If you want to keep your oven in a great condition and functioning properly, you need to ensure it’s cleaned regularly, and correctly.
In this article we’ll talk you through how to keep your oven in the best possible condition, and give you some handy oven cleaning hacks to make the process that much easier.
What Should You Clean Your Oven With?
Before you begin cleaning your oven, you need to know what to use to get the best results. As a general rule, you will achieve the best clean by using products that are specifically designed to provide the highest standard of cleaning for certain surface types, whether it’s metal, glass, or so on.
Before beginning to clean your oven, it’s best to double check that you’re using the right cleaning product. If you’re not sure whether your oven cleaner can be used on stainless steel, for example, then check the packaging to be sure. Most products won’t be strong enough to cause damage to your oven but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
If your appliance also has an oven-top hob then use a separate oven-top cleaner for this, and if your appliance has a grill included then you should use a specific oven and grill cleaner to make sure that all of the grime is removed.
That said, if your oven is only lightly dirty you may be able to get away with just using a scouring sponge alongside warm, soapy water.
What Parts Of Your Oven Need Cleaning?
Knowing what to clean your oven with is step one. Knowing where to clean comes next. You will, of course, want to clean your entire oven, but it can be easy to overlook certain parts during the cleaning process. Here is a list of areas to tick off your cleaning list:
- The inner shell – this covers the 5 inside surfaces that comprise the inside of your oven. To clean this area best you should first remove all shelves and trays. You might find that the floor of your oven has accumulated residue that may require quite a bit of elbow grease to remove.
- Oven racks and trays – before cleaning these you should check your manual to see if the oven racks can be cleaned in the dishwasher. If not, clean them over the sink with warm, soapy water. It will help to soak them in hot water first.
- Oven door – you will have to clean both the inside and outside of your oven door, but inevitably cleaning the inside will take more work. You may need to use an oven glass cleaner. Avoid using a scourer or sponge with an overly abrasive surface.
How Often Should You Clean Your Oven?
A lot of people very rarely clean their oven, however if you clean it after every 3 or 4 uses you’ll find it much easier to keep it in tip-top condition (and that you spend less time cleaning it overall). This is because the longer you leave it between cleans, the more stuck on the dirt will become, and the harder it will be to remove.
How to Clean Your Oven
Now you know what to use to clean your oven, let’s look at how to clean it.
- Begin by removing any internal shelves, trays, and racks.
- Soak these in warm, soapy water in your sink while you clean the inside of the oven.
- Using your oven cleaner and your scouring sponge, scrub away the dirt and grime.
- Once you have cleaned and dried the inside of your oven, you can clean your oven racks, shelves, and trays.
- Once dried these can be placed back inside your oven.
- Finally, use your oven glass cleaner and a soft sponge to clean your oven door both inside and out.
Try this for a handy oven cleaning hack: use an old toothbrush to gain access to those hard to reach areas in the corner of your oven. The flexible bristles will remove the dirt and grime that would be otherwise very hard to reach.
Using the information above you will be able to keep your oven in the cleanest condition possible, which will not only keep it looking great, but will also keep it performing optimally for many years to come, whilst keeping any unwanted odours to a minimum. If you have any questions about any of the models within our product range then contact us for more information. Alternatively, for answers to the most commonly asked oven questions, read our article on oven FAQs.