Keeping your cooktop looking new

How to Clean a Stained Smooth Cooktop

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Cleaning Smooth Cooktops

We purchased a home with the appliances included. The smooth-top range was not cleaned properly and the gray-color burners are blackened and discolored. I have tried "everything" and they remain discolored. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Works on Mine

Well, I'll tell you what I use on mine and you can try it.

- 8 ounces distilled white vinegar
- 4 ounces lemon juice
- 2 ounces dishwashing liquid (Dawn, etc.)
- 10 ounces water
- 2 tablespoons baking soda

Mix in a very large bowl, as ingredients will foam. Let it settle and then pour into spray bottle.

I got this recipe from The Dollar Stretcher and it works. It works much better than anything professional I have tried. I went through all the creams made special for these cooktops, etc. Now mine isn't as bad as yours, but when something boils over and sticks on top, I spray this mixture on and let it sit about five to ten minutes. Then I re-spray and wipe it clean. It works every time for me.

If At First You Don't Succeed, Try Again!

Make a paste of blue Dawn® dishwashing liquid and baking soda. Rub paste all over the cooktop. Top all this with a hot moist towel and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a sponge that is specifically used for Teflon cookware and start scrubbing the cooktop. Depending on how dirty the cooktop is, you might need to do this procedure a couple of times, but it will eventually work.
Betsy in Plano, TX

Find a Friend in Bar Keepers Friend®

I use Bar Keepers Friend®, a powder cleaner that gets off most stubborn stains, for regular cleaning. It is strong, so I use a small amount on a scrubby. Once I had a larger, bigger stain and was at my wit's end. I re-read the manual that came with the oven. The instructions said to clean the top carefully with a razor scraper to remove build up. It worked. Incidentally, I've bought many cooktop cleaners and polishing the top with window cleaner as a last step works just as well. In fact, the cleaners seem to attract more stains rather than protect.

Cleaning Smooth Cooktops with Baking Soda

I use baking soda on a sponge to clean my stovetops. It's amazing how well this cleans. My stovetop looks practically new after almost 10 years.

Appliance Repairman's Solution for Cleaning Smooth Cooktops

I had the same problem when I purchased a house last year. I called an appliance repairman. He used a single sided razor blade in a retractable handle to scrape off a lot of the burned-on stains. Then he sprayed Easy-Off® oven cleaner on the rest of the stains and left it on for about 15 minutes. He wiped it off, and then there were only a few small stained areas remaining. He then rinsed off the entire surface carefully so as not to mix chemicals, and then applied water to the remaining stains, and sprinkled on Comet. He told me to leave it on for about 30 minutes, rub it in with a wet cloth, and then rinse off the cooktop with a clean, wet sponge. It worked! The cooktop surface looked virtually new.

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Let Mr. Clean® Help

I use a Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser® for cleaning smooth cooktops. It shines it up and removes all cooked-on food. Those grey rings will be grey again.

It's Simple!

I use Simple Green®, a degreaser, at full strength in a spray bottle. I spray the cool cooktop with it, let it sit a few moments, and then use a green plastic scrubber that won't damage to scrub it. The dried, cooked-on grease dissolves with the degreaser and scrubber and then I can wipe it away. If a lot has built up, you may need to use it several times. I buy Simple Green® at Lowe's. I'm sure other places would have it also.

Scrape It Clean

This is what I do. I put a layer of liquid soap on the cooktop. Then I use a single edge razor blade (I prefer the ones in a holder) and gently scrape. It has not scratched the finish and removes the old, burnt-on grease, which is causing the discoloration.

Keep Trying and Be Patient

I had a similar problem. Here is what I did. I started cleaning the cooktop with Bon Ami® as a paste, letting it sit and repeating this several times. I was really frustrated because all my work didn't seem to do much good. Then my husband used a razor blade on the spots, etc. and carefully scraped those away. I was worried about scratches, but as it turned out, I didn't need to be. It took me a couple of weeks of faithfully cleaning and scrubbing to bring the shine back, and while the cooktop still does not look new, it does look "new-ish" and I can live with that.

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