with a paper towel and then use a tiny bit of the ceramic stove top polish to give it a shine. The Brillo doesn’t scratch and the soap is great for dissolving crud.

  11. Laurie says:

    I have had a white glass-top stove for four years and was ready to throw it in the garbage, literally! I read on the internet somewhere to use Bar Keepers Friend cleaner from the grocery isle that carries “Comet” and things like that. It saved my stove from being sent to the dump! My stove now looks brand new. I love it again. Just sprinkle some water on, sprinkle Bar Keepers on while you clean up the dishes or whatever, use a sponge with a scrubber back on it and viola – stove is like brand new. No razor blades, nothing. It’s the best… trust me, I’ve went through everything man could make in the last four years. This WORKS!

  12. Carlene says:

    I use a Mr. Clean Eraser. Those erasers are the best cleaning item I have ever found. Wish I could get a whole roll of it.

  13. Madi says:

    We sell appliances and have also had a smooth-top stove for years – it still looks brand new. Here are the tips:

    1. Wipe up any sugary/sweet spill immediately, the sugar heats up hotter than the stove-top and can etch the glass.

    2. For every day cleaning, use a cloth and/or non-scratch Scotch Brite pad.

    3. For baked on stains or rings around the burner, use a razor blade scraper. This will NOT harm your stove top and is the easiest and quickest way to get off those baked on stains.

    4. To restore shine, use a cleaner specific to smooth-top stoves; we use CeramaBryte. Squirt on, wait to dry, then buff off.


  14. James says:

    Do not ever boil sugar water over on your glass top stove because it will leave tiny pits all around the burner area.

  15. Fanny says:

    After I read these helpful hints for cleaning my glass stove top, I immediately rushed to try out Bar Keepers Friend and Windex. I was amazed by the power of the above. My stove-top looks shiny. It still has some rough spots, but, I am a happy camper already. I’m sure the rough spots will come off sooner or later. Thanks a lot!

  16. Tom says:

    I had a stain that wouldn’t come off after 30 minutes of scrubbing with the pad and cleaner that came with the stove. I put a paper towel down, dripped some ammonia on that, covered it with plastic wrap (to keep the smell down), then let it sit for an hour. The stains slid right off; amazing.

  17. Harry says:

    I tried cleaning my glass stove top with a sanding wheel on a drill and it left scratches. The sand paper was a 60 grit. What went wrong? I even tried a 100 grit to remove the scratches and they are a little better, but I can still see them. Any ideas from anyone? The stove is only a month old.

  18. Tom says:

    Get some wet-dry emery paper (sandpaper) grits 200, 300, 400, and as high as you can get. Use with water, very lightly, each grade starting with the 200 and on up, until you’ve fixed the mess you made. Then, use Bar Keepers Friend. Now, never use sandpaper again.

  19. Anne says:

    A few scratches are now on my only one-year-old glass top – Thanksgiving friend did a little grinding with the post it appears. Any way at all to remove or at least lighten the looks of the scratches?

  20. Bri0050 says:

    Help! Husband does not feel that he has to wipe off the stove after cooking and will cook on the stove without removing the old mess. The burners look like they have been cooked on for years without being cleaned. I’ve tried everything mentioned above, even the razor blades. I’m not brave enough to use sand paper though. Any suggestions?

  21. James says:

    To the person who used a drill and sand paper; why? I hope you are kidding around! Answer to your question – what should you do, buy a new stove?

  22. Anita says:

    I was cooking pancakes and somehow batter got on the hot element and now I have cooked on batter that won’t come off the smooth surface! How do I get the stuff off without ruining my new smooth cook-top?

  23. Coey says:

    Sandpaper? Are you nuts using that to clean a glass-top stove?

    Thank goodness for websites like this.
    I always learn something new, and what NOT to do! :)

  24. Kristy says:

    I swiped over the eye with a dry towel and it made a sticky mess. I tried getting it off fast, but it just smeared, then it dried hard. I tried Windex, Soft Scrub, and water – HELP!

  25. Jo says:

    I have tried the stove-top wipes but they really didn’t do a lot. I use Windex now and it cleans and makes it shine.

  26. Karen says:

    I use a product that Sears sells called A Cook Top Cleaner for smooth top ranges. It is wonderful. I use it once a week; takes just a small amount for a thorough cleaning. Use just a spray, short soak, and wipe up with Windex in between. My stove is several years old and it still looks like new.


  27. Eileen says:

    The active ingredient in most of the glass top stove cleaners is rubbing alcohol. I use glass cleaner or a Magic Eraser daily, but I use the rubbing alcohol weekly and the amount of residue this cleans up is amazing. Plus, it dries super quick and leaves no streaks!

  28. Mrs. Brojo says:

    To Tom who used the ammonia, the only real restriction for cleaning my stove top was NOT to use anything that contained ammonia. Did you have unpleasant results from it?

    Ours is about two years old and with four kids in the house, it doesn’t get cared for like it should. I don’t like the results I get with the specialty glass stove top cleaners, but I have been worried about what regular cleaners contain and what they would do to my stove top. I think I will try the Bar Keepers friend and buff with a microfiber cloth. I would love to have it looking as good all the time as it does for a few hours every Saturday.

  29. Faith says:

    The cooktop cleaners are similar to the old GlassWax. The fireplace store told me I had to clean my gas fireplace window with the cooktop cleaner because it seals the tiny imperfections of the glass and in the long run will keep it easier to clean. I, too, have the smears after using the cooktop cleaner, let dry to haze, then buff off with a towel, turning frequently. The microfiber cloth takes all the excess dust and haze off and I use the microfiber cloth daily to dust it. Mine is the black glass top and on a breakfast bar and the light from the patio doors, it shows every speck of dust.

  30. Samantha says:

    Hi, I recent touched the cuff of my fleece sweater on the hot stove and it burned on a little. So, I used the scrub pad and cleaning cream that came with the stove to remove it. Now, most of the burned area is removed, but there is a dullness (not scratched) on the area that I cleaned. How can I restore the shine? Or is it permanent?


  31. Deb says:

    I accidentally layed a loaf of bread on one of my glass top stove burners. I removed most of the burnt plastic, but there is still some black residue. I have scrubbed with a stove cleaner. Any ideas??

  32. Glen says:

    I just bought this stove and it has blackened on the burner areas. Yes, it is a smooth top. Will the barkeepers stuff get this off? I have tried the razor, but the black stuff is all smooth. Do I just need to scrub till my arms fall off?

  33. Robyn says:

    We spilled an entire small sauce pan on our glass ceramic stove top and now its burnt onto the top! How and what is the best way to get this off? Help please!

  34. C&J says:

    Thank you. I had some burnt spaghetti sauce and was just dumb founded. Oddly, I had a can of Bartenders Friend in my closet that had not been used in over three years. It worked like a charm. I think I found an old friend.

  35. Kim says:

    I have a white cook top and some cooking pans I use have left brown scorch marks. Suggestions what best to use to remove them?

  36. CleanStuff says:

    Hi guys, we’ve heard your questions and have created a guide that will hopefully help you get that crusty stuff off of your burners. Check it out here: How to Clean Burnt Plastic from a Glass Cooktop

  37. Susan says:

    Bar Keepers Friend cleaned my glass top stove that had burnt-on gunk on it for months — you can get it at Bed Bath and Beyond for $4.00. It’s AMAZING!

  38. ZZ says:

    You paid too much for the Bar Keeper’s Friend at BB&B; try a grocery store…much cheaper.

    I have tried a spray cleaner made for glass cooktops by Carbona called Clean It! It cleans very residue like other paste cleaners. I use that after cooking and once a week use Bar Keepers Friend! WOW; amazing results!!

  39. Some guy says:

    Way up at the top of this posting is a note or two about a guy using a sander to clean his stovetop.

    Gee, can’t imagine why that is not in the manual for the stove; I just checked.

    Pretty funny, but I bet some people on this actually took his suggestion and tried it.

    He did not post again, probably too busy using a plane to clean it now.

  40. Donna says:

    I have always used a sharp razor blade to take off the burnt foods and grease on my stove, then wiped it down with Weiman cook top cleaner (found at Home Depot or Walmart). This product is made specifically for glass top stoves; it puts off a REALLY nice shine. I have sworn by this method and my stove still looks brand new after three years. It also helps to wipe your stove with a wet cloth after each meal.

  41. Kathy says:

    My mom moved and left the house to my brother and I. I’m 20 and am new to this glass stove so I accidentally cleaned it with a dry rag after coffee spilled on it, but it burned and now the eye of the burner is green from the rag. How can I remove it? I tried soaking it and cleaning it with Windex, but still no results. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I don’t want my mom to return to a nasty stove! =]

  42. Pat says:

    The way to clean a glass top stove is to never get one in first place…

    Can you imagine buying anything that needs so much cleaning? A razor blade, all sorts of gunk, etc. White is especially bad as there is what they call metal residue that comes from all of the pots and pans you can buy.
    It is the worst thing I ever owned and not for a serious cook.

  43. Eileen says:

    I thought the burner was on low when I put the Revere teapot on, with about a cup of water, and took my dog for a walk. It was on high. The bottom of the empty teapot’s burnt and the element is terribly scorched. I tried a hard plastic putty knife, but no luck. I can scrap it with my fingernail, but don’t think I’ll live long enough to get it all off. I got a “regular” putty knife, but does anybody know what will “soften” up that scorch?

    Thank you.

  44. John in VA says:

    We would NEVER buy one. Unfortunately, we are stuck with one in the home we rent. This is a 10-year-old stove, and the owner expects that it will look like it’s brand-new for the next 100 years. It’s clear he wants to use any excuse to keep my deposit.

    NONE of the methods in this thread work well enough. The one that does work best is to use a Dremel tool (at 35000 rpm) with a felt-pad type buffing tip (it’s a small cylinder, white, and comes in a pack of six for about $3 or so). Put on the cleaner (Weiman’s or whatever), then start to buff.. and buff.. and buff…till your whole weekend is gone and you are dead tired. So yeah- you can clean it, but look what it takes.

    I repeat: NEVER EVER buy a glass cooktop!!

  45. Mary says:

    Bought a new glass top without learning of the cleaning issues before hand. Cooked a steak in a cast iron skillet. The skillet left what appeared to be a burned-on ring. Soap/water/Barkeeper’s Friend didn’t help. I used full strength white vinegar, wiped; no good. Added a bunch of baking soda and scrubbed with a paper towel. Success. I expect this will be my cleaner of choice, but will also try some of you folk’s tips as well. Thanks.

  46. Frances says:

    Don’t ever use Walmart name brands on a glass top. The first time I used Great Value Canola oil on my glass top, with the same pans, and it left a black mark that I can not get off. I tried everything; Bar Keepers friend, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (Extra Power). It makes me sick every time I look at it. Does anyone have any ideas? My stove is fairly new.

  47. Kay says:

    I love my stove. It makes the whole kitchen look clean. Always clean the top as soon as you finish cooking, and you won’t have the YUCK you all are talking about. I just use Brillo Pads. OMG! Sandpaper? Never.

  48. JF says:

    Has anyone tried a steam cleaner? Haan is advertising one on TV. Also can buy at WalMart for $99. Does floors and they show it doing a glass top stove also.

  49. Sam says:

    Hi, my friend and I were making chocolate syrup and it overcooked and went all over the stove. We cleaned most of it up, but some is burned on. How can we get that off without damaging the stove?

  50. Tanis says:

    I have a brand new glass stove. Some of our guests scratched the stove. One of the elements on the stove has a lot of scratches! Can these scratches be removed? Please help!

  51. Tammy says:

    My son & daughter-in-law moved in and she cooks a lot, but she slides the pan across burners and now I have a few scratches and a couple of the burners are yellowing. Any ideas?

  52. Black Glass Stove Top says:

    I moved in with husband into an apt. he’s been renting for a couple of years. I’ve managed to clean up the horrid burnt-on mess after one hour of dedicated scrubbing (thanks to a cooktop cleaner from Scotch-Brite), but now I need something to polish it. Will barkeepers friend help?

    Please help- we are moving in a couple of days and I don’t want the apt. complex to hang on to our deposit for a stove that’s had wear & tear for over 10 years (not to mention, the 2 years that my husband had it).

  53. Tom says:

    What chemical do you use to clean the new glass stove tops to get the baked on grease off?? I’ve tried a few items that work for regular cleaning, but not the heavy duty grease.

  54. Black Glass Stove Top says:

    I tried Comet cleaner on my cooled down stove-top yesterday. Damp cloth and Comet did wonders; some grease was left, which came off after using Scotch-Brite to scrub. Left my stove top looking shiny.

    Hope it works for you.

  55. Greg says:

    A friend put aluminum foil on his glass top stove – to protect it from his outside pot he was putting on it, he then heated the water to boiling and when he removed the pot the foil stayed stuck to the glass top. Any suggestions? I will admit it is hard to type when you are laughing.

  56. Divi says:

    Try dishwasher detergent, it will eat through aluminum foil if you let it sit for a few hours. Other posts suggest it as a stove cleaner. Imagine, we bake that stuff into our dishes!?!?!

  57. Tabitha says:

    I tried sprinkling baking soda on my black glass cooktop and scrubbed with a wet paper towel. It worked miracles. I was cleaning it with Cermabryte, but it wasn’t getting the burnt on rings around the burners off. The baking soda and elbow grease worked. It got almost all of it off. I had even tried previously the razor blade method to no avail. After scrubbing with baking soda, then I used Cerma Bryte to buff the cooktop. Thanks for all the advice, you have now turned my attitude around on glass cooktops. I love mine now.

  58. Some Guy says:

    We have had open houses for 10 weeks now, and this is my job (cleaning the stove top; we have a black one). No one in the family cleans it after use, it is generally filthy.

    This works:

    Get Bartender’s Friend at the grocery store. I’ll wait until you get back.
    OK, now get three paper towels, folded, and wet one of them.

    Wet the stove with the aforementioned paper towel.

    Sprinkle the Bartender’s Friend, use a lot, but not a ton. (You don’t want your stove to look like Scarface was there).

    Wipe the paper towel on the stove and press hard on the stains, and cooked on food. Keep rubbing.

    With paper towel #2 (dry), clean up the stove top. You may need to add more Bartender’s Friend. The dryer the stove, the more the Bartender’s Friend will clean the hard spots.

    Dry with paper towel #3. There should be a white film on the stove top…
    Use a cloth to polish it up and you’re done.

    10 minutes, max.

  59. Nita says:

    I have a KitchenAid glass cooktop. Can anyone tell me how to remove the burnt markings off the burners? I am totally desperate.

  60. Patty says:

    We just bought my 87 y/o mom a new stove and she forgot her tea pot on a burner and it burned dry and left a mess on the burner. Any ideas on getting the mess off? I’m a BIG fan of barkeepers friend!

  61. Rink Dink says:

    Has anyone tried tub and tile cleaner? It is a foam that I buy at Dollar General Store for about $1.50 for a big spray can. It is just as good as the high priced name brand. I use it on my stove, cabinets, refrigerator, oven door and even scorch inside or out of my pans.

    For bad burned-on spots on your cook top, spray on a lot of foam and let it stand. A piece of plastic wrap can be put over really bad spots and left to soak. It cuts grease like magic. Just wipe it off with a sponge or rag and polish with a paper towel or microfiber cloth.

  62. Nichol says:

    Baking soda really works!!! I tried everything else and nothing worked but the baking soda.

  63. Kathy says:

    The cleaning part is fine and the shine as well. My problem is that one of my pans has stained the glass. It’s a dark gray color and that is what I would like to remove. The top is white so it’s very noticeable. Any suggestions?

  64. Deborah says:

    Tabita, thank you!! I just got a brand new stove and when I just boiled water, I saw a burnt marks from the pot I guess, I was going crazy trying to remove the marks and I read these comments and tried the baking soda. It works!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

  65. Deana says:

    Hands down, using Soft Scrub – Lemon and a plastic scrubber sponge is the only thing that I have found that removes all of the burnt-on food without scratching my stove top. It takes a few wipes with a wet rag to get all of the residue off, but the results are awesome!!!!!

  66. Neal says:

    I’ve had my black glasstop stove for just six months, and found it not hard to clean, but must use a different method to clean it. For general cleanup, I use just dish soap and a sponge. For medium cleanings, I use a spray bottle of pure vinegar and a magic eraser for cleaning, and a paper towel to polish. For tough spills, and that ring you get when you fry foods, I use a straight razor, then the vinegar/magic sponge. It still looks brand new, and it’s gotten pretty nasty before until I figured out these methods. Hope this helps.

  67. Ann says:

    I use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for the baked-on stuff, works perfectly!

  68. Kathy says:

    Finally found something that removes the ugly gray stain; Ultra Shout. Apply, wipe off and then turn on the burner. The stain just disappeared. Amazing. No scrubbing required.

  69. Linda says:


    Ok, that’s 6 words, but it works unbelievably well!! I got that hint from this site & decided to try it on some pot marks that have been on my glass cook top for months. In just a few minutes, my stove looks as new as the day it was bought!!

    Thanks for the tip everyone! :)

  70. Kim says:

    I read here about using baking soda and thought “yeah right.” I have used the stove top cleaner from the place we bought the stove, Soft Scrub, razors, Magic Eraser, you name it, but nothing worked. Baking soda really did!! It’s a lot cheaper too. Just try it; you will be amazed!!

  71. Shelly says:

    Yes, baking soda works wonders on almost everything. But what about sugar-based stuff that is charred on?

  72. Corra says:

    If I have a really bad spill (oh, say you’re cooking spaghetti sauce, and you can REALLY tell it’s going to be really caked on by the time you’re done), I take half a lemon and rub the spots with the cut side of the lemon while the stove is still hot. If it’s really bad, wait until it’s cooled off, and soak the spots in lemon juice.
    Then, I take equal parts of baking soda, Arm & Hammer washing soda (laundry) and plain ol’ borax, and scrub. Usually the lemon juice has already done most of the work for me, and if not, the powdery mixture does the trick! It’s really good for getting off the grease stains, and shines like it’s brand new.

  73. Kimberly says:

    I have tried everything I think, to get this residue off. It’s like its “etched” into the glass but I feel sure I’m just not using the right stuff. My stove is a center piece in my kitchen and I would really like to see it shine again.

  74. Linda says:

    Thank you so much for the baking soda remedy; it works FANTASTICALLY!!

  75. Kathy says:

    After reading all the suggestions and not wanting to go to the store, I decided to try the baking soda… WOW it was AMAZING!! Thank you so much!!! If you do not believe me, give it try for yourself. You will be pleasantly surprised!!

  76. Ms. Edwards says:

    BAKING SODA WORKS! I tried it on my mom’s stove top and the stains that were on there for years are now gone! The stove top looks new!!

  77. Veronica says:

    Thanksgiving was only the third time I used the glass cooktop on our new range. I boiled potatoes, which splattered. After the top cooled it took some work, but the cooked-on raised spots came off. The top is all smooth, but around the areas where those spots were there is a haze in the glass now. I have used the Cerama Bryte that came with the stove and a paper towel several times, but it’s not helping. I was afraid to buy this and use it and now I know why! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  78. Kathy says:

    I have discovered that the gray stain is actually tarnish from my pan. I used a tarnish remover that I use for cleaning silver jewelry and it worked. I don’t know if this will work on the gray stains some people are having an issue with on the black stove tops.

  79. Rinky says:

    The best thing I have found is spray on tub and tile cleaner that I get from the dollar stores.

    When anything gets cooked onto the stove top, wait until it has cooled down a little, then spray a heavy coat of foam on the entire area. Let it sit for about five minutes or more. If you want, put a piece of plastic or a pan lid over it to keep it from drying out and go do something else.

    Use a foam pad that has the mesh on the back to scrub the entire area. Wipe it off to see if all the crud is gone. If not, give it another spray of the tub and tile cleaner, let it sit, scrub and wash off with clean water and a sponge. Polish with a cloth or paper towel.

    You might use the baking soda as a polishing agent and to pick up any grease left on the stove top.

    Tub and tile cleaner is great for cleaning cabinets, faucets, exhaust fans, inside and outside of the hood, too. Fast and simple.

  80. Sherri says:

    First, anything that looks white, cloudy, brown or scratched can be removed easily. You can buy a cleaner for glass stove tops or any kitchen grease cleaner to remove anything from water overflows to “what look like scratches.” Let the product sit on the stain for a while. Then all you need is a pretty abrasive scrubber and a little effort. Anything brown, white or scratched will come off in a couple minutes. I have a black stove top and I do it every week. NEVER use Windex unless you’re just making it shine and then you should clean that off before you start cooking again, otherwise it will smoke a little. Even the stove top companies say to never use Windex. That’s not a cleaner. If you burn anything sugar-based on your stove top like me right now, good luck. I’ve been working on it for 24 hours.

  81. Linda says:

    I use a razor blade in a paint scraper to remove any thick spots on my stove top. It works great.

  82. Donna says:

    I have a glass top stove that is approx. 13 years old. I recently received one of those blue-speckled 15 quart steamer/soup pot (manufacturer = Mainstays). The instructions on the pot state, “do not use on glass cooktop surfaces.” Do you know why? Does it have something to do with the painted enamel on the pot?

  83. Andrew says:

    I left a Teflon-lined pot filled with water on the stove too long. The pot boiled dry, leaving behind two semi-circular paint rings “welded” to the top of my Whirlpool ceramic top stove. Neither Soft Scrub nor baking soda would touch the rings. My brother, a handyman, suggested gently scraping with a new single-edged razor blade. I put a new blade in a window scraper handle and tested in an inconspicuous place to see if scraping would damage the cooktop. It didn’t. So slowly, gently, I worked around the rings, scraping off burned paint. I wiped the razor blade often, flipped the razor blade over occasionally to keep a fresh edge down, and changed the blade once. The ceramic surface proved to be really hard. Any residual specks came off with Soft Scrub. The rings completely disappeared.

  84. Julie says:

    I read everyone’s comments about how they used baking soda to clean their cooktops. So, I tried it out and guess what, it REALLY does work! Thank you baking soda. My new stove looks beautiful again.

  85. John says:

    If you ever leave a kettle on the glass top to heat water and forget about it until the kettle is ruined and you have baked on metal, try using CLR, which is available from most supermarkets. It works well after leaving it on for a while and then scraping the glass top with a single edge razor blade.

  86. Virginia says:

    The best cleaner that I have used is a product called Bar Keepers Friend. It works great!

  87. Dawn says:

    We really don’t have stuck on foods, EXCEPT when my 14-year-old son decides to cook!! lol Anyway, my problem right now is getting off the many scratches we have from scooting pans across the top. Hoping to try a magic eraser. We have used many of the things you all have suggested, and yes, the baking soda was used as well…
    The one and only thing, though, that we have found that will get off most of the stubborn stains from food, etc., is 409! If you spray this Magic Liquid Grease Remover on the glass top and go about doing something else for approx 10 minutes, you will be amazed at how much food and grime will be gone, just wiping it with a non-abrasive damp cloth!! Then, you can finish with a glass stove top wax to create the ultimate shine!
    Oh, and one more thing about the lady spending $4 for the Bar Keepers Friend, are you serious?! We got some one time at big Lots for a quarter per can! Wow!!! We bought what was left, approx five cans, and that was only $1 and change! lol : )

  88. Mark says:

    After cooking soup, the soup pot was stuck to the glass top. I didn’t jar the pot, not wanting to chance cracking the top. I turned the burner on again, and poured water around the pot. The water seeped in and fortunately, the pot dislodged. I noticed afterwards that it was very easy to clean the burner area with a very wet paper towel, swooshing it around, and replacing with a new towel a few times while the burner was hot. Good luck to all of us; I wish I had gas again!

  89. Diane says:

    I have a glass top stove. When I first bought it, I had to call the company and have them send me a product, as I was looking through all my cleaning supplies, I found a jar of Wrights silver cream that you clean your black silverware. The directions say ‘glass top stoves’ – it not only cleaned it, it shines like new. It also cleans your old glassware, which I have had for 50 years. Try it; it is great stuff and it’s been around along time. Too bad they don’t advertise that.

  90. Ashley says:

    OK, so I had friends stay over and they brought over a rice cooking pot that was stained up with grease. I thought it was going to ruin my glass top, so my fiance asked, “if I put foil down would it be safe,” figuring since foil has such a high melting point, it be fine. Oh boy, I was wrong! What should I use? I’m freaking out; we just bought a brand new house and it came with all new appliances and we’ve already ruined the stove!

  91. Amy says:

    HELP!!! I was making homemade applesauce today and it boiled over. The pot is now stuck to the stove top. I mean really stuck! Does anyone have any idea how to get it off the stove? I have only used water so far. I saturated the outside of the pot with water hoping to soften the food underneath, but it didn’t work.

  92. Raj says:

    My mother-in-law used an aluminum pot on my cooktop and it seems to have left a silver spot on my black cooktop. Any suggestions on how I would go about cleaning that? Please help! My stove is only two months old, and I can’t stand the sight of that spot.

  93. Elvis says:

    Spread liquid dish detergent on the burnt-on food and stains. Let it sit for several hours. Wipe it up with a wet sponge, and repeat as necessary.

  94. Christine says:

    You should use Easy Off Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner. I had burnt-on water stains around my burners for years and could never get them off. I sprayed on the cleaner and left it overnight. Then, just wiped away the stains with a wet paper towel the next morning. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to literally wipe away the stains!

  95. Tammy says:

    I read all of these posts. I, like others, had small black areas from aluminum cookware on a very new light-colored glass cooktop. I tried a lot of things. This worked: Cerama Bryte; let it sit for an hour, but wet it if it gets too dry. Then wet a white Dremel polishing pad, using a light touch and high speed for a few seconds. Wipe it off and do it again. I repeated this process over and over and over – 10 times at least. The waiting part is the key; there is a gentle acid in Cerama Bryte. The spots were eventually removed completely without any damage whatsoever.

  96. Pam says:

    I always use oven cleaner on my ceramic stove and now my black glass top; it gets off anything in 30 minutes (sometimes less, sometimes more). My stoves look brand new all the time.

  97. Catherine says:

    Which is the best color of glass tops (cleaning, etc.): white or black?

  98. Philip says:

    I think if you keep the heat on high for 20 minutes, it will burn off the grease & then it will be easier to clean. Great site; thank you.

  99. Rick says:

    Just bought a second home with a glass cooktop… getting the kids to stop boiling over macaroni is never going to happen. I have found Bar Keepers Friend to be the best, but if you have serious buildup, try 400 grit wet dry sand paper – keep the 400 wet and stroke lightly. Finish up with 600 or 800 grit wet paper. The key is to not press hard and always well wet. It works. This stove top is 15 years old and I just made it look 3 years old. Good luck my friend.

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