This cleaning hack removes scratches from glass stovetops

Keeping a clean and tidy looking kitchen can be tricky if you have a glass stovetop that's prone to scratch easily. Whether it happened due to sliding a pot across the surface or by another culinary accident, no one wants to see scratches across their otherwise perfectly smooth stovetop. However, the good news is that scratches do not necessarily mean you need to replace the glass altogether. With a few ingredients, you can actually help diminish their appearance, according to Glass Doctor. What you should end up with are scratches that are duller so that the stovetop looks nearly new again.

The first thing you need to do is objectively study the scratch. If it is easily accessible and isn't too deep, you can repair it yourself with a cleaning hack. If it is deeper or on the heating element's eye, you might need to go straight to a professional. Should the scratch be one that you can handle yourself, you'll need baking soda, water, a soft cloth, and a bowl. Combine two teaspoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of water to make a paste that is more wet than dry. A dry paste will be rough on the glass. Wet the soft cloth or a sponge and gently apply the paste to the scratches on the glass. Buff with the paste until you are content with the results, though the scratches will not completely disappear. Use a clean cloth to remove any leftover paste from the stovetop. 

Preventative measures worth taking to avoid scratching your stovetop

Before you jump in with your paste in hand, there are a few things to consider. First, check your owner's manual. Your stovetop might still qualify for a repair under your warranty depending on how long you've had your stovetop and how long it is covered. It's also important to remember that the stovetop should be off and completely cooled before you can try to fix the scratches yourself.

Once you have repaired any scratches, it is important to keep your stovetop from getting scratched again. To do so, there are steps you can take to help prevent more scratches from appearing. The bottom of pots and pans should be kept clean and you should completely avoid sliding them on the surface (via Essential Home and Garden). Try picking them straight up instead of sliding them. You should also clean up spills as soon as they happen. If you are really worried about keeping your glass stovetop scratch-free, you might want to invest in a cover as well as closely follow the brand of stovetop's directions for properly cleaning it.