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General Care & Cleaning
Ceramic Glass Cooktop Cleaning & Maintenance (some models)
Consistent and proper cleaning is essential to maintaining your Ceramic glass cooktop
Prior to using your cooktop for the first time, apply the recommended Cooktop Cleaning Creme (visit for
replacement cleaner) to the ceramic surface. Clean and buff with a non abrasive cloth or pad. This will make cleaning easier
when soiled from cooking. The special cooktop cleaning cream leaves a protective finish on the glass to help prevent
scratches and abrasions.
Before cleaning the cooktop, be sure the controls are turned to OFF and the cooktop is COOL.
DO NOT use a cooktop cleaner on a hot cooktop. The fumes can be hazardous to your health, and
can chemically damage the ceramic glass surface.
Cleaning Recommendations for the Ceramic Glass Cooktop
For light to moderate soil:
Apply a few drops of Cooktop Cleaning Creme directly to the cooktop. Use a paper towel or a Multi-Purpose No Scratch Scrub
Sponge to clean the entire cooktop surface. Make sure the cooktop is cleaned thoroughly, leaving no residue. Do not use the
sponge you use to clean the cooktop for any other purpose.
For heavy, burned on soil:
First, clean the surface as described above. Then, if soils remain, carefully scrape soils
with a metal razor blade scraper, holding scraper at a 30 degree angle to the surface.
Remove loosened soils with cooktop cleaning cream and buff surface clean.
Damage to the ceramic glass cooktop may occur if you use any scrub pad
other than a Multi-Purpose No Scratch Scrub Sponge.
Plastic or foods with a high sugar content:
These types of soils need be removed immediately if spilled or melted onto the ceramic
cooktop surface. Permanent damage (such as pitting of the cooktop surface) may occur
if not removed immediately. After turning the surface elements OFF, use a razor blade
scraper or a metal spatula with a mitt and scrape the soil from the hot surface (as
illustrated). Allow the cooktop to cool, and use the same method for heavy or burned on
Sliding aluminum or copper clad bottom pans on the cooktop can cause metal markings
on the cooktop surface. These marks should be removed immediately after the cooktop
has cooled using the cooktop cleaning cream. Metal marks can become permanent if
not removed prior to future use.
Cookware (cast iron, metal, ceramic or glass) with rough bottoms can mark or scratch
the cooktop surface. Do not slide anything metal or glass across the cooktop. Do not
use your cooktop as a cutting board or work surface in the kitchen. Do not cook foods
directly on the cooktop surface without a pan. Do not drop heavy or hard objects on the
glass cooktop, or they may crack it.
Do not use the following on the ceramic glass cooktop:
• Do not use abrasive cleaners and scouring pads, such as metal and some nylon
pads. They may scratch the cooktop, making it more difficult to clean.
• Do not use harsh cleaners, such as chlorine bleach, ammonia or oven cleaners, as
they may etch or discolor the cooktop.
• Do not use dirty sponges, cloths or paper towels, as they can leave soil or lint on
the cooktop which can burn and cause discoloration.
Special Caution for Aluminum Foil and Aluminum Cooking Utensils
• Aluminum foil: Use of aluminum foil will damage the cooktop. Do not use under any
• Aluminum utensils: Since the melting point of aluminum is much lower than that of
other metals, care must be taken when aluminum pots or pans are used. Pans that boil
dry may permanently damage cooktop by breaking, fusing to, or marking it.

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