Induction cooktops are well-known for their precise temperature controls, energy efficiency, and ease-of-use, but they’re also easy to maintain that ‘just like new’ look with just a little effort.
There is no disputing the advantages of induction cooktops in terms of safety and efficiency, but another great thing about investing in induction is that they look great in your kitchen and they are easy to clean – as long as you stick to a few important guidelines.
With the stylish, smooth black glass surface, induction cooktops make reaching the parts that need cleaning a breeze – unlike conventional gas or electric cooktops with all those nooks and crannies and grooves where food gets trapped.
While induction cooktops are easy to clean, there are right ways and wrong ways to keep them looking their best.
Here are some useful tips to help you easily clean your induction cooktop and keep it looking just like new.
Wipe That Sugary Spill Right Away
Since induction cooktops don’t retain much heat, you can easily lift the pot or pan (don’t slide!) and quickly wipe away any splash, splatter, or spill while wearing an oven mitt, just to be safe.
With most food, you can wait until your done cooking to clean them up, but it’s important to remember that any dishes prepared with a lot of sugar, such as chocolate or caramel or other sauces, require immediate cleanup to avoid permanent stains to your induction cooktop.
If the spill is directly on a burner, turn off that burner immediately and wipe it off with a dampened soft cloth or gently scrape it with plastic. Then get right back to cooking. This will prevent splashes, splatters, and spills from hardening on the glass surface.
Other food spills don’t require immediate attention and can be dealt with later when you’re cleaning the rest of the kitchen.
For Deeper Cleaning
Once the induction cooktop is clean you still might see some stains such as hard water leaves. For those use some white vinegar and a soft cloth to clean hard water spots from the cooktop.
For surfaces that have hardened residue, use ceramic cooktop cleaner and clean it with a cooktop cleaner pad.
You can also use a cooktop scraper to remove any residue, but be sure not to use excessive pressure to avoid scratching the cooktop glass.
What NOT to use to Clean Your Induction Cooktop
Each of the following is a big no-no when it comes to cleaning your induction cooktop. What worked great on your conventional gas or electric burners should be kept away from your induction cooktop, such as:
- Abrasive cloths
- Steel wool
- Course scrubbing sponges
- Sharp metal items like a knife
- Chlorine-based cleaning agents and Ammonia
- Flammable cleaners
- Powdery cleaners
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