Experts issue warning that people are damaging their glass hobs while cleaning

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Homeowners have been told the common cleaning mistakes which are damaging glass hobs -Credit:Getty

Homeowners have been told of common mistakes when cleaning glass hobs that could permanently ruin the appliance.

Glass experts at have named the seven errors homeowners are making when cleaning their glass hobs.

Using glass cleaners may seem obvious, but the harsh chemicals (especially ammonia) can actually damage the surface. Dust, grime and crumbs that have been left to build up on the surface should be wiped away with a dry cloth before cleaning to ensure the glass is prepped.

Another common mistake is using an abrasive sponge or scourer to clean the glass, which could cause scratches and permanent marks.

John Cutts, founder of said: "There are several common mistakes many of us are making when it comes to cleaning glass hobs and surfaces. It might seem like an obvious and quick solution to use a glass cleaner, but the harsh chemicals inside this product can actually do more harm than good to the surface.

"Abrasive sponges should also be avoided, and instead you should use a microfiber cloth to clean in gentle circular motions. It’s important to clean up any big spillages when cooking as soon as possible to prevent food substances sticking to the glass and liquids, making a semi-permanent mark on the hob.

"When cleaning the hob, use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe away any dust, grime and crumbs first to be able to properly clean the glass."

Here's how you've been cleaning your glass hob wrong, according to the experts.

1. Abrasive sponges

It may seem a good idea to use an abrasive sponge or scourer but the material can actually leave scratch marks on the glass hob. It’s best to use the softer side of the sponge instead.

2. Glass cleaners

Glass cleaning products aren’t always the best solution to get a sparkling hob. The products can be expensive and actually damage the surface due to the harsh chemicals, especially ammonia-based cleaners. Instead, opt for some white vinegar.

3. Not removing dust first

The glass should be prepped before being cleaned, so wipe away any food bits, dust or grime first with a dry microfiber cloth.

4. Using blades

It might seem like stuck-on debris or hard stains will be impossible to remove without scraping them off with a razor blade or knife. This can actually damage the glass, so it’s best to spend time gently scrubbing a solution of hot water and dish soap into the area.

5. The wrong motion

Woman cleaning up the perfect surface of black ceramic kitchen stove.
Abrasive sponges should also be avoided -Credit:Getty

To ensure a streak-free finish on the glass hob, when cleaning with a gentle solution and cloth, wipe in circular motions to avoid any build up. Scrubbing with an abrasive sponge can cause permanent marks and scratches.

6. Not wiping up spills

As soon as there is a big spill of liquid or food onto the hob it’s important to wipe it up as soon as possible to stop any substances sticking to the glass, making it more difficult to clean afterwards. Be mindful when the hob is on to avoid any nasty burns.

7. Using too much water

Splashing the hob with a lot of water could cause problems to the function of the appliance and seep into the electrical components. It’s best practice to dampen a cloth with water and wring it out before cleaning.

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