Glass Stove Top Cleaning Tips
Glass top stoves look classy and modern in any kitchen. They lend an air of sophistication that can’t be rivaled. However, just like other kinds of stovetops, they can have grime and dried food caked on them and can look dirty quickly. Scorched areas, burnt food, streaks — these are all likely culprits that make your stove look messy. However, cleaning your glass top stove can be tricky and time consuming. Consider the following tips and tricks to help.
Wipe Down the Surface Every Day
As with any area that gets regular use, you should take the time to wipe down your glass top stove daily. That may seem like too much, but spilled food doesn’t take long to get stuck. The problem is, you need to wait until the glass is fully cooled, and by then, cleaning can become an afterthought. Try to add cleaning your glass top to an evening or morning routine — whenever you will be most likely to remember to do it after the stovetop is cool enough.
Deeper Weekly Cleaning
So, you’ve forgotten to wipe your stove off every day, but you’ve done an okay job of it. You probably still have some stuck-on gunk. You’ll need a little more elbow grease to knock out this task during your weekly house cleaning. A little vinegar and baking soda should do the trick, as this is the best all-purpose cleaner. Spray some vinegar over your cooktop and sprinkle baking soda generously over the vinegar. Cover with a warm, damp cloth, and leave for about 10-15 minutes. You should be able to wipe off the residue. After that use a clean towel with a few more spritzes of vinegar to really get your cooktop to shine once again.
We get it — sometimes life gets away from us, and cleaning falls by the wayside. Cleaning up simple messes on your stovetop can be one of those things, and before you know it, you’ve got a full-blown messy disaster. Stuck-on food can require a herculean effort to get off, and that can go double for glass top stoves. It is sometimes recommended to use a razor blade, but this can damage the glass stovetop if you don’t take extreme care. If you leave rough and unsightly gouges on the surface, you’re left with an eyesore of a stovetop. For the worst messes, a professional deep cleaning service by Blue Daisy Maids can do the trick.
Harsh Chemicals Do More Harm Than Good
While your instinct when cleaning can be to break out the heavy-duty cleaners, this isn’t always the best option. For something like glass top stoves, this shouldn’t even be on the list. Just like cast iron skillets can soak up and bake in soap and other cleaners, improper care of your glass top stove can lead to a similar effect. Glass cleaners like Windex can cause serious damage to your stovetop and end up releasing ammonia to boot.
Additionally, harsh scrubbers are a big no-no. Steel wool, in particular, can end up damaging the stovetop beyond repair. Even those scrubbers with a finer mesh can cause a lot of damage for such a small tool.
Burnt Top and Ugly Marks
You probably wanted a glass top stove because it looks beautiful, and that’s certainly true. However, burnt spots and tough marks and stains take away from the beauty of this appliance. Stubborn stains require the toughest work. While you need to be careful that the glass won’t be damaged, using a tougher scrubber to eliminate stains is the best course of action. A little dish soap and some scrubbing should do much of the work. Otherwise, vinegar and baking soda paste can help loosen up tough stains. This can be time consuming though, and quite messy.
Leave It to the Professionals
Daily cleaning can be easy enough, but there may come a time when you forget this task more than once, and your stovetop looks like a total mess. The good news is that you don’t have to handle all this mess on your own. Professional cleaners can help you tackle the tough stuff when you don’t have the time — or you simply don’t want to do the cleaning.
If you’re in the Austin area, the pros at Blue Daisy Maids are ready to take on your toughest jobs. From those glass stovetops that just need a little extra love, to the big, burnt-on foods and stains that seem impossible to remove, we’re ready to help you. You want the job to be done right, and that’s why we’ll check in afterward to make sure everything is to your satisfaction. Contact us today and let us take care of the tough cleaning for you.