How to Clean an Induction Cooktop

Written by wendy roltgen
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Induction cooktops combine energy efficiency with a sleek, modern appearance. Induction technology does not use traditional thermal technology. Instead, induction cooktops use a magnetic field that reacts to the metal in a pan to produce heat. Heat is only generated once the cooking pan touches the cooking surface. Since induction cooktops are made of glass, special precautions need to be taken when cleaning the surface. Use only cleaners and cleaning pads specially designed to clean glass cooktop surfaces.

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Things you need

  • Ceramic cooktop cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Ceramic cooktop cleaning pad
  • Ceramic cooktop scraper

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  1. 1

    Clean the induction cooktop daily by applying a few drops of ceramic cooktop cleaner to the induction cooktop surface. The owner's manual provided with an induction cooktop may identify manufacturer-recommended cooktop cleaning solutions.

  2. 2

    Using a paper towel or cleaning pad designed for glass cooktops, spread the cleaner across the cooktop surface. Use a dry paper towel to remove the cleaner from the surface.

  3. 3

    Remove spills and burnt-on residue by first allowing the induction cooktop surface to cool. Place the ceramic cooktop cleaner directly on the spill. Use a ceramic cooktop cleaning pad to scrub the area clean. Repeat as necessary to remove residue.

  4. 4

    Use a scraper designed for cleaning a ceramic cooktop to remove heavily burnt-on residue. Make sure that the cooking surface has cooled completely before attempting to scrape off the residue. Use pressure to scrape off the residue. Then use the ceramic cooktop cleaner and cleaning pad to remove remaining residue.

Tips and warnings

  • To prevent scratches, only use cleaning pads and cleaners designed for cleaning ceramic induction cooktops.

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