10 Things You Should Never Do With Your Ceramic or Glass Cooktop

Last updated on June 12th, 2021

There’s a reason why you fell in love with your ceramic cooktop. And although it might need more care and cleaning than an ordinary stovetop, no one can deny that a ceramic or glass cooktop is way more stylish and elegant and might be totally worth the effort.

Here are a few things that you need to avoid doing with your cooktop to make sure it retains the clean and elegant look that it first had, when you first bought it!

1. Never use abrasive cleaners or metal scouring pads which can scratch the stovetop surface. Always use a soft sponge and products meant for cleaning ceramic and glass cooktops.

2. Never use pots and skillets that have a build-up of grease on the bottoms, as these can leave rings and marks on the cooktop that are extremely difficult to clean off.

3. Do not use cast iron pots and pans on your cooktop as the bottoms of those are usually rough and any movement across the cooktop can leave it scratched.

4. Avoid using ceramic and stoneware cookware with unfinished and rough bases that can also scratch the smooth surface of your cooktop.

5. Don’t place stirring equipment (like ladles) on the cooktop as you cook. The food from these can mark the cooktop and burn, leaving a mess behind that’s hard to clean.

6. Avoid using skillets and pans with rounded-edge bottoms. They don’t just under-perform because of the uneven heat distribution, but are also unstable and won’t sit on the cooktop correctly.

7. Instead of dragging heavy pots and pans over the cooktop, lift them if you have to transfer them to another area of the cooktop, to make sure the surface doesn’t get scratched.

8. When boiling sugary substances over the cooktop, take care not to let it spill, and mop up the splatters quickly, as they can discolor the cooktop and leave yellowish marks on it, which are almost impossible to get rid of.

9. Do not leave hot glass and other bakeware (that you’ve just taken out from the oven) on the cooktop to cool. Place them on the counter, over a dry towel instead.

10. Never lean or stand on (to reach a higher shelf) your cooktop and avoid keeping anything heavy on it, even if temporarily. It might look like the glass has sustained the weight, but when the cooktop is heated, the glass or ceramic might expand and shatter.

Happy cooking!