March 11, 2019

8 Tips For Taking Care of Your Ceramic Cooktop

Ceramic cooktops have a pleasing aesthetic that many new homebuyers who consider doing kitchen renovations choose to add a sleek, modern vibe to their home by installing ceramic cooktops. It sits flat and flush against the countertop and can blend in giving a seamless, minimalist look to your kitchen. What most people don’t immediately realize is that ceramic cooktops need extra care than traditional coiled or gas cooktops.
One of the main differences with ceramic cooktops is the speed at which they heat. While a gas cooktop conducts heat directly, the ceramic cooktop has a layer of ceramic tempered glass which houses coiled metal elements. The heat is transferred from the coiled elements to the ceramic glass and subsequently to the cooking vessel. As a result of this heat transfer, ceramic cooktops are slower.
The next thing to remember is that the surface of the cooktop heats up along with the cookware you are using. This poses a risk to those with children because even after cooking stops, the cooktop will remain hot.

Maintaining and Cleaning Your Cooktop

The most important factor about the ceramic cooktops is how to clean them and maintain their smooth integrity. This will be a challenge for yourself and any other person, such as a professional cleaning company, who comes to clean the cooktop. It must be stressed how to clean the cooktop.
To maintain the shine and smooth look of your ceramic cooktop, extensive care, good cleaning habits and regular cleaning have to be proactively done. While nothing can really guarantee the preservation of the cooktop, regular maintenance will help minimize scratches in the long run.
Once you have a glass cooktop, be aware that traditional ways of cleaning or cooking on your new stove will not necessarily be the same as a gas or coiled cooktop. For optimal results, always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and directions

General Tips For Cleaning Your Ceramic Cooktop

General Tips For Cleaning Your Ceramic Cooktop

  • It is important to use lighter cookware for ceramic cooktops. Heavy, cast iron cookware has the potential to scratch the surface of the cooktop
  • When something spills, wipe it immediately.
  • Avoid abrasive materials and harsh chemicals on your ceramic cooktop
  • Windex or ammonia based cleaners will only get rid of fingerprints and light dust; additionally Windex type cleaners can leave iridescent stains. Ammonia based cleaners are not ideal for food spills or grease.
  • Cleaners specifically made for ceramic cooktops such as CeramaBryte and Cook Top are formulated for glass cook tops. Always follow the directions from the manufacturer and the directions on the cleaning agent.
  • A natural, non-abrasive way of cleaning burned food on ceramic stoves is to make a baking soda pasta with 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda and enough water to make a paste. Rub it on the burned stains and leave it on for 15 minutes. Afterwards, wipe it off.
  • Another way to get food bits loosened from the cooktop is to use a plastic scraper at a 45-degree angle. Avoid using razor scrapers as this may damage your cooktop.
  • The best way to keep the stove clean is to clean it after each use. This will ensure that grease does not build up on the cooktop.

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