Sometimes the first indication you have of plastic melting on the stove is the noxious odor of melting plastic. Other times the first sign of melted plastic is the indistinguishable lump of harden something on your stove. Melted plastic on a stove is almost always the result of an accident or carelessness. Sometimes if you accidentally leave a plastic bag or a plastic container too close to the stove or on the stove itself, it will melt and leave a terrible stain on your stove. Sometimes you may have just gotten finished using your stove and someone else in the house did not realize the stove was hot and they place a plastic bag or container on the hot burners. The plastic will melt very quickly and harden. Or at worse you had a minor fire in the kitchen and plastic items that were near the stove, melted and dripped onto the surface. Whatever the cause the removal process remains the same. Melted plastic is very difficult to remove because it tightly grips the surface. Scrubbing is not very effective because the bond the melted plastic forms with the stove surface is very, very strong. Scouring powders will leave nasty scratches on the surface of the stove as will scouring pads and abrasive cleaners.
Removing Melted Plastic
If you have a gas stove, turn off the pilot light; older stoves have pilot lights. Newer, more modern stoves have an electronic ignition so there is no pilot light to worry about. If you have an electric stove, there are no precautionary measures.
Let the melted plastic cool off totally. Do not try to remove the melted plastic until it is cool to the touch and room temperature. Do not touch the hot plastic with your bare hands or you will get a very nasty burn.
Soak a cotton ball in acetone. Acetone can be found in many stores ranging from pharmacies to dollar stores to grocery stores. You will find it sold as nail polish remover. Don't buy the acetone free nail polisher remover because it won't work.
Rub the acetone soaked cotton ball over the melted plastic. Switch to new acetone soaked cotton balls frequently so you can pull off the melted plastic and let it absorb into the cotton ball surface.
Wash the surface of the stove will dish soap and water or an all purpose household cleaner. Wet a ag or paper towel to rinse and remove the soapy residue. Rinse several times with plain water because acetone in highly flammable.
You MUST rinse the stove several times with plain water to remove all of the acetone residue. If you do not rinse the surface of the stove thoroughly and properly , the acetone can ignite and burn.
Wash your hands well with hand soap and water after using acetone to remove the residue or you will risk the possibility of burning yourself.
Do not work near an open flame including candles, lit cigarettes or cigars.
Ventilate the area well because acetone or nail polish remover fumes can be heavy and it does not smell pleasant. You can open windows or set up a fan to blow the fumes out of the room.
Use care in the future to prevent melting plastic onto your stove. Keep plastic bags, utensils and other item back away from the stove.