Induction cooktops are easier to clean and maintain than electric or gas-based stoves. The main reason is that they do not get heated directly. As long as the cooking vessel is not overloaded, liquids or foods are not likely to spill on the surface and harden.
It is a good idea to read the user manual to learn how to use your induction cooktop prior to cooking with it or cleaning it. This article outlines the steps to cleaning your unit and gives information and tips about the appropriate cleaning agent and tools. Following our steps and tips will make it very easy to keep your new device in good shape for a long time.
Simple procedure to clean induction cooktops
The cooktop should be cleaned after each use with appropriate cleaning agents and materials. To maintain your device in top condition, do not use harsh or flammable chemicals to clean the surface. In addition, liquid cleaners are preferable to powders.
After taking the cooking vessel off the cooktop, unplug it and wait a few minutes for the unit to cool down prior to beginning the cleaning process. Many people get confused with this statement as induction cooktops are not supposed to get heated in the first place. However, the reason to wait is that heat is transferred from the vessel to the surface of the cooktop. If you wait until the surface has reached room temperature you will be assured of not getting burned during the cleaning process. This will not take more than a few minutes. These devices cool down faster when compared to other stoves since the surface is usually made of glass and ceramic materials.
After the unit is cooled, use a moist paper towel, cloth or soft sponge to wipe off any cooking spills. Then sprinkle a small amount of cooktop cleaner (refer to the user manual for appropriate cleaners) over the surface and gently rub the cleaner with a paper towel. If you are not able to sprinkle the cleaner evenly, pour a small amount of liquid in the center and spread it evenly using a damp cloth. Avoid using scrubbing pads unless you have stubborn dirt on the surface (never use steel wool or metal pads). Next, remove all the cleaning agent residue from the surface. The last step is to wipe the cooktop dry with a microfiber cloth or paper towel. It is important to not leave any marks on the surface as that can also affect the performance of the cooktop. Rubbing the cooktop with white vinegar should take away any water spots.
Remember that water can be used in limited quantity to clean the surface. However, ensure that the water does not get inside the cooktop as it has electrical components that can be damaged due to the water. For this reason, use a minimum amount of water and preferably just a damp cloth.
After the cleaning is completed, you will have to wait for it to be completely dry before using it again for cooking. Keep your cooktop as clean as possible to get the best performance out of it in the long run.
Tips that will make it easy for you to clean the cooktops
When you want to spend less time on cleaning your device, you should follow these steps if you use it on a daily basis.
- It is important note that the surface will get stained only due to the liquids and other food particles spilling on the surface.
- If this is avoided, then there will be fewer stains which will ensure a clean surface without much effort.
- Remember to wipe the bottom of the cookware before you place it on the cooktop. This will give a better cooking result and will also avoid the stains on the surface.
- Do not overload the vessels so that they will spill when they get heated.
- Always leave some extra space for the water to boil inside the vessel.
- Make sure to use filtered water to clean the surface as hard water can leave stains that will make it difficult for you to clean the cooktop.
- By taking some precautions while placing the cooking vessels on the cooktop, you can avoid spilled liquids or food.
Things to avoid while cleaning induction cooktops
When you want to get the best performance out of your cooktop, you have to ensure that you do not use harsh chemicals to clean the surface. Strictly avoid using chlorine based bleaching agents or ammonia for cleaning the surface. They can easily damage the ceramic layer on the surface of the cooktop if used on a regular basis.
In addition, use liquid cleaning agents to clean the surface instead of those that are powder based. The powders can leave a mark if used improperly which will affect the heating capacity of the cooktop. Apart from that, be careful to avoid cleaning agents that are flammable because they can damage the surface and affect the performance of the cooktop.
It is also important to refrain from using abrasive or metal scouring pads or stiff brushes. Furthermore, do not use a knife or sharp tools to remove hardened food from the surface of your cooker. Instead, after the unit has cooled, use a scraper that is designed to be used on glass and ceramic surfaces to remove food particles from the surface.
Things to remember while choosing cleaning agents
Since the surface of the cooktop is made of glass and ceramic material it requires special cleaning agents. Vinegar can be used to easily wipe away any hard water spots on the surface.
It is important to use good quality cleaners that are suitable for the cooktops, as the harsh ones can harm the surface. This in turn can affect the performance of the cooker in the long run.
If scrubbing pads are going to be used, be sure to check the owner’s manual and use only the ones that are certified to be used on the glass ceramic surface. This will prevent scratch marks which will hinder the unit’s performance.