A good thing about an induction hob is that the surface of the cooker top heats up only where a pan or a pot is placed. The rest of the area stays cool relatively. Thus, any spillover that takes place does not burn the rest of the ceramic surface except the one between a pan’s bottom and the cooktop.
Thus, you can clean an induction hob much easily compared to a standard burner. Even though the smooth ceramic surface of this appliance can be cleaned easily, yet it is vulnerable to hard scratches. So, this post will explain a proper guide with top tips for cleaning an induction hob.
How to Clean an Induction Hob
1. Clean the Cooker Top before Using It
Ensure that you clean your hob first before using it to prepare meals. You will need to use an appropriate ceramic hob cleaner for it. Using such a cleaner will ensure that the glass surface of the appliance stays protected.
To start the cleaning, first ensure that the hob has been unplugged. Then use a cleaning pad or damp sponge to clean the glass cooker top with the help of a cleaning liquid. Ensure that you are using a liquid that not cause friction on the surface. You may find some recommendations for the cleaning liquid in the manual that came with the appliance.
After that, use a paper towel or a microfiber cloth to wipe away all remaining residue on the surface of the induction hob. Use a dry cloth to polish its surface.
2. Clean the Induction Hob after Using It Regularly
After you start using the appliance regularly, you should always remember to clean it after every use. Remember to turn it off and wait for the surface to cool down before you start cleaning its surface. If you use a ceramic hob cleaner on a cooker top surface that is hot, then it may result in a fire hazard.
Once the surface is cool, sprinkle hob cleaner drops on the cooker top. After that, use a soft, damp cloth to wipe it. Wipe thoroughly to remove all the residue from its surface. If residue mixed with the cleaner solution is left on it, then it may result in staining of the ceramic glass when it is used again for cooking.
Ensure that you use a soft, clean towel to dry the complete ceramic glass surface.
3. Take Care of Burns and Spills Residue
Sometimes the surface of the induction hob is left with residue due to burnt stuff and spills. A dirty surface like that cannot be cleaned using an ordinary cleaner or soapy water. You will need to use the right tools for cleaning such a surface.
First, you will need to use a moist paper towel or plastic scraper to loosen the dirt and remove the food particles stuck on the hob. Avoid using a plastic scraper if the ceramic plate is still hot, as it might melt the scraper.
Pour non-abrasive ceramic cleaner over the hardened residue of the burns and spills. With the help of a good scrubber, meant for delicate glass surfaces, scrub the plate to clean the residue deposits. Keep up with it until the hob looks clean.
Ensure that you scrub off any such residue before the spills and burns harden on the plate. This will help you avoid struggling too much with the cleaning process. Some elements, such as melted plastic, sugary foods, dry sugar, etc., may cause damage to the ceramic surface if such elements are left to burn on it. You need to avoid them at all costs and clean them as soon as you can.
In such a situation, you may need to clean the surface of the induction hob while it is still at a higher temperature. For that, you may have to use a razor blade to scrape the plate and remove the burnt bits. Holding the blade to scrape the glass at an ideal angle (preferably 45˚) will be effective. Just make sure not to apply too much pressure.
After removing the bits and letting the plate cool down, you can use the ceramic induction hob cleaner and a paper towel to clean the surface in a similar way as before.
4. Clean Scratches and Metal Marks Properly
For stubborn marks left due to scratching of metals on the cooker top surface, may not be removable permanently. But, you can use good-quality ceramic cleaning fluids to polish the surface. You can also use a white vinegar solution to polish the surface of the induction hob. After applying the solution, use a clean cloth to wipe the surface. This may hide the scratches to some extent.
Nevertheless, your best bet is to avoid such marks by moving pans, pots, and other cooking utensils carefully over the ceramic surface. Remember to note slide them over the plate. Instead, lift them up to move them around on the surface. You may also want to avoid certain pans, such as the ones made of cast iron (uncoated). Furthermore, avoid using cookware made of aluminium and copper, which can cause permanent marks on the ceramic top.
Remember that the life of your cooker top appliance is in your hands. Using abrasive cleaners, pads, and soft brushes that are specifically designed for cleaning such appliances will be worth an investment. Avoid using cleaners that have chlorine or ammonia bleach in them. These can cause permanent stains on the appliance’s surface.
Hope you enjoyed reading this post and learnt how to clean induction hob.