How to Remove Scratches from Glass Stove Tops

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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.

Comments

  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.

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