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How to Remove Burnt Pan Residue From a Ceramic Stove Top

by Cecilia Harsch

The sleek design of a ceramic stove top keeps food spills from dripping through the burners and beneath the top of the stove, like it can with the coils of an electric model. Even though cooking on a smooth ceramic stove top can reduce the amount of grime you have to scrub off after a a spill or from burnt-pan residue, you can't simply wipe the surface with a damp rag or sponge and expect to leave the stove top sparkling. Watch out though, using the wrong products or techniques can permanently damage the ceramic surface.

Turn off the stove top burner beneath the pan. Don't let the stove top cool before trying to remove the burnt-pan residue.

Slide the tab forward on a safety scraper to expose the stainless-steel razor blade. Wearing oven mitts or using a pot holder, hold the blade at a 30-degree angle against the stove top.

Scrape the burnt residue from the ceramic stove top surface. Use a paper towel to wipe the razor blade clean between each scrape.

Allow the stove top to cool after removing as much of the residue as possible with the scraper.

Apply three or four dime-size drops of ceramic stove top cleaner to the scraped area. Dampen paper towels with clean water. Rub the cleaner over the stove top surface in a circular motion using damp paper towels. Repeat this step if necessary.

Wipe the stove top cleaner from the surface with clean water and paper towels. Use morel paper towels to dry and buff the ceramic stove top surface.

Items you will need

  • Safety scraper with stainless-steel razor blades
  • Oven mitts or pot holders
  • Paper towels
  • Ceramic stove top cleaner


  • Never clean the surface of your ceramic stove top with an abrasive cleaning pad or abrasive cleaning products.
  • Avoid surface scratches by lifting pots and pans from the cooking surface rather than slide your cookware across the stove top.
  • Avoid black discoloration to the surface of the stove top by not allowing cookware with a bottom surface coating of aluminum or copper to cook dry.
  • Avoid touching the ceramic stove top cooking surfaces with your bare skin. The ceramic surface can retain heat for several minutes after you turn off the burners.

About the Author

Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.

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