I sympathize with your stain removal problem; I've tackled many a
stain in my day and know how frustrating it can be. I've found
numerous Websites that offer solutions to the ceramic cooktop stain
problem; I hope one of these works for you and we hear of a good
Here's an article on cleaning a glass/ceramic cooktop:
"Burned On, Crusty Soils: Hold a razor blade scraper at 30 degree
angle and very carefully scrape off soil. Clean remaining soil with
If plastic, sugar or foods with a high sugar content melt onto a hot
cooktop, remove immediately. (If not removed, permanent damage may
occur.) Scrape from hot surface using a razor blade scraper held
carefully with a potholder or use a wooden handled stainless steel
spatula. Clean residue with cooktop cleaner when surface has cooled."
Maytag.com: Cleaning Your Glass-Ceramic Cooktop
All of the sites I've visited warn about sugary spills and allowing
them to bake in or be subject to heat because it may make the stain
permanent. A site I found for specifically CERAN® brand cooktops
states that the cooktop should be "conditioned" before working with
sugary foods, in case of spillover:
"Before cooking food with a high sugar content (e.g. jam), always
treat the cooktop panel with a suitable conditioner. A suitable
cleaner and conditioner against sugar attack is Cera-Fix (Johnson
Stone Care International lists a few products that can help with
stains on ceramics:
"Stone Care International recommends the following products for the
cleaning and maintenance of Ceramic Tile Countertops & Tabletops.
Click on the product name for the full description of the product and
Stone Care International
I hope these help -- you may also want to see if you still have the
cooktop's manual. Sometimes the manual offers help on cleaning and
troubleshooting as in this example manual for a ceramic cooktop. This
manual does caution about sugary spills:
"Food spillovers with a high sugar content such as jellies, fudge and
candy syrups must be removed immediately, before cooling, as they can
cause permanent damage to the cooktop. Plastics and aluminium foil can
also cause pitting and must never be allowed to melt on. Special care
should be taken when removing hot substances. Turn off all surface
units affected by the spillover and remove the hot pans. Wearing an
oven mitt to hold the scraper, scrape the spill to a cool area of the
cook top and use a paper towel to remove any excess. Clean the surface
unit when cool. Do not continue to use the soiled area until all the
spillover has been removed."
"RECOMMENDED CLEANERS FOR CERAMIC COOKTOP
Weiman Cooktop Cleaning Creme (Sample provided with the cooktop)
Hopes Cooktop Cleaning Creme
Fisher And Paykel Customer Care Manual (PDF File)Pages 11 and 12
One of the products recommended above is Cerama Bryte. Here is their
website which offers helpful information on how Cerama Bryte works.
"CERAMA BRYTE Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner is designed for use on ALL
glass-ceramic cooktops. It is tested and qualified for CERAN® by
SCHOTT GLAS and is recommended by EuroKera. It is non-toxic and
"Use and Care Instructions for Glass-Ceramic Cooktops
Glass-ceramic cooktops are made of very strong, heat resistant glass.
With proper care, they should stay looking good through years of use.
Make sure you always read the glass-ceramic manufacturers'
instructions first for full details of care and maintenance.
Clean the glass surface with CERAMA BRYTE ceramic cooktop cleaner
before you use the cooktop for the first time. Also, clean the glass
surface after each use. This helps protect the top and makes clean-up
GOLDEN VENTURES, INC.
Homecare Products: Cerama Bryte
Finally, the manuals I've listed do recommend using a razor blade to
scrape residue from the ceramic cooktop -- one cooktop even came with
a razor blade tool. You may want to check and see if your range came
with any kind of cleaning tools or if you can order one from the
This PDF file from Fisher and Paykel recommends razor blade cleanup
for sugary spills:
"Clean these listed spillovers immediately using the razor blade
scraper provided. SugarSugar syrupJamMelted plasticsPlastic wrapMelted
aluminium foilDo not let these cool on the cooktop. If allowed to
cool, pitting will occur on the surface..."
"WARNING Do not use abrasive sponges of any type. Corrosive cleaners
such as oven sprays and stain removers should not be used. If the
stain is allowed to burn onto the surface, it may react with the glass
ceramic and will no longer be removable."
Fisher and Paykel
SOL X CERAMIC COOKTOP/HOB
Cleaning Spillovers (Page 16)
If you've been able to avoid exposing the portion of the cooktop that
is affected to heat, you still have a very good chance at removing the
stain. According to these sources, though, the "syrup" that has
spilled might have reacted with the glass and won't be removable. I
wish you the best of luck in restoring your cooktop and hope that this
information will result in a successful cleansing of that stubborn
removing stain from ceramic cooktop