Question: Tips for using & cleaning ceramic glass cooktop

Answer

Ceramic glass (on some models) 

The surface cooking area will glow red when an element is on. It may cycle on and off to maintain the selected heat level.

It is normal for the surface of white or biscuit ceramic glass to appear to change color when surface cooking areas are hot. As the glass cools, it will return to its original color.

 

Links to TIPS for using & cleaning ceramic glass cooktop

Cooktop Cleaning

Avoiding Damage to Cooktop Surface

Pan Selection

 

Cleaning

IMPORTANT: Before cleaning, make sure all controls are off and the cooktop is cool. Always follow label instructions on cleaning products.

Cleaning off the cooktop before and after each use will help keep it free of stains and provide the most even heating. On cooktops with white or biscuit ceramic glass, soils and stains may be more visible and may require more cleaning and care.

Both cooktop cleaner and a cooktop scraper are recommended, along with a cooktop protectant; all of these products can be purchased within one kit: Cooktop Care Kit - Part No. 31605

For US: 1-800-901-2042

For Canada: 1-800-807-6777

For additional information on caring for your glass cooking surface, see cleaning the glass top cooking surface or see the "General Cleaning" section of your Use & Care Guide.

 

Manuals & Literature

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General Cleaning 

IMPORTANT: Before cleaning, make sure all controls are off and the cooktop is cool. Always follow label instructions on cleaning products.  Soap, water and a soft cloth or sponge are suggested first unless otherwise noted.

 

Ceramic glass (on some models)  - at the end of each cleaning process, use cooktop protectant to polish & help repel soils/stains.

Cleaning method:
Always wipe with a clean, damp cloth or sponge and dry thoroughly to avoid streaking and staining.

Both cooktop cleaner and a cooktop scraper are recommended for regular use against scratches, pitting and stubborn soils, along with a cooktop protectant.  All of these products can be purchased within one kit: Cooktop Care Kit - Part No. 31605

NOTE:
The Cooktop Care Kit contains 8oz. of cleaner 4 oz. of protectant and cleaning pads. The Cooktop Scraper uses razor blades as an aid in removing stubborn soils.

IMPORTANT: Store razor blades out of the reach of children.

Light to moderate soil:
Clean with paper towels or clean damp sponge. Clean while the cooktop is still warm. You may want to wear oven mitts while cleaning cooktop.

 

Sugary spills (jellies, candy, syrup) 

Cooktop Scraper:
Clean/scrape the spill while the cooktop is still warm. You may want to wear oven mitts while cleaning the cooktop.

Cooktop Cleaner and clean, damp paper towel:
Clean as soon as cooktop has cooled down. Rub cleaner into surface with a damp paper towel or soft cloth. Continue rubbing until white film disappears.

 

Heavy soil, dark streaks, specks and discoloration 

Cooktop Cleaner or nonabrasive cleanser:
Rub product into soil with a damp paper towel or soft cloth. Continue rubbing until white film disappears.

 

Burned-on soil 

Cooktop Cleaner and Cooktop Scraper:
Rub cooktop cleaner into soil with damp paper towel. Hold scraper as flat as possible on surface and scrape. Repeat for stubborn spots.

 

Metal marks from aluminum and copper 

Cooktop Cleaner:
Clean as soon as cooktop has cooled down. Rub cleaner into surface with a damp paper towel or soft cloth. Continue rubbing until white film disappears. The marks may not totally disappear but after many cleanings become less noticeable.

 

Tiny scratches and abrasions 

Cooktop Cleaner:
Rub cleaner into surface with a damp paper towel or soft cloth. Continue rubbing until white film disappears. Scratches and abrasions do not affect cooking performance and after many cleanings become less noticeable.

IMPORTANT: Do not use steel wool, abrasive powder cleansers, chlorine bleach, rust remover or ammonia because damage may occur.

 

 

To avoid damaging the cooktop, follow these instructions to preserve the uniquely elegant look of your ceramic surface unit:

  • Do not store jars or cans above the cooktop.
  • Dropping a heavy or hard object onto the cooktop could crack the cooktop. Use special care with heavy skillets.
  • Do not leave a hot lid on the cooktop. As the cooktop cools, air can become trapped between the lid and the cooktop, and the ceramic glass could break when the lid is removed.
  • For foods containing sugar in any form, clean all spills and soils as soon as possible. Allow the cooktop to cool slightly and then, while wearing oven mitts, remove the spills while the surface is still warm. If sugary spills are allowed to cool, they can adhere to the cooktop and can cause pitting and permanent marks.
  • Do not slide cookware or bakeware across the cooktop. Aluminum or copper bottoms and rough finishes on cookware or bakeware could leave scratches or marks on the cooktop.
  • Do not cook popcorn in prepackaged aluminum containers on the cooktop. They could leave aluminum marks that cannot be completely removed.
  • Do not allow objects that could melt, such as plastic or aluminum foil, to touch any part of the cooktop surface.
  • Do not use the cooktop as a cutting board.
  • Use cookware about the same size as the surface cooking area. Cookware should not extend more than ½" (1.3 cm) outside the area.

  • Use flat-bottomed cookware for best heat conduction and energy efficiency. Cookware with rounded, warped, ribbed or dented bottoms could cause uneven heating and poor cooking results.
  • Determine flatness by placing the straight edge of a ruler across the bottom of the cookware. While you rotate the ruler, no space or light should be visible between it and the cookware.
  • Cookware designed with slightly indented bottoms or small expansion channels can be used.
  • Make sure the bottoms of pots and pans are clean and dry before using them. Residue and water can leave deposits when heated.
  • Do not cook foods directly on the cooktop.
 
 
Stainless Steel Pans are preferred as they should not streak or stain the cooktop surface.
Cast Iron Pans are not recommeded as they may scratch the cooktop surface.
Aluminum or pans with Aluminum bottoms can leave metal residue on the cooktop surface.  This residue will normally appear as streaks.
To clean, use Cooktop Cleaner & if streaks still are visible, use Cooktop Scraper.  Aluminum residue may take many cleaning attempts to remove.