Care of induction stove 

Induction stove has become a real trend of cooking equipment among consumers over the past couple of years. This is really an indispensable economical assistant in the kitchen. But after the first cooking on it, a lot of questions arise: how to care for the induction cooking surface? How to clean an induction hob? What are the best ways to clean induction from grease and stains? Find answers to all these questions you can find in our article. By following the simple rules of induction cooktop care described below, you will be able to keep it perfectly clean, thereby extending the maximum life of its operation. So, let’s get started.

Features of induction cooktops

Induction cooking surfaces are characterized by their stylish design, ease of use, food is cooked on them several times faster than on gas or conventional electric stoves. They do not require any special care. Yes, this technique has a complex design, but at the same time it is not at all fastidious. The key to the long service life of this device is just following the instructions for proper cleaning and operation of the device.

Induction cooktop is a glass-ceramic electric panel that heats dishes by means of a magnetic field that creates electromagnetic induction. It is safe to use as it is virtually heat free. When food is cooked on the stove, the induction currents heat the bottom of the cookware, hence the food in it is heated. It receives some degree of heat from the pot or pan. That is, when working induction energy is not spent on heating the external environment, but directly on the objects of cooking, so that the cost of electricity is minimal, and the food is cooked much faster. Also a distinctive feature of this technique is that it automatically turns off after the dishes have been removed from it. It goes cold in a matter of minutes. This is ideal from a safety point of view for families with small children or pets.

How to clean an induction hob

To make cleaning an induction hob easy and fun, and to ensure that your induction hob will keep it working and looking beautiful and well-maintained for a long time to come, we recommend following 5 very important rules:

  • Use only utensils designed for induction stoves.
  • To avoid scratches, do not move pans, sauté pans, saucepans, pots and other kitchen utensils on the surface of the hob.
  • Make sure that the bottom of the cookware is dry and only then place it on the hob. 
  • It is advisable to wash dishes and vegetables away from the cooking surface. This is to prevent water droplets and other contaminants (such as soil, which can leave scratches on the stove) from getting on it.
  • Do not use powder cleaners. As a rule, they do not dissolve completely in water and can damage the hob when washing.

How to get rid of stains on the stove

Getting rid of stains on an induction stove is very easy. To ensure that your appliances are always perfectly clean, use a window cleaner. It perfectly copes with streaks on a surface that is not heavily soiled. For this cleaning, do the following:

  • Wipe the panel with a dry, soft cloth.
  • Spray the panel with window cleaner.
  • Wipe the surface dry.

How to get rid of soot and grease

  1. Getting rid of grease and grime is quite simple. Here are 5 simple ways:
  • Use an ordinary dishwashing detergent. It is definitely available in every home. Carry out the following actions:
  • Apply it to the cold soiled surface with a microfiber cloth or sponge.
  • Leave it on for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Gently rinse it off with water. Be careful not to damage the glass ceramic.
  • After washing, wipe the surface of the stove with a soft cotton or paper towel.
  • This method is very simple and does not require any additional costs.
  1. Cleaning glass ceramic tiles with baking soda. This method is also very good in case there is a trace of the frying pan left on the induction hob. To do this:
  • Mix baking soda with a small amount of water.
  • Apply the mixture on the cooking surface, especially on the heavily soiled areas.
  • Leave it on for 5 minutes.
  • After the time has elapsed, wipe the stove with a soft cloth.
  • If some stains could not be removed in this way, add a little vinegar to the baking soda. This reaction will help wash away stubborn contaminants.
  • It is also important to note that baking soda is not only good for getting rid of dirt, it also has a disinfecting effect. Vinegar removes unpleasant odors and removes stains from the panel.
  1. Buy a special product for cleaning glass ceramic surfaces. The special chemicals that are included in such household chemicals are excellent at removing dried-on grease and grime.
  1. Use a special scraper or rubber spatula:
  • Moisten the contamination with water and leave it for a few minutes.
  • Hold the scraper/spatula at an angle of 300, remove the dirt.
  • Remove all dirt from the surface of the hob with a damp cloth.
  • Wipe the hob with a dry soft towel.

How to clean an induction hob

An excellent remedy for induction cooktops is a common household dishwashing detergent or special formulations for cleaning glass-ceramic cooktops.

What NOT to do when cleaning an induction hob

  • Start cleaning the hob before it has cooled down completely. Wait until the appliance has cooled down completely. This way you will not only avoid soap scum, but also prevent cracks from forming.
  • Do not scrape off burnt spots with a knife, metal brush or other abrasive materials.
  • Use aluminum cookware – it leaves marks on the glass ceramic that are almost impossible to remove.
  • Use pots and pans of poor quality – after their use they leave scratches and soot on the surface of the induction stove.
  • Postpone cleaning the surface “for later”. In order for the stove to serve you long and well, you need to wash it very carefully after EVERY cooking!
  • Leave plastic or silicone objects near the dishes in which food is being cooked. They will melt, drip on the surface of the panel, and after removing these stains will be extremely difficult.

Care instructions for induction hobs

  • Wipe the surface of the induction hob every time after cooking and only after it has cooled down completely. If the hob is still clean, it is sufficient to wipe it with a damp microfiber or soft sponge cloth, which can be purchased in car care departments.
  • Use a separate cloth to clean the induction hob. If you use the same cloth that you use to wash dishes, you will leave a greasy residue on the hob surface that is difficult to get rid of.
  • Use a window cleaner or dishwashing detergent to clean the glass ceramic hob (if there are stains and grease on the hob).
  • Never use abrasive detergents, rough sponges or metal scrapers to clean the induction. Their impact spoils the surface of the stove. As a rule, a special scraper for induction stove is included with the hob.
  • If sugar or salt is scattered on the hob, remove it immediately! Simply gently sweep the sugar or salt crystals off the surface of the induction hob with a soft, dry cloth.

Now you are armed with the knowledge of how to properly care for your induction cooktop. Compliance with these simple recommendations is the key to a long and quality work of this indispensable kitchen appliance. Such tips will help you keep your home clean. And for general cleaning of your home, in particular your kitchen, we advise you to contact our cleaning company in Calgary. 

January 6 2024