Knowing how best to clean induction hob glass may seem like a bit of a nightmare. As wonderful as these modern appliances are, they do also scratch easily and can get damaged when not properly cared for.
However, knowing how to clean induction hob glass isn’t as difficult as it may seem, it doesn’t require expensive treatment, and anyone can do it! Once you know how to clean an induction hob surface properly, it will become second nature.
So, here is your guide to know how to clean an induction hob, from the products and materials that you will need, as well as the frequency at which you should be cleaning.
What products do you need to clean an induction hob?
You’ll need to look for a non-abrasive cleaning product, or a product that’s been specifically formulated for induction.
Unlike many hobs, you cannot just use any product on an induction cleaner. Using suitable products or cleaners will make a big difference in the quality of the shine, and will help you to keep your hob lasting for longer. What’s more, abrasive cleaners can cause serious damage – it’s not worth the risk.
In most cases, manufacturers suggest specific products that should be used on their hobs in their manuals, as well as online. However, if you are unsure about which products are safe to use on your induction hob, then simply opt for specific induction hob glass cleaner.
Otherwise, some homeowners suggest using white vinegar and baking soda – if you’ve spent any time at all online, you’ll already know that this is a popular solution. It’s just a case of spreading a thin mix on, leaving for half an hour, and then wiping off with warm water.
What cleaning materials can you use on an induction hob?
In order to preserve your induction hob properly, you will need to ensure that you avoid using abrasive materials.
Induction hobs are built to be super-strong, as they are made to last for years under considerable daily pressures. Accidents can happen around hobs, so you should not be worried about your induction hob breaking easily. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t scratch easily.
For example, when it comes to cleaning your induction hob, never use scrub brushes, rough sponges, or steel wool. These may be commonly used to remove stubborn debris and burnt food off of standard hobs, but they can very easily scratch your induction hob’s glass surface. Instead, use a clean, damp cloth to clean the surface, and you can use a clean, soft, dry towel to dry it.
It is also best to clean your induction hob frequently to better ensure that no stubborn debris makes its way onto the hob. However, should you find yourself faced with burnt food or something sticking to the surface, then you can always use a knife to remove it – very carefully.
Removing anything with a knife off your hob top can be risky, especially if you do so with force. If all else fails, be sure to invest in a cleaning product that you can leave to soak – or try the vinegar / baking soda method.
How frequently should I clean my induction hob?
In order to maintain its quality surface and to avoid you having to do some difficult cleaning too frequently, it is best to clean your induction hob after every use.
Of course, you should always wait for the hob to cool down entirely before you start to clean it. If the hob is still hot, not only do you risk burning yourself, but you also risk burning the cleaning products and your cleaning materials.
Once the hob is completely cool, then you can start by using a damp cloth or a piece of kitchen roll to gently remove any of the leftover food that could have fallen onto the surface. Remember to be careful, especially if there are grains like sugar and salt that could scratch the top.
Then, you can start to apply your cleaning product on the hob. Wipe it all over to ensure that it gets rid of any grease, stains or burnt food.
Then, using a damp, clean cloth, wipe away all of the excess product before using a dry towel to dry off.
In any case, it is best to lock your induction hob overnight using a control panel (if it has one). You should also cover it, either with a specially made cover, or a towel and a tray. It’s always a good idea to cover up and lock your hob when it’s not in use.
Although it may seem a little strange, you cannot simply use the same products on your induction hob that you would on your gas or electric hob. In order to preserve the glass surface and ensure that there are no scratch marks developing, you will need to use non-abrasive products, a soft, damp cloth, and remember to clean your hob frequently.
Your induction hob will not break easily, however, in order to make it last as long as possible, you will need to take care of it. Thankfully, as bizarre as it may sound, it is essential to remember that induction hobs are just flat pieces of glass! In many ways, they are a lot easier to clean than standard hobs and will take you a lot less time to clean – just be prepared!