How to Clean Plastic Off of a Glass Top Stove

Glass top electric stoves are a popular choice because of their sleek look and ease of cleaning.

Without the traditional open burners, food and other materials don’t get trapped underneath or on the burners, making clean-up quicker and less complicated. However, glass-top stoves require a different cleaning technique to avoid damaging the smooth surface. Commercial cleaners especially for glass-top stoves are recommended by stove manufacturers for most food spills, but food isn’t the only material that might come in contact with the stove top. One of the most common substances to be melted onto glass stove tops is plastic from bags or containers.

Remove the plastic as soon as possible or the cook top may become permanently pitted. Don’t panic and gouge at the plastic, or you might scratch the glass.

Turn off the burner and, while the area is still warm, gently scrape the plastic off with a metal spatula or razor blade. To avoid burns, wear an oven mitt.

Let the cook top cool down, then use the recommended cream cleaner and non-abrasive cleaning pad to remove the residue. Be patient; it may require a few cleanings.

Things You Will Need

  • Razor blade or metal spatula
  • Oven mitt
  • Cream glass stove top cleaner
  • Non-abrasive cleaning pad

Tips

  • Keep all non-cooking items off the stove top at all times.
  • After the burner is turned off, the burner will remain hot.
  • After the "Hot Surface" light goes out, the burner will remain warm for a short time.
  • Always check your stove's use and care manual for specific instructions for your model of stove. With care, your glass-top stove will remain smooth and clean for years.

About the Author

Catherine Rayburn-Trobaugh has been a writer and college writing professor since 1992. She has written for international companies, published numerous feature articles in the "Wilmington News-Journal," and won writing contests for her poetry and fiction. Rayburn-Trobaugh earned a Master of Arts in English from Wright State University.