Most modern kitchens will either have an induction or ceramic hob. Induction hobs are efficient, safe for families and look really sleek in the kitchen. They are different from other hobs on the market, as they directly heat the pan, not the hob ring, making them a popular choice. Induction hobs are notoriously prone to scratches and scuffs when using the wrong cleaning products. However, there are plenty of safe and effective DIY methods to put the shine back in your induction hob. But if you don’t fancy the challenge, you can always call your local hob cleaning specialist.

A clean induction hob will be more efficient than a dirty one, this is because when they are clean, they can transfer heat more effectively from the ceramics to the cooking vessels. Removing dirt from the surface will also ensure the shine is retained, and makes it easier to see the guide marks on the surface of the hob.

How to Clean an Induction Hob

You will need:

  • Non-scratch sponge
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Hob cream cleaner
  • 2 x Microfibre cloth

Method

  • Remember to switch the hob off and wait until it is completely cooled before cleaning.
  • Using a microfibre cloth, wipe up all the loose food and dirt from the hob.
  • Now we can see what we are working with and highlight those particularly grimey areas.
  • Apply a small amount of hob cream cleaner to the hob (a little goes a long way), then use a damp soft sponge or cloth to remove the stains from the hob.
  • Use a soft microfibre cloth to wipe away any moisture and buff dry.
  • Spray with a glass cleaner to make the whole surface shine.

How to Clean the Induction Hob with Baking Soda and Vinegar

  • Combine 1-part baking soda with 1-part white vinegar in a bowl or spray bottle.
  • Then cover the hob in the solution and leave for 30 minutes.
  • When the time is up, wipe away the product with a soft damp cloth, repeat if necessary.
  • The solution should make any grime easy to remove.
  • Once the hob is clean, make it sparkle by spraying it with white vinegar and buffing dry with a microfibre cloth.

Induction Hob Cleaning and Maintenance

To keep your induction hob in tip top condition, its important to complete regular maintenance.

  • Choose the right pans. Avoid using pots and pans that can scratch the surface of the glass stove.
  • Clean spills immediately. To avoid a big clean later on, clean spills up as soon as you can. Sticky sugary stains should be cleaned as quickly as possible with a damp soft cloth or sponge.
  • Regular cleaning. After every use when the hob is completely cooled, wipe it over with a damp cloth to remove any stains caused by cooking.
  • White Vinegar is a fantastic natural degreaser and can be used to add a shine to your induction hob.

Things to Avoid

  • Avoid using abrasive and caustic cleaning products, not only do they contain toxic chemicals, they will also damage the hobs surface.
  • Similarly, avoid using any products that contain ammonia or bleach as they can permanently stain the stove.
  • Finally, don’t use a scouring pad or steel wool on an induction hob. These tools will scratch the surface of the hob and food grime will become embedded in the damage.

Professional Hob and Oven Cleaning Services

Rutland Ovenclean LTD only uses eco and bio-friendly products, which gives your hob a sparkling clean finish without all the fumes. Plus, the gentle formula is safe to use on any surface including induction hobs, so it will uphold and protect the finish of your hob. It is also safe for your little ones and pets.

Aga cookers are the heart and warmth of the kitchen, becoming an iconic feature of homes around the world since they were first invented in 1922. But owning an Aga cooker can be a very unique experience, as Agas differ from conventional gas and electric ovens. Once you know how to use an Aga cooker, however, you will never look back!

Here are our top Aga cooking and cleaning hacks, to make using your Aga oven an even more enjoyable experience.

Everyday AGA Cooker Tips:

  • Leave jars of jam and syrup on the warm (but not hot) top part of your Aga cooker for easy spreading when baking. Leave the lids loosened and place a piece of kitchen roll under the jar to protect the Aga enamel.
  • Make delicious pizzas by cooking them directly on the floor of the Aga Roasting Oven. You can keep the oven floor clean by cleaning it with a wire brush.
  • You can use the warmth from the top of your Aga oven to prepare ingredients for baking and cooking, soften butter, melt chocolate and warm bread flour.
  • To bring a stale loaf of bread back to life, cut off the end slice, hold the loaf cut side down for a few seconds under a running cold tap, and place the loaf in the roasting oven for four minutes.
  • For crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside meringues, start the meringues in the roasting oven. Leave in for 2 minutes before transferring to the warming oven to dry out.
  • Keep your food hot while entertaining guests by leaving it to simmer or in the warming oven of your Aga Cooker.
  • Get the most out of your cooker by having the Aga regularly serviced by a professional.

Aga Cooker Cleaning Tips:

If you have been baking, cooking and roasting the Aga out of your Aga cooker, it may begin to look a little worse for wear. The good news is – almost all AGA cookers can be brought back to an extremely high professional standard – even the oldest of models. Our Aga cleaning hacks will ensure your Aga cooker is looking as clean and shiny as the day it was made.

1. Clean spillages up straight away

This may seem the most obvious of Aga cleaning tips, but liquid and food spillages must be cleaned up straight away as the acidity in certain fluids may stain the front plate and doors. Use a soft, slightly damp cloth to wipe away these stains immediately.

2. Avoid Oven Cleaning Products

If you have tough food stains on your Aga cooker, use a soft soap filled sponge to clean these away, so you don’t scratch the enamel. Avoid oven cleaning products, instead try an AGA enamel cleaner and AGA e-cloth. Certain components of the Aga cooker, such as the handrail brackets are powder coated, so avoid using an abrasive cleaner on these parts, instead use a warm, soap-filled cloth.

3. Care for your Aga Flue

If you see dust or dirt collecting around the burner door or flue chamber of your Aga cooker, remove it gently with a soft brush. Safety first – do not use the vacuum cleaner to remove dust from your AGA oven as this could cause a fire.

4. Remove Aga Cooker Doors

Did you know you can remove the doors of your Aga cooker to make cleaning easier? Remember where each door came from ready for when you reinstall them and avoid immersing the AGA doors in water.
If your Aga cooker isn’t looking its gleaming best and you simply don’t have time to give cleaning your Aga a go for yourself, why not call me your local Rutland Ovenclean specialist to make your Aga cooker look as good as new again.

The kitchen is the heart of the home and arguably the hardest room in the house to keep clean, but don’t fear, these kitchen tips and tricks will keep you on top of things to ensure every day runs smoothly.

1. Make your own chemical-free cleaning solutions

  • Fresh lemon and rock salt are the perfect combination for cleaning chopping boards.
  • Dry baking soda will make your chrome appliances shine, without chemicals.
  • Equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, with a few drops of essential oils will make the perfect all-purpose cleaner. Ideal for kitchen tiles, surfaces and floors.

2. Choose your kitchen cleaning products wisely

  • Sponges can hold and spread germs to other parts of the kitchen, so have different coloured cloths for each section of the kitchen to avoid cross-contamination. Alternatively, use antibacterial wipes and throw them away after use.
  • Microfibre cloths are perfect for picking up dirt and grime due to their structure, these cloths can go in the washing machine so you can use them again and again.
  • The Minky M Cloth has become popular across social media recently, each pad is treated with a long-lasting anti-bacterial protection, making it the perfect kitchen cleaning tool.

3. Be efficient and save time

  • Before you start cleaning your kitchen, consider tidying the area. Put everything in its rightful place and clear away anything that does not belong in the kitchen; shoes, dogs, that pile of letters on the side (everyone has one!).
  • Use the timer on your phone, smart watch or smart speaker to set a timer for each kitchen area. For example, 15 minutes on the tiles, 10 minutes on the floor, 5 minutes on the sink.
  • Invest in a kitchen caddy to keep all your essential products, cloths, rubber gloves and bin bags in.
  • Don’t spend hours scrubbing the microwave, place a small bowl of water with half a lemon in the microwave set for 2 minutes. The water and lemon will help to lift stains, making it easier to clean.
  • Skip cleaning the oven. Without the correct chemicals and equipment, a professional oven cleaner will always be able to get better results through a thorough deep cleanin half the time it would take you, so call me Rutland Ovenclean a local professional for a free quote.

4. Get everyone involved with the kitchen clean

  • If your kitchen cleaning is hard to keep on top of then chances are, you have a big family, so why not get them involved? If you have children, challenge them to clean a specific kitchen area in a specific time, the best clean in the quickest time wins a prize.
  • Create a kitchen cleaning playlist, turn the music up high and make cleaning the kitchen a fun family bonding experience.

5. Keep on top of kitchen cleaning daily

  • Run a sink of hot soapy water before cooking so you can wash utensils as you go, taking the stress out of cooking and you won’t be left with a pile of dirty dishes.
  • Clean up spillages when they occur to avoid the need for a deep clean.
  • Once every week, ideally on food shopping day, remove all the food from your fridge and wipe down the shelves with an antibacterial cleaner. When putting the food back, check expiration dates and use any food that is due to go out of date.
  • Prevent grime building up on the bottom of your oven by placing an old oven tray on the bottom shelf to catch any spills.

 

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