Contrary to common belief, AGA ovens are not self cleaning. Many people believe that because they’re on all the time, the heat from inside the oven carbonises any spillages, which means when the AGA oven is switched off, the carbonised dust can be just swept away.
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Whilst this is partly true, this doesn’t actually allow for a deep and thorough clean, which will ensure your AGA oven is hygienic and actually performs to its maximum. Just like with self cleaning ovens, there will come a time when, despite its best efforts, you’ll need to thoroughly clean the inside.
Imagine all of the grease and food particles that get stuck at the back of your AGA oven. The various cooking compartments as well as the back of the AGA can accumulate more than you think in the time you’ve had your AGA oven on. Not only that but the hot plates and the enamel coating on the surface of an AGA can also get particularly messy, especially if you haven’t cleaned up immediately after spillages.
This is another common mistake when it comes to AGA ovens. Usually if a spillage on the enamel coating is dealt with immediately this is sometimes sufficient, however we don’t always clean up spillages soon as we make them, we are human after all. So if you’ve had a spillage that wasn’t cleaned up immediately, in all likeliness it would’ve hardened and become quite stubborn to remove with just a standard wet cloth.
So what’s the solution? Well like anything you’ve purchased, to ensure its longevity it’s crucial that you take good care of it, especially if it’s something as expensive as an AGA oven. When your AGA oven is switched off, this is the best time for a thorough clean and service.
You can do this yourself, but it’s very important to consider the cleaning products that you’re going to use. For example, AGA specifies that only recommended cleaning products are used on their ovens, this is because the vitreous enamel surface requires special care when cleaning. The Vitreous Enamel Association (VEA) gives recommendations as to which cleaning products can be used on these surfaces and only certain oven cleaning services use these approved products.
Therefore, whilst you may be able to find tips and advice on cleaning your AGA oven, it’s always best to stick to what they say. Should you clean your AGA, it’s best to only use approved products. The bad news is that you won’t be able to find these cleaning products on the high street. The good news is that you can find oven cleaning services that do use these approved cleaning products, such as Ovenu.
So before you switch your AGA oven back on this Autumn, make sure you give it a thorough clean with approved cleaning products or seek a professional oven valeting service to ensure it is cleaned to the highest possible standards.