Knowing how to get scratches off induction hobs may be as simple as giving it a deep clean – but in some cases, you may need professional support.
As wonderful as induction hobs are, they do have one particular flaw that bothers us all – they scratch easily. Sadly, when they are marked, they can show up pretty quickly and obviously, and suddenly, the scratches really can take over the look of your worktop!
Given the fact that many of us choose our induction hobs primarily for the style, this can be quite the problem.
So, naturally, you’re going to need to know how to get rid of scratches on an induction hob and how to limit the potential for scratches developing! This guide does extend to other glass top hobs, and for some who have moved to a new home, you might even be wondering – how do I know if I have an induction hob?
How Get scratches off induction Hob surfaces
The truth is that, in most cases, scratches cannot be taken off induction hobs – it can be a tricky process without professional tools. Experts may be able to offer some assistance with buffing tools and deep cleaning products – however, it is likely to cost you a lot of money and doesn’t guarantee the results you are looking for.
However, there are certain induction hob cleaning products that you can buy that could make the scratches appear less obvious, mainly by cleaning them.
You can use one of these products with a clean, damp cloth to wipe around and in the scratch, then use a similarly clean, soft, dry towel to dry it off and polish the induction hob.
In some cases, you may be able to use glass repair kits or even nail polish – some experts even recommend using the baking soda method. In various cases, this can work – but don’t count on them.
Sadly, when it comes to induction hobs, the best thing really is to avoid making scratches in the first place. As impossible as it may sound, there are plenty of easy ways of limiting your chances of scratching your induction hob.
How to avoid scratching my induction hob
When it comes to avoiding scratching your induction hob, you’re going to need to be careful with food preparation and the way you move your cookware across the top.
Don’t slide pots and pans
When pots and pans are full, or you simply want to take them off of the heat, it is a reflex for most of us to drag them across the hob until they are off of the ring that we were using. In most cases, that is completely fine and can save us some time and energy – however, when it comes to an induction hob, you are going to have to carefully lift the pots and pans at all times.
By sliding them across the hob, even if they are empty, you are potentially dragging anything that could be underneath them across the surface. In fact, simply using cookware with abrasive bases may be enough to scratch if you move them too frequently. It can be tricky to get used to, but remembering to lift your pots and pans every time you move them will save you from having to deal with a lot of scratches in the future.
Prepare your food elsewhere
You will need to be able to prepare your food away from your induction hob if possible. Preparing your food next to your induction hob invites food debris to fall onto the glass, thus potentially creating marks and even scratches later on. Anything from peelings to grains could easily scratch your induction hob, so remember to prepare your food away from the area. This may not seem easy if you have a small or restrictive kitchen space, but it’s important to try!
Don’t overfill your pots and pans
To be blunt – overfilling your pots will lead to water and food spilling over and potential drying onto your induction surface – so don’t let it happen!
We have all made the mistake of overfilling our pots and pans, especially when we know that they could boil over. Of course, we know that it could be a pain to remove later – but more than that, it opens up the chance to scratch the glass surface of your hob.
Although it won’t necessarily be the food or the liquid that has overflowed that will scratch your induction hob, the process of having to remove it – especially if it has burned onto the stove – could easily scratch.
Always cover up your hob when you are not using it
When you have finished using your induction hob, and it has completely cooled down, remember to place a cover over it (using a clean towel, a tray, etc.) to ensure that nothing will touch it while switched off.
For those of us with pets, we know how easy it can be for them to climb up near or onto our hobs. Sadly, when it comes to glass surfaces, their paws can easily scratch them when we are not looking. In fact, covering these surfaces full stop is great practice if you have curious cats!
Never use abrasive cleaning products
Cleaning tools such as scrubbers and steel wool are great at cleaning hard to remove stains and debris – however, due to their abrasive designs, they can easily scratch glass surfaces, including your induction hob.
Therefore, instead of using such materials to clean your induction hob, opt for softer materials such as soft sponges and damp cloths, especially where burnt food is concerned
Also – do make a point to clean up spillages and stains as soon as you can. You’ll be thankful in future, trust us!
There’s also some concern regarding cleaning induction hobs with baking soda – however, many experts suggest that a gentle mix of soda and white vinegar will be perfectly fine to apply and clean off. Just try not to use too much powder that will likely scratch the surface!
Your shiny new induction hob is likely to be your pride and joy – therefore, any scratches that pop up are likely to cause you some concern! However, there are ways for you to avoid scratching and scuffing your hob top, and much of this is to do with being a careful chef.
If you do find scratches on your induction hob, don’t worry – it’s a good idea to look for a specialist cleaning product or to contact your manufacturer in the first instance – you may be covered by warranty.