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Induction cooktops are easier to clean and maintain than electric or gas-based stoves. One reason is that most spillovers won’t harden onto the surface since the area around the cooking vessel stays fairly cool.
When cleaning an induction cooktop, it is important to use the appropriate materials to keep your cooktop looking new. The owner’s manual that came with your cooktop usually includes a list of recommend cleaners. Be sure to clean your unit prior to using it the first time.
We have an article on using an induction cooktop that can be accessed here.
Cleaning the Ceramic Surface
While cleaning, make sure water does not get inside the cooktop. After the cleaning is completed, wait for it to dry completely before using it again.
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Daily Cleaning Tips
1. Unplug the unit and wait for it to cool down. Wipe off any cooking spills with a moist paper towel, cloth or soft sponge
2. Some people use a glass Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner after each use, others do not. If you do, shake the container, then place a small drop on a paper towel or clean soft cloth and rub the surface until it is clean. Then use a soft moist cloth to remove the cleaner residue.
3. Use white vinegar to wipe away any hard water spots on the surface. Remove the vinegar residue with a wet paper towel.
4. Wipe the cooktop dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Don’t leave any marks on the surface as that can affect the performance of the cooktop
Heavy Cleaning Tips
1. If there is crusted residue, try cleaning it with a glass-ceramic cooktop cleaner first. Shake the container, then place a small drop on a paper towel or clean soft cloth and rub the surface until it is clean. Then use a soft moist cloth to remove the cleaner residue.
If there is still hard food residue on the surface, use a cooktop scraper to remove it. Do not use a lot of pressure. Gently, at a 45º angle, scrape the residue from the glass/ceramic surface. The last thing you want to do is to scratch the induction cooker.
2. Wipe the crumbs off with a wet paper towel. Pour a small amount of white vinegar on a dry cloth and clean off any hard water spots.
3. Clean the surface with a cooktop cleaner on a soft cloth or paper towel.
4. Dry with a clean cloth or paper towel
Video - Cleaning Your Induction Cooktop
Cleaning Stainless Steel Parts
1. Dampen a cloth with vinegar or soap and water and wipe the housing. Rub the cloth in the direction of the grain.
2. Wipe dry with a cloth.
3. Place a very small amount of oil (mineral or olive) on a soft cloth and polish.
There are many advantages to using an induction cooktop. One of them is that they are easy to clean. You can get more information on the pros and cons of induction cooking in this post.
- Do not overload the cooking vessel so that it spills when it gets heated
- Always leave some extra space for the water to boil inside the pot or pan
- Wipe the bottom of the induction cookware before you place it on the cooktop