5 Helpful Cleaning Tips for Cooktops
Cleaning cooktops isn’t exactly rocket surgery. Some cleaning product and a sponge or paper towel will eliminate most minor stains that accumulate on your cooktop, no matter whether it’s a conventional gas or electric hob or an induction cooktop.
If you’re reading this, then it’s likely you’ve got some tough stains on your hands (well, on your cooktop to be precise) and you’re interested in some practical and helpful tips for breaking down and cleaning up caked-on stains for good. Here are five helpful cleaning tips for cooktops to keep them looking pristine:
Cooktops are made of all sorts of materials, such as ceramic, stainless steel, glass, or even porcelain. It’s important when choosing the right cleaning products for your cooktop, but regardless all cooktops are prone to unsightly scratches from excessive scrubbing.
Naturally, it’s easier to clean up oil, grease, and sticky food or sauce residue immediately after it’s spilt onto the cooktop, but who has time for that? The problem is that grease can get really stuck on and charred into the cooktop over time, making it difficult to remove. Steel wool and abrasive sponges can remove the stain, sure, but they can also end up damaging the cooktop.
Avoid scrubbing too hard and instead look for the right blend of cleaning product and a microfibre handcloth or more delicate sponge.
In the past decade, induction cooktops have become increasingly popular in Australia – and for good reason. They’re flat, making them easier to clean and maintain, but they’re also safer and more convenient than working with gas. The downside, however, is that they’re especially prone to scratches and damage if neglected.
One tip to use whilst cooking is to place a paper towel between the hob and the pan or skillet. It may brown a little but it won’t burn, and it will absorb any splashes of oil or grease.
For cleaning, however, keep in mind that these cooktops are almost always made of a ceramic-glass blend, so choose a cleaning product that works well at removing fat and grease whilst being compatible with these surfaces.
Electric hobs are never fun to clean, but they do accumulate a lot of grease and debris under the elements which makes it a necessity. Start by removing all elements and soaking them in hot, soapy water. Apply baking soda to the interiors and follow up with boiling hot water over all of the tough areas. The baking soda will eat away at the grease and make it far easier to wipe away with a cloth afterwards.
If your oven’s interior has accumulated a lot of grease, it’s time to use harsh cleaning products such as oven cleaner. Spray down your drip pans and place them in a rubbish bag overnight. Breathing in oven cleaner is not recommended, so keep it out of sight while it does its work.
Dissolve the elements and any detachable parts of your cooktop in a solution of boiling hot water and baking soda. Allow to sit overnight and scrub away grease with ease in the morning.
Domestic Appliance Repair
Cleaning your cooktop can keep it looking great, but eventually all cooktops and ovens run into problems with age and use. Call an expert at Domestic Appliance Repair if you’d like to have your oven up and running in great condition for years to come.