Most of the modern-day induction cooktops are built from glass.
And like all glass it can be scratched not only when it is used improperly or with incorrect tools, but also through regular daily use.
Particularly when the glass is bumped or something is dropped upon it, there will be scratches or even a small chip removed.
Plus, if a material that is harder then the glass itself slides across the surface it will leave behind a scratch.
Fortunately, there are some precautions that can assist in reducing the number and the seriousness of scratches and a few ways to treat the ones that have already occurred to ensure normal performance continues.
This simply means that induction cooktops are quite sturdy. And when used correctly with precautions taken, all scratches and damages can remain minimal and will not affect the use or effectiveness of the cooktop itself.
So, what are those measures, what can actually scratch the cooktop and how to know whether those are actually scratches or something else?
Let’s try to address some of these questions and more in the article below…
What Can Scratch an Induction Cooktop?
Any item that is rough on the bottom is a risk of a scratch to the glass cooktop.
Cast iron is one type of pan that can cause these scratches due to the chance of bumps and unevenness on the bottom, but the iron it’s built from makes it a good match for the induction process.
To avoid scratches, place the pots and pans gently on the surface and do not allow them to slide or move across the surface.
Sharp metal utensils such as forks and knives may also cause scratches to the cooktop, so a spoon rest should be used as needed.
When cleaning the induction top it is important to use the correct care and supplies.
While many electric burner and gas stove tops can be scrubbed with abrasive cleaners or scrub sponges and scourer, an induction cooktop is likely to be scratched by these products.
Anything that is abrasive, uneven, or has sharp metal portions is likely to leave a scratch, or several small scratches on the glass top of your induction stove.
The cleaning pads designed for removing build up from regular stove tops and sinks, and even those used on pots and pans, work by scratching the build up off of the surface.
These should always be tested on a small space that isn’t easily seen to check for scratching before use.
On a glass induction stove they should be assumed to scratch and not be used on the surface at all.
How to Know If They Are Scratches?
Any scratches on a surface can be felt with the fingers, may hold cleaning products within then, and can be seen as they will not wipe off as a normal smudge or line of dirt would.
To check for scratches, feel the cook top carefully for any interruption to the smoothness of the surface.
Scratches may be deep and felt easily, or even a chip from a dropped cooking utensil or even a pot or pan.
Smaller scratches may be harder to feel but if rubbed with a clean microfibre cloth they will not wipe off as a dirt or smudge will.
For further confirmation a gently soap or cleanser can be sprayed across the surface and it may pool in a scratch or chip.
How to Prevent Scratches on An Induction Cooktop?
To prevent scratches on an induction cooktop it should be used gently and precautions should be taken.
Place all pots and pans on the surface gently and with care, and do not slide them across the surface but pick them straight up and place them back down gently in the new position.
Use pots and pans that have a smooth bottom only.
When setting utensils on the top or using it for cooking preparation be sure not to allow knives in direct contact with the cook surface but a soft wooden cutting board may be used, or a spoon rest with a smooth bottom.
Using only plastic and silicone cooking utensils will assist in avoiding scratches and may be set on the surface directly when not in use, without causing any scratches or chips.
As the entire surface does not heat up, they are at no risk of damage.
During cleaning a gently soap cleanser should be used, nothing that is harsh or abrasive.
A soft cloth, such as microfibre, or a soft sponge may be suitable. Spray the surface with cleanser then gently wipe it off with the cloth or sponge.
Any scrubbers or abrasive cleansers should be avoided, including scouring pads and plastic pot scrubbers.
Spills should be cleaned promptly, as they are unlikely to burn onto the surface but there is the possibility, making them harder to remove later.
How to Deal with Existing Scratches on Your Induction Cooktop?
No matter how carefully the cook top is cared for accidental scratches may still occur.
When a scratch is found there is the possibility of removal or at least lessening the damage.
To remove a scratch, mix a paste of baking soda and water. It should have no clumps and be a fairly smooth texture.
Use a soft cloth to apply the paste to the scratch in small circles.
Another clean cloth should be used to remove the remaining paste from the surface.
A mix that has clumps or is too abrasive will cause additional scratches rather then correcting any.
Alternatively, a cleaning paste or metal polishing cream may be used.
The process is the same as the baking soda, apply the cleaning paste or metal polishing cream with a soft cloth in small circles over the scratch.
A clean soft cloth such as microfibre is then used to remove the remaining paste or cream from the surface.
This should remove most scratches from the surface, though some large scratches will be unable to be removed.