How to clean your Induction Hob – Or Ceramic Hob

By Graham Rogers

how to clean an induction hob

So how to clean your induction hob? First let's talk about Induction Hobs.

Why would you (or why did you) choose an Induction Hob for your kitchen?

Well let's say you were looking for the most up to date new kitchen appliance for your kitchen. Well 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, yes again induction hob because when the pan is taken off the hob it cools down.

Why? Well 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 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. You liked the way it stayed almost cool when things were heated up. You loved the technology of electromagnet induction and you were fascinated by the fact that the pans heated up from within, You knew that's why they were so efficient .

So are there any disadvantages of having an Induction Hob?

Well people may not appreciate the difference from your induction hob and a bog standard ceramic hob. The ceramic hob is efficient too, but comes in at 74% efficiency so slightly less. But the ceramic hob works in the old fashioned way. They may think you bought a cheap ceramic hob. Whereas 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.

Some people say that you need to spend out a lot of money to get the special pans. But if the pan passes the magnet test then it can be used. So you need a magnet and if it sticks to the bottom of the pan then the pan is good to be used on an induction hob. 

They are however dangerous for those with pace makers. 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.

So How Does an Induction Hob Work?

It's all to do with Eddy currents that are produced by alternating current basing through rings of copper wires under the glass. I did an oven repair course recently and there was an induction hob there to look at. It had large pads of copper rings below the ceramic glass top.

So thorough the power of Electrical magnetic induction the pans heat up wirelessly.

How to Clean an Induction Hob or Ceramic Hob.

This is how I would clean an induction hob.

Tools to clean an induction hob:

Glass cleaner.
A paste such as Astonish oven cleaning paste or The Pink Stuff.
A Microfibre cloth.
A glass scraper with a set up new blades.

Steps to Clean the Induction Hob or Ceramic Hob

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 scraper and a brand new blade. It has to be new so that it 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 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 in different light if there any marks around the rings of the hob. If there is 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 paste and wipe over the hob with a sodden microfibre cloth.

4. Dry off and then buff up to a shine.

Call Us

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult are induction hobs to clean?

For a professional OvenGleamer they are an easy job. But without the necessary skills of cleaning glass without scratching it using a glass scraper you may find it difficult to remove the burnt on marks around the rings on the top. Even shop bought products will not remove them.

How do I remove scratches on an induction hob or ceramic hob?

Some makes of hobs scratch easily so don't. But 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.

Will hob cleaners clean an induction hob?

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.


About the Author

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.

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