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Old 03-05-2010, 01:28 PM   #1
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My glass cooktop is incredibly hard to clean

Hello everyone,

We recently bought a GE Profile range with double ovens. Since this was my second glass top oven, I didn't realize there would be a difference in how hard it is to clean.

At Christmas, I made several batches of hard candy - boiling sugar, karo and water - and the glass top was nearly impossible to clean! When I made the same candy on my old stove, just putting hot wet towels on the cool surface would loosen the sugar splatters and it was easy to wipe off. This shiny black stovetop showed every splatter and it was terribly hard to clean - it literally took weeks to get all of the spots off.

Is there any kind of silicon or even a disposable cover I can put on the stovetop while cooking? I'd love to have something that would cover the entire cooking surface and then, when done cooking, either wash it off or throw away.

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Old 03-05-2010, 02:33 PM   #2
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I don't know about that but I do know that the Magic Eraser works wonders. And if it doesn't come off easily with that, try a dab of Goo Gone with the Magic Eraser. Seems to work on my Mom's stove anyway.
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:39 PM   #3
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I don't know about that but I do know that the Magic Eraser works wonders. And if it doesn't come off easily with that, try a dab of Goo Gone with the Magic Eraser. Seems to work on my Mom's stove anyway.
Hmm, I thought you weren't supposed to use anything but the ceramic cooktop cleaner. I will try the ME though. Mine has a few spots that are stubborn.
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:42 PM   #4
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Just don't tell anyone. Seriously, that magic eraser rocks hard. And combined with Goo Gone it removed this black crud that had been stuck on there for years.
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:58 PM   #5
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Old 03-05-2010, 03:01 PM   #6
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That ME is a great idea... I have some spots that won't seem to leave on my cooktop at home also, must try that...
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Old 03-05-2010, 04:37 PM   #7
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I have tried it, but it sure took a lot of hard scrubbing to get it clean and now, I am reluctant to even try to cook anything "messy" on my new stove. I have a little single electric burner that I put on my countertop to make fudge, because I knew it would spatter.

I'll try the Goo Gone next.

Thanks for the hints.
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Two points.

One, a razor blade works wonders on tough spots.

Two, your owners' manual probably tells you that the worst thing for the ceramic (glass) stoves is sugar. It can permanently damage the surface. Use a splatter screen when cooking with high sugar content foods. Wipe up the spills immediately. Sugar will leave pits in the surface. Use a razor blade to get all of the sugar off, then polish with your cleaner.
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Wipe up the spills immediately.
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That's good advice in general.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:22 AM   #10
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Why not use a deeper pot and/or a lid to minimize the mess. My stove isn't even a glass top and I hardly ever have to do anything except wipe with a damp cloth, but maybe I'm a bit lazier than you. I'd much rather avoid the mess in the beginning than have to deal with it after the fact. We've had a ceramic top at the farm and it still looks new after almost 10 years.
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