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How to Clean and Care for a Glass Top Stove Top

When it comes to kitchen appliances, nothing says modern and sleek like a beautiful new electric smooth top ceramic or glass top stove top. 

Frying pan on modern black glass electric stove, built in cooktop with ceramic top in white kitchen interior

While it beats a coil element type cooktop in the style department, a glass top stove top requires a different kind of proactive care to keep it looking good while at the same time preventing discoloration and scratching.

What NOT to do

With glass top stove tops, it’s all about prevention. If you think of your cooktop as a delicate possession that requires your utmost protection, you’ll be way ahead of the game.

Cast iron or stone cookware

Cast-iron skillets are heavy, and glass stovetops are extremely delicate. With cast iron, your number one concern should be cracking or damaging the glass with that heavy skillet.

If you are used to sliding pans back and forth over the burners while cooking, you will need to break that habit with your glass cook top. It’s tempting I know, but just don’t do it. Period. The bottom of these types of cookware can be rough, even gritty like sandpaper. Any movement on that cooktop can leave permanent scratches. Instead, use an aggressive stirring method to move around the contents of the pan.



Heavy pots

Do not drag heavy pots across a smooth top cooktop. Always lift to another area of the cooktop to reduce the risk of scratching. Read more