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
- Nail polish remover
- Razor blade or dull knife
- 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
- Try peeling away as much plastic as possible by hand. This will be easier if you have longer fingernails.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.