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How to clean burnt sugar on a ceramic top

When you cook on a ceramic hob, it can be impossible to prevent burns and stains. Dry sugar can burn on the hob when you add it to a dish, or a dish that contains sugar can boil over onto the hob. Sugar sticks to the surface because it caramelises. The burnt sugar needs to be removed carefully to prevent scratching the hob. Loosening the sugar residue before you treat it will help make it easier to scrub off the hob. Always clean the hob at once to make the burnt sugar easier to remove.

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  1. Allow the ceramic hob surface to cool completely.

  2. Wipe the residue with a washcloth dampened with hot, soapy water.

  3. Scrub the burnt sugar with a nylon scouring pad or nonabrasive sponge. Apply baking soda to the stain and dampen the scouring pad or sponge to help loosen the burnt sugar.

  4. Wipe the hob with a damp washcloth to remove any debris that you loosened.

  5. Scrape the remaining burnt sugar off the hob with a metal scraper or razor blade. Hold the scraper at 45-degree angle to prevent scratching the surface. Scrape gently until you remove the burnt sugar.

  6. Rinse the hob off with clean water and a washcloth.

  7. Tip

    Purchase a ceramic glass cleaner to make cleaning your hob a simpler process. The formula works to remove burns and will not scratch the surface. Always follow the instructions on the cleaner to ensure that you use it properly.


    Avoid using abrasive cleaners or chemicals to clean your ceramic hob, because these can scratch the surface.

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Things You'll Need

  • Washcloths
  • Mild dishwashing soap
  • Nylon scouring pad
  • Nonabrasive sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Metal scraper or razor blade

About the Author

Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.

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