How to Clean a Stove Top

Learn how to clean different types of stove tops with these smart ideas for glass tops, gas burner grates, and electric coil burners.

No matter what type of cook top you have, it can be sparkling clean with these helpful tips. To clean cooked-on stains on a glass cook top, use a single-edged scraper. Soak the problem area in the strongest cleaner your cook top can handle and let it sit. Then, scrape slowly, firmly, and carefully, holding the blade at a 30- to 40-degree angle. Don't press too hard and don't hold the scraper at a high angle. Now, wipe the cook top clean. If the manual on your gas cook top says it's okay, you can run the grates to a dishwasher on a regular basis. For cooked-on stains, soak the grates in warm, soapy water in the sink or a tub. Scrub the grates gently. If they aren't coated, you can use a gentle scouring pad. For coated grates, use a sponge. Remove electric coil burners for easy cleaning. Gently unplug the burner and wipe it with a sponge soaked in warm, soapy water. Be careful not to get the electrical connection wet. Rinse and dry thoroughly before reattaching.

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