A pan simmering on a KitchenAid® ceramic glass stove top


You’ve put the dishes in the dishwasher, wiped down the counters and put all of your equipment away. Now the only thing standing between you and a clean kitchen is your glass cooktop. If you aren’t sure how to clean a glass stove top or how to remove cooked-on foods from your ceramic glass cooktop, these tips can help. Follow this guide to learn how to clean your glass electric stove top or cooktop quickly and easily.

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Learn what to use to clean a glass stove top, along with other tips to keep your cooktop clean and ready for your next creation. Before you get started, make sure you have the items below on hand for the best results:

  • A cooktop scraper

  • Cooktop scrubbing pad

  • Cooktop cleaning wipes, soft cloth or paper towel

  • Oven mitt

Before cleaning your glass cooktop, make sure all of the controls are off and that the cooktop is no longer hot to the touch. Always follow the label instructions on all cleaning products, and do not use steel wool, abrasive powder cleansers, chlorine bleach, rust remover or ammonia. These products could damage your cooktop. For electric induction range tops, follow our how to clean an induction cooktop guide for easy-to-follow steps.

KitchenAid sells an affresh®Cooktop Cleaning Kit that includes everything you need for safe cleaning. Learn more about how to clean different types of stovetops.

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For stubborn messes, a scraper designed for ceramic glass cooktops may be used to clean the surface. Gently scraping the surface at the correct angle will loosen the remnants without causing damage to your cooktop.

  • For best results, use the scraper while the cooktop is still warm, but not hot to the touch. It is recommended to wear an oven mitt while scraping the warm cooktop.

  • Hold the scraper at approximately a 45° angle against the glass surface and scrape the residue. It will be necessary to apply pressure in order to remove the residue.

  • Allow the cooktop to cool down before proceeding to Step 2.


Once the glass stove top is cool to the touch, generously spray the surface with vinegar diluted with water or your cleaning solution to loosen burnt residue.

  • Allow the vinegar or cleaning solution to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Wipe the surface clean with a soft cloth or cleaning wipes; avoid scouring pads and scrub brushes as these may damage the surface.

3. Apply Glass Stove Top Cleaner

After you have scraped the surface and removed the remaining residue, apply a dime-sized drop of affresh®cooktop cleaner/ceramic glass cooktop cleaner to the affected areas.

  • Rub the affresh®cleaner onto the cooktop surface with a blue cooktop scrubbing pad. Reasonable pressure is needed to remove stubborn stains.

  • Allow the cleaner to dry to a white haze before proceeding to Step 4.

4. Polish the Glass Stove Top

Using a clean, dry cloth or paper towel, gently and thoroughly polish the entire cooktop surface. 


5. Repeat Steps 1-4 as Necessary

If stubborn residue remains after following this process, repeat the steps until the surface is clean. Scraping the cooktop may be necessary to break up the remaining problem areas.

  • Spritz the glass stove top with vinegar or cleaner.

  • Remove food/residue with a scraper.

  • Apply glass stove top cleaner.

  • Polish the glass stove top.

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What Should You Not Use to Clean a Glass Top Stove?

To avoid damage to your glass top stove, refrain from using steel wool, abrasive powder cleansers, chlorine bleach, rust remover or ammonia in your cleaning process. For best results, always follow the instructions on your cleaning products before utilizing them.

What is the Best Way to Clean a Glass Stove Top?

The best way to clean a glass stove top is to practice daily maintenance by tending to the surface shortly after cooking. Wiping down the cooktop after each use with a soft cloth and cleaning solution can prevent stubborn messes. 

Be mindful to allow the cooktop to cool before cleaning.

Daily Maintenance Tips for Your Electric Glass Stove Top

Cleaning your electric glass stove top after each use is key to keeping your surface mess-free and avoiding burnt-on residue. Use these easy tips to quickly and thoroughly keep your cooktop clean.

  • Keep cleaning solution and a soft cloth nearby.
  • Allow the surface to cool before wiping down any messes.
  • Now that your cooktop is spic and span, follow our tips to clean your oven door glass for extra shine. And learn how often to clean your oven to ensure it is always ready for your next recipe.

Affresh®cleaners are available at many retailers. Find a retailer near you.



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