Remove Scratches from a Range Top's Glass Surface

If the glass range top that you cook on in the small restaurant that you own has several scratches in its surface, remove them with the following instructions. After you have removed the signs of damage, take some measures to protect the glass surface from additional damage.

Materials Needed

  • glass cleaner
  • soft cloths
  • homemade scratch remover (made with baking soda and water)
  • small bucket
  • mixing stick
  • sponge with non-abrasive surface
  • cerium oxide
  • buffing mitt
  • range cover
  • towel

​Clean the Glass and Apply a Homemade Scratch Remover

Squirt some glass cleaner onto a soft cloth. Wipe the range's surface to eliminate hardened food and visible debris. Visually inspect the range top's surface to locate any scratches. Create a homemade scratch remover by adding an equal amount of water and baking soda to a small bucket. Stir the two ingredients until they are smooth and have the consistency of peanut butter. Dip a sponge with a non-abrasive surface into the mixture and apply the side with the scratch remover directly to each mark on the range top's surface.

Rub the scratches with small swirling motions. Press down on the back of the sponge as you work the mixture into each scratch. Use warm water to rinse the homemade scratch remover from the range top when finished. Dry the glass surface with a soft cloth.

Use a Stronger Product for Deeper Scratches

If any of the scratches are deeper than the others and do not respond to the homemade scratch remover, pour a few drops of cerium oxide onto a buffing mitt. Cerium oxide is also known as jeweler's polish and can be purchased from a retail shop or jewelry store. Move the mitt in little circles while pressing against the side that has cerium oxide on it. Add a few more drops of cerium oxide if more of the product is needed. Remove any excess polish with a clean, damp cloth when finished. Dry the range top's surface with a soft cloth.

Prevent Scratches from Forming

Once the range has been turned off for the day and you have waited for the range's surface to cool down, place a range cover over its surface. The cover will protect the glass in case anyone walks by the range with a sharp object that accidentally rubs against the appliance. Always lift pots and pans upward before removing them from the top of each range's burner. This way, if the cookware pieces have rough bottoms, they will not accidentally damage the glass. 

By being cautious on a daily basis, you can prevent new scratches from forming on the range top's glass surface and preserve your restaurant kitchen equipment