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CERAMIC HOBS are increasingly popular among interior lovers looking to renovate their kitchen.

Besides looking sleek, ceramic hobs are also easy to use – but can be a pain to maintain clean if not looked after regularly.

How to clean a ceramic hob

Before you start cleaning the hob, make sure that it isn't hot – don't clean it straight after use.

It might seem obvious, but you need to let the hot surface cool down completely to avoid burning yourself or damaging it.

If there are any drops or spatters from cooking, wipe them off with a damp microfibre cloth, avoiding the hob itself.

These steps will prevent any scratching during the cleaning process.

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Here are all the household items you will need to clean your ceramic hob:

  • baking soda
  • white vinegar
  • a sponge
  • a pair of rubber gloves
  • a microfibre cloth
  • some rags

Once you get those ready, you can start cleaning.

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1. Sprinkle some baking soda

Grab the baking soda, and sprinkle it all over the hob.

Cover the whole hob – do not worry about the mess.

This process will not look good but you will see great results.

Make sure to cover that hob with baking soda, the dirtier the hob, the more you will want to use.

2. Cover the hob with a wet rag

Soak one of the rags with warm water and squeeze it lightly – the rags should not be damp but wet.

Place it open wide over the hob covered with baking soda for 30 minutes.

3. Set the rags aside

Remove the rag and put it aside.

During those 30 minutes, the water has dissolved some of the soda, but there should still be a good amount of it left on the hob.

The soda will be very easy to remove now.

4. Pour white vinegar

Pour some white vinegar over the hob, which will create saltwater.

You will start hearing the mixture making a fizzy sound as it reacts with the soda.

This will help remove the grime attached to the hob and get rid of the hard water stains.

5. Wipe the vinegar off

Once the fizzing stops, grab the wet rag that you'd set aside earlier and start wiping the hob.

This will help to remove some of the mess.

6. Wipe with a sponge

Using the soft side of a sponge, further wipe the hob.

Make sure that you do use the soft side to avoid scratching the hob.

Every once in a while, dip the sponge in warm water and squeeze it, so that you are cleaning the hob with clean water not with the mixture you earlier created.

Keep doing so until the mess is gone.

7. Wipe it off with a towel

Now it's time to grab the microfibre towel and wipe the hob for the last time.

This kind of towel will help to not scratch the surface and will leave your hob looking cleaner.

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Is a ceramic hob the same as an induction hob?

The difference between an induction and a ceramic is the process they use to heat up.

Induction hobs heat up by the process indicated in the name.

They use electrical induction – so they have copper coils fitted beneath their surface that surround the hob with a magnetic field that heats the pan.

They are very energy efficient and will keep the surrounding surface mostly cold, so you have less risk of burning yourself.

On the other hand, ceramic hobs use conduction.

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Their underlying elements heat up the ring and the surrounding surface of the hob and transfers to the pan to the food.

An induction hob heats up and cools down even quicker, too.

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