Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.
Tri-Valley homeowners have had a love affair with smooth cooktops since the 1970s when they were first introduced. At that time, the cooktops were created from pyro ceramic glass — the same material as Corningware dishes. This material was replaced with less-brittle glass-ceramic in the 1990s.
While glass-ceramic cooktops lend a sleek, modern silhouette to the kitchen, they have different care requirements than conventional stovetops.
While you won’t need to dig around burners and drip pans, you do need to use caution to avoid scratching the cooktop and you may need to clean it more frequently.
Which cleaning products to use
Avoid using abrasive cleaners and rough scouring pads, which may damage the surface. Products such as bleach, ammonia, and oven cleaner may cause discoloring.
The ideal product to use to clean the glass-ceramic cooktop is one that is manufactured expressly for that purpose. Read your owner’s manual for a recommendation or consider one of the following products:
How to clean the cooktop
Light stains and spills are easy to clean up if you attend to them as soon as possible.
- Wait until the cooktop is completely cool.
- Pour a few drops of the cleaner onto the surface.
- Use a cleaning pad (included with some of the products) or a clean, soft cloth to wipe the soiled area clean.
To remove heavy stains:
- Use a cooktop scraper (included with some of the aforementioned products) or a metal razor blade scraper, at a 30-degree angle, to lightly scrape the soil from the surface.
- Wipe up the loosened debris.
- Apply a few drops of the cleaner and rub the cooktop with the cleaning pad until it’s clean.
- Buff the surface of the cooktop with a clean microfiber cloth.
Melted plastic or spills of foods that contain a lot of sugar may require special treatment:
- Don’t wait for the cooktop to cool – these stains require immediate removal.
- Protect your hands with oven mitts.
- Use the scraper or razor blade to scrape the stain from the cooktop.
- Immediately wipe away the loosened debris.
- Allow the cooktop to cool and then clean with the cooktop cleaner and a cleaning pad.
I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren
Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!
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