Remove Stains from Ceramic Stove Tops

Ceramic stove tops have a great modern look that can be ruined by ugly, messy stains. It's very easy to spill food onto the stove top, and stains can build up over time with heavy use. Fortunately, you can remove stains from ceramic stove tops fairly easily with the right tools.

Remove Stains from Ceramic Stove Tops

Removing Food Stains from Ceramic Stove Tops

There are many different types of stains that can mar the surface of the ceramic stove top, but food stains are the most common. Before beginning, there will be a couple things you need.

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • A plastic spoon
  • Lemon juice and baking soda, mixed
  • Non-abrasive soft cloth
  • Olive oil
  • Water
  • Soap
  • Paper towels

It's always important to wait until the stove top surface is completely cooled before starting, otherwise you risk being burned. Once the stove top has cooled all the way, you can begin.

  1. Take the spoon and gently scrape away the burnt food as much as possible.
  2. Wipe away the burnt food with a wet paper towel and discard.
  3. If the food is thick and doesn't come off right away, use some olive oil on the stain, then try chipping at it with the plastic spoon again. The olive oil helps to soften the stain for easier removal.
  4. After chipping at the food stain and removing the majority of it, mix the lemon juice and baking soda together. The mixture should be about the consistency of toothpaste. The lemon juice is particularly helpful for tougher stains. The paste should fizz a bit when mixed together.
  5. Apply the paste evenly to the stain with your soft cloth.
  6. Once applied, it needs to sit for 10 minutes.
  7. After allowing the paste to sit on the stain for no more than 10 minutes, scrub the stain with the soft cloth. Be careful to not use abrasive sponges or other scrubbers, as those will leave scratches on the surface of your ceramic stove top.
  8. Repeat the scrubbing of the area until the stain is lifted. 

For stubborn stains on the ceramic stove top

It may take several times repeating this step to get the stain out. But with some elbow grease and patience, the stain will come out. After it's gone, clean the stove top with a mild soap and water. 

Why Lemon Juice and Baking Soda Works to Clean Stove Tops

The lemon juice and baking soda are good cleaning agents because they work just as well as harsher chemical cleaners, but are cheaper, more natural, and doesn't harm you if you ingest it or otherwise come in contact with it. Lemons have high concentrations of citric acid, which is a weak organic acid that cuts through tough stains easily.

Plus, the lemon adds a naturally good smell to your kitchen! The baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is also non-toxic, and has been used as a cleaning agent for many years. 

Removing Melted Plastic from Ceramic Stove Tops

Food is the most common stain that mars ceramic stove tops, but my no means the only one. Many times you will absent-mindedly set a plastic bag or tupperware on the stove top, or your  plastic utensil was placed there, and before you know it, the plastic had hardened and your stove top looks irreplaciably damaged. Sometimes, there is no fixing this--the plastic has indeed ruined your stove top. But before relegating your stove top to the dump, here are some tricks you can try to resore it.

What You Will Need Before You Start

  • A plastic spoon
  • WD-40
  • Nail polish remover
  • Razor blade or dull knife
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Soft cloth

Before attempting to clean, let the stove top cool completely. There's no use trying to remove the stain if you burn yourself! Once the stove top has cooled all the way, you can tackle the difficult task of removing the hardened plastic.

Steps to Remove the Plastic from the Stove Top

  1. Try peeling away as much plastic as possible by hand. This will be easier if you have longer fingernails.
  2. Just as with the food stain removal instructions above, use your plastic spoon to chip at the burnt plastic. Be careful not to chip the surface of the stove top.
  3. Spray some WD-40 on the spot and let it sit for a few minutes. WD-40 was orignially developed as a chemical to prevent corrosion, but since it's invention, it's been found to have multiple household uses.
  4. After the WD-40 sits on the plastic for a couple minutes, use a razor blade and very carefully scrape at the plastic. Be sure not the scratch the surface, and take care not to cut yourself. This technique should remove the first layer of the plastic.
  5. To take off the bottom layer, soak the soft cloth in the nail polish remover and apply to the stain. Move in a circle around the bottom layer of the plastic stain. 

The nail polish remover is effective at removing the plastic because it's a solvent, and it's often used to clean surfaces in labraatories. However, be careful not to ingest it or breathe it in as it may have harmful side effects. After wiping the area with the nail polish remover, use soap and water to wash the stove top.