Cleaning Ceramic Glass Cooktops

by paperfacets

I found the solution for cleaning ceramic glass cooktops of hard to remove cooked on spots and gunk. I had a hard time finding a good solution for my GE Profile induction cooktop.

When I read the cleaning instructions for our new ceramic induction cooktop I took note of the scratch warning and dutifully bought all the cleaning products they recommended.

After a few days of cooking I noticed I had cooked on spots that would not come off. The new Scotch-Brite cook top cleaner that looks like an old fashioned clothes iron was getting micro amounts off each time I took a pass. If I put more pressure on and rubbed super fast the main spot still remained.

How was I to get this glass cook top cleaned and looking like new again? My frustration level was going up. This appliance was new and I wanted to keep it looking shiny.

Below I give my solution for removing cooked-on spots from any glass, ceramic stove top or induction cooktop.

The Kitchen Cleaning Problem

How was I to get this glass cook top cleaned and looking like new again?  I wanted to keep it shiny.

At right is evidence of my problem. Green scratch pads and vinegar was not helping. Washing with a cloth and Ajax did not help, either. 

Below I give my solution for removing cooked-on spots from any glass, ceramic stove top or induction cooktop. It took me a few weeks but I hit on the game changer.

Dirty Ceramic Glass Cooktop
Dirty Ceramic Glass Cooktop
Sherry Venegas

I Did Further Reading on the CookTop

Going back to the appliance book I read every page and finally I found the suggestion to use a razor blade to get stubborn spots off.

Well, to me that made some sense. The razor blade is what I use for hard water stains on porcelain and also on ceramic tile with the glazed surface.

Standard blade scraper
Standard blade scraper


I found my husband's window scraper blade holder, exactly like the one at right, and carefully scraped at the spot. An angle of about 30% is good for this because anything straighter might scratch the surface.

I was leary at first but I soon found that it does not scratch. If your spot is of substantial size it will take about 20 minutes to remove it all.

The next time the cooktop needed cleaning I added the cleaner I also have under the kitchen sink.

Since the middle of 2010, when I wrote this recommendation, sellers are now including the razor and scraper with the cleaning product! The brown builds fast if you use your induction cooktop everyday.

I guess if the gunk does not stick to the pan it has to go somewhere. Most people are too busy to make sure the surface is totally clean before cooking.

How I Clean My Glass Ceramic Cooktop

Below is a photo of my process of ridding the big spots.

I grabbed my bottle of Barkeeper's Friend and found that this and the scrapper is the fastest way to get the top back to looking new.

The very slightly raised surface of the stove with the small valleys traps cooked on particles. The Barkeeper's liquid (Bar Keeper's Powder Cleanser and Polish works well too) gets into the valleys and rubs them out with the soft grit in the product. Circular motion with the scraper going clock and counterclockwise works the best.

Any good cleaner with the help of the scraper will be the easiest method to restore your cooktop to gleaming new looks in the shortest time.

Glass Cooktop Cleaner Works Very Well

Bar Keepers Friend Cooktop Cleaner 13-Ounce Bottle

Features Specially formulated for smooth top stoves. Currently produced for major cooktop manufacturers. Great on all appliances. Bar Keepers Friend product. Cleans and polishes...

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Cleaning Glass cooktop
Cleaning Glass cooktop
Sherry Venegas
Cleaned Cooktop Using Barkeeper's Friend and Razor Blade
Cleaned Cooktop Using Barkeeper's Friend and Razor Blade
Sherry Venegas

August, 2011 Added information above about the Barkeepers Friend.

The BarKeeper's Friend cleaner for cooktops is a new product. Was not available when I first had the gunk problem.

Get a good cleaner and use it in conjunction with the scrapper.

Cleaning the Glass, Ceramic and Induction Cooktop is Solved

I was cooking on a electric heated glass top before and for some reason nothing stuck as hard as the cooked on sugar I had on the induction. Possibly, the textured surface made the solution a bit more problematic.

Cleaning grease and everyday spots using hot water and soap works wonders, but the more drastic measure for cooked sugar and brown build up is an extra problem I am glad I found a solution for.

Cleaning the Induction Cooktop

Did this solution for cleaning the cooktop help you?
Updated: 03/04/2016, paperfacets
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paperfacets on 11/09/2015

SheilaMarie, She may very well need these cleaning tips.

sheilamarie on 11/09/2015

My mother cooks on a similar stove and I'll pass on your info. Your photo shows how successful your method is. Thanks!

MBC on 10/15/2015

I don't have this type of stove, but think that many will appreciate your experience and success.

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