Cleaning Your Flat Cooktop

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Stevie
Cleaning Your Flat Cooktop

In the house I built 4 years ago, I picked out stainless appliances and got a one of those smooth glass-like cooktops that cooks by radiant energy.  You've seen them.  They are like the one above (which is not mine BTW) .  

They have their advantages and disadvantages.  The disadvantage is that it's not constant heat but works on a thermostat like your home heating does.  The burner is cycled on and off automatically and is pretty east to adjust to.  The advantage is they look nice and clean up easily provided you are a neat cook.  But if you're messy at all with the pots and pans, the spills burn and turn into stubborn carbon splotches which can be very hard to remove.

Cleaning these ceramic cooktops is a trick and you definitely want to be careful with what you use.  Some things are OK and some things will damage the cooktop permanently.

The best product for cleaning I've found is Cerama Bryte.

Home improvement stores like Lowes carry it as well as online retailers like Amazon.  I don't recommend any other products for this besides those specially recommended for ceramic-glass cooktops.  Those cooktops are expensive - don't even chance it.

Do not use other abrasive cleaners like Comet, Ajax or even Softscrub.  In the beginning, it might seem like these are gentle enough but after several cleanings, you might start noticing a haze.  Haze = small scratches.  And what ever you do, DO NOT ever use a metal or stainless steel cleaner like Cameo.  And don't scrape it with sharp metal tool like a spoon or a knife to try to remove the carbon.

A razor blade is the only exception and if you must resort to that, be sure and get the area wet with water, safely hold the blade at an almost flat angle, and go back and forth very, very gently.  This will shave the carbon off in small layers and will not scratch your cooktop.

And seriously - that abrasive stainless steel cleaner?  Get rid of it or hide in in the garage, lest some well-meaning person takes it upon themselves to ruin your nice shiny modern cooktop.

   

Hot2na
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yes! this cleaner is the best! used it on my viking cooktop and was a gift from viking when we purchased the appliance. came in a little kit w/spatula that was a scraper as well with a razor blade in the end. did you get that also? love love love it!

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Stevie
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Hot2na wrote:

yes! this cleaner is the best! used it on my viking cooktop and was a gift from viking when we purchased the appliance. came in a little kit w/spatula that was a scraper as well with a razor blade in the end. did you get that also? love love love it!

No I didn't get the goody package.  Just the bottle of goop.  :)

Hot2na
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Stevie wrote:
No I didn't get the goody package.  Just the bottle of goop.  :)

husband said you can get that scraper any where. the service tech who would come and give our viking an annual check up assured us it is safe. basically it is a razor blade holder! the blade cleans anything off the cooktop. makes the clean up w/cerama bryte that much easier. w/no scratching!

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Stevie
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Hot2na wrote:

Stevie wrote:
No I didn't get the goody package.  Just the bottle of goop.  :)

husband said you can get that scraper any where. the service tech who would come and give our viking an annual check up assured us it is safe. basically it is a razor blade holder! the blade cleans anything off the cooktop. makes the clean up w/cerama bryte that much easier. w/no scratching!

<edit add>found it:

><))))'>  

That's what I need!  Especially if someone else who will go unnamed keeps cooking on it.  Beats trying to hold onto that slippery little razor blade which can now put back next to the mirror where it belongs!

Hot2na
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Stevie wrote:
That's what I need!

$6.99 scraper/pad combo! *she'll thank you for it ;) *

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PrincessB
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Thanks so much Stevie! We just moved into a place with a cooktop like you described a few weeks ago and so far I've been having trouble cleaning the cooktop. I wipe it down with water or all purpose cleaner, it looks good, and then about 10 minutes later the same smudges I was cleaning seem to be back. Do you think the cerambryte will help with that?

Hot2na
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PrincessB wrote:
Do you think the cerambryte will help with that?

it is a miracle cleaner if you ask me! the top looks "new" after each use. you'll love it. be sure to get the scraper too. it removes all! no scratches.

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snazzy
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the goop came with our cooktop. it works kinda like a coat of car wax. i havent had the need to scrape anything off of my stovetop. i just use a little elbow grease and a couple coats of the goop.  i didnt even know there was a designated scraper! thats something i can keep in mind....if i ever get that messy...heck, if i ever get around to cooking more! lol

 

 

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mikese
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we had to get more sears parts for our stove after cracking the cook top.

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