A lot of homeowners today love using smooth, sleek, and ultra-modern glass top stoves. Not only do they allow for better cooking efficiency, they are also relatively easy to clean. Well, that is if you are diligent enough in cleaning the sleek, shiny, and smooth surface as you go. But for many who have to face the dreaded “stovetop spume” usually when cooking pasta, the cleaning process can be quite tedious especially if the frothy matter that results from pasta boiling over onto the surface of the glass stop stove has already turned crusty.
The dreaded “stovetop spume” ranks high alongside “fridge-a-mortis” (the liquids that harden with the passage of time right in your fridge’s vegetable compartment) and “slobby knobby” (grease, grime, and other nasty sticky stuff on the fridge handle) among the icky messes in the kitchen. The good news is that if you’re quick enough in cleaning up the mess before it solidifies into something nastier and more stubborn, you’d have no issues retaining the shine and glory of your glass top stove.
This is not to say that these nasty messes are very difficult to clean. Sure, you’ll need a bit of elbow grease, but it definitely won’t break your bank. Here’s how you can clean your glass top stove like a pro.
Like any other cleaning job, it is best to get everything ready to make the task a lot more systematic and highly organized. This also minimizes if not eliminates disruptions in your cleaning rhythm or groove (if ever there’s such a thing). Here are the things that you need.
- Clean dishcloth or paper towels for wiping off loose debris and particles from the glass top stove
- A cup of baking soda or just enough to cover the entire surface of the glass top stove
- Hot soapy water solution that you can make by adding about 1 to 2 tablespoons of your ordinary dishwashing liquid to a bucket or bowl of hot water
- Rubber gloves to help protect your hands especially since you will be working with hot soapy water solution
- Clean sponge (in case your sponge has an abrasive scrubbing pad on the other side, make sure to use only the sponge side)
- Rags or pieces of old clothes which should be large enough to be draped or cover the surface of the glass top stove
- Microfiber cloth to help buff the glass top stove and give it a lasting and spotless shine
- A nylon scraper that is designed specifically for nonstick pans
Getting Right Down to Business
Cleaning your glass top stove like a pro is pretty easy. Once you’ve got everything all prepped up, you can start cleaning. Here are the steps.
- Make sure that the glass top stove is already cool to the touch even before you start cleaning. Get your paper towels or the clean piece of dishcloth and wipe off any loose particle or debris from the surface of the stove. If you want to remove these debris a lot more efficiently, you can spray white vinegar on the glass top stove surface before wiping it off with the paper towels or a piece of damp cloth. This is a great way to degrease the stove’s surface.
- Get your hot soapy water ready. If you haven’t done this yet, you can make it now. Wear your gloves first. You can double up on your gloves to help make a really hot soapy water solution.
- Dunk the rags or old pieces of cloth in the bucket, bowl, or any container with hot soapy water solution. Leave them there for a few moments.
- Get your cup of baking soda and sprinkle this over the stove surface. Make sure that every square inch of the stove is covered in baking soda as the substance’s alkaline nature can help break down grime and grit a lot faster and easier, too. Baking soda also has a mild abrasive property which can help in scrubbing and removing stubborn stains without necessarily scratching the surface of the glass.
- Return to your hot soapy water solution and remove the rags or pieces of cloth. Wring these lightly so that they remain damp but not dripping. Spread the rags or old cloth on the surface of the glass top stove to cover the layer of baking soda. Leave it on for about 15 to 30 minutes. This is why you need to have a really hot soapy water solution so that its heat will last a lot longer. If it’s only warm, then after 5 minutes it will not be warm anymore. It may not be able to loosen the muck or crud that may have accumulated on the stove’s surface. If the rags are turning dry, you can pour a bit of hot water over the old cloth or rags just to keep them damp.
- After about half an hour, remove the rags and dunk one of them into the now-warm soapy solution. Wring it well and wipe the surface of the glass top stove with in in a zigzag pattern. Avoid rubbing the damp rag back and forth as the loose debris can scrape against the surface of the stove. Do it in one pass.
- Get your sponge and wet this with cool water. Wipe the stove’s surface until you don’t see any debris anymore. It is best to move in one direction so as not to bring the loose debris to those sections that are already clean. If there is debris that is quite difficult to remove, you can use the nylon pot scraper to try and loosen the debris.
- You’re almost done. The last step involves buffing the glass top so that it can have its characteristic showroom shine. To do this, you’ll need the microfiber cloth. You can also spray a bit of glass cleaner just so you can minimize if not eliminate the streaks.
Don’t know how to clean a glass top stove? Adhere to these steps and you’d easily accomplish it like a pro.