The Dangers Of Dirty Ovenware

Dirty Ovenware

In previous posts we have discussed the dangers associated when cooking with a dirty oven.

But did you know that even if you have a clean cooker, old and used baking trays, cooking dishes and grill sets can be just as detrimental to your health and safety?

When was the last time you changed your kitchen’s ovenware? (more…)

A lot of life’s little tasks become infinitely more difficult when you suffer from allergies or asthma. With respiration issues, you have to be extremely careful about the products you use and what tasks you’re able to do around the home. Oven cleaning is certainly no different.

 

If you’re planning to clean the oven yourself, then you’ll have to think carefully about the type of agent you’re going to use. For instance, there are plenty of shop-bought products that come in the form of aerosols. This kind of airborne application can trigger a number of allergies, making it difficult to breathe – let alone complete the job.

 

As a result, it’s incredibly important that you take the time to choose a cleaning product that is going to cause you the least irritation. Liquids are often preferable, simply because they don’t have the same form of chemical reaction, nor are they airborne. This means that they are far less likely to cause any form of reaction.

 

These eco-friendly solutions are equally effective and are readily available from stores and specialist providers. They are also safer for others in the home too. This is simply because they won’t generally include any form of corrosive elements, meaning that any contact with the skin or enamel surfaces shouldn’t be as damaging. Although, it is still important that you rinse the affected area thoroughly if it should come into contact with your hand or arm.

 

If you are particularly sensitive to cleaning chemicals then you may be advised to use a protective face mask when removing dirt from your oven. This will prevent any fumes from reaching your throat and nose. However, if you are particularly susceptible to allergies, it’s important that you choose a mask that provides the most effective protection. You can never be too careful, so don’t take any unnecessary risks.

 

Another solution of course is to choose a professional cleaning service. We regularly provide help to people who simply aren’t able to clean their oven effectively due to health reasons. Ovenu only every use eco-friendly products, so you won’t need to worry about damage to the oven or risk to yourself or children.  It’s affordable, so you won’t have to break the balance, and you will always be assured of a comprehensive valeting service.

 

So the most important thing to remember if you have allergies is to take care and ensure that you have the right type of cleaning product. As mentioned, aerosols can be hazardous, even to those without any form of respiratory issues or medical conditions. Make sure your skin is protected, to avoid any contact and steer clear of irritation. If you have a mask for filtering out air particles, this would also be incredibly useful just to protect your face and lungs. Otherwise, if required, we’re always on hand to provide expert assistance.

Can Cleaning Products Damage Ovens?

 

At Ovenu we take care to choose cleaning products that are both effective and safe, ensuring that each solution is fully tested so that it won’t damage the appliance or those who use it. However, this attention to detail is by no means universal, with a number of over the counter products still containing chemicals that may be harmful.

 

So what should you look for?

As you may have noticed, our products all come with a VEA symbol. This is provided by the Vitreous Enamel Association and indicates that they are safe to use on all enamel surfaces. Therefore, if you don’t wish to damage your oven, it is vital that you check any cleaning product you use – whether from a supermarket or a professional service – is accredited and holds a VEA badge.

 

Caustic soda is an ingredient that still appears in a number of solutions, but should generally be avoided. Due to the corrosive nature of the sodium hydroxide/sodium potash, it can easily damage your glass window and other surfaces within the oven if it is not applied or removed correctly. Again, this is another reason why we make sure that all products are genuinely caustic free, rather than making false claims to that effect.

 

How do they damage ovens?

Whenever you use chemicals, there will often be some form of reaction. Whilst this can obviously make it easy to get rid of grease and grime, if it is too strong it may be just as effective at removing the surface of whatever it is that you’re attempting to clean. So whilst you may think that the enamel is resilient enough to withstand any kind of product, you might be in for a bit of surprise if you happen to choose something that is corrosive – as mentioned above.

 

This can also lead to damage in other areas of the oven, requiring extensive and expensive repairs if it is particularly severe. If you are planning to clean it yourself, some chemicals can also be extremely irritable if they come into contact with your skin. So it’s important that you use gloves and cover your arms to avoid any accidents from happening. If you should get any oven cleaner on your skin or in a worst case scenario, your eyes, it’s important to clean the affected area immediately.

 

The advantages of using Ovenu

As we mentioned earlier, all of the products we use are fully tested and don’t contain chemicals that will do damage to your oven. In a worst case scenario where something goes wrong we are also fully insured, so none of the cost will be passed on to you. We believe that this attention to detail and focus on quality is what sets us apart from all others.

 

So whilst you may be happy doing the oven cleaning yourself, make sure that you check the label carefully for any potentially harmful chemicals and if you have a vitreous enamel surface, make sure the product is carrying a VEA badge. On the other hand, if you’d rather get some professional assistance, we’re always more than happy to help.

Household fires can be absolutely devastating, particularly if they aren’t contained or dealt with swiftly. Unsurprisingly, one of the most common places for a blaze to begin is in the kitchen. With naked flames from gas hobs and 200 degree heat being produced by the oven, there is massive potential for accidents to happen.

When it comes to oven fires, there are a number of key contributing factors that could act as a trigger. These include the following:

Technical malfunctions

Due to the extreme heat within an oven, malfunctions are an ongoing risk. There isn’t a great deal that you can do to avoid any such issues, except to ensure that the appliance is serviced regularly or to report any potential issues that you spot – including erratic temperature variations or small flames and sparks.

Cleanliness

Of all the potential causes of an oven fire, this is perhaps the most avoidable. There really is no excuse for allowing your cooker to get to a state where it is so full of oil and greasy deposits that it is actually deemed unsafe to use. However, it does happen.

Every year thousands of fires are triggered by the residue of past meals. This is why it is so important that you take the time to clean your oven or choose an oven valeting service to do the work for you. Not having enough time really is no excuse for causing needless danger to yourself or your family; a few hours is all it takes to clean your oven and prevent a minor issue developing into something more serious.

Forgetfulness

Unfortunately a lapse of concentration can be critical, especially if you’ve left something in the oven. At best you might get away with blackening your shoulder of lamb or reducing your beef joint to inedible charcoal, at worst though it could mean a fire ripping through your kitchen.  Again, it’s not something you can necessarily guard against; after all it can be easy to get distracted by children, phone calls and everything else that goes on in the modern home. The only advice would be to always take care to double check, even when you’ve finished cooking that there are no issues.

What happens if you notice flames?

Whilst prevention is always better than cure, if you look through the oven door and notice that there are flames (or larger flames than usual in the case of a gas oven), switch off the oven and allow it to cool down. Don’t open the door, as this may only serve to add oxygen to the flames and could cause you to get burnt.

You should never attempt to tackle fires yourself unless you have been trained to do so effectively. Therefore, before you do anything else, assuming the fire hasn’t subsided, make sure you call the emergency services and request assistance.

The biggest lesson here is to always keep an eye out for technical issues, never forget that the oven is on and make sure that it is kept clean. A build up of grease and other materials isn’t just unsightly, it can also be dangerous too. So don’t take your health and safety for granted, make sure you clean your oven regularly and thoroughly.

Anybody who lives beyond the boundaries of a major city will be fully aware of just how difficult it can be to secure certain services. Whilst plumbers, electricians and others may be available, there are other things, including oven cleaning that are decidedly more difficult to track down. So what can you do?

Well, the Internet has made a huge difference in the way we search for information – it has impacted communication, education and entertainment. Therefore it makes sense for the World Wide Web to be your first port of call when searching for oven cleaning services within your region.

For obvious reasons, most cleaners will work within a specific area; otherwise you’d have people travelling hundreds of miles for a basic service. Therefore you should search for the service and add a location – be it a town, city or county. You can either use a search engine or a business directory that you trust to find one or maybe a few oven cleaning services in your area. Using this, you can then contact them directly to find out more about price and availability.

At Ovenu we have a huge network of valeters working to our exacting standards. These are dotted right around the British Isles providing support to hundreds of customers every week. This means that we are able to service more ovens and get to places that others can’t reach without having to cover the vast distances mentioned earlier. Therefore, if you can find a larger company that has this kind of network of support, it will stand you in good stead – wherever you may be located.

Even if there are relatively few people offering these services near to where you live, it’s important that you take the time to make sure that they have the necessary skills, experience and insurance to carry out the work effectively. As in any industry, there will always be some people who are prepared to cut a few corners at their customer’s expense. So have a look to see if there are any reviews available online and even check out their website to find out more about how they operate.

Of course you can use any techniques that you’re comfortable with to find an oven cleaning service. For instance, if you’ve always relied on the Yellow Pages and prefer to speak to providers directly before making any decisions, then that can be equally effective as the Internet. You might even choose to combine the two, heading online to seek a few reviews before picking up the phone.

As mentioned, insurance is something that you should really demand of any oven cleaner. Whilst a professional using non-toxic chemicals should have no issues getting your cooker looking like new again, accidents can happen. If they do, then you want to know that you’re not going to be left with a massive bill after they leave.

So, regardless of how remote your location may be, there ought to be an individual, franchise or company that can help. We have a growing network of oven cleaners right around the country helping tenants, homeowners, professional kitchens and even schools to get their appliances up to scratch. Therefore if you’re not sure where to turn, you should take a moment to review our UK branches and see who’s available in your area.

As we all know, having a dirty oven with ground in grease and grime is rarely a pleasant sight. After use, you will often find that all of this debris creates more smoke than usual and can often result in an unpleasant smell. In the summer months, when your kitchen is naturally warmer, this can become increasingly unbearable throughout the day.

Whilst cleaning an oven takes a fair amount of elbow grease and requires a little waiting around, it’s important that you don’t put it off any longer than necessary. For both hygiene and functionality reasons, summer presents the perfect time to spruce up your cooker and wipe away all of that nasty grime.

Homes are generally heated throughout the year, particularly during the evenings and occasionally in the day when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Whilst temperatures rarely soar in Britain, even during the peak of summer, it is consistently warmer. Again, as mentioned previously, this creates the perfect environment for germs to spread. With leftover food and other spillages on the hob and within the oven itself, this can become home to millions of microscopic and potentially harmful bacteria.

Therefore, it is extremely important that you take time to wipe down surfaces after preparing a meal, just as you would do with dishes and cutlery. However, even when you manage to remove the visible dirt, some bits can still be left behind. Over time these can build up and create the rather unpleasant scene described at the beginning of this blog post. It is for this reason that it is recommended that all homeowners and tenants ensure that their oven is fully cleaned, including all surfaces and trays with reasonable regularity.

If you walk into the kitchen and are met with an old food odour, then the time is probably right to do something about it. As we’ve covered, heat is certainly a contributing factor when it comes to building up and distributing the smell of greasy spillages within the oven, making summer primetime for a far from pleasant pong in the kitchen.

Cleaning an oven isn’t always the prettiest or quickest of jobs. It will usually require the usage of some chemicals, which will strip away the grease without damaging the surface. On a hot day in July, this might not be top of your list of preferred activities, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored entirely.

Unsurprisingly, we receive a lot of requests for our oven cleaning services at this time of year; with many people realising that it needs to be valeted, but would rather someone else took care of it on their behalf. This includes landlords, exiting tenants, schools and homeowners. Everyone wants a fully working appliance and most would like to ensure that their kitchen remains bacteria and smell free when preparing food, which is why calling in the experts to get things spick-and-span once more is no bad idea. It’s an easy solution to a major inconvenience.

More often than not, when we clean appliances and surfaces, we generally focus on the areas we can see. After all, that’s where most dirt is attracted and will have the greatest impact on the appearance of your home.

However, sometimes this isn’t enough. For instance, you can vacuum your carpet as often as you want, but it won’t always get rid of that ground in dirt that can cause discolouration. For this, you need to shampoo it fully. Another classic example is when you come to clean your oven.

Some people choose to do this themselves. This is fair enough of course, it only takes a little elbow grease and some cleaning products to get the surfaces sparkling again. However, as with the previous example, this won’t account for all the built-up grime that can get into the nooks and crannies.

Take your fan for instance. If you have a fan operated electric oven, then it’s just as easy for dirt and grease to penetrate this area. Over time, this can cause unpleasant smells and may begin to impact performance too. Therefore, every time you wipe down the surfaces of your oven, you could be forgetting about this equally important area.

However, it would be unwise to attempt to get into any such mechanical areas within your oven without proper training or a full understanding of what you’re doing. This can potentially cause more problems than you solve, particularly if you damage thermostats or other heating elements that may be contained. So either make sure that you tread carefully or call in a professional oven valeting service provider.

When we carry out a full service on an oven, we really do mean a full service. This means that we don’t just mop up the mess on your surfaces and shelves, we will actually get into the hard to reach areas and clear out all of the mess. This is done just for the sake of a little extra work.

When dirt is allowed to build up within any kind of working mechanism, and particularly ovens, it can have a major knock-on effect in performance.  When it comes to your cooker at home, this may mean that as well as producing more smoke than it did in the past, you may also find that it takes longer to heat up too. This is usually as a result of grease penetrating the working components and slowing them down.

This loss of efficiency can be costly and could even result in a full break down of your oven if it isn’t treated. Therefore, having your oven professionally cleaned every now and then can help to cut down your energy costs and make sure that you don’t experience a loss of functionality at any point. After all, you don’t want to keep having to adjust your timings when preparing food or wafting away the smoke as you do so.

Much like Christmas, it’s not uncommon for your kitchen to get a fair bit of usage over the Easter break. It’s a great time to catch up with friends and family, and host get-togethers or evening parties. With this in mind, just think of all the extra cooking you’ve done? In addition, if you have children, it’s highly likely that for a week or two you’ll be cooking up lunches and dinners more regularly than if they were still at school.

Easter cooking

No matter what, Easter is about eating good food (as well as lots of chocolates) but, have you stopped to think about what all that extra cooking will do to your kitchen, especially your oven? Probably not, but you should do, because Easter isn’t just a great time to stock up on good food, it’s a time to give your house a good old spring clean, and the kitchen should be your first port of call.

There’s probably no other room that is as vital to stay clean, tidy and hygienic as your kitchen. It’s imperative that food is prepared, cooked and served in an environment that is sanitary and grime-free. If not, you could seriously be jeopardising the health of yourself and those for whom you are cooking. So where do you start?

Clean the kitchen – specifically the oven

Well, first things first, make sure the floors, walls, surfaces and cupboards are free from grease, dirt and grime. You probably won’t want to use the same cleaning product on your floors as you do your surfaces, but either way, ensure you give them a thorough clean. Then of course you have your appliances that need a good scrubbing. Things like your microwave, as well as white goods will need a cloth running over them. However more importantly, and one thing that tends to get neglected is the oven.

Arguably, this is one appliance that gets the most usage within your kitchen. As a result, just think of all the grease and grime that builds up over the days and weeks throughout Easter. There are the food spillages within or on your oven too. Any regular user of an oven will tell you that when food spillages are left within ovens (even small food particles) it can have disastrous effects, causing a great deal of smoke. Ultimately this will ruin your food, as well as the smell of your kitchen and even throughout the rest of your home.

How are you going to clean your oven?

So, Easter presents a great time to make sure your oven is up-to-scratch, ready to be used to cook food effectively and healthily. The next thing to consider is how you’re going to go about doing this. You can either clean the oven yourself, or get a professional cleaning oven service to do the job for you. Either way, your decision is entirely dependable on your needs and circumstances. However, for parents and individuals who are heading back to work after a nice Easter break, you may not have adequate time to get the job done yourself.

Whether you opt to don the marigolds yourself or employ the services of an oven cleaning company, it’s important the job gets done well, with the right cleaning products too. All too often, people use cleaning products that contain caustic-soda, which can cause a lot of problems both to the functioning or the aesthetics of your oven. So, be sure to look carefully at what products you’re using.

So, now Easter is done and dusted, make sure you get your kitchen and oven back in shape.

 Are you a student at College or University? If so, then at this time of year you’ll be gearing up towards the end of term, getting all of your assignments in and start preparing for your exams. It’s busy and stressful, and you probably don’t have time to do much else. Does this mean you can still neglect your cleaning duties? It shouldn’t that’s for sure.

Ensuring your student house stays clean and tidy is important. It’s part of your tenant’s agreement, and if and when you leave, your landlord will inspect your accommodation for its cleanliness and to see if there’s been any damage to the property and its furnishings. If there has been, you won’t get all of your deposit back, as this will be used to help pay for any repairs or professional cleaning duties.

Now, understandably, this is the last thing on your mind, as you approach the crunch period of your education. However for some, this does present a perfect time in which to get your house sorted, especially if you’re going to be moving out soon after your exams have finished.

Some students actually prefer to get cleaning and tidying sorted before they crack on with University and College work. It’s a way of putting off the inevitable and there’s some truth in the old adage that you can tell when a group of students have plenty of work to do, as their home will be immaculate.

However for others, the problem is time; where are you going to get the time from to clean your house? Well you don’t have to worry because there are plenty of professional cleaning services of which you can take advantage.

When it comes to cleaning your flat though, it’s important that you consider all rooms, especially those that are the dirtiest and often the most used. For students, this is the kitchen. It’s an important place to get clean too, as it needs to be hygienic for your own health and wellbeing. This means getting the floors, surfaces and even the cupboards clean, but also all of your appliances and even behind them where grease and grime builds up the most.

Above anything else though, in your student kitchen the one thing that desperately needs to get cleaned is your oven. It’s the appliance that is used the most, because it’s quick and easy to use; remember all those pizzas and oven chips? It’s also an area that is often neglected, and one that causes students to lose their deposits as a result. So don’t neglect your oven, get it cleaned as soon as you can this spring.

If you do decide to do this yourself, be sure to use caustic-soda free cleaning products. This will prevent damaging your oven with a corrosive chemical, which could cost you a considerable amount more if your landlord needs to get the oven fixed or repaired as a result.

Alternatively, you could use the services of a professional oven cleaning company. Not only do they know what they’re doing, as well as using the right cleaning products, but it also means you don’t have to worry about getting your oven cleaned during this busy time of year, and can concentrate on your studies instead.

Very few rooms in the home get as much usage as the kitchen. With all the cooking and preparation that goes on, it can become dirty quite quickly. Whilst you will invariably clean surfaces as you go along, leaks and spillages can still accumulate and leave their mark on your appliances, cupboards and flooring.

Only by carrying out a thorough deep clean can you eradicate all of this accumulated filth and return your kitchen to a pristine condition. With spring just around the corner and everybody looking to freshen up their homes for the summer months, there’s no better time to get started on your kitchen.

Why is the kitchen so important?

Of course you want to make sure that your living areas are spotless if you’re carrying out a spring clean, so get to work on your bedrooms and lounge by all means, just don’t forget about the kitchen. It’s easily done. After all, there are some pretty dirty jobs to be done and it generally gets a good deal of attention throughout the year.

However, this shouldn’t be used as an excuse to ignore what is a very important job. As well as making sure that your cupboards are cleaned out, you should also look to give your oven a thorough spruce up and perhaps take the opportunity to defrost and clean out your fridge freezer. The longer you leave these jobs, the more difficult they become. So it’s worth taking the bull by the horns and getting them all done in one fell swoop.

So what do you need to do?

There are a lot of surfaces in the average kitchen, so it’s always advisable to have a clear strategy for the work that needs to be done and in which order. You may wish to start at the bottom and work your way up, or simply go from one end to the other. It’s important that you don’t create more mess as you tidy though, which is why a plan of attack is so vital.

There’s no shame in cutting corners, as long as you still achieve the same end result. In other words you can always hire experts to carry out the jobs you either don’t want to do or require a professional’s input. Oven cleaning is a great example of this.

You can spend hours sourcing the right chemicals, scrubbing the inside of your oven and then applying the cleaner. It’s not a particularly quick or clean process. Then you also face the risk of damaging your oven in the process, either stripping the enamel or breaking the door. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be a bit of a minefield.

So why not spend a few pounds bringing in an insured, experienced oven cleaner to do it for you? You’re assured of a great result and this will enable you to get on with other jobs while they work.

Don’t forget to pull out your appliances to clean behind, underneath and around each one. Clear your cupboards and give them a wipe down with a damp cloth and get your floor sparkling by vacuuming and possibly mopping it too. The end result should be a kitchen that looks as good as new and is ready for another year of regular usage.