Should you Attempt to Clean the Unseen in your Oven?

By on 29th October 2012 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Latest News

At Ovenu, we always look to ‘clean the unseen’ as part of our comprehensive oven valeting service. This allows us to get in behind panels and into the filter to clear out accumulated grease and carbon deposits. If left too long, this can cause a genuine fire risk as well as impairing the functionality of the appliance.

So, should you attempt to do the same?

While it’s important that your oven is cleaned from top to bottom, it’s equally important that you don’t damage essential components. By attempting to eliminate one risk, you can easily create another, so don’t go pulling off the oven door or unscrewing internal panels just yet.

Our technicians are all highly trained and know ovens inside and out – quite literally. Therefore we always know what to remove, how to clean those unseen elements and will ensure that everything is replaced. If, and it is a big if, something should go wrong, we’re also fully insured, so you will never need to worry.

By taking on the valeting work yourself, there is always the chance that something could go wrong. Whether the window gets cracked or the filter is damaged after being removed, getting replacement parts or organising repairs can be costly. Suddenly, a job you’ve taken on to save some time and money is actually proving to be much more expensive.

So it’s important that you take care. Our technicians always remove doors, panels and shelves, cleaning these in special vats contained within the van. This ensures that they aren’t damaged and that they don’t leave unpleasant deposits on your kitchen floor. Depending on the size of your home and whether you have any outdoor space, such as a garage or shed, this may be difficult to achieve. However, it’s important that these bulky items are cleaned and also removed from the immediate area of the oven as they can easily impair your access.

As mentioned, it can get a little messy, particularly if you’re cleaning multiple elements at the same time. So it’s important that you cover your kitchen floor and provide as much protection to all surfaces as possible. Again, this is something that we always take particular care over during all oven valeting jobs, so we would always recommend that others do the same.

It’s important to remember that elements like the fan can be slightly more fragile than bulkier shelves or panels and therefore need to be treated with due care and attention. Many manufacturers will recommend that you don’t remove the fan or any internal panels, simply because of the risk it poses to the oven and it can cause issues, particularly if they are reattached incorrectly.

So it is advisable to only ever clean the unseen if you are sure what you’re doing, have the right tools and have protected the floor and other areas of the kitchen. Blindly removing doors, trays and panels without any real idea of what to do with them or even how to put them back in place can be risky. If you’re ever in any doubt, just call the experts.

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.