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How to clean glass stove top

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Know how to clean glass stove top ovens to maintain their aesthetic appeal

Many homeowners are opting for glass stove tops instead of the conventional stove top with coil burners because they like the aesthetics of a glass stove top.

One of the perks of a glass stove top is that there is a smooth cooking surface and you don't have to cope with nooks and crannies that are apt to gather dirt and create more work for you. Anyone who has cooked on a coil top stove, whether gas or electric, knows that all kinds of icky stuff can accumulate in the burner plates 

There are many advantages to glass stove tops but there is something that must be kept in mind: how to clean glass stove top surfaces. This very well may require the use of different cleaning products than what one would normally use to clean a conventional stove top.

Before cleaning a glass stove top you must be sure that the hot surface light that all glass stove tops are equipped with is off. This means that the surface is no longer hot enough to burn or melt. When the light has gone out, you can clean the stove top with a sponge and soapy water. This must be done immediately after you have cooked on the stove.

Read the owner's manual that comes with your glass stove top. You may be instructed to use a specialized scraper that is specifically designed to be used on glass stove tops. Some glass stove tops require that you use a glass and ceramic stovetop cleaner. It is imperative that you read the instruction manual and follow manufacturer's directions.  If you are instructed to use a specific product, use it. This will clean and protect your glass stove top. The special cleaners designed for glass stove tops remove grease and other stuck on gunk as well as help maintain the good looks of the stove top.

If a certain type of of cookware is recommended for use with the glass stove top, use it.

For day-to-day cleaning of glass stove tops, some owners of glass stove tops swear by vinegar, sponges, microfiber cloths, dish washing soap and soft cloths as their cleaning method of choice.  Wash off the glass stove top using soapy water and then rinse. You can buff the stove top with a soft cloth. Water stains can be removed by using full strength vinegar.

Sometimes pots and pans overflow and this can leave a sugary spillover on the top of your glass stove top. Do not let the sugar spill sit. Allow the stove top to cool down and then use a scraper or single-edge razor blade to remove the spill. Scrape at a 45-degree angle.

Do not place items, such as a plastic bag or tupperware container, that can melt and then stick to the surface on your glass stove top. Check to make sure the "hot surface" indicator light is off before you set anything on the stove top.

If you have a really tough or old stain on the glass stove top, apply some olive oil to the stain which loosens up the food and then use a single-edge razor or a scraper to scrape off the stain. You can also put baking soda in water, which forms a paste. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for five or 10 minutes but not so long that the paste dries. Use a soft cloth to remove the stain. If this doesn't work successfully do it again and this time add some lemon juice to the paste.

Take all of the above facts into consideration when you are in the market for a new stove. A glass stove top may be the perfect choice for you or it may not. Ask your family and friends for their input. If they are glass stove top owners and operators they can give you the low-down.

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