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randyjl Jun 1, 2012 10:43 AM

Any ideas/products to do a good job of cleaning my glass cooktop. I have tried Weiman's and there are still places I can't get off even with constant rubbing and scrubbing.

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  1. ttoommyy RE: randyjl Jun 1, 2012 01:25 PM

    "I have tried Weiman's and there are still places I can't get off even with constant rubbing and scrubbing."

    Can you clarify this statement? What can't you get off? If it is burnt on food, read your manual as to what the manufacturer suggests. I use a razor blade after the spillover has completely cooled. If it is a scratch, it may not come out at all. For just routine cleanup after cooking with no spills, I use Weiman with great results.

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      sueatmo RE: randyjl Jun 1, 2012 02:12 PM

      I simply use the supermarket brand. It has worked for 12 years. Did you inherit this cooktop with this stain? Or do you know what the stain is? Occasionally, I have smeared the burner with the cleaner and turned the burner on underneath for a second or two, and turned it off. I left it for a few minutes and then came back and cleaned it.

      If you know what this stain is, you might tell us. If it is melted plastic, you might have a worse problem than if it is simply burned.

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        RGC1982 RE: randyjl Jun 1, 2012 02:48 PM

        If Weiman's doesn't work, use a razor blade to scrape off the residue carefully, and then try Weiman's again using the green side of a yellow and green scrubbing sponge. I have had mine for nine years, and I cook messy food a lot, and this works for me.

        1. Eiron RE: randyjl Jun 2, 2012 09:40 AM

          We use the Scotch Brite Cook Top Cleaner.

          http://www.acehardware.com/product/in...

          It does a good job, but if you've got significantly adhered stains or crud then I wouldn't expect to get everything off the first go-around. The way I did it was to use the cleaner once a weekend for several weeks. Then, when the stuck crud & stains were relatively small, I gently used a razor blade to shave it very close to the glass. After that, one more cleaning with the pads & it was all gone.

          You can turn the pads over to use the clean side, extending their life. It also helps to add a few drops of water as you work because the solution on the pads dries out as you use it. And if we only use one side of a pad we store it in a ziplock bag until we need to use it again.

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            ThanksVille RE: Eiron Jun 2, 2012 10:15 PM

            Burned on caramelized sour orange marinade.was our nemisis and took the 1980's cool factor out of play to the point we spent more time cleaning our glass cooktop surface than we spent on all other kitchen surfaces combined. We did a final cleaning, donated it to a local non-profit residence and.have completely moved on.

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              Eiron RE: ThanksVille Jun 4, 2012 11:30 AM

              [is this for me, or for the OP?]

              Yes, we got our glass-top stove second-hand, so all of the burnt-on crud was pre-attached for our convenience! I don't know how many years it had been there (the stove was 8 yrs old when we got it), but there was no way I was going to work on cleaning this thing continuously until it was done.

              Doing the work for about 15 minutes at a time on separate weekends made it manageable. A quick spray & wipe-down with undilluted white vinegar after cooking keeps it clean. No further crud has built up, & it's been at least 6 mos since I last used one of the cleaning pads.

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            Jerzeegirl RE: randyjl Jun 4, 2012 11:33 AM

            I found this stuff by Carbona at Walmart that works great. It almost looks like car wax, but I find it works better than Weiman's or the Scotch pads.

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              randyjl RE: Jerzeegirl Jun 5, 2012 10:37 AM

              Carbona is awesome! Thanks!

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                Jerzeegirl RE: randyjl Jun 7, 2012 06:33 AM

                Glad you liked it. I tried almost every liquid cleaner & they weren't that good on stubborn stains. I spotted the Carbona in Walmart & figured what the heck. I'll never use anything else again.

            2. CindyJ RE: randyjl Jun 5, 2012 12:42 PM

              When I had my glass cooktop, I used Bon Ami and a Dobie pad. For particularly stubborn spots I'd make a paste or slurry of Bon Ami and water and leave it on the spots for 15 minutes or so before washing it off. If that doesn't work, try scraping it with the edge of a credit card.

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                jzerocsk RE: randyjl Jun 7, 2012 08:15 AM

                As a Barkeeper's Friend devotee I was ecstatic to find that BKF make a cooktop cleaner. I imagine it's basically the paste you usually make with BKF and water pre-mixed and bottled but it was only $2-3.

                It works very well, although I do have to put a little elbow grease into things that have been cooked on solidly.

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                  carlux RE: randyjl Jun 7, 2012 08:27 AM

                  Of course having an induction glass cooktop means that nothing gets burned on in the first place. Then I just clean mine with glass cleaner.

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