Cleaning Guide for an Induction Cooktop
Induction cooktops have surged in popularity recently, revolutionizing how we cook. Unlike traditional gas or electric stovetops, induction cookers use electromagnetic technology to heat the cookware directly, offering precise temperature control and faster cooking times.
The appeal of induction cooking lies in its energy efficiency, safety features, and sleek, modern design. As consumers increasingly prioritize sustainability and convenience, induction cooktops have become a sought-after kitchen appliance, especially in high-end kitchens. Their ability to quickly respond to temperature changes, reduce energy consumption, and provide a safer cooking environment has positioned them at the forefront of the culinary landscape, earning widespread acclaim and making them a staple in contemporary kitchens.
Induction Cooktops Are Sleek and Elegant
Maintaining the cleanliness of this stylish cooktop is simpler compared to other types.
Induction cooktops are the epitome of modernity with their sleek, shiny, and immaculate appearance. They are so visually appealing that one might hesitate to use them. However, an induction cooktop is so sleek and functional that they are beautiful and a pleasure to use.
When using the appliance, splatters and spills will inevitably occur. A spill may cause initial panic, but do not worry; a spill is easy to clean. The question arises whether the appliance will maintain its original shine after repeated use or lose its luster once the protective plastic film is removed. However, with no crevices or hidden spaces for crumbs or stains to accumulate, it is crucial to find a solution for cleaning it as soon as possible. It is worth putting effort into learning the best way to clean it.
How Does An Induction Cooktop Work?
An induction cooktop needs specialized magnetic cooking pots and pans. The cooking surface does not get hot. Rather, the cooking pan or pot gets hot.
A copper coil under the cooktop creates electromagnetic energy. This magnetic energy interacts directly with induction-compatible cookware to make it hot.
Because induction skips the step of heating the cooktop, it’s a fast and even cooking method. Induction cooktops also cool down quickly after you remove your pan.
Induction cooktops are composed of nonporous ceramic glass and utilize electromagnetic energy to directly compatible cookware. Due to its flat surface and the cooking surface not getting hot, cleaning an induction cooktop is more straightforward than cleaning traditional gas cooktops with certain intricacies or electric heating cooktops.
Additionally, since the cookware and not the cooktop are the source of heat, the surrounding areas remain cool, preventing spills or splatters from sticking and burning. Therefore, induction cooktops are the most effortless to maintain among all stoves in the market. As with any cooktop, it is always best to clean a spill immediately rather than letting it sit for an extended period.
Each induction cooktop will come with guidelines provided by the manufacturer of your specific stove. It is best to adhere to these guidelines. However, the following are the recommended actions and precautions for cleaning an induction cooktop.
You can clean this surface effectively with plain dish soap, vinegar, baking soda, or a specialized cleaner like Affresh Cooktop Cleaner or Cerama Bryte. Some manufacturers of induction stovetops also offer their cleaning products, such as Bosch’s Glass Cooktop Cleaner. I prefer using vinegar and baking soda, but no matter which method you choose, make sure to have at least two microfiber or similarly soft cloths.
You will not experience stuck-burned-on food, so you should not need to scrape off food. However, certain companies offer specialized tools. Whirlpool and Kitchenaid are two examples of companies that provide such tools, which can bring a sense of ease to the process.
It is essential to avoid using abrasive scrubbing pads such as textured sponges or steel wool on these cooktops, as they can cause scratches. Also, harsh powder cleansers, cleaning agents, chlorine bleach, rust removers, and ammonia products should not be used. Scratches and white marks on these smooth surfaces should be prevented.
Steps for Cleaning an Induction Cooktop
Cleaning Guide for an Induction Cooktop – Use A Microfiber Cloth
If You Need to Scrape (be careful)
When there is any charred or hardened residue, you can use a suitable instrument to scrape them off, ensuring the scraper remains parallel to the surface to prevent scratches.
After the surface has cooled down, spray it with vinegar and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Then, apply a layer of baking soda on the sprayed areas. Then, take a microfiber towel or a soft cloth, soak it in hot water, wring it out, and place it over the baking soda. Alternatively, you can use a recommended cleaner and leave it on for 10 minutes.
Polish The Surface
To clean the surface, gently rub the baking soda-covered cloth in circular motions. Afterward, rinse and wring the cloth, then use it to wipe away any remaining baking soda and vinegar. If a cleaner was used, use a soft cloth to wipe it off. Lastly, use a dry cloth to buff the surface in small, circular motions, regardless of the cleaning method used.
Hard Water Stains
To remove hard water stains or white splotches:
- Dampen a dry cloth with white vinegar and use it on the affected areas.
- Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes before wiping it off.
- Use a second clean cloth to rinse the surface with an approved cleaning solution or plain distilled water.
Buffing and polishing with circular motions is sufficient to achieve a streak-free and shiny surface. However, you could consider using a glass cleaner such as Method for a final touch. Ensuring that your cleaner does not contain ammonia is crucial, as this can damage the finish.
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