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Cleaning Glass & Ceramic Cooking Surfaces

Submitted by Lorene Bartos, UNL Extension Educator

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Have you recently purchased or thinking about purchasing a stove or cook top with glass or ceramic cooking surface? If you have this type of cook top you may be puzzled on how to clean it or keep it clean. If not, you may be scared to try something new. It just takes a little time to get used to cooking on them and cleaning is simple.

Some things that can cause problems cleaning glass-ceramic cooking surfaces are:

1. Not cleaning surface before first use. Clean with a cooktop cleaner and it will make cleaning in the future easier.

2. Pan bottoms are not clean and dry before use.

3. Cleaning is not done routinely. If spills are not removed and burn on, they are more difficult to remove.

4. Using incorrect cleaning products. Do not use abrasive cleaners such as cleansing powders, scouring pads, etc. They can scratch the surface. Do not use chemical based cleaning products containing chlorine bleach, ammonia or caustic agents. They can discolor the surface.

Some hints for cleaning include:

General cleaning and light soil: Use a clean dishcloth with soap and water or a nonabrasive cleaning powder. Rinse and dry. OR, apply a small amount of cooktop cleaner with a nonabrasive cloth. Buff with a dry cloth.

Moderate soil, metal marks from cookware or hard water marks: Gently scrub with a nonabrasive cleaning powder or cooktop cleaner. If the stain in not removed, reapply cooktop cleaner. Cover with a damp paper towl and let stand 30 minutes. Scrub again. Rinse and dry.

Crusty burned on soil: Use a single edge razor blade, place at a 30 degree angle and scrape off spot. Use extreme caution when using this method, so you don’t scratch the surface. Clean remaining soils with cooktop cleaner.

When selecting pots and pans to use on a glass-ceramic surface check the pan for bottom flatness. Pans should not extend more than 1-inch beyond the cooking area on a glass-ceramic cooking surface. On glass-ceramic surfaces a built-in temperature limiter will sense uneven heating when an oversized pan is used and lower the heat resulting in slow cooking.

It is very important to read the instruction manual that comes with your stove or cooktop. Follow the recommend manufacturers instructions for use and cleaning.


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