How do I clean my cooktop?
Get a bucket, some clean towels, kitchen paper, and possibly a cooktop scraper ready. It's easiest to clean the cooktop right after use, because the dirt hasn't dried yet. Of course, you should make sure that the cooktop has cooled down sufficiently, so you won't burn your fingers.
Make some soapy water
Not every cleaning product is suitable for every type of cooktop. That's why you should use some warm soapy water with a bit of detergent. This soapy water is suitable for all types of cooktops. Can't get rid of a stubborn stain? Check your cooktop's manual. It'll tell you which parts of your cooktop you can use a special cleaning agent or scourer on.
Cleaning induction & ceramic cooktops
Induction and ceramic cooktops are easier to clean than a gas cooktop because of the flat cooking zones. A disadvantage of ceramic cooking is that the dirt can burn into the hot cooking zones, making it difficult to remove. For stained dirt, use a cooktop scraper and a cleaning agent for ceramic cooking surfaces to remove stubborn stains.
Step 1: Remove the caked-on food remains with a cooktop scraper
Step 2: Wipe down the entire cooktop with soapy water and a clean cloth.
Step 3: Wipe down everything once more with a damp cloth to remove any remaining soap.
Step 4: Dry the cooktop with a clean cloth or a paper towel.
Cleaning a gas cooktop
Remove the pan supports, burner lids, and burner fittings from the gas cooktop. If they're very dirty, let the dirt dissolve in warm water first.
Step 1: Clean the burner lids, burner fittings, pan supports, and the cooktop. Use soapy water with detergent.
Step 2: Moisten a clean cloth and wipe everything down again.
Step 3: Dry everything thoroughly and put the loose parts back in place.
Please note: don't use a scourer, abrasive, detergent, or soda to clean the burners. Since the burners are made of aluminum, they get affected by these cleaning agents.
Cleaning a traditional electric cooktop
The heating elements of a traditional electric cooktop are easiest to clean when they're hot and the dirt hasn't dried yet. Make sure that the elements have cooled down sufficiently before you start cleaning.
Step 1: Remove the plug from the socket or switch off the cooktop with the on/off button.
Step 2: Wipe down the heating elements with a moist cloth.
Step 3: Clean the other surfaces of the cooktop with a soft cloth or sponge and your soapy water with detergent.
Step 4: Wipe down the surfaces you've cleaned again with a damp cloth.
Step 5: Dry everything, then put the plug back into the socket.
Tip: Regularly rub cast-iron heating elements in with an acid-free oil. This prevents rust spots.
Prevention is better than cure
It may sound crazy, but when cleaning's not your favorite thing to do, it's best to do this every day. If you wipe down the cooktop with a damp cloth or paper towel after each use, you'll keep it in good condition and ultimately spend less time cleaning.