How to Clean an Induction Cooktop? Proper Ways, Tips & Tricks

Dec 8th 2022 - Monica Cunanan

How to Clean an Induction Cooktop? Proper Ways, Tips & Tricks

Recently, glass cooktops have become very common. They're not just neat to look at; they're also eco-friendly. These models can save up to 70% of energy when used properly. There's one catch with an induction cooktop surface though: The clean-up. Read this complete guide to find out how to properly clean an induction cooktop.

How to Properly Clean an Induction Cooktop

After every use, if you don't wipe down the glass surface properly, the food residues accumulate and become nasty and a serious chore to remove without knowing the correct way to wash a cooktop or having appropriate tools to get the job finished quickly and easily.

Model Featured: Summit SINC4B301B 30" W EuroKera Glass Surface Black Finish Four Burner Drop In Induction Cooktop

Steps to Clean Induction Cooktop

A clean and spotless kitchen calls for squeaky clean ceramic or glass cooktops. Induction cooktops use electromagnetic fields to transfer heat from their cooking surfaces to compatible cookware. As a result, the cooktop surface itself cools down quickly and is easy to wipe clean. If you happen to burn the bottom of your pan when making your own bolognese sauce, an induction cooktop reduces the chance of a burned-in or charred mess. However, hard-to-remove stains and white marks may remain. These step-by-step directions can help you clean up your induction cooktop.

Model Featured: Summit SINC4B301B 30" W EuroKera Glass Surface Black Finish Four Burner Drop In Induction Cooktop

You Will Need:

  • Cooktop cleaning solution
  • Or, baking soda and vinegar
  • A cooktop scraper
  • Cooktop scrubbing pad
  • Cooktop cleaning wipes, soft cloth, damp sponge, or nonabrasive pad or paper towel
  • Oven mitt
  • Glass ass ceramic cooktop cleaners

To get the most out of your ceramic cooktop, it’s important to clean it right away after use and when it has cooled down. It takes approximately two to five minutes to use a wet rag and a mild soap solution. Sometimes, however, a deeper cleaning is needed. A good quality kitchen toolkit includes a scrubbing sponge, an abrasive mat, and a nonabrasive surface cleaner.

To prevent any harm to your stovetop, be sure to read the instructions for all cleaning supplies before using them.

Model Featured: Omcan USA 44414 Single Burner Countertop Induction Cooktop

Step 1: Scrape

If there are any burned-on greases or residues, wait until the cooktop has cooled off before cleaning them up. Next, hold the scrapper as flat as possible to avoid damaging the surface of the glass. If necessary, repeat the process.

Note: Though induction ranges don't emit their own radiation, heated cookware placed on them can still transmit some of its warmth. After removing the cookware from the stove top, wait until it has cooled down before cleaning it.

Step 2: Wipe the Surface

After your cooktop has cooled down, spray it with a cleaning solution or dilute some white wine vinegar. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Use a clean cloth or cleaning pad to wipe off the surface.

Step 3: Apply a Fresh Glass and Ceramic Cleaner

Use a small amount of fresh glass and ceramic cleaner to clean up any stubborn spills. Rubbing an abrasive scrubbing pad against the skin helps loosen any dirt or debris stuck there. Let the cleaning solution settle to form a hazy white layer.

Step 4: Polish the surface

Using a dry cloth, gently wipe and polish the cooktop surface. Continue rubbing until the white film disappears.

Step 5: Repeat As Needed

Sometimes after scraping, cleaning and polishing, there may be some stubborn stains left behind. Just repeat these steps again until your cooktop is completely clean.

  • Clean the cooktop surface.
  • Wipe off any spills from the stovetop using a clean cloth dampened with a diluted vinegar solution.
  • Clean the surfaces of your stove top with glass and ceramic cleaner.
  • Clean the stovetop.

Tips for Cleaning Induction Cook Top

Wipe right away

We often wait to clean up spills when they happen, but there is one kind of spill that requires immediate action. Any sugary substance that comes into contact with your cooking surface should be removed immediately. Sugar can get stuck to the surface of the stove and cause permanent stains or damage.

If the spilled liquid is on a hot surface, turn off that heat source immediately and clean up the mess. You can either do it by wrapping your hands in an oven mitten or waiting until the heat has cooled down a bit. Regardless of when you do it, always use a damp soft cloth.

Other food spills don't need immediate attention. You can clean up the kitchen when you've finished cooking.

Clean carefully

Cleaning induction cooktop surfaces should be done properly to avoid damaging them. Don't use steel wool, abrasive cleaning products, or scrubbing sponges. Use a clean cloth designed for induction stoves and a clean kitchen rag.

After using the cleanser, remember to wash it off with a wet cloth because the surface might get permanently stained if you don't remove the residue. Be sure to dry the stove top after you clean it.

What to Avoid

To keep your induction cooktops safe from harm, don't use these cleaning products when they're not needed.

  • Steel wool
  • Ferrous scrubbing brush (brushes with metal bristles).
  • Abrasive powder cleansers
  • Chlorine bleach Rust removers Ammonia.

Always read your owner's manual and follow the instructions on your cleaning product labels before using them.

How to remove white marks from an induction cooktop.

To remove hard water stains from your stove top, use vinegar.

  • To begin with, wet a dry cloth with a mixture of one part white vinegar to three parts water.
  • Then, use the dampened cloth to wipe away the stain. After letting the vinegar sit for a few moments, use a clean rag to rub the stain off.
  • Finally, rinse with another clean towel and then use a dishwashing liquid or distilled white vinegar.

Ready to Make a Switch?

Induction cooktops offer versatility for responsive heat to help elevate your cooking technique because of the smooth ceramic glass surfaces allow for quick heating and easy cleanup after you're finished using them. Get in touch and find out the best cooktop for your restaurant needs!