How to Get Burnt Sugar Off a Smooth-Top Stove

Written by melissa lewis
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It's imperative that you remove spilt sugar on a smooth glass cooktop before it burns on, even if the surface is hot. In fact, any food high in sugar, such as caramel, fudges, jellies or icings, need to be removed immediately. If the sugar burns on, it has the potential to cause permanent damage to a flat glass cooktop surface. Check your user's manual; some warranties may void if you fail to heed the manufacturer's warnings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Oven glove
  • Razor or cooktop scraper
  • Paper towels or rag
  • Cooktop cleaner

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  1. 1

    Turn off the surface elements and remove all the pots and pans. Put on an oven glove if the surface is hot.

  2. 2

    Move the sugar spill quickly with a flat-blade scraper to a cool area of the stove to help prevent as much of it as possible from burning on. Some manufacturer and kitchenware stores sell a special scraper for this job. A metal spatula might suffice if you use it carefully. Clean up the sugar residue with a paper towel or rag.

  3. 3

    Squirt a dab of cooktop cleaner recommended by the manufacturer on top of the remaining sugar that has burnt on.

  4. 4

    Scrub the sugar off with a recommended cleaning pad, such as a nylon scrubbing pad or manufacturer accessory pad. Never use steel wool.

  5. 5

    Rinse the residue and sugar off with a clean, wet rag. Then polish the surface with cooktop cleaner. Use cleaner with polish, or add a layer of polish afterward since you rubbed off whatever was there when you used the cleaning pad. Use a paper towel to apply cleaner and polish, following manufacturer directions.

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