Stainless steel, enamel, vitroceramic, gas… Hobs require adequate regular maintenance to last a long time. Here are some effective recipes.
Maintenance depends on the material and the firing method. In any case, avoid letting the stains dry on the plates in order to be able to remove them easily, while taking care not to burn yourself.
Ceramic and induction hobs
- Every day, wipe with a damp sponge and quickly wipe the surface with a soft cloth or paper towel after cooking when the plate has cooled down.
- Claystone (often called “Silver Stone” in hardware stores or pharmacies) applied with a soft sponge is an excellent cleaner for this material. Rub gently, then rinse and wipe with a microfiber cloth.
- To remove encrusted dirt and overflows, you can use a special glass-ceramic cleaner or simply a washing-up liquid, and remove the residue with a glass-ceramic squeegee. You can also apply a pasty mixture of baking soda and scrub with a scouring pad, making sure there is still some paste until the mess is gone. If sugar is splashed, it is important to clean it quickly to prevent the food from caramelizing.
- To erase scratches, soak a soft cloth in polish for glass and chrome, and apply it for a long time in circular motions. Leave to dry then wipe with a soft cloth.
- To degrease and shine the plate, wait until it has cooled, clean with a microfiber cloth soaked in white vinegar or household alcohol (also called rubbing alcohol), rinse with a sponge damp, then dry with a towel.
The gas hobs
- In order to avoid clogging the burners, the grid is regularly removed to dismantle them and let them soak in the sink filled with soapy water. For thorough degreasing, soak them for 12 to 24 hours in vinegar water or a mixture of baking soda and water. Rinse well and dry thoroughly before replacing.
- The grids are simply cleaned with a sponge and washing-up liquid. If they are encrusted with grease, put them in the dishwasher to remove most of the dirt, then soak them in a bath of vinegar, baking soda, and coarse salt. Then just let it soak overnight before rinsing. If necessary, the cleaning is completed using a steel wool pad, a toothbrush for the corners, and a scouring detergent. We rinse again and the result should be impeccable!
The surface around the plates can be enamel or stainless steel. In the latter case, it is advisable to use a soft sponge and a product specific to the material to avoid scratching the surface. For the enamel, dish soap and a scouring sponge (if necessary) are sufficient.