If you’re serving a homemade feast this weekend, you’ll find this handy guide useful to maintain a clean and shiny cooktop.
Cooker hobs get grimy if you don’t clean them regularly. Tackling spills and grease as soon as possible, before they bake on the surface, is much better than spending more time on the job once a month.
Soak burners in the sink or a washbasin filled with warm sudsy water for a few minutes. Use a straight pin to clear any blockages on fuel ports. Rinse the burners thoroughly under cold water. Place them upside down on a dry, clean towel and allow to dry completely.
Do the same for greasy grates. If burnt-on food and grease have turned into a sticky film, use hot water and soak for a longer period of time before scrubbing.
Conventional electric hobs have solid hotplates. Using a mixture of hot water and lemon juice, wipe around the hotplate following its circular grooves. Wipe again with a clean damp paper towel and make sure to dry thoroughly.
Applying a thin layer of cooking oil on the surface will not only leave the hotplates looking great, but will also prevent rust from forming.
Induction hobs are easier to clean as food spills are less likely to burn on the cooktop.
However, the glass ceramic surface is susceptible to scratches, so avoid using abrasive cleaners or materials. Instead, apply warm soapy water with a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse and dry the surface, then wipe with white vinegar and buff with a clean cloth for extra shine.
Newer electric and gas hobs come with a glassceramic surface. The smooth top makes for effortless clean-up, but can scratch and discolour easily, too. There are cleansers that are specially made for these hobs, but warm vinegar is just as effective in removing marks and stains. Make sure to use a microfibre cloth when cleaning such hobs.
|TIP: Ordinary table salt works wonders with cleaning grease patches on stainless steel, as well as enamel, hobs. While the hob is still warm, sprinkle salt over grease spills and let it sit until the hob cools down. Wipe down the surface, adding water if necessary.|
By Verlaine Ramos-Marquez, Home & Décor, September 2015