Oven Maintenance Tips
Cleaning the oven is one of those jobs most people try to avoid, regularly putting it off until it’s too late and it’s in need of a deep clean. Don’t worry if you’re one of those people, we’ve all been there so you’re not alone. Cleaning the oven can be a daunting task, especially if it hasn’t been cleaned for a long time, but it’s important if you want your oven to be hygienic and run smoothly.
Although it might seem like a challenge, cleaning your oven can be done easily using readily available cleaning items, most of which you’ll probably already own. Keeping your oven clean can also make cooking more enjoyable and is a necessary step to give your oven a new lease of life.
In this article, we’re going to discuss how you can make your oven look brand new using some simple cleaning methods. The process we’ll use is for a traditional convection oven (fan oven) but applies to most other oven types too.
Products You’ll Need
Cleaning a build-up of grime can require cleaning products with some harsh chemicals which can be corrosive to skin, eyes, and clothing. To keep yourself safe, use protective gloves, goggles, and clothing, and ensure the room is ventilated.
Heavy-duty oven cleaner is a popular choice for many people thanks to it being widely available and affordable. These cleaners are the most corrosive so care should be taken to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid accidental damage (to yourself or your oven).
Steam cleaners are a popular choice for people who wish to avoid using harsh chemicals. However, steamers can potentially cause damage to the oven and should be used with care or only on the oven door to be safe.
Another popular natural alternative to oven cleaner is baking soda and white wine vinegar, which, when mixed in equal parts, creates an effective homemade remedy. Using this natural method, you can decide on the concentration of your oven cleaner and be confident it doesn’t present the corrosive dangers of traditional oven cleaner.
Regardless of which cleaning option you choose, scourers, sponges and scrubbing brushes are a necessity for this job. Steel scourers and old toothbrushes are also ideal tools for particularly dirty and intricate areas.
Cleaning Your Oven
Not every part of the oven can be cleaned the same. Knowing how to clean each part of your oven properly maximizes time and effort and can prevent accidents happening in the future.
Cleaning the inside of your oven requires a tough approach. This is where rough scourers and strong cleaning products become necessary, particularly when tackling the oven shelves. Just like the glass door panel, oven shelves can be removed and left to soak in a cleaning solution before being scrubbed clean. When cleaning the main interior, ensure the oven is switched off correctly and the selves have been removed. Place newspapers or rags on the kitchen floor to collect debris that may be removed during the cleaning process. Start by brushing out any loose pieces using a dry brush or scourer before applying the cleaning solution with a spray or cloth. Then simply leave the solution to work it’s magic for as long as the manufacturer suggests. If you’re using a homemade solution, leave it to soak overnight then scrub off using your preferred scourer or brush.
Cleaning the oven door requires more delicate solutions than the racks and oven interior. Rough scourers should be avoided (such as steel wool) as should some chemical cleaners to avoid weakening the glass and minimizing the risk of the glass shattering in the future. Instead, microfiber cloths, sponges, or glass scourers should be used exclusively. If the glass panel can be removed for cleaning, place it in your preferred cleaning solution for as long as necessary to weaken the built-up dirt before scrubbing.
After cleaning your oven thoroughly, all you have to do is wipe it down at least once per month to prevent a build-up of food spatters, grease and grime. Giving your oven a new lease of life in this way ensures your oven is hygienic and makes cooking more enjoyable for everyone involved.