how to clean an induction cooktop

In our portable induction cooktops reviews, we saw that induction cooking offers more advantages over traditional electric and gas stovetops. I know you ou hate being confronted with a dirty cooktop due to spills. Spills may come in many forms. Some may be simple spills, while others will be tougher such molten plastic, sugar spill, badly burned food or liquid spills. In this article, I share methods on how to clean an induction cooktop with different types of spills.

Why do you need to clean your induction cooktops?

After investing your hard-earned money in a new induction cooktop to complement your kitchen, you get eager to use it for cooking different meals. In the process of using this appliance, spillages will flow over on the cooktop. In theory, induction cooktops should be easier to clean because the liquid or food that spills onto the cooktop surface is less likely to bake onto it. However, the surface of an induction cooktop is made of a glass-ceramic material that is susceptible to scratches and abrasions. To keep your induction cooktop looking and functioning at its best, clean it regularly and only use products specifically designed for the appliance.

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Even though modern induction cooktops are made of flat ceramic glass material which minimizes spillages, grease spills can still build up. The glass top also tends to show up all the minor stains and dirt. If some spills are left uncleaned, they could permanently damage your induction cooktop’s glass surface.  Additionally, ceramic glass is susceptible to scratches and abrasions, which you may inflict on it during the cleaning of spills that have been left to stay for long. Spillages can also interfere with the normal operation of the touch control buttons, whereby they become unresponsive to touch. Therefore, to keep your induction cooktop looking and functioning at its best, you are going to need to regularly clean the cooktop. Learn how to clean and maintain the induction stovetop in the best way possible way.

CAUTION AND TIPS: Things to Remember 

  1. Unplug or Switch off the appliance. Make sure the appliance is unplugged from the power socket or switched off before you start cleaning. Even though you are less likely to get burnt by the stovetop, it could still be hot. This is so, especially if it has been in use for long hours. Your metallic handwear could also conduct heat and cause you burns. Also, if you attempted to clean the stovetop when still plugged into the power socket, you could expose your self to electric shock. It is better to be safe than sorry. Hence, it is vital to take this precaution seriously.
  2. Ensure the cooktop has cooled down before you start the cleaning. If you use cleaning chemicals on a hot surface, they may generate fumes that could be detrimental to your health.
  3. Always wipe the bottom of the induction cookware before placing it on induction. Do not overfill the pots and pans to avoid spillage.
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What Cooktop cleaner can I use to clean my induction cooktop?

  • Avoid using anything that may abrasive and could scratch or damage the glass induction cooktop surface.
  • Also, avoid cleaners/sprays that leave a cloudy or smeary residue on the stovetop.
  • There are cooktop cleaners in the form of a cream formulated and designed to be used on ceramic or glass cooktops. Other types of cleaners can be abrasive and must be avoided as they can cause permanent damage to your glass induction cooktop surface.
  • You can spray the cooktop cleaner onto the glass surface or surface to clean and then use a cleaning pad, cloth or paper towel to gently wipe over the entire surface to clean your induction stovetop.

How to clean an induction cooktop with different spills

A. Most Effective Way to remove gentle splatters, spills, stains and slightly burned residue 

What You Will Need:

  • Liquid dish soap
  • A rug.
  • A towel or soft cleaning pad.

Do not use any rough cleaning material as these will cause permanent damage to your cooktop by causing tiny marks on the surface. Additionally, these marks are permanent. Furthermore, they ruin the appearance of the cooktop and make future cleaning a lot more difficult.

Cleaning Steps:

  1. Spray or put a drop of liquid dish soap on the induction cooktop.
  2. Wet your rag and use it to wipe the stovetop down
  3. Rinse the rag to remove any attached food and the soap.
  4. Use the rinsed rag to again wipe the cooktop so that you remove the rest of the soap off
  5. Dry the stovetop by gently wiping with a dry towel or soft cleaning pad, only increase pressure if necessary.
  6. Finally clean (wash) the rag under running water and hand it to dry.
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You now have a sparkling, clean induction stovetop.

B. Cleaning induction cooktops with grease spills, tougher stains and badly burned residues

cleaning induction cooktop spills

You will need:

  • Spray bottle.
  • Diluted rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
  • small washcloths
  • Paper Towels
  • A Sharp razor blade scraper (single-edge only).Avoid using dull blades as these may lead to scratching the surface of your cooktop.

Steps To Clean:

  1. If the cooktop surface has tough or badly burned residue, you may need to use the sharp razor blade scraper to gently scrape away the residue. Apply the blade at an acute angle towards the surface off the stovetop. If necessary, you can apply a little pressure to lift the residue away from the affected area.
  2. Once you’ve scraped away the residue, fill your spray bottle with the rubbing alcohol and dilute it with water. Then Spray the alcohol on the induction cooktop, entirely spraying the whole affected area.
  3. Use the washcloth to wipe/ remove any stubborn residues from the cooktop.
  4. Finish off by gently wiping with a paper towel to dry the cooktop surface.
  5. To produce a sparkling glass surface, you can apply another coat of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and leave it to dry by itself without wiping it off.

Now you have yourself a sparkling clean induction cooktop free of tough stains and burned residues.

C. Removing Melted plastic and sugar spills from the cooktop surface

What you will need:

  • Oven mitts/gloves
  • Sharp razor blade scraper (single-edge only)
  • Paper Towels.
  • Spray bottle with diluted rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)

Steps To Clean:

  1. To clean melted plastic from a cooktop requires immediate and swift action.
  2. The moment you notice the molten plastic or sugar spill on your cooktop, immediately switch off the appliance.
  3. Put on your oven mitts.
  4. Relocate/shift the spill away from the hot burner surface to a cooler area, by using a sharp razor blade scraper applied at an acute angle towards the surface of the stovetop.
  5. Extract the relocated spills using paper towels.
  6. You can then spray the affected and cleaned area with diluted rubbing alcohol and wipe it dry with paper towels.
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Avoid these induction Induction Cooktop Cleaners

As already emphasized above, it is important to avoid some cleaners as they will only permanently damage your cooktop or endanger your safety and health.

Here is a list of induction cooktop cleaners you should try to avoid when cleaning an induction cooktop.

  • Steel wool and any other metal scouring pads
  • Scrub sponges
  • Powdery cleaners
  • Dishwashing agents
  • Chlorine bleach cleaners
  • Caustic cleaners
  • Flammable cleaners

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You invested heavily and dearly into your induction cooktop because you know Induction cooking is modern and more energy efficient. It has less heat wastage, saving energy up to 70%,  thus shaving some dollars off your next energy bill. And the time taken to cook food on an induction cooktop can reduce by up 50%. So, you want to keep it looking and functioning at its best. For this reason, you wanted to learn how to clean an induction cooktop if you are confronted with a spillage. This article has addressed the different methods and steps you can take to clean your induction cooktop in case you are confronted by any type of spill. I hope you find it helpful. However, remember to take the precautions stipulated above to ensure your safety and also maintain your induction cooktop in a tiptop condition. Also see our induction cooktop temperature guide to learn the temperature settings for various cooking functions as well as voltage and power consumption requirements



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