You've Been Cleaning Your Glass Stovetop All Wrong

The reason so many people opt for glass stove tops rather than gas-burning varieties often has to do with the difference in cleaning. Taking a cloth to your flat surface is obviously much easier and less time-consuming than wiping around every individual burner along with their top racks. But, even if your glass stovetop is everything you've ever dreamed of, your care routine could be shortening its lifespan. Turns out, there are actually specific cleaning supplies that should correspond with this appliance. So, keep the multi-purpose cleaner and scrub brush in the cabinet — your glass stovetop calls for something specific.

First a basic cleaning, The Washington Post explains you'll just need "a sponge and mild soapy water." Once your stove top has cooled down, simply apply the soapy water with a sponge to the cooktop, then wipe it dry or let it air dry on its own.

Since this surface is much more scratch prone than most, it's best to steer clear of heavy-duty agents like steel wool and rougher sponges. According to CNET, the rougher side of your sponge may make small scratches in the surface, but steel wool "can leave deep pits" — you'll obviously want to avoid both.

Remove burn stains from your stove top by using a gentler tool

Just like any other item in your kitchen, your glass stovetop is obviously vulnerable to stuck-on stains. No matter how strong the urge — do not go near the abrasive tools! Actually, the trick to remove stuck-on stains may be more simple than you think.

The Washington Post recommends grabbing the baking soda once you've cleaned your surface with soap and water. Start by making a paste with the powder and some water, then apply to the spot and move "in a circular motion" with your scrubbing agent. The outlet notes that it likely will take some elbow grease, but your persistence will pay off! Just beware that intense scrubbing and pressure may lead to breakage, so find the happy medium, CNET notes. You can also start by using a razor blade to gently remove the stuck-on stain. Just be incredibly careful not to puncture the surface while you do this. 

Furthermore, it's best to avoid using any type of cleaner while the burners are still warm, according to the outlet. Streak-busting glass cleaners and other abrasive sprays, while seemingly ideal for the job, should also never come near your stove top. Stick to natural disinfectants such as white vinegar and the baking soda solution for best results!