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Ceramic Cooktops Informative - How to clean Ceramic Cooktops

Review by 20131 on 2006-11-09
From: Howstuffworks.com

Ordinarily, I don't quote other websites for appliance info. Recently though, there was some discussion about ceramic cooktops and how to clean them. I ran across this bit of info on another of my favorite websites, and thought I'd share it for the benefit of site regulars and casual readers alike. - pwp

The ceramic cooktop is a glass cooktop with electric heating elements under the glass. While smooth tops may appear to be easy to clean, special care must be taken to avoid damaging or discoloring the ceramic surface.

The best way to clean a ceramic cooktop is to sprinkle a nonabrasive cleanser or baking soda over the surface and rub with a synthetic scouring pad or sponge. Rinse well with clear water, and buff with a soft cloth for a clean finish. Here are a few other handy suggestions:

Wait until the top cools to wipe up spills. Never use a wet sponge or cloth on a hot panel.


Don't set soiled pots or pans on the surface; they can mar it permanently.


Abrasive cleaning products will scratch the surface, discoloring it and making it difficult to keep clean.
Comments:29 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-11-27
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
PwP, I've also used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean my ceramic cooktop, with excellent results!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Good addendum! Guess that tip won't be in an owner's manual. LOL!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-11-09:
NOTHING beats Mr. Clean Erasers! They are a miracle cleaner for all services! That's all I use for my cleaing.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Thanks for the backup, DB.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-11-09:
emt C....I didn't read the comments before posting mine above, but you are absolutely right!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-11-09:
for all services ... should be... for all surfaces!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-11-09:
....However, baking soda is great for brushing your teeth with!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
You do have to be a bit more careful when using a Magic Eraser pad on flat-latex painted surfaces (walls.) Even they will take the paint off after awhile. (tr)
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
You also have to be careful not to brush your teeth with Mr. Clean.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-11-09:
Thank you Sheriff, for that helpful advice...what would we do without you?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Mr. Clean works just fine on you teeth.
Posted by NeveragainAmazon on 2006-11-09:
Thanks for the info Pirate! I have a ceramic top and am not really too fond of it, but I have to say it is easy to clean!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Click my informative "very helpful" please
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
"Burned On, Crusty Soils: Hold a razor blade scraper at 30 degree
angle and very carefully scrape off soil. Clean remaining soil with
cooktop cleaner.

If plastic, sugar or foods with a high sugar content melt onto a hot
cooktop, remove immediately. (If not removed, permanent damage may
occur.) Scrape from hot surface using a razor blade scraper held
carefully with a potholder or use a wooden handled stainless steel
spatula. Clean residue with cooktop cleaner when surface has cooled."

Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-09:
Very good lidman. The razor blade is the trick on stubborn ones. Always hold it at the angle to avoid scratching. Pirate, should we just click howstuffworks very helpful, since they wrote this?
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-11-09:
Wood glue on your table or work station...sprinkle sawdust on the wet glue and rub off with your fingers...it won't stick to the surface the glue accidently got on. - The Junk Brothers.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-11-09:
Liddy, you just have to be a better cook than that!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Be careful with that razor, if you mar the finish, you're going to hate yourself!
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
All of the sites I've visited warn about sugary spills and allowing
them to bake in or be subject to heat because it may make the stain
permanent. A site I found for specifically CERANĀ® brand cooktops
states that the cooktop should be "conditioned" before working with
sugary foods, in case of spillover:

"Before cooking food with a high sugar content (e.g. jam), always
treat the cooktop panel with a suitable conditioner. A suitable
cleaner and conditioner against sugar attack is Cera-Fix (Johnson
Wax)."

Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
DB you of all people should know how messy I am.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
How to clean Glass/ Ceramic Cooktops

Depending on how dirty your cooktop is, different cleaning methods will apply.

If your cooktop is light to moderately dirty, use either cooktop cleaner, hand dishwashing detergent and water, or a baking soda paste. Apply with a non-abrasive cloth or paper towel.

Note: If using hand dishwashing detergent or baking soda paste, make sure to thoroughly rinse and dry your cooktop when done cleaning.


If your cooktop is very dirty, has metal marking, or brown/gray stains from hard water, clean gently with cooktop cleaner using a non-abrasive cloth or paper towel. Put more cleaner on the cooktop and cover with damp paper towels to keep cleaner from drying out. Let it stand for 30 - 40 minutes. Then you can scrub off any remaining stains.


If your cooktop has burnt or crusty food on it, you can use a razor to get it off. Hold a razor blade scraper at a 30 degree angle and very carefully scrape off the burned food. Clean the rest of the cooktop with a cleaner.
Note: Never use abrasive powders or pads - they
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-09:
Heck liddy, you should put this stuff in your own informative. The we could click it "very Helpful"
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Good idea, do you think we would upset him....
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-11-09:
Yes, Liddy I know how messy you are...when I came over to your house and caught you cleaning your stove top with sandpaper, kinda gave me a clue.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
But it was a light sand paper...
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-09:
Figures slim wouldn't have a problem for taking credit for a google.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-12:
And you on the other hand?
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-18:
You mean like you still are trying to do on your Maytag Lonely Repairman totally inconsequential, insignificant non-informative pirate?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-27:
Lol, good thing I check back from time to time, to see that you're still a foolish little troll, slim.

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