Cleaning Cook Top Stoves

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated April 30, 2018)

Cook top stoves have become more and more popular over the years, and as such they can be found in almost any home. While not quite as popular as gas stoves, they are a little more popular than a traditional electric stove since they usually have a flat top that can provide an "easier" time in cleaning, and be just a little bit safer. However if you have never tried to clean a cook top stove before, then you don't know how difficult it can be. Largely this difficulty is due to the fact that the traditional methods used to clean gas and electric stoves often don't work. Here are a few methods that you can use to ensure that your cook top stove will look its best when you get done cleaning it.

  • Scrape it off. Perhaps one of the most traditional methods for cleaning cook top stoves is to simply scrape off the mess that is there. Usually all you will need to do is use a little bit of liquid dishwashing soap, some water, and use a scraper. However, you need to be particularly careful when you do this, since if you use the wrong kind of scraper you can end up damaging the cook top. Ideally, you should use a plastic or rubber scraper since these are least likely to damage the cook top, but if you need to you can use a paint scraper if you are really careful.
  • Specialized cleaners. There are specialized cleaners, such as Cerma Bryte Cooktop Cleaner, available for purchase at most home improvement and department stores. However while these items do work, they are also fairly expensive. If you do decide to use one, simply follow the directions on the package it came in to make sure that your cook top is nice and clean.
  • Baking soda. Baking soda can be a great natural cleaner, and is also fairly inexpensive. Simply sprinkle a little bit of the powder onto the cook top, and scrub away with a damp cloth or sponge. Be careful when you use this method though; the powder can be fairly abrasive, and if you use too much strength you can end up damaging the cook top before you realize it.
  • Cream of tartar and vinegar. Make a paste out of cream of tarter and vinegar, and then rub the paste into the stained areas of your cook top stove. Allow the paste to sit on the stains for no less than fifteen minutes, but no more than thirty. After the time has elapsed, begin scrubbing away the paste with soft plastic scrubbing pad, and then wipe away everything with a damp towel or wash cloth. Everything should come up with little to no problem.

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