How to Clean an AGA Cooker

By on 24th May 2011 (updated: 10th March 2020) in AGA

The AGA cooker has seen a huge resurgence in popularity over the last decade or so. This traditional, cast iron appliance offers a unique aesthetic and function, often used for heating a room as well as preparing meals. This helps it to provide a great focal point for any modern kitchen with an old fashioned twist. However, an AGA cooker needs to be maintained properly, which means regular and thorough cleaning.

Due to the enamel surface, it is important that all spills are mopped up quickly; particularly if it is a corrosive substance. You also need to be careful when it comes to your choice of cleaning materials. Again, strong acid based solvents can cause irreparable damage to the enamel, which can see the AGA quickly lose its lustre.

The compartmentalised design can also provide an additional challenge for AGA owners. It adds a significant amount of time to the work, particularly if you are doing a full clean. Often if you are removing particular spills from the surface, you can do so whilst the cooker is still on or cooling down. This should be safe to do, as long as you are careful and can be easier than attempting to remove the material when it has burnt on.

Due to the time required and the somewhat unusual challenges that an AGA cooker poses, many owners choose to have them professionally cleaned. This is commonly done during the summer months, as this is the time when they aren’t in use.

At Ovenu, we provide a comprehensive AGA cleaning service. This is carried out using our unique cleaning product, which has received the approval of the Vitreous Enamel Association (VEA). Our professional team of experts are trained to the highest standards, helping to provide a safe and comprehensive valet for thousands of customers each year.

You can of course carry out the work yourself. However it is important to follow the manufacturer guidelines and be careful not to use damaging solvents – usually cream-based bleaches should be fine. Once the enamel is spoilt though, repair is far from straightforward. It’s surprisingly easy to discolour or remove the surface too, so you do have to be extremely careful.

However, if you choose to have it done professionally, it is essential that you choose a company that is accredited, highly experienced and fully insured. It is certainly a more straightforward option, which should provide an impeccable result – again, if done properly. A well maintained AGA cooker can last forever. They are built to withstand most things; however, for it to continue working efficiently and look as good as new, it needs to be properly cleaned at regular intervals. So make sure you take good care of your AGA.

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.