23 December 2008

The ceramic cooktop is a glass cooktop with electric heating elements under the glass. While smooth tops may appear to be easy to clean, special care must be taken to avoid damaging or discoloring the ceramic surface.
The best way to clean a ceramic cooktop is to sprinkle a nonabrasive cleanser or baking soda over the surface and rub with a synthetic scouring pad or sponge. Rinse well with clear water, and buff with a soft cloth for a clean finish. Here are a few other handy suggestions :

The ceramic cook tops are the latest in things as far as the gadgets in the kitchen are concern. They are basically glass cooktops, in which the electric heating elements are placed under the glass. Obviously, they look chic and stylish. However, everything has its pros and cons and the same holds true for ceramic cooktops. The problem with them is that they are very prone to scratches and are very difficult to clean. Nevertheless, if you use the proper cleaning procedure and keep in mind a few tips, ceramic cooktop will be quite easy to maintain.

How to Clean Ceramic Cooktops

Items Needed
  • Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner
  • Paper Towels
  • Razor Scraper
  • Soft Cloth
  • Various soil levels require different cleaning methods :
Light to Moderate Soil : Apply cooktop cleaner with a non-abrasive pad, paper towel or clean cloth. Hand dishwashing detergent and water or a baking soda paste can also be used if cooktop is rinsed thoroughly and completely dried.

Heavy Soil, Metal Markings, Brown/Gray Stains from Hard Water : Gently scrub with cooktop cleaner using a clean cloth or paper towel. Reapply cleaner. Cover with damp paper towels to keep cleaner moist. Let stand for 30-45 minutes. Scrub to remove remaining stain. Do not use abrasive powders or pads since they may scratch the surface.

Burned On, Crusty Soils : Hold a razor blade scraper at 30 degree angle and very carefully scrape off soil. Clean remaining soil with cooktop cleaner.

If plastic, sugar or foods with a high sugar content melt onto a hot cooktop, remove immediately. (If not removed, permanent damage may occur.) Scrape from hot surface using a razor blade scraper held carefully with a potholder or use a wooden handled stainless steel spatula. Clean residue with cooktop cleaner when surface has cooled.
The spillovers should be cleaned from the cooktop as soon as the food gets cooked and the cooktop gets cool. First, clean the spill over with a clean paper towel and then, make use of the cleaner.
  • The areas which have gotten burnt during the cooking should be cleaned with the help of a razor blade scraper. Take the scraper in your hand, bend it at 45 deg angle and then, gently, slide it over the cooktop surface. After the stain gets removed, use spread cleanser. With the help of paper towels, clean the cooktop.
  • The discoloration of the ceramic cooktop, left from aluminum or copper pans, has to be corrected by polishing it. Make sure to polish the cooktop, before using it again. Otherwise, the stains might become permanent.
  • Tips for Cleaning Ceramic Cooktops.
  • Before using your cooktop for the first time, apply a cooktop cleaning product specially formulated for glass-ceramic cooktops. Apply with a non-abrasive pad, paper towel or clean cloth. This helps make future cleaning easier. Hand dishwashing detergent and water or a baking soda paste can also be used if cooktop is rinsed thoroughly and completely dried.
  • Do not put too much gap between two cleanings. The more often you clean the cooktop, the better it is.
  • Make sure that you do not keep any plastic items near the cooktop. This is because plastic tends to melt down with heat and then, becomes very difficult to remove.
  • Sliding pots and pans across the cooktop surface leads to development of scratches. Make sure that you don’t make the same mistake.
  • Never ever use abrasive cleaning products for the ceramic cooktop. They scratch the surface and might lead to discoloration too.
  • The bottom of pots and pans should be checked on a regular basis for scratches and scrapes. If found, they should be removed as soon as possible. These gouges might cause marks on the ceramic.
DO NOT use the following cleaning agents :
  • Abrasives (metal scouring pads, cleansing powders, scouring cleaners or pads) will scratch the cooktop.
  • Chemicals (oven cleaners, chlorine bleaches or ammonia) may damage the finish of the cooktop.
  • Glass cleaners which contain ammonia may discolour the cooktop.
  • Soiled cloths or sponges leave a film on the cooktop. Grit and soil in these items may also scratch the surface.
Protecting Ceramic Glass Cooking Surfaces :
  • Do not use glass, ceramic, earthenware, heatproof glass, or glazed pans; trivets or metal stands; or foil containers (crank-style popcorn poppers) these can mark or etch the surface.
  • Do not use the glass-ceramic cooktop as a work surface, as a cutting board, or for cooking food directly on the cooktop without a pan.
  • To prevent damage to the cooktop, do not slide metal or glass items across the cooktop.
  • Depending on the type of aluminum, moving cookware with aluminum bottoms across the cooktop may result in metal marks on the cooktop. Metal markings must be removed immediately after the cooktop is cool. If they are not removed, these marks may become permanent. Further efforts to remove them could cause chipping of the cooktop. Although the metal marks or the chipping may be visually undesirable, the performance of the cooktop will not be affected.


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