Are You Using The Right Oven Cleaning Products?

By on 22nd August 2011 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Cleaning Tips

For any home owner or tenant, making sure you have a clean and nice smelling oven is incredibly important. Whatever your circumstances, at some point you’ll need to give your oven a thorough clean.

Whether that’s because it generally needs cleaning, you’re having guests come round for dinner, or you want to secure your deposit when leaving your rented accommodation; for whatever reason you’ll need to give your oven a deep clean.

Risky Cleaning Products

Most people will try a bit of DIY by going out and purchasing some oven cleaning products. Whilst this is a common way to ensure your kitchenware is sparkling clean, it isn’t always advisable, and this is because of the cleaning products used. For example, cleaning products purchased from the high street or used by certain oven cleaning companies can actually be quite risky and could cause more harm than good.

What is so risky about them? Well most popular oven cleaners use a particular chemical called caustic-soda (or sodium hydroxide), which is very hazardous to your own health as well as your oven. It can damage all of the trims and seals, as well as heating element. Not only does it affect the functionality of your oven, but aesthetically it can harm the chrome and surfaces.

Using these products yourself or hiring an oven cleaning company that uses these products can damage your oven over time. The oven door may not close properly because the seal has fallen off or eroded or the heating element may be affected, meaning your oven doesn’t heat properly. There are a number of reasons why using cleaning products containing caustic soda is hazardous, and in the end could be incredibly costly, especially if you have get repairs to your oven or worse, a total replacement.

Choose Caustic-Free Products

This is why it’s essential you check the cleaning products which are being used on your oven. You can even check with the oven cleaning service, or make sure that you purchase caustic –soda free products on the high street if you want to clean your oven yourself. However, considering that most cleaning products contain sodium hydroxide, this may be difficult. So what do you do?

It’s best to make sure that your oven is thoroughly cleaned using the right cleaning products by trained professionals. Enquire with your oven cleaning company first about the products they use, remembering to steer clear from those containing sodium hydroxide.

If you choose an oven cleaning company like Ovenu, for example, then you’ll ensure you’re getting the best, hygienic and environmentally friendly cleaning products. This is another key thing to consider, the effect the cleaning product has on the environment. Whilst some products and services aren’t concerned with their environmental impact, some cleaning services are. Using a bio-degradable, non-toxic and phosphate free cleaning product means you’ll get an effective clean which is as eco-friendly as possible.

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.