How to Clean an Induction Hob

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Last Updated September 13, 2022 in How to Clean

We’ll guide you through how to effectively clean an induction hob, without using any harmful chemicals that may potentially affect the lifespan and efficiency of your induction hob.

We will advise how to protect and maintain your hob using less harmful chemicals and how using the correct pans whilst operating can avoid scratches, marking and scuffing your surface.

Can you damage an induction hob by cleaning it?

Using harsh cleaning products on your induction hob could potentially scratch and mark the glass, using a lighter watered down liquid and a soft cloth will avoid this.

Using a chlorine-based bleach will permanently stain your hob; always ensure that your cloth is clean and free from grit to prevent any damage whilst cleaning.

What to avoid when cleaning an induction hob

  • Cleaning agents for dishwashers
  • Abrasive cleaning products
  • Harsh cleaning products, such as oven cleaners
  • Scouring pads
  • Undiluted washing-up liquid
  • Chlorine-based bleaching agents
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Wire wool

How to correctly clean an induction hob

Firstly, ensure that you have locked your control panel, as cleaning whilst this is still on may alter your settings.

Induction hobs won’t work as well if they are covered in food particles; this is because the magnetic field and heat protection is obstructed. Ensure all food particles are thoroughly cleaned to avoid scratches and stubborn stains.

The basic principle when using an induction hob is to use the correct pans, use magnetic stainless steel that contains iron. Do not slide your pans across the surface, instead, lift and remove.

  • Remove stubborn food particles using warm soapy water with microfibre cloth. Do not use a scourer as this will scratch your hob.
  • Once all the stubborn food particles have been removed, wipe off the soapy residue with warm water and a microfibre cloth.
  • To finally add the shine back to the hob, lightly spray with a window cleaner and gently shine clean with a dry microfiber cloth or tissue roll.

How do I get scuff marks off of my induction hob?

  1. Ensure your surface is free of food particles and has been wiped clean.
  1. To remove scuff marks, your cloth should be clean and soft. Gently rub the area with soapy water and leave for 3 mins.
  2. Repeat this process using water only to remove the excess residue.
  3. Shine using a microfibre cloth.

For tougher scuffs, use a window cleaner and a dry clean cloth or a faux chamois leather cloth for a deeper shine.

To avoid scuffs, ensure the correct pans are used. Avoid sliding your pans across the surface, instead, lift and remove. Regularly cleaning after each use and removing stains straight away will prevent the build up of marks turning into scuffs.

What cleaning products can I use on an induction hob?

  • Soapy water (washing up liquid base)
  • Sponge without the scourer
  • Faux chamois leather cloth
  • Window Cleaner
  • Tissue roll

Can I clean an induction hob with baking soda and vinegar?

Whilst some online gurus recommend using baking soda to clean an induction hob, this is a mild abrasive and will scratch and mark your hob – this will not contribute to a long lifespan for your hob.

Vinegar is another favorite that is suggested to use, again you should avoid using anything acidic to clean your hob as this could seep behind the surface and corrode.

It’s advisable to use a non-corrosive cleaner with a microfibre cloth or faux chamois leather.

Induction hob maintenance

To avoid regular deep cleans, make sure you take care of your spillages whilst cooking and wipe over your hob daily after use.

We recommend you do not slide your pans across the surface, instead lift and remove. The best cookware to use on an induction hob are ferrous metals, magnetic stainless steel and cast iron; these will avoid scratching and marking your surface.

Silicone induction cooktop mats prevent pots and pans from sliding which can potentially scratch and mark your surface. They also keep your hob clean from food particles and spillages.

Use a non-corrosive or abrasive cleaner to maintain the lifespan and appearance of your induction hob. Using a microfibre cloth or faux chamois leather can help remove stubborn marks and scruffs.

How do I prevent scratches on my induction hob?

Using a silicone induction cooktop mat will prevent scratches, protect and extend the lifespan of your hob, also keeping the surface clean to avoid deeper cleans.

The non-slip mats prevent pots and pans from sliding whilst cooking and will minimize the scratches and scuffs during cooking times. These mats are flexible, durable and dishwasher friendly and very easy to use.

Warning – Silicone mats are not suitable for ceramic cooktops or electric glass.  These are only for use on induction (magnetic) surfaces.

How do I prevent food sticking to my induction hob?

Wiping spillages straight after these have occurred will prevent food sticking to your induction hob. Use the control panel locking function for wiping your hob – this switches the hob off temporarily whilst you wipe.

This can usually be activated by touching the hand symbol on the control panel, locking the control panel for 35 seconds allowing enough time to wipe and protect.

Using silicone induction cooktop mats will keep your surface free from spillages.

Avoid placing utensils directly on the hob whilst cooking, instead use a spoon rest or chopping board.

  • Wipe spillages straight away
  • Use silicone induction mats
  • Avoid placing utensils directly on the hob
  • Use a spoon rest or chopping board
  • Daily cleaning

Tips for keeping your induction hob clean

Firstly, if you have made a substantial investment in your induction hob, you will need to learn how to care for, protect and maintain it.

Keeping a daily cleaning regime will help extend the life of your induction hob.

Investing in good quality cloths is a must. Wipe spillages immediately to avoid marks and scuffs.

Silicone hob protectors will help to prevent scratches and also catch spillages, these are very easy to use, maintain, clean and are dishwasher friendly.

Never use chlorine-based cleaning products on your induction hob as these will permanently damage the surface.

Tips and products to use to keep your induction hob clean:

  • Silicone cooktop hob protector
  • Daily cleaning regime
  • Wipe spillages immediately
  • Invest in a microfibre cloth
  • Faux Chamois leather cloth
  • Heat resistant drip pad

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