Induction cooktops have revolutionized cooking and changed our ways of thinking regarding kitchenware. Gas and electric cooktops which were previously thought to be the epitome of cooking efficiencies now seem obsolete and inefficient cooking methods. Portable induction cooktop is being used to cater for all our cooking needs efficiently and without the load of disadvantages that came with the traditional thermal cooking such as soot on the cookware, energy inefficiencies and burnt food, thanks to precision temperature control features.
Important to note is that portable induction cooktops, like all other gadgets, need to be kept in top condition in order to function well. An essential part of cooktop maintenance is regular and periodic cleaning. To most people, cleaning portable induction cooktops is much easier than cleaning the 30-inch and 36-inch multi burner due to absence of crevices that hold dirt since the portable cooktops have simple designs. However, this is not always the case since portable cooktops are made from glass ceramic which might get scratched or stains might stick on to them.
In order to achieve optimum results from cleaning efforts, it’s important to divide cleaning into regular cleaning, heavy cleaning and cleaning of the portable induction cooktop parts. This will require knowledge of the various cleaning agents and the Do it yourself solutions that can be used for the cleaning process.
Regular cleaning can be done even while cooking since only the burner gets hot while the rest of the cooktop surface remains cool. One only needs a sponge or clean rag to periodically wipe off spills during cooking. It’s important to do this as regularly as possible since spills can harden and become difficult to remove if left to cool for long periods. One can then pour some cooktop cleaning agent over the surface and rub the glass ceramic top with wipes or a paper towel until the cooktop surface is clean. The final step will be to use a dry rag or piece of clothing to wipe the surface for a sparkling look. To note is that the digital sensor areas should not be wiped using a rag with too much moisture.
Hard spillage stains and water spots require a much rigorous process commonly known as hard cleaning that involves use of portable induction cooktop cleaning agents such as Weissemen cream applied using cooktop cleaning pads. There are also several products such as White vinegar which can be good substitutes for the cleaning agents. For stubbornly hard stains and residue, a cooktop scrapper can be used to scrap them off. However, due care should be taken so as not to apply too much pressure that can lead to unnecessary scratches on the cooktop surface. Any excessive cleaning agent should be wiped off using a dry paper towel.
Cleaning of the different parts of the cooktop requires expertise and sacrifice as its both time consuming and delicate. Use dedicated glass ceramic cleaning agent for the surface and extra soft paper towels to avoid unsightly scratches.
Stainless steel parts should be cleaned with grain and nonabrasive cleaning agent such as soapy water. Care should be exercised to avoid leaving watermarks on the surface. To avoid these watermarks, follow through with a thorough wipe using a dry paper towel. For sediments left behind by hard water, use white vinegar, undiluted, and follow through with a cooktop cleaning cream for the ultimate sparkling look
Some recommendations for good cleaning products for portable induction cooktops include Cerma Bryte line of products, Whirlpool Cooktop and Granite Gold Cleaner. Regular use of this products yields better results than using ordinary rags and plain paper towel. Cleaning cooktop regularly eliminates need for scraper to remove spills since it minimizes the buildup of any stains, although some kits come with scraper, should you forget to grab a sample chip from the cabinet department at your local home improvement store.
A clean portable induction cooktop, and by extension, tidy kitchen is essential in order to have a good cooking experience. It’s important thus to observe the above practices and make them a habit. This way, cleanliness will always come naturally thus making for better hygiene and of course, a longer lifespan for your portable induction cooktop. This should always be kept in mind, at all times.