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How to Clean an Induction Cooktop – Steps & Tips

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Induction cooktops are easy to clean and maintain. It is important to clean the glass-ceramic cooking surface with the appropriate materials after each use.

There are various techniques to use to clean an induction cooktop to keep the unit looking brand new.

Before You Begin Cleaning

Use a soft cloth (microfiber ones are recommended), sponge or paper towels to clean the cooking plate and housing.

Avoid harsh abrasives, powdery cleaners, scouring pads, or stiff brushes, as they can scratch the cooking surface.

If burnt food is on the cooktop, don't use a knife or sharp tools. Instead, use a scraper designed to be used on glass and ceramic surfaces.

While cleaning, make sure water does not get inside the cooktop. The unit should be completely dry before using it again.

Unplug the unit and wait for it to cool.

Wipe off any cooking spills with a moist paper towel, cloth, or soft sponge. Use filtered water (if your tap water is hard). 

If you use a glass-ceramic cooktop cleaner, shake the container, place a small drop on a paper towel or clean, soft cloth and rub the surface until it is clean. Remove the cleaner residue with a soft, moist cloth.

Wipe away any hard water spots on the surface with white vinegar. Then remove the vinegar residue with a wet paper towel.

Wipe the cooktop dry with a clean cloth or paper towel, ensuring no marks on the surface as that can affect the cooktop's performance.

Regular Cleaning Tips

There are a few ways to minimize your time cleaning your induction burners or cooktop. 

First, choose cookware large enough to hold the food you are cooking.

If you select the right size pot or pan, it won't be overloaded, and food or liquid won't spill onto the cooktop when heated. Always leave some extra space for the water to boil inside the pot or pan.

Second, use a splatter screen to prevent the cooktop from getting greasy. 

Third, wipe the bottom of the induction cookware before placing it on the cooktop.

Person Hands In Blue Glove Cleaning Induction Stove

Heavy Cleaning Tips

If there is crusted residue, try cleaning it with a glass-ceramic cooktop cleaner first. Shake the container, place a small drop on a paper towel or a clean, soft cloth and rub the surface until 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.

Gently (not a lot of pressure), 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.

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.

Clean the surface with a cooktop cleaner on a soft cloth or paper towel.

Dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Parts 

It is easy to clean the stainless steel parts of your induction hob.

Dampen a cloth with vinegar or soap and water and wipe the housing (rub the cloth in the direction of the grain). Then wipe dry with a cloth.

Optional: Put a small amount of mineral or olive oil 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.

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