How to Clean Oven Trays [Guide]

By on 26th June 2017 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Cleaning Tips

Dirty Oven Tray

Greasy, sticky or burnt oven trays are never a good look. They can be tough to clean, and it may sometimes feel like it is impossible to remove their blackened marks and encrusted food accumulation. And so, you might find the temptation arising to give up and resign yourself to just buying a new set of oven trays. However, with a little tender loving care, your trays can be rescued and even revived to their original sparkling state.

Here are our top tips for removing grease and grime and keeping your oven trays clean all the time.

Greasy Oven Tray Cleaning Guide

  • With a paper towel wipe away as much grease and as many large clumps as possible.
  • Fill the kitchen sink or a tub with hot water and washing-up liquid.
  • Soak your tray for at least an hour to allow the soap to penetrate the oils and grease. If you aren’t able to fully submerge the tray, you’ll need to turn it over and then soak it for an additional hour.
  • Now it’s time to scrub. Use a soft sponge or cloth if you have a non-stick tray; if not, you can use more abrasive scourers – all the dirt and grime should glide straight off.
  • Give your tray one final clean by hand or for even better results pop it the dishwasher.

Burn Oven Tray Cleaning Guide

  • Use a paper towel to wipe away excess grease and loose dirt.
  • Pour boiling water into a sink or tub and add a cup of baking soda. Wait for bubbles to subside.
  • Place your tray in the sink and leave it to soak for an hour to let the solution soften the burn marks.
  • Drain the water and use a cloth or sponge to wipe away the softened crust – following the reaction between the hot water and baking soda, this should break down and come away easily.
  • If your tray wasn’t completely submerged first time around it may need further cleaning. Repeat the process with the tray turned over to focus on the remaining areas.
  • Give your tray a final clean in the sink or use a dishwasher for best results.

Guide to Maintaining Oven Trays

  • To keep the oven tray clean and avoid burnt-on stains, line your trays with baking paper or foil whenever possible.
  • Always use a paper towel to wipe away excess grease and dirt after each use.
  • Soak pans regularly (ideally after each use), in hot water with washing-up liquid for an hour.
  • Don’t scrub excessively with abrasive tools such as wire scourers as this could cause unnecessary damage, requiring your oven trays to be replaced more frequently.

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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.