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How Do You Remove Melted Plastic from a Stove-top!!??

Well.. here's a question for all of you.. Hoping someone may have an answer! I was making food on the stove and turned on the wrong burner.. didn't realize I turned on the back burner instead of the front one. I have a flat top stove. On the back burner I had one of those candle cradles.. Well, after I turned the back burner on 5 minutes went by and I saw smoke coming up and a bad smell of melting plastic.. I had turned on the wrong burner and melted my plastic candle cradle on the stove! So much for multi-tasking ( I was trying to feed my baby and make dinner and empty the dishwasher at the same time)!!! Well, my husband didn't yell at me - that's a good thing.. but now I'm on a mission to see how I can get the plastic off without scraping the stove!! Any suggestions!? I'm sure this has been done before- right =)!

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Thank you to everyone for your advice on removing plastic from the stove-top. I was able to safely remove it with no damage!! I tried freezing and scraping.. WD-40 and more scraping.. and burned off the residue.. thank you again to everyone who helped me out! THANK YOU!!

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I had a similar experience and received advice from the ladies on this site. We got it off by heating up the eye slightly and then peeling it off with a butter knife. No scratches were left. The trick was heating it enough for it to release from eye without melting again. Take it slow, and it will work like a charm.

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E.,
I have a smooth cooktop as well and recently my husband burned plastic onto it. He simply took a razor blade and scraped it off...when it was cooled off of course. They provide razor blades to clean smooth cook tops, so you know they are safe.
Good luck

I was on vacation once, the people staying before us had done this, there was still plastic on the burner and we needed to use it - the manager came in, turned on the burner, as soon as the plastic was a little warm he scraped it off (use a razor blade for flat-top stoves, so you don't get scratches.) I was amazed - it worked a charm. Don't just burn it off, as that bad smell comes from highly toxic substances that were never meant to be burnt. And a green scrubber will scratch the surface, making it much harder to clean in the future.

I have done this before, but with a plastic grocery bag, and had great luck removing it with a flat one-sided razor blade. The one I have has a handle and a little lever to push the blade out. This tool is a must when you have a ceramic cooktop. Anyways, try removing it while it is cold...If it doesn't come up, heat the surface a little at a time for best results. There is also a ceramic cooktop paste that they sell at Lowes that will get the rest of the residue off and leave the surface nice and clean!
Best of luck...It happens! LOL

I did that last week....you're not alone. :) I put water on it and let it soak overnight. The next morning my husband rubbed ice on it and gently peeled it off in one piece. Worked well. Good luck!

I would start with a razor, my favorite tool for getting about anything off a flat top. When the melted plastic is cool, it usually is hardened enough to scrape right off. I hope that helps!

I had a similar experience and received advice from the ladies on this site. We got it off by heating up the eye slightly and then peeling it off with a butter knife. No scratches were left. The trick was heating it enough for it to release from eye without melting again. Take it slow, and it will work like a charm.

We have a flat top stove I melt zip locks on it a lot whoops! Obviously wait until it's cool. But a plastic scraper or even one of those green pads for washing dishes. Don't use anything metal.
Good Luck!

I had a plastic bag melt on my flat-top stove (twice!) and I used a flat razor blade to scrape it off. I carefully scraped off the residue, and then just used the cleanser recommended for my top to remove the rest. It worked twice and the top looks a good as new. I hope you get yours cleaned off also.

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