As the owner of a smooth-top stove, you may have gotten the “easy to clean” sales pitch. But you now know that the marketing simply isn’t true. Although glass and ceramic cooktops and stoves may look sleek and modern, they are also definitely not as “easy to clean” as all the hype.
Don’t Leave It
The first thing you must keep in mind is to never allow spilled food to remain on your stove. Wipe it up immediately so you don’t run the risk of staining and discoloration. Some foods can actually damage your stovetop if you allow it to sit so don’t run that risk. Although you may want to wait for the surface to cool down, once it cools then the spilled food will become even more stubborn to clean up.Take care with the hot top and wipe up a spill with a damp cloth as soon as possible.
Let it Cool Before Applying Cleaners
That said, you don’t want to apply any cleaning products onto the hot stove. This can make getting it clean even more challenging. Most smooth top stoves have heat indicator lights to let you know when it has cooled down.
Help in Your Pantry
While there are numerous products on the market for cleaning your smooth cooktop, they can be on the expensive side. The perfect smooth-top stove cleaner is as close as your pantry. Solutions made with vinegar or lemon sprayed onto the cooking surface can work beautifully to break up grease and spilled food. Baking soda can also be used. Just wait for the surface to cool and sprinkle it with baking soda. Scrub it off with a damp microfiber cloth. After either of these methods, make sure you wipe down the surface afterward with a clean cloth.
Professional Cleaning Tools
There are wonderful cleaning products on the market specifically designed for these types of surfaces. The important part about cleaning your smooth-top cooktop or stove is to steer clear of any abrasives or scouring pads. For cooked on food residue, you can buy scraping tools that are good at removing food residue. Many people use straight edge razors however these can scratch and gouge your surface if not used properly. Never use a corner of either the scraper or blade as this can cause damaging scratches.
And speaking of scratches, make sure the cookware you use doesn’t have a rough or textured bottom. These can scratch your surface if slid against the stove top. Try to avoid setting cast iron, ceramic, or glass cookware or bake ware on your smooth-top cooking surface. Aluminum foil can even discolor your top so be careful about what you put on the surface of your stove.
If you are looking for professional appliance repair in Peterborough, call the experts at EZ Appliance Repair. We can offer advice and help make your smooth cooktop looking new once again.