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The Dangers Of A Dirty Oven

By on 17th February 2014 (updated: 18th March 2024) in Blog

The Dangers Of A Dirty Oven

Now we all know that cleaning a dirty oven is perhaps the worst out of all of the household chores. We frantically do our best to clean the specks of dirt that we, and our visitors, can see on an everyday basis, often ignoring important equipment like the microwave or stove. But did you know that there are a number of dangers and risks associated with neglecting a dirty cooker?

Take a look below at some of the problems a dirty oven can cause, whether you’re a homeowner or you run a business. For a complete overview of everything you need to know about oven cleaning, see our ultimate guide on how to clean your oven.

Dirty Oven

Fire Hazard

To state the obvious, cooking at high temperatures with old food stuck to your stove’s interior can bring a number of fire hazards to your kitchen.

Any food or grease that has been collected in your cooker will often stick to the hot plating, grills and metal trays; continuing to burn.

If you asked your average firefighter how many calls they respond to because of an oven fire, the number would be way above anything you would have expected.

On top of a probable fire, proceeding to bake with burnt grease will likely fill your kitchen with a thick plume of smoke that is sure to cause a lot of discomfort to your customers or pose a real threat to your building and its occupants.


It’s not just fire hazards and failed health and safety checks you need to worry about. Think about the impact that a sticky oven will have on the quality of the meals you are preparing.

A stove that is full of smouldering oil and grub can ruin the flavour of your food, filling it with a nasty, smoky taste. In addition to this, the grease that clings to the surface of your interior might trickle into your food while it is roasting, and ingesting this is not good for your health.

To top it all off, the grit that gets stuck on the inside of your stove often tends to obstruct your cooker’s heat sources like the grill or fan (if you have a fan-assisted oven), meaning that your food is less likely to cook thoroughly. This is particularly dangerous when preparing meat as you may run the risk of getting food poisoning if your food is not properly cooked.

Health Inspections

For business owners, an unexpected drop-in from the health and safety inspector can have your eatery closed down in a heartbeat if they find out that you are cooking for customers in a mucky stove.

This can cause a huge headache for such a simple task; and even if you cannot fit in the time to get your cookers spick and span, professional oven cleaning services like Ovenu can.

oven cleaning products

Cleaning it Yourself

Although cleaning out your dirty oven is paramount to keeping a clean and healthy kitchen, there are also a number of dangers involved in the process.

The majority of cleaning products available in your local shop contain chemicals that can be harmful if inhaled or come into contact with your skin and eyes.

That’s why we recommend that you leave it to the professionals. You can read more about the potential dangers of oven-cleaning products on our blog.

We hope you have found this post useful. If your oven is due a clean then our professional oven cleaners have the skills and expertise to get the job done. Get in touch with us today for a free quote. 

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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.