How do I get melted plastic off of a ceramic top stove or oven?

Written by elizabeth baker | 13/05/2017
How do I get melted plastic off of a ceramic top stove or oven?
Removing melted plastic (Getty Thinkstock)

Ceramic stoves, or ovens if you prefer, are elegant additions to any kitchen, and because they are all one-level, these hobs are easy and convenient to clean. If stubborn stains and melted products, including melted plastic, harden on your stove, try to remove them by using boiling water or a hob scraper.

Use a speciality knife

The easiest and safest way to remove stubborn plastic from a ceramic hob is to use a speciality knife or razor made specifically for cooktops. The burners should be off and the oven should cool to room temperature before beginning the procedure. This generally takes 40 minutes to one hour if stove has been in use.

Hold the blade carefully and scrape at the topmost layer of melted plastic. Be careful when scraping not to use too much force, or the ceramic may begin to scratch. Work at the stubborn plastic layer by layer until all or most of the plastic has been removed.

Use boiling water

For harder to remove stains, or stains that remain even after using a speciality knife, use boiling water. To prepare, boil water in the microwave or on the burner furthest away from the stain. Once the water begins to boil, pour one half of water over melted plastic slowly. Be sure to keep fingers and hands away from the boiling water as you pour. As soon as water hits the stain, begin scraping at the melted plastic again with a speciality knife. If necessary, repeat until plastic is completely removed.

Ceramic stovetop maintenance

To ensure longevity and efficiency of your ceramic stove, be sure to use only speciality razors and knives when cleaning the hob. In addition, only speciality cleansing products should be used on glass and ceramic hobs. Soft rags, particularly those made for ceramic hobs, are also useful in preserving your stove. Always allow the stove to cool completely before cleaning, and use metal and wooden utensils when possible to avoid future stains.

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