How To Clean A Ceramic Hob – Real Advice of a Professional Cleaner

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Cleaning your ceramic hob is not the easiest task in the world, but it doesn’t have to be hard! Every time you cook on your stovetop, grease and food particles get left behind. Left unchecked for a long period of time, these can cause a lot of different problems with your expensive appliance. In this blog post, we will discuss some easy ways to clean a ceramic hob that won’t take up too much of your valuable time!

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Things to consider before cleaning your hob

– make sure you’re using the right cleaning products for ceramic hobs. A good quality specialist cleaner will always be the best option.

Weiman Ceramic Glass Top Cooker Spray is fab.

Important note: This is for the glass top cooker spray, not the cream cleaner by Weiman. I dont recommend any cream or paste cleaners on ceramic hobs.

And the green cleaners weapon of choice for me is:

Skoosh Green Cleaning

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Skoosh is a green multi-purpose cleaner that I use around my house. 

It’s multipurpose because it comes in a concentrated bottle with 3 reusable spray bottles that make up the 3 levels of cleaning. 

At the most diluted level, we have the window and glass cleaner. 

The middle dilution level is your average multi surface cleaner. 

The highest concentrate is for burnt on, sticky, hard to remove grime. 

This is what I use to clean everything in my house these days.

If you’re making the switch to something environmentally friendly, then this is the guy for you.

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The right tools.

There are glass scraping tools on the market. Look on Amazon for a glass razor!

A wide and extendable one like this will make the job easier for you.

I’ve read many blog posts and watched many YouTube videos where they state to use bicarbonate of soda or a scourer to scratch away the residue. This is poorly researched advice and I suspect they’re all just copying off each other. Please don’t use these techniques if you like your hob shiny.

Never use anything abrasive like scourers or abrasive paste cleaners (including homemade), because these will leave micro-abrasions on the surface and dull the shine over time. They can leave bigger scratches on the surface too.

The Importance of Keeping Your Ceramic Hob Clean

It’s so important to keep ceramic hobs clean and to clean after every use. The reason behind this is because it is essentially a glass surface, the rings stay hot for longer, which causes any spills to be burned on and very difficult to remove. It’s not nice to look at and just looks plain ugly.

Another cause for concern with the build-up is that it could potentially cause a fire, as with any other cooker hob. So you wanna make sure you’re getting it as clean as humanly possible.

Ceramic hobs are meant to be shiny for a good reason. Not only does it look better on your kitchen counter, but the food you cook will also taste better because of its slick surface. A dirty ceramic hob is not just unattractive; it can actually ruin your culinary experience by preventing pans from sitting flat enough and touching the heating element properly and evenly.

How To Clean A Ceramic Hob

Daily Wipe Ups – Make sure all burners are turned off and unplugged. Wipe down with soapy water using a microfiber cloth. Rinse thoroughly after each burner has been cleaned. This will help prevent build-up from occurring in the future!

Crud Removing – To remove the built-up crud around the elements. You will need:

  1. A good quality ceramic hob cleaner
  2. A microfiber cloth
  3. A glass safety razor

The Process For Cleaning Ceramic Hobs Properly and Safely

  1. Remove any loose particles by simply wiping them away with a microfiber cloth.
  2. Spray liberally with the aforementioned ceramic hob cleaner.
  3. Let the cleaner sit on the surface for a few minutes to work its magic.
  4. Wipe away with a microfiber cloth.
  5. If you’re left with rings around the elements, spray again.
  6. Use your razor blade as flat to the surface as possible to slide the remaining residue off.
  7. Repeat on all four elements.
  8. Spray a little more cleaner.
  9. Polish in with a dry microfiber cloth.

How To Prevent Ceramic Hob Build-Up.

The best course of action is always going to be prevention. And I know, I keep saying this over and over in all my posts. BUT, if you can prevent a spill from happening then you won’t need to clean it up.

  1. Do you need to use an entire pot of water for your veggies? Not really, just fill the pan about one-quarter full and that’s enough. This way there won’t be any spills or overflows on the cooktop!
  2. If your water is getting too hot and boiling over onto your stovetop. The best way to avoid these types of spills as well make sure cooking goes smoothly – use a large enough pan for the contents so there are no overflow worries!
  3. Clean as you go. If you spilt something or it overflowed onto the stovetop, then clean it up when it happens. This will prevent a lot of burnt on crud later on.
  4. Leading on from the last point. Clean your hob every time you use it. Your ceramic hob and his fantastic shine will thank you for it.
  5. Use the right pots and pans for your hob. If you’re using an induction hob, then you need to buy induction hob pots and pans.

Other Uses For This Method.

In our cleaning company for years now, we’ve been using this same method to clean ovens. The only difference being, that we use an oven cleaner instead of a hob cleaner.

You can use the glass razor to clean up your glass oven door window to look new.

You can also use the glass razor on other glass surfaces, just be sure to make the surface very wet and slippery and keep it as flat as possible, running parallel with the surface.

Can I use the pink stuff on my ceramic hob?

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In short, no. The pink stuff is a natural mild cleaning abrasive. The keyword here is abrasive. When you use an abrasive cleaner, no matter how gentle it is, on a shiny surface, like a ceramic hob. It etches into the surface and leaves tiny abrasions in the top layer of the surface. 

When you use an abrasive cleaner like the pink stuff over a long period of time. It makes the once shiny surface dull. 

These companies who make the abrasive cleaners do advertise that you CAN use their products on shiny surfaces, however, my expert, and first-hand experience with abrasive cleaners tells me that it is not a good idea. 

I’ve seen many glass top stoves, ceramic hobs, induction hobs and oven doors that are damaged enough to make them look cloudy and dull. This isn’t an attractive look so please don’t do it. 

I’ve scratched my hob, can it be fixed?

I’m sorry, no. Once your ceramic hob has been scratched you cant repair it. You can make it look less obvious with either the Weiman Cleaner or Skoosh Cleaner mentioned above but you’ll never be able to restore it fully. Time for a new hob I’m afraid.

Warning.

Do not use the blade upright, the blade must be parallel with the surface to prevent scratching.

The surface must be wet with the ceramic hob cleaner to prevent scratching. Using a glass razor on a dry surface will definitely scratch it.

Never use ammonia or bleach-based products to clean a ceramic hob, these will damage and discolour beyond repair.

Don’t use citrus-based products.

Don’t be tempted to chisel off burnt-on crud with a knife or any other kind of utensil.

Conclusion

If you take only one piece advice away from this blog post. Make it this one – Don’t use abrasive products on glass/ceramic or induction hobs. You don’t need them. You also don’t need them for any other household task providing you haven’t in the past.

Abrasive cleaners just grind down a surface and make it harder and harder to clean as time goes on.

How To Clean Granite Countertops

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How To Clean Granite: Expert Tips

If you have granite countertops, it is crucial to know how to clean them. It may seem like a simple task, but more goes into cleaning granite than meets the eye. This blog post will teach you all about how to properly care for your expensive stone and rid it of stains.

What is Granite?

Granite is a natural stone composed of many different minerals, which can all affect the colour. The most common type of granite contains 65% alkali feldspar and 20% quartz with mica for added sparkle. Depending on what mix you choose, your beautiful granite countertops might turn out pink or white!

Where Does Granite Come From?

As the oldest rock in existence, granite has seen a lot of changes over its long lifetime. The first one that ever formed was during an unknown point in time 300 million years ago. It is called “plutonic” because it forms deep underground and makes up what’s known as continental crusts today.

When you think of granite, do you immediately visualize a table or countertop? But did you know that the most exotic colours come from China, India and Brazil? Granite mining is an expensive process involving both capital and labour intensive work to extract blocks of rock by cutting or blasting them out for them to be transported around the world via rail.

How to Care for Granite Countertops

When you purchase a granite countertop, your kitchen likely comes with a layer of sealant. This prevents spills from getting into the tiny pores in natural stone and keeps water from penetrating them. It’s time to reseal these counters when they start becoming difficult to clean or if droplets of water are no longer beading up on their surface anymore – typically, every two-four years will suffice for most homeowners.

Gaining popularity for its durability and strength, homeowners are increasingly turning to granite countertops. But the stone mustn’t become damaged by too much heat or improper cleaning techniques! Watch out when using detergents on your new counters because many products can damage this surface material. Follow these simple steps to maximize the performance of your surfaces without compromising their integrity:

How to Clean Granite Countertops

Don’t try to clean granite countertops with harsh chemicals, acidic cleaners or abrasive scrubbing tools. Warm water and mild dish soap are best for this job! Vinegar can dull the surface of your beautiful stone top (though it has plenty of other uses in and around your house!). And don’t use any scrubbers that could scratch away at those gorgeous surfaces!

Proactive prevention is better than reactive waiting. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe up spills as soon as possible and avoid unsightly stains on your granite countertops with this simple precaution!

Clean your granite kitchen worktops with only a couple of drops of dish soap and hot water: The best way to keep the countertops clean is by using two simple ingredients, warm water and some dish soap liquid. Combine these in an empty bottle or in the sink. Wipe away the stains carefully and buff with a soft, dry microfiber cloth for a sheeny shine.

Buy granite specific cleaning solutions from the grocery store or online. There are plenty to choose from, and they will undoubtedly help make your granite countertops last longer.

How To Clean Granite Countertop Stains: Last Resort! All Of These Require Resealing!

Oil stains

Oil stains are the most common stain in kitchen areas, and they usually come from spills or food preparation related to cooking oils. To lift an oil stain:

  1. Combine baking soda with acetone into a paste at pancake batter consistency and place it onto the stained countertop.
  2. Leave for 24 hours before removing and rinsing off with water.
  3. Repeat if necessary; some stains may require 2-3 attempts depending on the severity of dirt accumulation.
  4. Reseal the granite surface once finished cleaning up any messes leftover!

How To Clean Food Stains From granite Countertops

A great way to remove food stains from the surface of natural stone like granite is by soaking a paper towel, cotton ball or white terry cloth towels soaked in any liquid bleach brand and placing it on the stained area. Allow this solution to sit for 24 hours, then rinse with water. Repeat if necessary when dealing with more stubborn stains like mould, mildew, plant runoff dirt and soil caused by household pets such as urine use a soft nylon brush, rinse thoroughly and reseal the granite countertop.

Do Granite Countertops Rust?

It sure does. The granite composition is made up of minerals and elements, including iron, a granite worktop can sometimes rust. Please read below to find out how to treat it.

Rust stains

Rust is not only an eyesore but can also be harmful to the stone. To remove rust stains, pour or spray 3% hydrogen peroxide on and around the stained area using a safe-on-stone scrubbing pad or nylon brush for 24 hours before rinsing it off. Preferably get a professional in over the DIY fix.

I’d not attempt any of the above DIY fixes myself; always call a professional because I’m not a professional restorer for natural stone surfaces, and I could end up making things much, much worse.

Avoid Abrasive Products As Much As You Can

I know I just said above to use bleach, baking soda and Hydrogen peroxide. However, that was as a last resort, and I mean the last resort.

You should never really be using anything abrasive on natural stone.

Never use an acidic or alkaline cleaner on granite countertops.

Don’t use an abrasive sponge on granite.

Avoid using steel wool on your granite surfaces (there is a little known blog recommending this). Just don’t do it, please.

Do not use any cream cleaner or cleaning paste on natural stone worktops.

No ammonia, absolutely no ammonia.

The kind of damage these products cause will leave the surface needing resealed anyway, so you may as well call a professional in the first place.

Protect and Preserve Granite Countertops

Tips to get the most out of your granite countertops.

Never stand on granite worktops. One piece of debris caught on your foot, sock or shoe can deeply scratch a granite surface. Meaning the whole lot would have to be repolished and sealed.

Always use hot pan stands and trivets to protect your surface from extreme heat. Granite is hardwearing but not invincible.

Always, always clean up spills from your granite countertops immediately.

Dry and buff your granite immediately after cleaning; this will bring it up to a polished shine.

Invest in good quality Microfiber Cloths like the ones I talk about in this blog post. I use these at home, and they are also used in my cleaning company. Our clients are always astounded at their nipping shiny surfaces.

Use a chopping board. Not only will a chopping board protect your granite from scratches, but it will also prevent your knives from going blunt and prevents you from accidentally staining the granite while chopping food.

Use coasters. I know it’s an obvious one, and most people use coasters anyway, but I wanted to mention it to make it abundantly clear that you need to do the most to protect your grant work surfaces.

Dry your granite immediately. The most common place for granite corrosion is around the sink. Always dry off and buff the surface after you’ve washed the dishes. This will delay the corrosion process around the sink significantly.

Fun Fact Number 1

Did you know that granite is naturally antibacterial? Yep, that’s right, it is. Google it if you don’t believe me.

Granite is naturally resistant to bacteria, but that doesn’t mean it’s impervious. Regularly sealing the stone helps resist liquids that can harbour germs and keep your granite looking as good as new!

Fun Fact Number 2

The world’s tallest buildings, such as Dubai Tower in the United Arab Emirates, are built from granite – it has been used for centuries to construct some of history’s greatest monuments like the Statue Of Liberty and other famous sites. It can be found on every continent with examples including Stone Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia; Vermont Granite Quarry at Readsboro, which was started by a team led by Dr Edmund Hastings, who came up with an idea when he saw Manhattan Island during his visit there around 1802-3

‘then returned home determined that what New York needed were tall solid stone towers’; Yellowstone National Park features many natural wonders created over millennia using this material.

Fun Fact Number 3

Many people mistake fissures as cracks when they are actually natural separations in the stone that don’t compromise its structural integrity.

3 Best Granite Cleaners For Countertops

And of course the one cleaner that beats them all is Skoosh, if you’re in Australia then I insist you try out the Skoosh products for yourself, they are un-frickin-believably good! As Ive mentoned in other posts I never thought Id convert from my dish soap but I have. I absolutely love my Skoosh!

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Of course Skoosh is a green cleaner, and thats what makes it even more amazing, saving money AND saving the planet!

Conclusion

A lot of what I’ve said about granite countertops were the same prevention measures I mentioned in my Quartz cleaning post earlier.

We need to be sensible when spending such large amounts of money on luxury additions to the house.

Preventing stains is easier than removing stains, so it will always be my first priority.

And as always, if in doubt, call in a professional.

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Clean Quartz Countertops Safely! The Ultimate Guide!

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This was posted in our Facebook Group a number of times last week. How to clean Quartz countertops. I gave my advice, my thoroughly researched, trained and good advice that we also use in the cleaning company.

But to my horror there were 20 or more extremely dangerous comments advising the member to use cream abrasives, vinegar, lemon, bathroom cleaners. I was actually ready to cry because some of these people were “professional cleaners” and some were just people going around ruining their own quartz countertops.

Buying Quartz Countertops

If you are in the market for a new countertop for your kitchen or bathroom, quartz is an excellent choice. Quartz is a durable and low-maintenance material that looks beautiful with any decorating style.

How to clean quartz is a great question to ask if you are thinking about investing in this beautiful engineered stone for your home. Whether you are seeking to buy quartz counters for your kitchen or your bathroom, it is a countertop material that you will be extremely happy with no matter what.

Quartz Countertops Are Easy To Care For And Clean

Quartz countertops are not so hard to care for, in fact, they are quite low maintenance. But proper care and maintenance are essential if you want those swanky new quartz countertops looking their very best! So please leave the bathroom cleaners and vinegar in the cupboard for this one.

How To Clean Quartz Countertops?

Here are a few essential and very very important tips for cleaning your quartz countertops:

  • Always wipe down the surface of your counters after you use them. This will help prevent any stains or fingerprints from building up over time and keep your kitchen looking its best!
  • Clean up messes from your quartz countertop immediately. And this applies to every other surface too, cleaning as you go is just good sense!
  • Use water and a microfiber cloth whenever possible, this reduces the risk of cleaning chemicals dulling the shine on your swanky new quartz countertops.
  • You can use a mild detergent like dish soap although not all manufacturers recomend this and hot water with a microfiber cloth is still very effective.
  • If you need to use a cleaning chemical, make sure it is natural and won’t leave any residue on your countertops. Take a wet microfiber cloth with some isopropyl rubbing alcohol and rub the stain using the wet cloth. Next, you are going to want to wipe the counter again using just warm water. This will help with any tough stains that would not come off with a simple water and soap mix.
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pH-neutral Cleaners To Clean Quartz Countertops Are Best

Quartz countertops are beautiful, but they require special care when cleaning. You should always clean them with pH-neutral cleaners and avoid acidic or alkaline products to prevent staining the surface of your quartz. Unfortunately, hard water stains can still form no matter what you do! But using hot soapy water does remove them.

Where Do Quartz Countertops Come From?

Quartz is a type of rock that has been mined for centuries; its popularity in kitchens continues today as homeowners appreciate how it resists scratches from knives while also looking sleek and contemporary on their counters. However, when Quartz surfaces get dirty (it’s inevitable), we need to be careful because many commercial cleaning chemicals like vinegar will cause etching issues if used too often which could lead to discolouration over time due to acid exposure.

What Should I Avoid Using On Quartz Countertops and Surfaces When I Clean Them?

Lots of cleaning solutions and I’ve listed them below for you.

Mild Abrasives and Cream Cleaners

Never use mild abrasives like the pink stuff or cream cleaners because they will leave tiny scratches on the surface that will dull the shine. And the only way to come back from that is to have it repolished.

Vinegar or Any Other Kind of Acid

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Never use vinegar or any other kind of acid on your quartz countertops because quartz does not cope with the PH imbalance and will also dull the shine.

Alkaline Cleaners

The same goes for alkaline cleaners, like bleach and oven cleaners. They will literally strip your quartz countertops in minutes.

Protect Your Quartz Countertops

Use a chopping board.

Don’t ever be tempted to chop or cut food on your quartz countertops. While it is scratch resistant it is not scratch proof. Always use a chopping board when cutting food. You’ll not only damage your quartz but your knives too.

Protect From Extreme Heat

Use trivets and hot pan stands when cooking. Never place a hot pan on quartz.

Dont stand On Quartz Countertops

And it goes without saying but don’t stand on your quartz countertops, if you need to be up at a high cupboard use a suitable step ladder. Anything caught on your feet, in your socks or on your shoes will absolutely scratch the quartz surface and then we’re back to getting it repolished.

If any of the cleaning methods above aren’t suitable for you. Then buy a special cleaner, made especially for quartz countertops. There are loads on the market. Always patch test in an inconspicuous place before going the whole haul and cleaning the lot.

Some suggestions for Quartz safe cleaners are below:

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Propre Skoosh PH Neutral Multi-Surface

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Weiman Quartz Clean & Shine

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More Stone & Quartz Cleaner PH Neutral

My favourite is the Propre Skoosh Multi, its a fab all-rounder and really tough on stains but gentle on our more delicate surfaces like quartz and stainless steel. I love it so much I imported some from Australia to try for myself and the results have been blowing me away every day since.

I know I harp on about how good dish soap is, and it is. But this stuff cleans my windows, my hob, my oven, my quartz and my bathroom with hardly any effort.

Ive even cleaned old foundation stains off my wood dresser with it and cleaned the sticky residue off a cupboard from vinyl sticky back plastic, it just slid right off.

The bad news though, it’s only available in Australia right now, I’ll be importing a pallet to distribute some time in the future so watch this space.

Conclusion

To recap in short. Don’t use alkaline or acidic cleaners. Don’t use mild abrasives or even harsh abrasives (but I know you wouldn’t anyway). Get a chopping board. Clean up spills immediately. Never stand on the quartz countertop. If you need something stronger use a natural cleaner like rubbing alcohol BUT very quickly and very sparingly!

The first thing to do when you notice your quartz countertops have a stain is take care of it as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading and ill see you in the next one.

Sarah x

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