Ceramic cooktops require special care to maintain.

How to Care for a White Ceramic Cooktop

by Maria Magher

A white ceramic cooktop creates a clean and elegant look for your kitchen. Ceramic cooktops are both easier to clean since they have no nooks or crannies to trap food and more difficult to clean since they require special care to prevent staining and scratching. It is important to use the right techniques to clean your white ceramic cooktop so you can preserve its surface for many years to come.

1. Use the Right Cleaner

There are specialty cleaners that are designed specifically for ceramic cooktops. These are creamy and don't contain abrasive elements or harsh chemicals. Using other types of kitchen cleaners on your ceramic cooktop can dull the surface, strip or scratch it. Not only can these cleaners mar the natural beauty of the surface, but they can undermine the effectiveness of the cooktop over time. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the ceramic cooktop cleaner and rub it into the stain. Use a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining cleaner.

2. Use Only Soft Cloth

A ceramic cooktop is vulnerable to scratching, so it is important to only use soft cloth when cleaning it. Use a sponge or a soft rag with the ceramic cooktop cleaner. Never use steel wool or a scouring pad. Don't use a knife or metal spatula to scrape off cooked-on food. A plastic scraper is effective after you soak the cleaner. Even small scratches can become deeper gouges over time, eventually cracking the surface of the cooktop.

3. Clean Spills as They Occur

One of the best ways to care for your white ceramic cooktop is to clean spills as they occur. This prevents the accumulation of food and liquids that can harden and require scrubbing or scraping to remove. Thoroughly clean the cooktop once it cools after each use. You don't have to use the ceramic cooktop cleaner each time -- you can use a warm, soapy wet cloth or sponge. Pay special attention to sugar spills, which can adhere to the cooktop and create pitting.

4. Take Care During Food Preparation

There are many things that can damage your ceramic cooktop during food preparation. You should avoid cutting foods on the cook top, as the knife can scratch or chip the stove top. Avoid sliding metal or iron pots across the cook top, as these can also leave behind scratches. Keep foil off of the stove top because it can melt and adhere to cook top or can leave behind black marks.

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