With most people using their oven on a daily basis, making sure they’re kept nice and clean can go a long way to ensuring good hygiene, whilst also avoiding a number of unpleasant side effects. An oven that’s cleaned regularly is more likely to maintain optimal functionality, helping it to last longer, and importantly, save you money in the long run.
Whilst this knowledge may be at the forefront of most homeowners’ minds, some may not be able to identify all the tell-tale signs that your oven is in need of a good clean. So, to give you a better idea of what you should look out for when it comes to the oven in your home, here are six clear indications that it’s time to book in a professional clean.
Loss of Heat or Functionality
Have you noticed that your oven is taking longer to warm up, or is it struggling to reach its maximum temperature? Although there’s a chance this could indicate a fundamental issue with your appliance, it’s also likely that a build up of grease and grime has penetrated your oven’s working parts. This can also pose a serious health risk, as lack of functionality can lead to illnesses, such as food poisoning, as your oven isn’t able to cook items properly.
However, before you decide to throw out your oven and buy a newer model, take a good look inside and see how dirty it is – the chances are, if your oven has perhaps been a little neglected, all it needs is a good, old-fashioned clean. This may unblock certain issues and leave you with an appliance that not just works just like new but will look pretty good as well.
Another sign that it’s time to clean your oven is the arrival of dark smoke. Spillages are an unfortunate by-product of cooking, and fat can spit all over the inside of your oven too, creating a near invisible layer of grease. This leftover grease will then start to cook each time you use your oven, which can cause unpleasant odours and welcomes the arrival of dark smoke when you open your oven door.
It’s really easy for this grease to build up without being noticed, so if your appliance has started greeting you with a wall of smoke, it’s time for a clean.
Changes in Taste
If your food is starting to taste a little different to what you’d expect – perhaps it’s smokier or simply unpleasant, it’s likely that abandoned food spillages inside the oven are the culprit.
When spilt food isn’t removed from the oven and it burns, carbon particles are released which affect the flavour of the fresh food you’re cooking. An unsavoury taste is most noticeable in baked goods such as breads and cakes, but generally indicates that your oven is in need of a proper clean.
If You Don’t Remember When It Was Last Cleaned
This may seem like an obvious one, but when you’re going about your daily routine, months can whiz by in a flash. We recommend taking a minute to have a think about when you last cleaned your oven personally, or had a professional in. If it’s been longer than 6 months or you simply can’t remember, the chances are your oven would benefit from a bit (or a lot) of TLC.
Another issue that you may encounter as a result of this accumulated detritus is a rather unpleasant smell. Once it builds up and is then heated repeatedly, it can cause an odour to be emitted, which can make the kitchen a no-go zone. It does usually take some time before this becomes an issue, but you should still keep an eye on things, or, more accurately, a nose.
These odours can be a sign of bacteria building up, particularly if the oven goes unused for a significant period of time. So, in order to keep your oven in a hygienic state, it’s worth making sure that your oven is cleaned, with all grime removed from the surfaces.
This brings us nicely on to the final sign, which is when you can actually see the accumulation of dirt. Perhaps you can’t see your food cooking through the grimy window or you start to notice small mounds of detritus at the bottom of the oven, one thing’s for sure, as soon as a few spillages turn into a major pile-up, it’s time to take action.
So, whether you’re familiar with one or a few of these signs or simply want to give your oven a spruce up, we’re on hand to help. If you’ve left your oven cleaning for a while, we recommend doing it as soon as possible. Even if you don’t have the time to take care of it personally, you can always choose a professional cleaning service such as the one we offer here at Ovenu.