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How To Clean, And Not To Clean, A Glass Cooking Surface

So, what to do - how to clean, and not to clean, a glass cooking surface.

There really are some should do and should not do things!

Gee, which burner do you think this household used most, and incorrectly cleaned the most?

Which is second?

Which is third?

There is a lot going on here!  It's ugly!

This is a good subject cook top to give you the scoop.

Look at the photo!  That's an easy call.

Keep in mind - if you damage or break the cooking surface, replacing it alone costs as much as replacing the entire appliance!  So be very mindful!

 

DON'T DO

Don't  use copper, aluminum or cast iron pans or pots when you cook.  They will discolor the surface.  And cast iron can be rough and irreversibly scratch the surface.   If you drop a cast iron anything it can crack the surface.

Don't  put any weight on the surface beyond pots and pans.  Leaning on the surface, or kneeling on it to get to a cabinet above, can crack it!

>  Don't  leave spills on the surface.  They will harden dramatically and become extremely difficult to get off.  And sugary spills will pit the surface.  Spatulas of wood or silicone work well to remove spills right away.  Or, being careful, a damp rag.  These surfaces get really hot!

>  Don't  ever clean with any product that contains ammonia!  Bona fide studies show this!  Over time ammonia will cause an opaque staining or discoloration on the surface.  This seems counter-intuitive as ammonia is a great glass cleaner.  But not in this case.  The heat will act chemically with ammonia over time and the damage is permanent.  Other cleaners with scratchy abrasive cleansers, or vinegar, or steel wool pads, or the like, will similarly damage the surface.

Look at the surface above and you will see evidence of many of these mistakes!

 

DO

Do  clean ANY spills immediately.  Like was mentioned above, the right spatulas or damp rags work well.  After cooking you can clean any spills easily with a small, razor-blade paint scraper.  They are available at any paint or hardware store.  Keep it flat and at an angle.  You don't want to scratch the surface.  We keep our scraper in the kitchen tool drawer nearby.  It makes quick work of any spill, grease or otherwise.

Do  wait for the surface to cool to give it a better cleaning.  Often there is a "Hot Surface" light which will stay on for some time.  When it goes out the surface is ready for cleaning.

Do  use one of the cleansers made for glass cook surfaces.  They are thick, and sometimes like toothpaste, and come in various brands.  Cleaners like Simple Green or plain soap and water work as well.

Do  something extra if a spill will not come off.  Make a paste out of water and baking soda.  Mound it up on the spill and let it sit a spell.  Then wipe it off!  By the way, the Scoutmaster in me wants you to know that paste will work to relieve the pain of bee stings and the itch from mosquito bites.

Do  polish the surface when you are done.  A clean towel or rag will buff the surface nicely.

My recommendation:  be nice to your appliances and fixtures and they will be nice to you!  If you are using something for the first time, investigate how to best do things!  It is so easy these days to research most anything.  There are many helpful people out there!  Take advantage!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 24 commentsJay Markanich • September 27 2015 03:00AM

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We swtched to a gas cooktop when we remodeled...but one ofthe things we were told with our former glass top is to remove anything iwth a high sugar content immediately...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 4 years ago

All of the studies seem to say that S&D.  Must be important!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Good morning Jay. I never would have known about the types of pans that aren't good for glass tops.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 4 years ago

Jay, my parents purchased a corning cook top when they were new, I didn't like it back then, and I don't like my glass top now! I would have prefered to get a gas top range, and will do so in the very near future. They are more work then I want to do after cooking. 

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 4 years ago

 Good Sunday morning Jay. Those glass cooking services are both a blessing and a curse. They look nice and the maintenance is high.

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 4 years ago

Jay Markanich All good advice. We visit many homes with glass cooktop surfaces that attract a great deal of attention from buyers; and the attention is not of the positive kind as a direct result of poor cleaning protocols. Thanks!

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc.) almost 4 years ago

I would personally never use a glass cooking surface. I have several cast iron go-to pans/pots and I wouldn't want to stop using them.

Great tips on keeping those surfaces clean for those who do like them!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) almost 4 years ago

I have seen some of these babies that I swear they are using it as a griddle instead of a cooktop... nasty! Good tips to clean your cooktop surface!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) almost 4 years ago

Sheila - I expect that most people don't and it's one reason the surfaces get so putzed.

Michael - maintenance is high indeed.  We have a glass surface under our gas cooktop and it's difficult.

S&N - the wrong message is a message nonetheless.

I like my cast iron pans Kat.  We have gas, but a glass surface underneath.

Gracias Fred.  Yeah, I agree.  Sometimes it looks like a regular fish fry.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Good morning, Jay! Thank you so much for sharing these really important reminders for cleaning a glass cooking surface. Have a great day ahead!

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 4 years ago

Thanks N&K.  And I will.  It's Sunday!  My busiest day of the week, but not with worldly stuff...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Jay- we do have a glass top and thankfully, Larry bought a cleaner and scraper for it.  Works pretty good too. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 4 years ago

They do Kathy.  We have gas with a glass surface underneath.  Same principles apply.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Glass cooking surfaces worked great for us, but not so much when we moved and turned the unit into a rental.  Nobody takes care of your property like you do. 

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) almost 4 years ago

That is the plight of the rental home owner Stephen!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Thanks for sharing this excellent advice for home owners.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 4 years ago

You're welcome, Roy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

As a caterer in my spare time, you are "SPOT ON" (pun intended) with this blog

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) almost 4 years ago

Thank you Deanna.  But really, you have spare time?

; >)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 4 years ago

Jay, this is an excellent post! I found it on Roy Kelley 's blog. So many people don't know how to clean a glass top stove. Thanks you for sharing this valuable information! 

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 3 years ago

Good morning, Jay Markanich very important information for everyone who has a glass top range.... I'm very careful with mine.... I'd be sick if mine looked like that...OMG...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 3 years ago

What you see here I see all the time, Barbara.  It's unfornate to say the least.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Very useful information for homeowners to have regarding appliance care and maintenance. 

Posted by Julius Schoenherr, Building Contractor - Daytona Beach Area (J. Schoenherr Const. Co., Inc.) over 3 years ago

Thanks Julius!  Stop by any time!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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