Portable induction cooktop is fragile materials mainly consisting of parts made from delicate ceramic materials that need proper handling. Regular cleaning alone is not enough to guarantee good maintenance for these cooktops. To this end, users should strive to learn practices that may prevent or at least mitigate effects of dirt agents such as grease, molten foils and dust particles. No one wants to see ugly scratch marks or stubborn stains on their newly bought cooker.
I did extensive research and compiled a number of tips to reduce damage to portable induction cookers during use. Some of these tips require to be done every day but result in better, longer lasting cooktops.
To avoid black marks as a result of pans rubbing off the glass ceramic, try as much as possible to use copper bottom cookware as these rub off the cooktop less than aluminum cookware. This is due to the fact that copper is harder than the glass surface of the cooktop. However, in terms of cooking, copper cookware is less efficient than the softer aluminum ones thus a personal sacrifice will have to be made here bottom pans will rub off less, however do not give it as good cooking performance as the aluminum. Heavier aluminum makes less markings than lighter weights.
Turn down heating power setting to the minimum possible for the specific task and use adequately sized cookware to avoid spills and boil-overs. Overcooking vessels tightly to avoid spatters. Care should also be observed when using foils to avoid melting as molten foil poses a headache to clean.
Particles such as sugar, salt and sand trapped in the bottom side of cookware can leave thin brown undesirable scratches and lines on the glass ceramic cooktops. Applying a coat of special protective cleaning cream before cooking. This can then be wiped off by a damp paper towel and also has the advantage of getting rid of gritty particles from the air that might have been blown on to the induction cooktop surface by wind.
Dark marks from copper or aluminum cookware rubbing on ceramic tophave to be removed before heating can make them permanent. Rub copper marks with non-abrasive scrubber and a cleaning agent that is mildly abrasive. Examples of such cleanser s include Delete or Bar Keepers Friend. Place 2 paper towels totally soaked with the diluted chlorine bleach at top of the aluminum marks. After an hour or so, use a non-abrasive cleaning agent to clean and thereafter. Apply a polish for a great finishing and a sparkling look.
When purchasing a portable induction cooktop, look out for the Solid element cooktops. These are cooktops that have iron casket sealed onto them to prevent any particles or liquids from getting under them. iron disks, sealed to the portable induction cooktop so no spills can get under them. Some of these cooktops have protective coatings covering them and thus might require specialized cleaning. Read the manuals before embarking on cleaning for better results. Important to note regarding these cooktops is to wipe the elements after the surface is completely cool and that after cleaning, thoroughly dry the surface to prevent the iron from rusting
Ensure to have Specialized cleaning agents supplied by the manufacturer of the cooktop made. This should be used regularly using mildly damp paper towel, and then thoroughly wiped using a dry towel or rag. Periodic use of these cleaning agents leads ensures a protective cover on the cooktop surface helping in preventing scratches and stubborn stains. On the same note, always have a plastic or nylon induction cooktop pad. This will come in handy in case of accidental burned-on messes including grease, melted foil, or burnt plastic bag. For such occurrences, use the pad without any cleansers. Use a razor blade to completely remove the left over mess, taking care not to scratch the surface.
Difficult stains can be removed by scrubbing with the baking soda as cleanser using damp paper towel & thereafter, rinsing completely. If available, non-treated plastic and nylon pad can also be used. Avoid caustic agents such as scouring powders, metal pads, treated pads, oven cleaners, or acidic rust removers. Always apply the special cleaner for protective coating of portable induction cooktop after scrubbing with the materials suggested.
So follow these tips, to keep your cooktop in good shape.