Induction cooktops have made cooking fun. Induction cooking is a new mode of cooking, plus they are more energy efficient and speedy. If we compare induction stoves with gas stoves or electric stoves, we will find out there are many advantages of induction cooktops over conventional stoves. You can read our detailed article about “What is Induction Cooking? How it Works and Pros and Cons of Induction Cooktops“. As the top of induction cooktops are made up of glass, so they show up minor dirt and stains too. Here we have gathered some tips to help you clean your induction cooktops properly.
It is easier to clean induction cooktops as they have a glass surface and any spills are not heated. But sometimes people try to clean induction stoves like conventional stoves and as a result, leaving scratches on the glass surface.
1. Use A Good Quality Cooktop Cleaner
Well, there are many videos and articles available on the internet on how to clean induction cooktops with vinegar, baking soda or any household things like that. But we recommend that you use a good quality cooktop cleaner, they are in the market for a reason. I’m not saying that homemade solutions don’t work. But these cleaners are specially made for the purpose and have a lot of chemicals to properly clean your induction hob. There are cleaners that are specifically made for glass tops so the glass top doesn’t get abrasive. Cleaners used for other types of stoves and homemade solutions can leave scratches on the glass top.
Clean the cooktop with the cleaner before using it. It will make it easier to clean it afterward. Shake the cleaner bottler well before using it. And directly apply the cleaner on the cooktop, then clean the entire cooktop with a paper towel or towel.
After that, use a dry paper towel to clean the glass top again and clean any residual of dirt, spills. You don’t need to rinse the cooktop after cleaning it with a dry towel.
2. Clean Your Induction Cooktop Daily
To keep your induction cooktop clean, regularly clean it before and after use. It seems hectic but it’s not if you compare it with the effort you will put into clean the messy cooktop. It will enhance your cooking experience and will prevent bad smells of residual and rotting food residuals.
Cleaning your cooktop not only daily but before and after every use will also improve your kitchen hygiene and there will be fewer chances of food caused diseases and food poisoning.
3. How To Clean Soft Stains
Here are some tips to clean soft stains and spills on your cooktop on a regular basis.
- Firstly, clean the induction cooktop with a dry towel and clean any spills or residual food particles.
- Apply some drops of the cleaning chemical on the surface and rub the top with a soft towel to clean the surface.
- Use a dry paper towel to remove any residual of the cooktop cleaner.
Keep in mind that
- You use a soft towel or scrub to rub the surface of the induction cooktop. Or you will have scratches on your glass surface. And refrain from the use of steel wool or anything like that to maintain the smooth surface of your cooktop.
- Avoid applying extra pressure on the glass top. Only apply a bit of pressure where it’s needed. You can damage the surface by applying extra pressure.
4. How to Clean Heavy Spills and Tougher Stains
Sometimes there are heavy spills or the residual food particles stuck hard to the surface. To clean them you have to do the thing I hate most for my smooth glass surface “Scrap the smooth glass top with a scraper”.
- Apply induction cooktop cleaner and leave it for some time. Some food residuals can soften this way.
- Scrap the surface with a sharp blade scraper on a taper angle of 45 degrees.
- Use a good quality scraper that has a sharp blade. There are various kinds available in the market, only use a high-quality scraper for your cooktop. Otherwise, you will leave scratches on your cooktop.
- Scrap the glass surface gently and only apply pressure when it’s needed. Just don’t ruin your smooth cooktop.
- After scrapping the surface properly. Apply the induction cooktop cleaner and clean it with a soft towel. Then for perfection clean it with a dry towel.
5. How to Clean Induction Hob If There is Molten Plastic?
Induction cooktops have greatly reduced the risk as they only heat ferromagnetic cookware. But a sense of safety leads us to unsafe behavior. We know that an induction cooker will not heat the plastic and we can be careless about leaving plastic containers and spice jars on the cooktop. Which in contact with the hot induction cookware can be a safety risk. Read more about how to keep your kitchen safe and prevent kitchen fires.
If it happens and now you have a mess on your cooktop. Act immediately on these tips.
- First things first, turn off your induction cooktop.
- Use oven mitts and remove the burnt plastic pot from the cooktop.
- Let the residual cool down a bit and then scrap it with the sharp scraper.
- Then apply your cooktop cleaner and clean the surface properly.
6. Safety Tips and Warnings
- Avoid using these types of cooktop cleaners:
- Bleach Cleaners that have Chlorine
- Flammable Cleaner
- Dishwashing Agents
- Powdery Cleaners
- Caustic Cleaners
- Always turn off your induction cooktop before cleaning. Yes, we know that induction cooktops are safe, but as we have discussed before that a sense of safety drives us towards unsafe behavior. Maybe you are wearing a metallic wristwatch that is compatible with your cooktop, or a ring, or a bracelet.
- If you have kids in your house, you should be extra careful about them. Don’t leave them unattended near stove even if you are using induction cooktop. Kids can harm themselves and the fragile glass of cooktop. Read our article on kitchen safety for kids.
- Don’t just focus on the cleaning of the new induction cooktop you just bought. Keep your whole kitchen environment clean and maintain proper kitchen hygiene to avoid any accidents an health risks.
And yes if you are looking for some portable induction cooktops, read our review first and select the best one.