When you are buying a new oven, there will be a number of things to take into consideration: from the size and the running costs, to the style and the ease of use. One thing that you might overlook is how easy it will be to clean.
There are two different types of oven: gas and electric. A gas oven will (obviously) be connected to the gas supply and there will be a naked flame somewhere within the oven’s interior. An electric oven will be connected to your home’s electricity supply, and will feature a heating element (usually at the top).
When you are cleaning out your oven, it’s worth bearing in mind the differences between these two variations and altering your cleaning technique accordingly.
Popular cleaning techniques
Some of the most popular cleaning techniques include the following:
• Auto clean – where your oven essentially blasts up the heat to its maximum settings and burns everything inside to a cinder. You then simply sweep out the burnt dust.
• Baking soda method – where you mix half a cup of baking soda with a tiny bit of water until you have a thick paste. Then you simply scrub the paste all over the inside of your oven and leave it to soak in overnight.
• Oven cleaner – these powerful cleaning agents get the job done. Follow the instructions and let the solution soak overnight for the best results.
• Washing up liquid – for minor cleans only; use a sponge and some warm soapy water, and leave it to soak into the oven before wiping it clean.
No matter which method you decide to use, you will need to bear in mind the limitations of your oven.
Cleaning a gas oven
First, make sure your oven has been switched off and for extra peace of mind, turn off your gas supply too.
Be careful when cleaning around the heating elements of a gas oven – under no circumstances should the heating element get wet or you may cause damage.
If your gas heating element is underneath a burner, you can remove the metal cap and clean it separately, before wiping the element itself with a dry cloth.
How to clean a gas oven
- Remove your oven racks
- Create a cleaning paste by mixing 1 cup of baking soda with 1 cup of water until it forms a thick paste
- Spread this natural oven cleaner mixture over your gas oven door inside and out
- Let this mixture sit on and in your oven for at least 12 hours
- Mix equal parts water and vinegar to create a cleaning solution
- Spray the interior and exterior of your oven with a cleaning solution, the reaction baking soda and cleaning solution will create foam
- Wet a microfibre cloth with hot soapy water
- Clean off all cleaning paste, excess dirt and grime using your damp microfibre cloth
- Dry your gas oven with a paper towel
- Buff your oven with a dry microfibre cloth, ensuring no streaks are left
How to Clean an electric Oven
Create a cleaning paste with baking soda and equal parts water. Add 115g of baking soda to three tablespoons of water, if your electric oven is dirty with baked on grease, then add 230g of baking soda to 6 tablespoons of water to form a thick cleaning paste. First, clean your electric oven with a damp microfibre cloth before applying the baking soda cleaning paste. Allow this cleaning paste to sit on your electric oven for between 1 and 2 hours before cleaning off the paste with a damp cloth and hot soapy water. Dry your electric oven with a paper towel then buff your oven with a dry microfibre cloth.
Switch off your oven at the mains before you start. Again, do not try to scrub the heating elements clean, as any leftover cleaning residue can react badly with the heat of the oven, creating unpleasant smells.
Wear gloves throughout the clean, and don’t be afraid to get stuck in. Caustic free products are the best for your oven as they won’t cause corrosion to the internal structure and will give the perfect shine once you’re done.
If you’re worried about how to correctly clean your oven, or you’re simply dreading the task, it’s worth calling in the professionals.
A professional cleaning team will be equipped to deal with ovens of every size, shape and description, and will leave your oven looking good as new, whilst you sit back and relax.
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