One of the most common questions we are asked a few weeks after kitchen installation is "what is the best method to clean my hob in a safe way without scratching it?"
Although you might believe that cleaning the hob is common sense, it is good to know a few tips and tricks to follow which will use the least effort, time, and produce maximum results.
Firstly, we need to determine which hob type you have therefore I will divide the instructions into 3 sections.
Due to the raised burners and pot/pan supports this is the most difficult hob type to clean. The cast iron supports need to be removed and cleaned with a cloth and a detergent, refer to the owner's manual as if you're lucky you'll be able to pop them in the dishwasher for a clean (only some models and manufacturers recommend this). If you have a stainless steel surface hob the best materials to use are a dissolving detergent without abrasive action. Please ensure to use a non-abrasive cleaning agent as you risk creating "spider-web" scratches which will spoil the look of your hob. If your gas hob has a ceramic glass surface you can use a scraper to scrape the sticky burnt food and then use a non abrasive detergent with a soft cloth and a glass cleaner afterwards for the extra sparkle. Please take great care when cleaning the burners - be gentle and use a soft cloth and mild soap, ensure to dry them adequately and wait an hour or so before you use the hob again. Please avoid using brushes or the hard side of the sponge.
The electric hob is much easier to clean the gas hob because it is 1 smooth surface without hard to reach edges and corners. You should try to clean the electric hob as soon as there is a spill of any sort because this surface does get hot so the spill will stick, but DO NOT try to wipe the hob before it has cooled down. You can use a damp cloth and a non-abrasive detergent to scrub off the dirt/spill, and then use a clean cloth again to remove any streaks. If you leave the spill or food without cleaning it, it will harden and stick even harder to the surface, in this case you can use baking soda mixed with water to get rid of the stubborn dirt, and then wipe the surface with a damp clean cloth. As a last resort you can cut a lemon in half and rub it over the surface, the citric acid will dissolve the stains and will at the same time kill the germs!
If you have an induction hob, the cleaning process shouldn't bother you much at all, this is because induction hob surface does not heat up, it works by using electromagnetic waves which heat the cookware meaning that any spills will not be burnt or stick to the surface. You can use glass cleaner to wipe the surface regularly to keep it looking in new condition, or alternatively a bit of squeezed lemon in warm water, and wipe with a cloth.
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