Of all the kitchen appliances, –ηλεκτρολόγοι Αθήνας– inform us that ceramic cooktop are definitely the easiest to clean.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to be careful how you handle them. For example, if you do not choose the right materials or do not directly intervene in certain types of stains, then you will scratch their glass-ceramic surface or cause permanent stains.
By following a few simple tips, you can be sure that the cooking zone will remain perfectly preserved for years. In addition to the aesthetics of your kitchen, it also contributes to saving money that corresponds to electricity. So you will cook consuming less electricity. This is because any forgotten residue on the hearths is also “translated” into unnecessary waste of energy.
Choose the right materials
Only special cleaners for glass-ceramic surfaces can guarantee that the hearths will be thoroughly cleaned. At the same time, there is not the slightest “side effect” in their durability, function and appearance. It is worth noting that they create a protective film on the surface, for easier cleaning in the future. That’s why all manufacturers release such products for their devices.
It is best to combine a special cleaner with a microfibre cloth to “pass” the cooking zone without any fluff or other traces on it. As well as with a special scraper, so that there is no chance of scratching the surface of your kitchen when you need to remove stubborn stains, such as dried food scraps. In fact, you will find a care set that includes all three products.
If, on the other hand, you use dishwashing detergent when cleaning, then the ceramic surface will “blur”. Any “hard” detergent (such as ammonia or chlorine products, liquids for removing salt or spray for the oven) will wear out the glass-ceramic material. Damage will also be caused by a hard brush or sponge, scratching the surface.
Take care of your cooktops regularly
The ideal solution is to clean the hearth base after each cooking. This way, you will not only ensure that it will always be free of any kind of dirt, but you will also make its care easier and faster.
To clean, start by “passing” the base with a damp cloth to remove any residue.
If there are persistent stains, you should “recruit” the special scraper. Then apply the special cleaner to the cooking surface, after first checking that the hobs have cooled completely. This is because if a cleaner falls on an “eye” that is still hot, it is very likely that a stain will form.
For the next steps after applying the cleaner, you should always follow the instructions on the product packaging. In most cleaners, however, it is stated that you will then have to “pass” the base of the hobs with a damp cloth, and finally dry it. The reason is that there should not be the slightest residue left in the “eyes”, since otherwise when you use them again, it is possible to create stains with the heat that will develop.
Do not neglect the stainless steel frame
For the care of your kitchen, equally important is the frequent cleaning of the stainless steel frame. For this purpose, several manufacturers recommend starting with lukewarm soapy water, using a small amount of dishwashing detergent.
Next, you need to rinse the frame with a cloth dampened with clean water and dry it. Now using a stainless steel surface cleaner , the frame will look like new again.
Deal with accidents immediately
When the hearth is hot, if it comes in contact with sugar, aluminum foil or plastic, the glass-ceramic surface may be damaged. Therefore, in such cases you should act immediately. First you interrupt the operation of the “eye” and then remove the materials with the special scraper, while the surface is hot.
The same applies to the possibility that drops of liquid containing sugar, such as e.g. if you are making syrup or jam. Of course, in any case you should be careful, since the high temperature of the “eye” is dangerous for burns.
Avoid problems when cooking
Always make sure you always use large enough utensils for the amount of food you prepare. If your pot is almost full, splashes will certainly form and stains will form on the “eye”. As mentioned above, you should pay even more attention if the contents of the utensil have a large amount of sugar.
Drops of fruit and vegetable juice cause spots on the foci, which are quite painful to remove. Therefore, do not peel or cut fruit into pieces over a boiling pot. Make sure there is nothing on the hearth other than the utensil you are cooking to avoid accidents. Especially plastic packaging and pieces of aluminium foil are dangerous for causing fire, as they melt at high temperatures.
Furnaces with pyrolysis: Easy cleaning without rubbing and chemicals
In order for your oven to constantly shine , it is not necessary to spend too many hours cleaning it. Nor is it a prerequisite to inhale chemicals by rubbing persistent stains that spread to every possible and unlikely place in the chamber until they become a thing of the past. The secret is cracking . It is a widespread self-cleaning function of modern ovens, during which they remove all kinds of debris from their walls.
Naturally, pyrolytic cleaning will help you save time and effort from taking care of your oven . It is also important that the cleaning is done ecologically, which means that you will enjoy healthy cooking, without ever having to use a chemical cleaner again.
How does pyrolytic technology work?
Every time you cook a meal, it is inevitable that splashes of grease, oil and other liquids will end up on the walls of the chamber. Even if you “pass” the oven after each cooking, if you do not take care to meticulously remove any residue, then the remaining stains will dry out. Therefore, when you clean the chamber again, you will need some “hard” cleaner and enough rubbing to remove them.
By cracking, the stains are removed in a different but effective way: they are charred due to the high temperature. More specifically, when the pyrolytic cleaning is activated, the oven is heated to about 400 to 500 ° C, so that all this residue is converted into ash, which will therefore come off the walls and end up at the base of the chamber. Naturally, the walls of the oven are made of special materials, so that they can withstand such high temperatures and therefore do not wear out.
What do I need to do in cleaning?
Your intervention will be really minimal. So, depending on the model of your oven , before you turn on the cracking, you may need to remove the grills from the chamber. In the manual of each model, it is mentioned in detail whether the oven components are suitable or not for self-cleaning.
Also, as soon as the cracking cycle is over, you will have to “pass” the base of the chamber with a cloth to remove the ash.
How effective are stains?
One advantage of cracking is that the debris is charred wherever it is in the chamber, thus cleaning the entire surface of the walls. On the contrary, by rubbing the enamels in a conventional oven, some stains may escape to the most inaccessible places.
How often should pyrolysis be used?
Naturally, the more often the oven is used , the more often it should be cleaned. However, a general rule of thumb is to clean the chamber once and for all once every two months.
However, in the meantime, after each baking you should not neglect to wipe the oven with a cloth.
This way, you will avoid the stains created by reheating the next time you use your oven, and so that their smells will “pass” to your next meal. Some pyrolytic ovens also allow you to adjust the degree of purification, thus adjusting the “cycle” depending on how dirty the oven is each time .
Do pyrolytic ovens have other advantages?
They have slightly better performance than conventional ovens because they have better insulation due to cracking. Therefore, in this way they compensate to some extent the energy consumed in each “cycle” of self-purification.
However, according to the US Department of Energy, electricity consumption can be significantly reduced if self-cleaning is done immediately after use. This is because the oven will “burn” less electricity to reach the desired temperature, since it is already hot.
What should I watch out for when I turn on self-cleaning?
Due to the high temperatures that develop, during cracking the oven door locks automatically. Therefore, for safety reasons, the chamber is not accessible until it has cooled enough. Although ovens in this category have additional insulation, it is still possible for the outside to be heated more than for baking.
Therefore, it is a good idea to keep children and pets at a safe distance. You should also leave towels or other objects hanging on the door handle. You will find detailed tips in the manual of your device.
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