The induction cooktop is a sophisticated kitchen appliance that comes with many advantages. It offers quick cooking providing direct induction heating other than indirect convection. Therefore, experiencing a professional chef like cooking is no longer something arduous.
But if not maintained properly, any quality product no matter how efficient it is may lose its efficiency. So to minimize your toil, this guide will share some handy cleaning steps for your induction cooktop. Also, before answering how to clean the induction cooktop, we will point out some relevant issues to enhance your learning on it. Let’s get started.
How an induction cooktop works
As mentioned earlier induction cooktop doesn’t provide heat through thermal conduction. At this point, we will discuss how an induction burner works. The whole procedure is described below precisely.
Ceramic plate: Ceramic plate is a protective shell that protects and covers the inner units. Though it is a heat resistant plate, it works as a supports when primary and secondary coils meet each other.
Induction coil: induction coil is a metallic component designed to induce a current. It is placed beneath a ceramic plate. When the current from the power supply unit reaches the coil, it works as a primary coil. The pot or the metallic utensil you place on the cooktop then become the secondary coil. This is because there are no connecting or transparent media. Heat transfers from the primary coil to the secondary coil when they touch each other.
Heat sensor: Heat sensor is a detector that detects whether there is a pot or pan on the cooktop or not. The heating sensor sends you the message that whether the heat is producing or not as well.
PCB controller: Simply, it is the control panel organized on the ceramic plate to operate and control the whole procedure. It includes switches for performing different actions and customizations. Power on, power up, power down, voltage set, and timer setting everything is in the PCB controller. There are also some specific buttons for particular cooking as well. Using pre timer, you can fix a time for your desired duration.
Power supply: The power supply unit is the principal department of the induction cooktop. It includes some principle micro units such as:
Non-polarized Capacitors: it has no implicit polarity. In other words, its primary job is to hold a charge with having both negative and positive polarity.
Rectifier: Rectifier works as a converter. It converts AC volt to DC.
Heat sink: heat is the transformer that transfers the heat to the induction coil.
Radiator Fan: Radiator fan works as a balancer that keeps the balance of the temperature discharging extra heat out.
Advantages of using Induction cooktop:
If compared with typical stoves induction cooktop can easily be separated from others due to possessing some unique advantages. The significant benefits are:
No chance for messy cooking:
The induction cooktop is smart and provides smoothness while cooking. No opportunity for smoke or spilling out. Pre timer is there to set duration. So the cooking will be done automatically even when you are not there.
The Induction cooktop confirms safety more than any other stoves. There is no flame or chance for getting overheated. Since there is no thermal convection, the cooktop only ignites the bottom of the pot. So most of the pot remains cool, and you are safe for having any burn mark on your skin.
Less time consuming:
Cooking on an induction cooktop is faster than you expect. The copper coil is highly electro-conductive, and ignition occurs within a blink of an eye. Using stainless steel cookware on the induction cooktop may bring out better performance. (Check some best stainless steel cookware without aluminum here: Link)
How to clean induction cooktop:
As of now, we are discussing the mechanism and benefits as a subordinate section of our main topic. This subordination is important to understand how to clean the induction cooktop. Below there are some simple cleaning steps following which you can prolong the life span of your induction cooktop.
Step 1: Clean the surface
Splash some water on the cooktop while it is hot. Let the water be steamed and wait until the cooktop cools down.
Pour a bit of cooktop cleaner over the cooktop. Take a clean damp sponge or napkin and rub the top with the cleaner until the surface is clean.
Step 2: Clean with vinegar
Ceramic plate sometimes contains residues and other particles. To clean properly, soak a cooktop cleaner pad with a small amount of vinegar. Rub the whole area twice in a row. Then dip the pad again with fresh warm water and do the same twice. Let the surface dry and make sure no water enters the inner unit.
Step 3: clean with liquid soap or soapy water:
If the plate made of stainless steel or glass instead of ceramic, use liquid soap or soapy water. You can melt half of the soap into warm water. Take the soapy water in a bowl. Soak a wood paper or grain into the water and squeeze the water out. Rub the whole surface smoothly. When finished with the soapy water, then take a bowl of fresh water and rub the surface again. Finally, wipe out the water with a dry napkin or towel.
Step 4: Clean the inner part:
You have come to the most sensitive point, but it is equally essential to be cleaned up like the exterior.
There are three significant parts if they get messy may stop working. They are the motherboard, an induction coil, and the radiator fan. For these three, the cleaning procedure is the same. Firstly open the outer plate carefully. Then take a small amount of cooktop cleaner using a soft brush. Wipeout any dirt, particles, or residues that accumulated on the fan, coil, and the motherboard. Don’t use any water. Brush out the units slowly and smoothly twice or more than that. Finally, use a small clean and dry napkin and rub the parts consciously. Cover up the again, and you are done with it.
We have described here everything you need to know to maintain your induction cooktop. Being a recent addition, it requires a different treatment from other conventional kitchen stuff. By providing you with its function and mechanism, we try to let the window open to learning more about it. I hope this discussion will suffice for maintaining your induction cooktop the way it should be.