How To Clean Your Ceramic Cooktop: A Step-by-Step Guide
Maybe you are like me and you just can’t seem to make bacon without grease splattering everywhere. Maybe the pasta boiled over when the doorbell rang and you got roped into talking to your neighbor for longer than you expected.
Perhaps your children or significant other decided to bring you breakfast in bed and conveniently left your recently scrubbed spotless kitchen looking more like a movie set from a gory horror film than an episode of your favorite kitchen remodeling show on TV. Whatever the excuse or occasion, we all know that accidents happen. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but you need to know how to clean a ceramic cooktop.
It’s a good thing you’re reading this guide on how to clean an induction stove or range because induction cooktop cleaning is far simpler than it is for other types of stoves. Gas stoves seem to have an endless supply of cracks and crevices to scrub, taking a lot of elbow grease to keep them looking spotless.
Electric stoves in our day and age have coils that you usually try to work around if you’re like me, but end up getting frustrated enough to unplug them and remove them completely so you can try to scrub the crud out from underneath them. Glass-ceramic cooktops have a surface that is flat and non-porous. This makes it way easier to clean up, in addition to being a more efficient way to pass heat from the burner to your pot, resulting in higher energy efficiency and cash savings when that electric bill comes around.
How to Clean Your Induction Cooktop
The simplest thing to do is to wipe up spills as they occur, instead of letting them sit there and get cooked onto the surface. Just grab your closest soft rag, sponge, paper towel, dish towel, washcloth, or whatever’s handy, and wipe that spill. A damp cloth usually works a little better than a dry one. Sometimes letting water sit on the spill for a few minutes will help it wipe off easier. But no matter how diligent you are in your daily wipe-downs, eventually you will get stuff cooked onto your surface. Then you’ll have to spend an extra 30 seconds to a few minutes on it.
A scraper will greatly aid your induction cooktop cleaning. Lots of ceramic-glass cooktops come with a scraping tool and a little sample size bottle of induction cooktop cleaner these days. If yours didn’t, you can use anything with a straight scraping edge made of metal, like a single razor blade. The paint scraper at your hardware store for a dollar is perfect. Just be careful though no to nick, gouge or scratch your cooktop surface with a blade. Easy does it! Hold the blade of your paint scraper flush with the surface of the stove at a 45 degree angle and cautiously scrape away. You won’t get everything off, but you can get a lot of baked-on food removed this way as well as some water and mineral stains.
After scraping, apply a small amount of cleaner. I can heartily suggest the induction cooktop cleaners I recommend here. Using your soft rag, rub the cleaner over the affected area and scrub it in a little bit. A lot of them will remove extra tough stains if you let them sit there for a few minutes, so feel free to pause at this step and let the chemicals do their magic.
After your cleaner has done its work, buff it off with your damp rag, then dry the surface of your cooktop with a dry rag or paper towel. Now your induction cooktop is cleaner than ever! Wasn’t that simple?
What Not to Use
Keep in mind these cream-based cleaners that are designed for your glass-ceramic stovetop will remove the iridescent stains left behind by ammonia-based cleaners like Windex, which I don’t recommend using, and are only mildly abrasive, unlike Comet/Ajax/other abrasive powder cleaners, which I also don’t recommend. Abrasive sponges like Scotch-Brite will also leave small scratches that become unattractive over time. So stick to the cream-based cleaners or simple baking soda and water, and use your soft cloth or a sponge.
Now that you know how to clean your ceramic cooktop, you have no excuse not to impress your mother-in-law if she comes over and asks about your stove. She'll take one look at your clean stovetop and think that you're a domestic goddess.
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