How to Clean a Smooth Top Stove Without Damaging It


There is no way to cook regularly and not end up with a dirty glass range top. We want our stove’s surface to be clean and shiny, but stuck-on food is inevitable. However, we’ll show you how to clean a smooth top stove in 6 simple steps without causing any damage to the surface.

How to Clean a Smooth Top Stove

Natural household ingredients make an effective glass top stove cleaner. You can clean a glass cooktop with just a few pantry items and a little time. Here’s how.

Step #1 – Wipe Glass Range Top with Rag

Remove all surface debris using a damp rag before you begin deep cleaning your glass cooktop. This helps to avoid scratching the surface and lets you target what doesn’t wipe off easily.

Step #2 – Spray Glass Cooktop with Vinegar

An easy trick on how to clean a smooth top stove is to use vinegar. Spray the entire surface of your glass cooktop with vinegar. Use a clean damp cloth to wipe everything down.

Step #3 – Sprinkle Baking Soda on Glass Range Top

Now, cover the entire glass stove top with baking soda. Make sure you have an even layer of coverage.

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Step #4 – Cover with a Hot Towel

Here comes the best of our glass cooktop cleaning hacks – STEAM! Saturate a couple of hand towels in hot water. Use rubber gloves to wring out the towels a bit and lay them on top of the baking soda. Let the hot water do the dirty work for you by steaming off stubborn food particles and grease. When you’re learning how to clean a smooth top stove, this is seriously the best way to go!

Step #5 – Scrub & Scrape the Glass Stove Top

With everything warm and soft, use a safe-handled razor to gently scrape and remove burnt-on food from glass cooktop. Wipe down the surface again to remove the remaining food and debris.


Step #6 – Rinse & Polish

Using a clean damp rag, spray the glass stove top with vinegar once more and wipe clean. For extra shine, finish the job by buffing the surface with a dry, microfiber cloth.

Now that you know how to clean a smooth top stove, let’s talk maintenance.

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Glass Stove Top Maintenance Tips

Keep your stove top looking sharp by following these tips:

  • Clean spills quickly
  • Be careful with cookware – don’t drag pans across the glass
  • Use metal or wood utensils that won’t melt on the cooktop surface
  • Polish periodically

Is cleaning your stove the least of your problems? If your appliance needs service, call your local technician at Just-In Time Appliance Repair today for trusted stove repair.

Justin Duby

Justin Duby

Justin Duby, a Grants Pass native, opened Just-in Time Appliance Repair in 2014 after working with his grandparents in the appliance repair business for almost 10 years. Just attends various training programs throughout the year to keeps his skills sharp.

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