A well-maintained hob should last for years, but if you neglect it, it can soon begin to deteriorate. When it comes to maintaining your hob there are a number of factors to consider, but the most important is undoubtedly how you clean it.
The good news is that learning how to clean your hob correctly couldn’t be easier, and with the information below you’ll be on your way to a well maintained hob that works brilliantly for years to come.
How to Clean a Kitchen Hob
Let’s begin with the basics. How do you clean your hob? This may seem like an easy task, but it is easy to get wrong. Often the hob will only receive an occasional wipe down with water to remove any food waste, while other parts of the hob go ignored.
The best way to clean your kitchen hob is thoroughly! This might sound obvious but it’s easy to cut corners. Make sure to remove any and all signs of stains, along with all removable parts of your hob to get into the hidden parts of the appliance that can collect oil and grease residue.
How Often Should You Clean Your Hob?
Before you can answer this you have to answer the following question: how often do you use your hob? Some people use their hob every day, while others may only use it once a week. This will affect how often we recommend you clean your hob, so as a rule of thumb we recommend wiping your hob down after every use and cleaning it thoroughly every three uses.
This will allow you to remove any stains and spillages before they set and cause problems.
This strategy will also save you time – largely because spillages won’t have time to harden, which is when they become difficult and time-consuming to remove.
What Should You Clean Your Hob With?
In order to keep your appliance in the best possible condition you have to use the right materials. If you’re only ever using warm water with a cloth then you will be able to clean your hob to a degree, but you won’t be able to achieve the perfect clean. So, what should you use? We recommend using a cleaner that’s designed specifically for your appliance’s material, whether that’s ceramic or metal.
You should begin by applying your hob cleaner to a sponge or scourer (scouring pads may not be suitable for all surfaces) and work on any stubborn stains. Once these are removed you can proceed to scrub around the remaining hob surface. Once you’re confident that the stains are lifted you should use a wet cloth and wipe the surface down, removing any excess grime.
We recommend finishing with a dry microfibre cloth to remove any remaining dirt or grime.
What Parts of Your Hob Need Cleaning?
The answer to this depends on the style of hob you have. If you have an induction hob with a flat surface then the cleaning process will be relatively easy; you will just have to clean the surface and dials (if there are any).
If you have a gas hob then you will need to lift any removable hob plates and clean these individually, as well as all attachments. If your gas hob has a griddle then this will need to be removed and cleaned also.
The trickiest style of hob to clean is arguably the air venting induction hob. This style functions as an extractor fan and hob combo, meaning it’s not just the hob that needs cleaning but the extractor fan and filter, too. Check your appliance’s manual to find out how to clean your kitchen hob filter correctly, as each model can be different.
If you use the information above to keep your hob in great condition then you will find it continues to perform well for many years. If you would like to find out more about our range of hobs then contact us with any additional questions you may have. Alternatively, you can read out article on Hob FAQs to find the answers to our most commonly asked questions.