Clean a ceramic hob

A ceramic hob not only looks smart, it is also extremely easy to clean. Nevertheless, there are some important points to keep in mind. The following information on cleaning a glass-ceramic surface applies to all the technologies that are used with it. There are differences in security arrangements. In addition, there is information about appropriate home remedies.

Ceran or glass ceramic field or both?

A ceramic hob is nothing more than a glass ceramic field. "Ceran" is in many cases actually wrong, because it is a registered and thus protected by the company Schott AG in Frankfurt brand names for their glass ceramic surfaces. Thus, virtually every ceramic hob is also a glass-ceramic surface, but not every glass-ceramic field is equivalent to a ceran.

Colloquially, the ceramic hob is with halogen technology

In addition, the term "ceramic hob" or "ceramic hob" is colloquially used for the halogen and infrared technology, in which the cooking surface is apparently glowing red. So you always have to distinguish what is actually described with a ceramic hob:

  • a glass ceramic hob from Schott, regardless of the cooking technology used
  • any glass ceramic plate with halogen technology
  • an induction hob with a glass ceramic surface of Schott
  • any induction hot plate
  • a glass ceramic hob from Schott with gas heating
  • any glass-ceramic hob with gas

Each glass ceramic field is similar to clean

Consequently, the same cleaning options can be used for all glass ceramic hobs. However, due to the different heating, there are differences in any precautionary measures. But more on that later. First, the various functions and their fundamental advantages, which are also related to the cleaning of a ceramic field, will be discussed.

The ceramic hob with halogen technology

A halogen lamp is switched on and gives off heat or heat. To be able to work even more efficiently, the main heat radiation takes place in the infrared range. The heat thus arises under the glass ceramic surface and is transferred to the pot or the pan. Therefore, the ceramic field is relatively hot.

The ceramic hob with induction technology

A copper coil generates electromagnetic fields that strike a current-conducting pot in vortices. This creates heat or heat in the metal. While in conventional metals uncontrolled distortion of the magnetic fields is possible, ferromagnetic pot and pan bottoms bundle the magnetic fields and thus generate bundled heat. Therefore, often the question of which pots can be used in an induction hob.

In terms of heating, this means that the heat does not have to be conducted through the glass ceramic to the bottom of the pot, as it is produced in the pot. This also means that the ceramic hob is heating up significantly less. It can only heat as far as the heat radiates from the pot. A massive heating is therefore largely excluded in the induction hob. Largely, because of course with very long intensive cooking the ceramic field becomes accordingly hot by the continuous heat radiation.

The ceramic hob with gas

In private households, the glass-ceramic cooktop with gas is hardly to be found - despite its enormous efficiency. But it just knows the gastronomy to appreciate all the more. Pots and pans are heated very quickly and precisely.

In addition, a great heat in a short time is possible. As with the conventional ceramic hob with halogen, the heat of the burning gas must also be passed through the glass ceramic surface to the pot or the pan in the glass ceramic field. Because of the extremely high temperatures, therefore, the ceramic hob is very hot.

General features of a ceramic hob

However, glass ceramic still has quite different properties, because of which it is in the first place ever possible that it can be used accordingly as a hotplate. These include the following attributes:

  • Glass ceramic does not expand due to temperature
  • heat resistant even at very high temperatures
  • mechanically high load capacity
  • poor thermal conductivity, which is why only the direct area of ​​the pot or Pfannenauflage can be very hot
  • Glass ceramic can be equipped with other features such as a good current conductivity

Due to the heat again and again leftovers baked

Depending on the technology used and in conjunction with the basic characteristics of a ceramic hob, it can be stated that ceramic fields with gas operation are the most heated, followed by the conventional glass-ceramic hobs with halogen or infrared. By contrast, the ceramic hob of an induction hot plate hardly heats up. Only when cooking very intensively and for a long time does this possibility exist.

The risk is high, especially with the usual ceramic hob

Therefore, there is a high risk of burn-in in gas and halogen-powered ceramic hobs, in an induction hob, however, it is very limited. When cleaning an induction hob, it is therefore usually sufficient to resort to an ordinary glass cleaner. Of course, a special product can also be used to clean glass ceramic panels.

Inducedceran field less endangered

In the two other glass ceramic fields, however, there is a relatively high risk that something burns. Therefore you need a scraper in addition to a conventional cleaner (such as the induction hob glass cleaner or a ceramic cleaner). It can be equipped with a single razor blade. Then scrape off the baked remains at an angle of about 45 degrees.

Clean the ceramic hob with the scraper

However, be careful and pay attention to maintaining the correct angle. This is the only way to avoid the risk of scratches entering the ceramic hob. Once it has happened, you will learn how to eliminate scratches on Cerandfeld.

For regular cleaning, you can, as already mentioned, use an ordinary glass or ceramic hob cleaner. Of course, you can also resort to a home remedy for glass cleaning. Just be careful when handling acids that the glass ceramic is often sealed on the outside.

Take special care when handling sugar!

When it comes to the advantages and disadvantages of an induction hob or ceramic hob (halogen or gas), all important properties are always mentioned. But the only real danger that can come from sugar, is hardly mentioned. In order to understand why sugar is explicitly so dangerous on a hot ceramic field and not just cleaned later when everything has cooled down, we describe what exactly happens.

When you heat sugar

Surely you know what happens to sugar when you heat it - it caramelizes. That is, the sugar melts and becomes extremely sticky. Exactly this effect occurs when sugar comes on the hot ceramic hob. It melts and sticks firmly. However, he sticks solidly.

Opposing properties to the glass ceramic field

Now we have already mentioned that a basic property of glass-ceramic is that it does not expand in temperature-dependent manner. This is due to the fact that the glass wants to expand, but crystals containing it contract in the heat. Therefore, one speaks of a ceramic field by a zero-expansion.

Immediately clean spilled sugar on hot ceramic hob...

However, sugar does not have these properties. This in turn means the sugar heats up instantly and not only sticks but is also stretched. If the ceran plate cools down together with the sugar, the glass ceramic will remain stable, but the sugar will contract. Now this sticks extremely hard, yes, has literally burned. Therefore, there is inevitably tension.

... otherwise it comes to Ausmuschungen

These tensions ensure that the sugar-adhering parts of the glass ceramic break out. This process is also referred to as frying. If hot sugar has reached the ceramic hob, it is best to remove it with the scraper. You really need to clean the ceramic hob immediately and immediately to avoid mussels!

Tips & Tricks

Incidentally, a mussel is not a real limitation on functionality. It just does not look so pretty anymore. But many owners do not like it and they change the ceramic hob.

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