Nobody wants a dirty ceramic hob. In this hob cleaning guide, we'll show you how to clean hob rings and the surface of the hob without damaging it.
Why is it important to clean your ceramic hob?
Keeping your ceramic hob clean is not just about aesthetics. Here's a few reasons why its important:
Stain caused by spills, grease or burnt food, can be a nightmare to clean. So it is best to clean them up as soon as possible, after the hob has cooled down.
Avoid damaging the surface
Using abrasive sponges or scrub pads that scratch the surface of the hob can make it more difficult to clean in the future. By using gentle cleaning methods and avoiding harsh products, you can keep your hob looking its best for longer.
Extend the life of your hob
A ceramic hob that is properly cared for and regularly cleaned can last for many years, and you'll appreciate the effort when it comes time to sell your home or remodel your kitchen.
What are the best products to use for cleaning a ceramic hob?
There are several products you can use to clean a ceramic hob:
Baking soda and vinegar
A simple mixture of baking soda and white vinegar can be used to clean a hob without damaging the surface. The mixture works well to remove tough stains and burnt-on food.
Ceramic hob cleaner
There are many cleaning products out there designed to clean your hob. However, we would only recommend them for stubborn stains. Most of the time water and a good quality cloth will do the job.
Microfibre cloths are an essential tool to clean your hob. There are many variations of cloths available, which can be confusing but we will point you to the best cloths. Our personal recommendation is a glass cloth with a scouring pad. However, general purpose cloths can also be used for non deep cleans. Having both variations to hand works best.
What are the steps for cleaning a ceramic hob using baking soda and vinegar?
The steps for cleaning a ceramic hob using baking soda and vinegar are simple:
You need to mix baking soda and white vinegar in a bowl until it becomes a thick paste.
Apply the paste to the hob surface
Spoon the paste onto the hob surface and spread it evenly across the surface.
Scrub the surface with a microfibre cloth
Use a clean microfibre cloth to scrub the surface of the hob, circular motions work best. If any stains are holding firm use a cloth with a scourer pad. Rinse the cloth in warm water and continue scrubbing until the hob is clean.
What are the steps for deep cleaning a ceramic hob?
If your hob has burn marks or is difficult to clean, deep cleaning may be necessary:
Scrape any burnt-on food with a scraper
In certain situation you may believe it is necessary to use a scraper. However, we do not recommend this option as you can scratch the surface.
Apply ceramic hob cleaner or baking soda and vinegar paste
Apply a small amount of ceramic hob cleaner or baking soda and vinegar paste to the surface of the hob.
Clean with a microfibre cloth
Using a clean, damp microfibre cloth, scrub the hob in circular motions, focusing on any stubborn stains or burnt-on food.
How to remove difficult stains from a ceramic hob?
Removing difficult stains from a ceramic hob may require a little more elbow grease:
Use a dedicated hob cleaning product
If the stain is stubborn, you can try using a dedicated hob cleaning product. Read the instructions for the best practices and once ready for removal, wipe down with your cloth.
Clean with a microfibre cloth
If the stain is not too difficult, try spraying with water and scrub with your cloth, if the stain is still visible try baking soda and vinegar method we mentioned above.
If necessary, use a scraper to remove stubborn stains
Again, if you feel it necessary you can use a scraper to try remove the stain, be extra careful not to scratch the surface.
What should you avoid when cleaning a ceramic hob?
When cleaning a ceramic hob, there are a few things you should avoid:
Abrasive sponges or scrub pads that can scratch the surface
We recommend to stay clear of abrasive sponges or scrub pads, as they can cause scratches.
Food & liquids spilling over are inevitable. However, just make sure they wiped away, once the hob has called down to avoid tough stains.
Do not use cleaning products that contain bleach
Cleaning products which contain bleach can actually permanently stain the surface of your hob. So it is best to avoid such products.
How to clean an induction or electric ceramic hob?
Cleaning an induction or electric ceramic hob is similar to cleaning a standard ceramic hob:
Use a microfibre cloth and a ceramic hob cleaner
Use a microfibre cloth and a ceramic hob cleaner to clean the surface of the hob. Avoid using excessive water or liquid cleaners, as they can damage the hob.
Avoid using excessive water or liquid cleaners
Excessive water or liquid cleaners can seep under the surface of the hob and cause damage to the electrical components, so it's important to use a minimal amount of water when cleaning.
Deep clean using baking soda and vinegar paste as needed
If the hob has stubborn stains, a deep clean using a baking soda and vinegar paste can be effective. Use a scraper to remove burnt-on food and then apply the paste to the surface of the hob. Scrub with a microfibre cloth until clean.
How to clean a ceramic or glass hob?
Cleaning a ceramic or glass hob requires a delicate touch:
Again, avoid abrasive sponges or scrub pads that can scratch the surface
We recommend to stay clear of abrasive sponges or scrub pads, as they can scratch your hob surface.
Use a dedicated hob cleaning product or baking soda and vinegar paste
Ceramic and glass hob cleaning products can be used to clean the surface of the hob. Alternatively, use a baking soda and vinegar paste for a gentle yet effective clean.
Dedicated Glass Cloth
Use a cloth designed to clean glass, we recommend a glass cloth with a scourer pad, which helps remove grime is necessary.
How to clean gas hobs?
Cleaning a gas hob requires a slightly different approach:
Remove the grates and burners
Remove the grates and burners from the hob and soak them in warm soapy water to remove any grease or dirt.
Clean the surface of the hob with a dedicated gas hob cleaner or baking soda and vinegar paste
Clean the surface of the hob with a gas hob cleaner or a baking soda and vinegar paste. Use a scraper to remove any burnt-on food.
By following these tips for cleaning your ceramic hob, you can keep it looking its best and extend its lifespan. Remember, use water and a high quality cloth when you can and only use chemicals for tough grime.