Written by Thomas

How do I clean my cooktop?

It's time to clean your cooktop properly. If you don't wipe down the cooktop after each use, food scraps will build up. Of course, stains and burned food remains aren't hygienic and not a pleasant sight. Here you can read how to make your cookware spotless. This seems like a tough job, but with the right preparation you'll be done in no time.

Preparations

Get a bucket, some clean towels, kitchen paper, and possibly a cooktop scraper ready. It's easiest to clean the cooktop right after use, because the dirt hasn't dried yet. Of course, you should make sure that the cooktop has cooled down sufficiently, so you won't burn your fingers.

Make some soapy water

Not every cleaning product is suitable for every type of cooktop. That's why you should use some warm soapy water with a bit of detergent. This soapy water is suitable for all types of cooktops. Can't get rid of a stubborn stain? Check your cooktop's manual. It'll tell you which parts of your cooktop you can use a special cleaning agent or scourer on.

Cleaning induction & ceramic cooktops

induction - ceramic cooktop

Induction and ceramic cooktops are easier to clean than a gas cooktop because of the flat cooking zones. A disadvantage of ceramic cooking is that the dirt can burn into the hot cooking zones, making it difficult to remove. For stained dirt, use a cooktop scraper and a cleaning agent for ceramic cooking surfaces to remove stubborn stains.

Step 1: Remove the caked-on food remains with a cooktop scraper

Step 2: Wipe down the entire cooktop with soapy water and a clean cloth.

Step 3: Wipe down everything once more with a damp cloth to remove any remaining soap.

Step 4: Dry the cooktop with a clean cloth or a paper towel.

Cleaning a gas cooktop

Gas cooktop

Remove the pan supports, burner lids, and burner fittings from the gas cooktop. If they're very dirty, let the dirt dissolve in warm water first.

Step 1: Clean the burner lids, burner fittings, pan supports, and the cooktop. Use soapy water with detergent.

Step 2: Moisten a clean cloth and wipe everything down again.

Step 3: Dry everything thoroughly and put the loose parts back in place.

Please note: don't use a scourer, abrasive, detergent, or soda to clean the burners. Since the burners are made of aluminum, they get affected by these cleaning agents.

Cleaning a traditional electric cooktop

traditional electric cooktop

The heating elements of a traditional electric cooktop are easiest to clean when they're hot and the dirt hasn't dried yet. Make sure that the elements have cooled down sufficiently before you start cleaning.

Step 1: Remove the plug from the socket or switch off the cooktop with the on/off button.

Step 2: Wipe down the heating elements with a moist cloth.

Step 3: Clean the other surfaces of the cooktop with a soft cloth or sponge and your soapy water with detergent.

Step 4: Wipe down the surfaces you've cleaned again with a damp cloth.

Step 5: Dry everything, then put the plug back into the socket.

Tip: Regularly rub cast-iron heating elements in with an acid-free oil. This prevents rust spots.

Prevention is better than cure

It may sound crazy, but when cleaning's not your favorite thing to do, it's best to do this every day. If you wipe down the cooktop with a damp cloth or paper towel after each use, you'll keep it in good condition and ultimately spend less time cleaning.


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