4 Oven Cleaning Myths Exposed

By on 24th October 2011 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Cleaning Tips

Cleaning your oven is somewhat of an arduous task, not only that but it isn’t as straightforward as you’d expect. It is quite normal for people to actually leave their oven a good few months or even a year without it being cleaned, after which they will probably attempt to clean the oven using well known or cheap cleaning products.

However before you take to the task of cleaning the oven yourself or calling the first oven cleaning company you come across, there are a few oven cleaning myths that need to be exposed. These will prevent you from potentially damaging your oven or forking out for a cleaning service that really isn’t up to scratch.

1. I can do the job myself to a good standard

You can certainly try to clean your oven yourself, however do you actually know what to clean specifically? More to the point, do you actually have the time to clean your oven thoroughly? To do a good job you need to take a good 2 – 3 hours out of your day and not only that, but using cleaning products purchased from the supermarket or on the high street can be harmful to your overall health and the health of your oven.

2. All cleaning products are the same

As mentioned, some cleaning products that you can purchase from supermarkets or on the high street are actually quite harmful. They contain harmful gasses, which if inhaled will cause dizziness and vomiting; and if your skin has come into contact with the cleaning product, you may suffer from itchiness and come out in quite severe rashes. In any case, if you’ve been heavily exposed, you should consult your doctor.

These cleaning products also contain sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) which is incredibly corrosive. It can damage the lining, the trims and seals as well as the heating element of your oven; overall it will compromise the performance of your oven as well as its aesthetics because it can leave residue and corrode the glass or chrome. Cleaning products contain varying amounts of caustic soda, with some services using completely caustic soda-free cleaning products, like Ovenu.

3. All oven cleaning companies are the same

Not true. As with any industry there will always be rogue traders and people who make claims which aren’t strictly true. Take the use of caustic soda-free cleaning products as an example, some companies may say they that no caustic soda will be used in your home, only for them to use caustic soda in the cleaning process outside in the van.

It’s best to use an oven cleaning company that is completely transparent. Make sure their engineers are fully trained and they can boast quality assurance standards. Make sure you fully understand what you’ll be getting for the amount of money you’re going to pay.

4. A self cleaning oven will clean itself 

Again, not true. Self cleaning ovens use extremely high temperatures to reduce food particles to ash which makes it easier to clean away. However they aren’t strictly ‘self cleaning’, and you will still need to intervene at some point to make sure you’re oven is thoroughly clean to that showroom standard.

Hopefully, that’s dispelled a few oven cleaning myths. Remember, you still need to clean a ‘self cleaning’ oven, cleaning products and services aren’t all the same and avoid cleaning your oven yourself; you could do more harm in the long run.

Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.