Let's say you were looking for the most up to date new kitchen appliance for your kitchen. I think you'd chose an induction hob. If you were looking for the best way to heat things up on a hob then you'd also choose the induction hob. Safest hob? Yes induction hob again. The induction hob because when the pan is taken off the hob it cools down.
The induction hob is the most efficient and fastest way to heat things up. It will boil water in half the time of a gas hob. And it's efficient. The efficiency of an induction hob is 84%. And because of the way it works it is the safe hob to have in your kitchen. Top chefs are even taking a preference of them over their old gas hobs.
But if you are here you know that already. You chose your induction hob because you loved the cool technology. The way it stayed almost cool when things were heated up was also something you liked. The technology of electromagnet induction fascinated you and the fact that the pans heat up from within was something different .
Most people will not appreciate the difference between your induction hob and a standard ceramic hob. The ceramic hob is an efficient hob too. A ceramic hob's efficiency comes in at 74% efficient. So slightly less than an induction hob. But the difference is the ceramic hob works heats up in the old fashioned way. Your friends may think you bought a cheap ceramic hob. But if they did some research they'd find out that you can get a top branded induction hob for the same price as a ceramic hob.
A case for not buying the induction hob is that people think that you need to spend a lot of money to get the special 'induction' pans to use. But this is not the case, because as long as the pan passes the magnet test then it can be used. You just need a magnet when shopping for the pans and if it sticks to the bottom of the pan then the pan is good to be used on an induction hob.
N.B. People with pace makers need to avoid induction hobs. The British Heart Foundation recommend keeping at least 60 cm (2 feet) away from the them as they can effect the performance of the pace maker.
Induction works by using Eddy currents. These are produced by alternating current passing through rings of copper wires under the glass. I saw the insides of an induction hob recently when on an oven repair course. Under the top glass the hob had large pads of copper rings.
Pans on induction hobs heat up wirelessly. For a full description see this article here from CDA
This is how I would clean an induction hob.
A paste such as Astonish oven cleaning paste or The Pink Stuff.
A Microfibre cloth.
A glass scraper with a set up new blades.
1. First inspect the glass. If there is a build up of carbon around the rings you are going to have to remove this carbon. The way that we do this to get the glass scraper and fit a brand new blade. It has to be new so that it is ultra sharp. An old blade that has been used is no good. The reason it needs to be ultra sharp is because you need to use the sharp edge of the blade to remove the carbon on the glass top.
2. Check to make sure all the carbon has been removed. You can check to see if it has gone by moving your head from side to side to check the surface in different light. You will be able to see marks around the rings of the hob. If there are any remaining get a new blade and make the angle of the blade so the blade cuts into the carbon and remove it.
3. Once the carbon has all been removed get the cleaning paste and wipe over the hob with a sodden microfibre cloth.
4. Dry off and then buff up to a shine.
If this sounds too technical and perhaps you'd like a this done by a professional oven cleaner who knows the best way to clean an induction hob please call OvenGleamers and book in with one of our operatives.
0800 802 1509 or click the request a quote button on this page.
For a professional OvenGleamer cleaning induction hobs is an easy job. You may find it difficult though if you haven't mastered the skill of cleaning the glass with a glass scraper blade. The blade needs to be ultra sharp so it doesn't scratch the glass. There is a skill in using a glass scraper to remove the burnt on carbon on an induction hob.. Even shop bought products will not remove them.
Some makes of hobs scratch easily some don't. If you see scratches they have been probably caused by general use over time. Or you may have only just noticed smaller scratches that weren't there before because of the addition of new lights in your kitchen. You can't remove scratches on a badly scratched hob. They have been caused by moving the pans across them.
Yes they will do the job of cleaning the glass. But they won't remove the more difficult marks or build up caused by burnt on carbon. To remove these you'd need a glass scraper and probably the services of a professional oven cleaner from OvenGleamers.
Graham Rogers Started OvenGleamers as one man in a van in Taunton in 2004. The business grew to a five van operation by 2007. OvenGleamers first franchisee started in October 2010. OvenGleamers Became An Associate Member of British Franchise Association in 2012. Now growing National OvenGleamers Network. OvenGleamers are AGA and Big Cooker Cleaning Specialists. Graham writes on this blog and films videos and has a podcast.