Removing Burnt Microfiber Cloth from a Porcelain Cooktop

Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated October 1, 2018)

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Have you noticed how popular both microfiber cloths and porcelain cooktops have become in recent years? With this increase in popularity there are bound to be some unique accidents that crop up over time. For example, leaving a microfiber cloth on your cooktop only to have it end up getting burnt. Don't worry though; removing burnt microfiber cloth from a porcelain cooktop isn't hard. Just follow these directions.

  1. Set heat to low. Turn the burner that has the burnt microfiber cloth to low heating. Once you have done that, allow the heat to work on the burnt cloth for a while. Ideally this should help loosen, or re-melt, the cloth fibers. If it doesn't look like it is working with the low heat, take it up to the next highest level.
  2. Turn off heat and wipe. After the fibers have started to loosen up a bit, turn the burner back off. Grab several paper towels (you don't want to get burned) and gently wipe away the melted gunk. Chances are you will not be able to remove every bit of the melted fibers, but you should be able to get the majority of it.
  3. Allow surface to cool. If there is any remaining mess on the burner, allow the burner to completely cool. The reason is that you will need to do a bit deeper cleaning.
  4. Prepare cleaning agent. While the surface is cooling, you can go ahead and begin preparing your cleaning agent. To do this, get a baking sheet and pour a thin layer of vinegar into it. Lay down several paper towels, and let them soak up the vinegar.
  5. Apply agent. Once the surface of the stove has completely cooled go ahead and apply your cleaning agent. Place the vinegar soaked paper towels directly onto the mess, and let it sit for at least fifteen minutes.
  6. Remove and scrape. Remove the paper towels and dispose of them properly. Gently scrape away at the remaining mess on the burner, but do not use a scraper that is too tough or harsh. Ideally you will want to use something like a silicone or plastic scraper. Be as gentle as you can, or you may end up damaging the surface of the stove.
  7. Clean and inspect. Once you are satisfied that you have removed as much of the melted microfibers as possible, go ahead and clean up the area as you normally would. After doing that, inspect the area to see if there is any remaining residue If there is, then you will want to repeat steps four through seven as many times as necessary to get the stove clean.

This cleaning technique definitely removes the burnt microfibers from a porcelain stove, just keep in mind that you may have to use a bit of careful elbow grease and patience to see it all the way through. That being said, your best bet would be to avoid the problem in the first place. This means always ensuring that you turn off the stove when you are not using it, and being very careful about where you place any cleaning towels in the future.

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2023-01-20 13:26:43

Danny

You're a life-saver!! I had this exact problem and was so worried I wrecked my almost brand new hob. Slightly heating and wiping with tissues worked. There's only a very little hazy residue which I'm guess could be cleaned using vinegar or some hob cleaner solution, but getting that burnt microfibre cloth was such a relief, I'm not event worried about burning my thumb a little bit lol. Thank you so much for sharing this knowledge!


2021-01-28 19:10:24

Lucy

You lil' life saver! Thanks a bunch for this tip my burner is restored! Hopefully my before & after pic comes through. I tried several other things from bar keepers friend to baking soda and vinegar but no major progress until this. I used an old knife for flicking and paper towels for wiping and it did the trick (see Figure 1 below)

Figure 1. Before & After


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