How to clean the hob like a pro

Your partner's five-course meal was delicious but now the hob is looking like it needs some TLC

How To Clean Induction Hob

Your kitchen hob is usually at the centre of the action at mealtimes, and it demands an equal amount of attention when it comes to cleaning. The best way to keep it in good condition is by spot-cleaning the cooker hob as you go along. However, sometimes a more heavy-duty approach is needed to get it sparkling again.

From cleaning the induction hob glass to cleaning cooker hob plates, knowing how to clean the induction hob is easy with this straight-forward guide.


Keep the hob hygienic between cleans by giving it a wipe down after every use. Keep a roll of absorbent Plenty kitchen paper near the hob to help make this an automatic part of your cooking routine.

How to clean an induction hob 

Knowing how to clean an induction hob is easy, because they’re flat and don’t usually have any hard-to-reach areas. Even with stubborn stains, cleaning induction hob glass can be done in minutes.

  1. Ensure the hob is completely cool then brush off any crumbs, excess grease and loose bits of food with a piece of kitchen towel.
  2. Spray a non-abrasive cleaner onto the surface and leave it to work for a few minutes. Always follow the instructions and do a patch test when using a new product for the first time.
  3. Use a moistened paper towel to wipe off the cleaner and remove any leftover food.
  4. For stubborn burnt-on stains, you may want to use a plastic scraper. Your hob manufacturer should be able to recommend suitable tools to use.
  5. Finish by drying and buffing the surface with kitchen towel.

How to clean stainless steel hob parts

Now you know how to clean an induction hob, let’s move on to the best way to clean a stainless-steel hob.

  1. The best way to clean stainless steel hob parts is to start off by removing the pan supports, rings and burners, placing them in hot soapy water to soak.
  2. Use an absorbent kitchen towel to brush away loose food particles and soak up grease.
  3. Spray on your hob cleaner and leave it to do its job, just as you would when cleaning cooker hob plates made of glass.
  4. Again, use a non-abrasive cloth to wipe the cleaner away, bringing with it any stubborn stains, and use a strong piece of kitchen paper to wipe any hard-to-reach corners.
  5. A soft brush can be used to scrub any particularly stubborn areas.
  6. Scrub the remaining residue off the parts you removed earlier and give everything a final wipe with a piece of dry kitchen paper.


Using paper towel for wiping away grease on the hob will help your sponges and cloths last longer. Opt for an extra-absorbent kitchen towel that stays strong enough for scrubbing even when it’s wet or greasy, like Plenty.


How to clean hob plates powered by electricity 

Electric hobs can usually take a more robust approach compared to cleaning induction hob glass and stainless steel.

  1. To start with, make sure the plates are cool, and if you can remove them, do so. Leave them to soak in a sink full of soapy water so they’re easier to scrub.
  2. Use kitchen paper to wipe away loose food, crumbs and patches of grease.
  3. Spray a kitchen cleaner liberally over the surface and give it time to break down the grime. Make sure you follow the instructions on the back of the bottle.
  4. You can scrub with a scourer when cleaning cooker hob plates of this type, which should make it easier to remove any burnt-on areas.
  5. Use an appropriate cleaner to wipe down the plates and the rest of the hob.
  6. Finish by drying the hob with kitchen paper and replace the plates.


Germs love clinging to cloths and sponges, so when wiping around germy areas, use a fresh sheet of strong kitchen paper, like Plenty and pop it in the bin afterwards. That way, you’ll avoid transferring germs to other surfaces.

These tips on how to clean induction hob plates, stainless steel and electric hobs will have you removing stubborn stains with ease, even after the liveliest cooking sessions.

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