Use Specialty Cleaners
There are many effective products on the market specifically tailored for cleaning glass-top stoves. Most are thick, creamy salves that won't damage the stovetop. Here's how a routine cleaning should go when using these products [source: GE Appliances]:
- Add a small amount of liquid cleaner to the glass-top and quickly spread a thin layer over the surface of the stove.
- Allow the cleaner to set for about a minute. It should change from a liquid to a milky-white, dry consistency.
- Use a clean, dry cotton cloth to wipe the top thoroughly. Pay extra attention to any areas that feel rough to the touch.
- Once the cleaner has been removed, wipe down the surface of the stove again using another dry cloth.
- The stovetop should feel smooth. If not, repeat the process.
For really caked-on stains, try this method:
- Apply the liquid cleaner to the stain area, but don't let it dry. For burnt-on stains, the cleaner is used as a lubricant instead.
- If you have a scraper, now's the time to put it into action. Gently scrape the crust up from the glass until it's completely removed.