For the best results make sure that you use the correct materials and dismantle the hob’s various parts before cleaning. Never use sharp objects to scrape off food deposits – you could scratch the surface. Whilst special cleaning products have their place, you will probably find good old soap and water to be as effective as anything else. Harsh abrasives should be avoided as they can damage the materials.
Firstly, soak cooled cast iron pan stands in hot, soapy water and scrape off any food remnants with a wooden or plastic implement. Leave to dry naturally or use a tea towel.
Burners can get marked with fat and carbon deposits. Do not soak in the sink or dishwasher. Instead remove from the hob and use a nylon brush to scrub with bicarbonate of soda and water – they should come up clean. Ensure that the burners are dry and correctly replaced before using the hob.
If your hob surface is stainless steel, use only soapy, warm water to clean, and then dry with a microfibre cloth for a smear-free finish. Specialist stainless steel cleaning products like Kitchen Essentials Stainless Steel Cleaner are now available for any really stubborn grime. Never use generic cleaners as you may scratch or damage the surface.
If you have any plastic or painted parts, gently clean with soapy water or soap filled pads to remove tricky stains. For enamel parts, use a mild, cream based cleaner. Avoid harsh abrasives, as they can scratch the finish.
If you need to re-season griddles and supports, drip a little vegetable oil onto the cooking side and spread evenly over the surface with kitchen towel.
And there you have it, a perfectly cleaned hob. Now you can make midnight feasts without anyone else knowing!