How to Clean Your Induction Cooktop

Cleaning a cooktopOne of the benefits of having an induction cooktop is that cleaning is a breeze. This is because of the design of the glass cooktop where only the area of the cooking utensil that actually comes in contact with the cooktop, becomes heated. The benefit is that food is not going to become burned onto the surface. This clearly has advantages when it comes to cleaning. Together with the flat surface not providing common food traps such as the uneven and indented surfaces of most regular gas and electric cooktops, cleaning your induction cooktop really is easy. That said, there are a few things to watch out for.

The Ceramic Glass Cooktop

This is the key to easy cleaning however, you should be aware that this type of surface can be scratched and develop abrasions. So the first thing you need to understand is that abrasive cleaner or special cleaning cloths are not required. A wipe down with a damp sponge or microfiber cloth is all that is required after each use of the induction cooktop. Take care to clean any water spills immediately and do not immerse a portable cooktop in water. A little light detergent can be used if desired.

Fit for Purpose Ceramic Glass Cooktop Cleaners

If you feel the need to use commercial cleaning products, you should always select products and cloths that have been developed specifically for induction cooktops. These products are frequently recommended by the manufacturer and customers often feel more reassured by purchasing them. Technically, they are not necessary if the glass top is cleaned after each use.  For baked on food or water stains, the use of specific cleaning products and cloths is all that is required.

Regular Cleaning of Your Induction Cooktop

There are a few benefits to regular cleaning and they include maintaining the immaculate new look of your cooktop and avoiding the need to use chemical cleaning products. Regular cleaning also ensures that buildup of food particles does not occur as this could lead to the need for heavier cleaning later on involving an induction cooktop food scraper. A quick wipe down with a damp cloth after each use avoids this.

Quick ‘How To’ Method

  1. Wait until the entire cooktop surface is completely cool
  2. Wipe gently with a damp cloth or sponge
  3. If you prefer to use a specific ceramic glass cooktop cleaner, omit step 2 and proceed with spreading a little of the cleaning product over the surface with a paper towel before wiping it off with a clean, dry sponge or cloth.

Tips for Heavier Cleaning (if required)

  1. Use a little white vinegar on a soft cloth for any areas displaying hardened residue
  2. Gently buff the area with an induction cooktop specific cleaning pad and product, repeating if necessary.
  3. Use a ceramic cooktop specific scraper to gently remove hardened residue if necessary before wiping with induction cleaning products.

Induction Cooktops with Stainless Steel Areas

If your induction cooktop has any stainless steel areas such as around the outer edge, you will need to use a stainless steel cleaner on these parts together with a non-abrasive cloth. Make sure to clean along the grain to maintain an immaculate, scratch free look.

If you follow the recommendations above, cleaning your induction cooktop will always be easy. It will also retain its ‘as new’ appearance while remaining an invaluable addition to your kitchen appliances.