How to Remove Scratches from Glass Stove Tops


Jenna asked: How do I remove scratches from black, glass stove top? I cooked on our new black, glass stove top, and the pan scratched the surface. While the surface was still hot, I tried to wipe away the scratch with a cloth. It left a cloth-like streak that won’t come off. (Plus the scratch I was trying to remove. HELP!

For the most part, once you scratch a black, glass cook top, the scratch is there to stay. However, light streaks can be buffed away with relative ease. If you have streaking, a minor scratch, or want to improve a bigger ding, try the method outlined below. Then check the bottom section for cooking tips and advice to avoid scratches in the future. A few small steps will keep your stove top in new condition through years of use.

Baking Soda Method:

You Will Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Soft cloths
  • Water

Steps to Remove the Scratch:

  1. Make a loose paste from the baking soda and water. Make sure the paste is a wet one, as dry or abrasive substances should not be used on the cook top.  It should be the consistency of pudding.
  2. Apply it directly to the COOL stove top, rubbing gently.
  3. Wipe clean.
  4. Buff dry with the second cloth.

MAAS Metal Polish Creme Method:

Unfortunately, if the scratches are deep, there is little that can be done to remove them. However, for surface scratches, sometimes they can be buffed out with metal polish. The success will vary with the type of stove top as well as the color.

You Will Need:

  • MAAS Metal Polishing Crème (available at Wal-Mart or online)
  • Soft cloths or
  • Cotton balls
  • Water
  • Scrubbing pad

Steps to Remove the Scratch:

MAAS Metal Polishing Crème is available at many stores, including Wal-Mart. It is found in the same area as the metal polishes and cleaners with the cleaning products. There is a slight abrasive, similar to jeweler’s rouge, in this crème that can buff out minor surface scratches and keep your cook top looking new.

Begin by testing a small, less obvious area first.

  1. Apply a small amount of the crème to a cotton ball or soft cloth.
  2. Rub it over the surface using small, circular patterns.
  3. Wipe with a clean cloth dampened with water.
  4. Repeat as necessary.
  5. If the scratch remains, a small amount can be applied to a gentle scrubbing pad and rubbed over the area.
  6. Though it may be tempting to keep scrubbing, avoid over scrubbing as this can damage the surface worse and cause a dull spot. If the scratch is not removed, it may either be too deep or made of a material incompatible with this solution.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Do not scrub a glass cook top with abrasive materials.  Scouring pads or grainy cleansers will scratch the glass more and leave a dull finish.
  • With most spills, allow the stove top to cool before cleaning.  Sugary spills, however, will pit the stove. Clean them as soon as it has cooled down enough to be safe to touch.
  • Check the bottom of your pots and pans before using them on a glass top stove. Any burned on food particles are likely to cause damage to your cook top, as are rings or ridges designed on the bottom of a pan.
  • Never move your pan back and forth on a glass stove top. Hot or cold, the friction of the drag is likely to cause scratching.


  1. Mandy says:

    I had scratch marks on my new ceramic stove top. I rubbed a little of Jift cream on the scratch in a circular motion with a soft cloth and the scratches disappeared. I was happy with the result.

  2. Sarah says:

    Toothpaste! I had some pretty bad looking ones, not very deep, though. I used regular toothpaste and a dishtowel and buffed them out! Not totally gone, but way better!

  3. Robyn says:

    I have a deep scratch on my new glass stove top. Anyone have any ideas?

  4. Kim says:

    If I had known it was that easily scratched, I probably wouldn’t have bought it. There’s nothing worse than feeling like something you just bought is ruined. It makes me wonder what it will look like a couple of years down the road.

  5. Diane says:

    The baking soda worked on my black stove top – thank you. It’s a new stove and I didn’t know what to use. Again, thank you!

  6. Don says:

    For my black glass cooktop with scratches and cooked-on spills, I used a “very fine” grit sanding block that I got at Lowe’s and I used WD-40 as a lube. I smoothed out a lot of roughness. It will be a work in progress.

  7. Jim says:

    While boiling pasta, the boiling water spilled onto my black glasstop burner. After removing the pot, I immediately soaked up the water with dish towels and noticed dark circular stains. Not allowing it to cool, I used a sponge and attempted to remove the stains with no success. I then, while the stovetop was still hot, used the back (scrub-side) of the sponge and that made it worse. The next day, on a cool surface, I applied a cleaning creme for smooth-top ranges with no luck. It looks like permanent damage. Will I be able to use that burner again even though it’s scratched? Please help!

  8. Aimee says:

    My husband used a heavy pot to fry food and it left scratches and burn marks around the circular burners. It looks terrible and the stove is brand new! What can I do to fix it?? How can I remove the burn marks as well as the scratches? Buffing with solution doesn’t work. Thanks.

  9. Sondra says:

    Is MAAS metal polish paste the same as MAAS polish creme?

  10. Aimee says:

    I tried the baking soda and water method. It worked great on the dark brown burn marks! It’s no longer burned-looking, however it is still scratched up where the burn marks were. Not sure if this can ever come out? Any other ideas?

  11. Henry says:

    I tried all of the common suggestions with no luck. I then remembered a polish that I use on my Harley chrome and paint with excellent results. The name is “Wenol” polish and it is available on ebay, etc., available in 2 or 3 levels of use! I used the “ultra soft” variety with excellent results.
    Use a soft cloth in a circular application…let it dry and buff with a clean soft cloth!!

  12. Jill says:

    I tried all of the above methods. None worked. The baking soda method caked up the second it hit the surface of the stove. It created nothing more than a mess. Guess I’ll keep researching.

  13. Billie says:

    Thank you so much! We have a black enamel stove and it’s only two-years old. We’re selling our house and the stove has been a nice selling point. However, I mistakenly washed off the stove top with the chrome cleaner Kleen King that I had just used for the refrigerator. It left long dull scratches right at the top. I tried everything before coming here. I made the baking soda “pudding consistency” paste and carefully rubbed it on with my fingertips on separate sections along the scratch. It worked. While the top is no longer perfect, at least now it’s not noticeable. I think if I continue to do that procedure maybe once a week or so, the scratches might disappear. I can’t tell you how grateful I am. We really don’t have the money to replace the top. Thanks!

  14. Kim says:

    Jim, use a razor blade scraper… You can buy them purposely for glass cooktop stoves… Works like a charm!

  15. Ursula says:

    Flat razor and polish cream for glass tops will remove all stains. My five-year-old stove top looks like new. I clean it after each use.

  16. Sue says:

    We just upgraded all our appliances. I have had four glass cooktops in my lifetime and not one of them ever scratched or stained and they looked beautiful at 15 years old. They were always easy to clean. We left them with each house we sold. I bought a new Whirlpool glass top range and it scratched and spotted the first week we had it. They will not come out. I wish I had my old ones back. Why in the heck can’t these companies leave a good thing alone? What a piece of crap this stove is. The company says they cannot do anything because it is cosmetic damage. I’m telling everyone I know about this and I am so disgusted!

  17. John says:

    I agree with Sue. My 15-year-old Zanussi cleans like a dream. The one day old replacement has a boiled over water stain and will not come off. I’m sending it back and getting the old one repaired. (Repair’s nothing to do with the hob).

  18. Jeff says:

    Whoever designs these things obviously does not cook. You will never see a glass top stove in a real cook’s kitchen. If you can’t drag a pan across it without doing damage, leave it in the showroom; it has no business in a kitchen. Who are you trying to impress with a “pretty” stove? I almost bought one of these after one of the two ovens quit working on my GE J4870 L2 (made in 1970) and parts were impossible to find. Guess I’ll have to stick with the old style coil burners.

  19. Lisa says:

    Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I have tried everything; nothing gets rid of it… I thought it was dried on food, but it has little white spots; they feel like small chips. Anyone have something that I could try that wouldn’t hurt my glass top stove?? PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME… THANKS.

  20. Linda says:

    It sounds like the small white spots on my stove top are chips from a sugary substance that boiled over and from what I am reading, there is no help. If I am wrong, please respond. Thanks.
    PS. I was assured this stove top was not “high maintenance” when I bought it. Was that ever WRONG!

  21. Marianne says:

    My first time cooking in our fancy new apartment and I did a number on our black ceramic top stove. There was a scratch/dull spot the size of my hand and the shape of Africa on our stove and I was worried that nothing would get it out. Tried the baking soda trick and it disappeared!

    Thank you for sharing the tip!

  22. Amy says:

    I had a pan fire on my black glass top stove. The aluminum from the bottom of the pan appears to have melted into the glass. Nothing seem to remove it, not even using a scraper. Is it ruined?

  23. Judy says:

    I have a new GE oven and hate the black glass top. I scratched it two days after getting it. I used what they gave me to clean it. Very disappointed in the oven. Hard to keep clean. You should be able to get a stove top dirty.

  24. Mary says:

    I agree with Sue above. I bought a Whirlpool glass top stove because I thought it would look streamlined and slick with the new black granite countertop. What a big mistake purchasing this stove!! After a few months, marks that were not removeable began to appear and the situation has just worsened. My cookware has no rough edges and they are as clean outside as inside. My 30-year-old almond one had to go, but it looked as meticulous as the day I bought it. I think the Whirlpools are worse as I know some people who have not had the same experience. Poor materials used in manufacturing I suppose. I cleaned as instructed every time with the Ceran stove top creme and nothing will take out these marks; I have tried every conceivable tip. I have to live with it because to buy a new one doesn’t make sense – I would not trust that it would not happen again.

  25. Ross says:

    My wife and I were so excited when we renovated our kitchen. We had a Kleenmaid glass cooktop and whilst it had some scratches, it was 17 years old. Based on our experience, we went with a new Bosch top of the range glass cooktop. What a disappointment. It has more scratches in six months then we had in 17 years on the old one. I will try some of the suggestions on this page and we will see how it goes.

  26. Barbara says:

    I just got a new GE range with a black ceramic cooktop. The first time after I cooked on it, I noticed a scratch on one of the burners and a small “nick” on another burner. I’m really mad because I thought I was being careful…they must be really easy to damage!

  27. Carolyn says:

    I just bought a Kenmore black flat top convection stove a week ago and while cleaning it, I see I have a light scratch the size of a quarter! My old flat top was 13 years old and looked brand new! This sucker isn’t even paid for and looks like crap and the baking soda thing did nothing! Looks pretty, just don’t use it; must be Sears’ motto, junk being sold for a big price! This is BS! I hate it already. My suggestion is don’t buy a flat top range until they replace them with tops that don’t scratch so easy like they used to have!!!!!

  28. Rick says:

    If your reading this then it’s too late for most of you, but since you like the look of the glass top stove “pretty stove” as I did, then read on!!

    I don’t have a suggestion for fixing scratches, but something to think about for your next stove.
    I had the same scratch issues with my previous glass top stove, as most of you. Then, two years ago, I purchased a Kenmore Induction stove with glass top when we moved to our new house. I decided to go with induction cook tops for a bunch of reason. With induction there’s no open heat source to cause fire (very important, if you’ve got kids that like to cook). When cooking with heavy cookware that could scratch the glass (which happened on my old cooktop), we now lay a large sheet of parchment paper (buy at Costco) on the glass surface between the induction element and cookware. When done cooking, there’s no scrathes and more importantly, no messy splatter to scrape and clean. Just toss the paper to the waste bin when done and your stove look like day one, even after two years. This saves you tons of clean-up time and keeps your cooktop scratch-free, provided that everyone in your household uses parchment paper when cooking. Note that the same applies to cooking fatty food in a frying pan. For example, put a sheet of parchment paper in your frying pan. Lay your bacon on the paper to cook, than toss the paper when done. No messy frying pan to clean.

    Just to be clear, parchment paper only works on INDUCTION glass cooktop stove. You maybe calling the Fire Dept. if you try this on radiating heating element cooktops.

  29. Gloria says:

    What’s an induction glass cook top?

  30. Melanie says:

    According to a culinary arts expert on, “Induction cooktops use an electromagnetic field to heat up a pan while leaving the cooking surface cool to the touch and without heating up the kitchen. It’s much safer and more energy efficient than either gas or electric cooking.”
    Source: – What is an Induction Cooktop?

  31. Jessica says:

    The baking soda works!!!! Brand new stove that my boyfriend accidentally scratched cutting something on the stove… Wanted to kill him. Who would have thought baking soda saved his life! Thank you whoever discovered this!

  32. Drea says:

    I have a black glass stovetop. I was boiling water with the lid on and it boiled over! I tried to get it up with a wet rag; that made it even worse! The rag cloth stuck to the stove top and the water made rough rings. I am renting so I was panicking as to how I am going to remove the scratches and stains. Came to this website and the BAKING SODA method worked like a charm. I did exactly what the instructions said and that black glass stovetop looks brand new! I even got older stains off. Best home remedy ever!

    Thank you to whoever created this site! I really appreciate it!

  33. Heather says:

    I have a brand new induction cooktop and I bought pots and pans specifically for use on induction cooktops. Guess what? First time using the a Baccarat frypan, scratches everywhere and even a small chip. Devastated!

  34. Shawn says:

    Thank you very very much! The baking soda trick did the job! I made the paste a little thick, but wet, and just smeared it on with a spoon. Then I wiped it off with water and a soft cloth/soft smooth tee shirt. Came right off within 5 seconds with the paste applied. Thanks!

  35. Geri says:

    I have a Kenmore black glass top stove, two years old, and it seems on the double ring high burner it looks like the finish on the glass is off. I tried everything. It is not bumpy; it is right in the glass. I am very careful with the stove and don’t use that burner too much; I don’t know how this happened. Can I replace the whole top of the glass? I have three years left on my warranty; is this covered?

  36. Margaret says:

    Have a new induction hob, and new induction pans which were washed before use. Had some pasta boil over and it left marks. But, marks also appeared after the first use of one of my pans. Has anyone tried baking soda on an induction hob?

  37. Maureen says:

    Thank you very much for the tips for getting scratches off your glass top stove. I used the baking soda and water method – it was awesome. I only had a couple of little scratches, but it worked like magic.

  38. Mike says:

    We replaced a six-year-old white Kenmore cooktop with a new black Whirlpool one. What a mistake! The Kenmore had a few very minor scratches, but this one got a scratch on a burner we have never used! And we are very careful how it is used. No idea how it got there, but we can’t “erase” it even using the baking soda suggestion.
    In addition, the black shows every watermark, and it’s very difficult to buff these out.
    I would not recommend black, nor would I recommend Whirlpool. Very poor quality.

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