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Archive for May 1st, 2019

Glass Stove Top

Posted by terrepruitt on May 1, 2019

For a month or so now I have been wanting to post about my glass stove top. Glass stove tops came up one time when a few of us were talking after yoga class, it is what made me think to post about it.  Then it came up again today, so I thought, “What the heck!” My parents’ house has a glass stove top and there is something on the burners. I had asked my parents about it but they claimed to not know what it was. I always thought that they didn’t clean it properly and then cooked on it again causing a blemish that couldn’t be removed. But it could be that the top got scratched from cookware that wasn’t made for glass tops. I don’t know. But it made me leery about having one.  We had one of those stoves that had the coil burners and I HATED having to take the coils out and clean the bowls underneath. Being such a spill-over-pot-cook I am, stuff used to spill over from the bowls into the underneath. To begin with the stove the bowls were in bad shape when we bought the place. So I really wanted the ease of just wiping the stove top. I did some research before buying one, though, so I would have an idea of how to up keep it. Our stove came with Cerma Bryte.

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The one thing that I remember the instructions stating was to let the stove cool before cleaning. For me that was so difficult. I was always worried that the crud would not come off and was anxious to see that it did, so a couple of times I didn’t wait for it to cool. But then I worried that doing that was really how my parents’ stove got stained and so I would wait. I didn’t want to have the cleaner or the material from the scrubber melted onto my stove. I am better now at waiting until the heat indicator light has gone off before I clean.

I just read the instructions and I don’t actually do what they say.  I pour the cleaner on the cooled stove, then use the scrubber to clean the stove, then I use a wet soapy dish rag to wipe off the loosened food and cleaner, then I dry the stove top with a towel.

It is easier at times to use the blade to scrape off most of the spill, then use the cleaner and scrubber to scrub the rest off. I am notorious for pasta overflowing. I swear I turn away for just a second and the pot is boiling over. That always leaves a great mess on the stove.

The information I read in my research many years ago, said that sugar was the worst thing for the stove. So I am always very careful when making hummingbird food. I don’t want to spill the sugar onto the stove or have the sugar water splatter on the stove. And then I wipe it up as soon as I can.

I have never used any other cleaner so I don’t know what else is out there or if it is good. I love my stove. I am pretty good at having faith that whatever I spill on it will come off, but sometimes I make such a mess I get concerned, but so far . . . so good. It is way easier to clean then the coil burners.

Do you have a glass top stove? What do you use to clean it? Do you find it easy to keep up?

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