Delicious waffles with strawberry syrup is delightful for anyone,rather than having cereal breakfast. But in our home, to have it again for next time or repeatedly will depend upon the condition of the waffle maker and how quickly we are able to clean it for making next meal. Removing the sticky stuff off the waffle maker may be bothering and it depends upon the batter quality, type of heating surface of the waffle maker and aging. It is always advisable to do the cleaning, as per instruction manual, however the generic guidelines on cleaning is attempted to produce below.
For better outer look, clean the exterior surface of waffle maker with a soft cloth soaked in mild soap water and wrung out. If the surface is of stainless steel, wiping with a little vinegar to give a lustrous look is good.
It is unsafe to clean waffle maker with direct water of any sort, to avoid electrical parts damage.
The first act is to remove oil with dry paper towel and then clean batter lumps stuck on a waffle maker’s plate with a soft brush and spatula, but do not use any hard brush or tools.
For further cleaning, oil is the best choice because it leaves a protective layer on waffle plate and makes it non-sticky, but when we use soapy water, we are introducing chemical that is not good in the long run for the non-stick coating.
If the batter is found hard for removal, soaking it with cooking oil for a few minutes will soften it and make easier for wiping out with a cloth or paper towel.
In waffle maker with removal grid, cleaning process becomes easier provided the user manual did not prohibit soap water use. If the batter is harder to remove by brushing and soap water wipe, apply baking soda over the grid with a soft brush and scrub it until removal, clean the debris with cloth soaked in soap water. Then wipe out with plain water soaked cloth and dry it with a dry towel.
As a good practice, it is advisable to wipe waffle plate with soft paper towel, after every use which will keep it stain-free and prevents oil build up.
Unplug the waffle maker and cool it to room temperature before the cleaning process. Do not clean even when it is warm, though it may make cleaning easier but will damage the coated heating surface. If the surface is of ceramic material, you might get hurt due to the heat.
Do not immerse the waffle maker in water or expose to running water, since the water ingress might damage the electrical parts.
Always use soft wet cloth and only non-metallic spatula to clean the heating surface. For removal of hard cooked lumps, use the method of applying cooking oil, soaking it and removing with soft tools. Never use any hard tools or appliance to remove material from the heating surface, which might damage the coating. Use of soap in cleaning is a choice subject to the maker’s guidance. It is wise to keep in mind that insufficient oil in batter leads to stickiness, rather than a coating issue of waffle maker.