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What are the Different Types of Glass-Ceramic Products?

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Many modern homes feature certain glass-ceramic products, as the types available vary widely. For example, a glass-ceramic cooktop is usually considered a sleek addition to a kitchen, as it is easy to clean. Some homeowners use other glass-ceramic products in the kitchen, such as cookware, as it is known for being among the most attractive materials available. Thus, it may not be surprising that works of art are often made of this material, as well.

Homeowners who want a contemporary look in their home may opt for a flat top stove, which is typically made of glass-ceramic. It is known for looking more appealing than the traditional stove that has coils on top, and its flat surface makes it easy to wipe down. On the other hand, it usually requires that special cleaning products be used to avoid scratching its surface. In addition, high-sugar foods and certain types of cookware are known for easily scratching this material, which means that homeowners who desire this kind of cooktop should be prepared to spend some time and effort maintaining it.

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It is possible to use this material in the kitchen without buying a whole new stove, as glass-ceramic cookware is available. This is a unique alternative to materials like cast iron or stainless steel, as it is often considered more attractive than metal. Glass-ceramic cookware can be white, clear, or tinted, but either way, it is usually stronger than just plain ceramic, which is part of its appeal. In fact, it can typically go straight from the oven to the refrigerator since it can withstand sudden temperature changes. Additionally, the fact that it is nonporous makes it easy to clean without heany scrubbing, which is good because this material can be easily scratched, so non-abrasive cleaning products are usually best when cleansing this type of cookware.

The aesthetic appeal of glass-ceramic cookware allows this material to be ideal for artwork around the home, as well. For example, glass-ceramic pottery can be placed around the house, and tends to look especially fitting in homes with contemporary d├ęcor. Vases can also be made of this material, whether they are used to display fresh flowers or just used to complement other works of art. While most cookware made of this material is typically white, the majority of artwork is clear with a tinge of color, allowing it to match any room in which it is placed.

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pleonasm
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@irontoenail - It's quite difficult to get a fitting like that, which has absolutely nowhere for grime to go.

One of my friends did get glass countertops fitted recently that kind of melded into the stove so that there was no corners and no gaps anywhere and she said it was very easy to clean.

But, it was also very expensive to buy and I'm not sure it's worth it. After all, if you have it properly fitted and cared for, it shouldn't be that much of an issue.

Most likely the reason you are finding it difficult is that the stovetop is a bit old and not in the best condition, so that the gap developed. It might also be

a bit of an older design when they hadn't quite sorted out what was the best way to do it.

It is good to keep in mind all the pitfalls of kitchen design so that you are aware of them when you do come to make your own living space.

irontoenail
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I really love having a flat top stove and I do think it makes cleaning much easier, but you do have to make sure there aren't any less obvious places that can hide grime before you buy it.

I thought it would be super easy to wipe down and it is, but it's also easy to get things caught in the frame which attaches the glass ceramic surface to the stove.

I like to think of my kitchen surfaces as entirely clean and it bothers me that there is a tiny gap there where bacteria might possibly linger.

I didn't get to choose this stove top, it came with the apartment we're renting at the moment. But, if I was going to choose my own ceramic glass stove top I would make sure there was no gap in the join between the stove and the stovetop.

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