Cleaning Your Oven After A Big Meal

Annoyed woman cleaning the ovenIf you regularly use your oven to cook large meals (maybe you tried your hand at one of our tantalising lamb recipes from last week?), chances are you know how quickly dirt and grime can accumulate inside and out.

Those layers of burnt food don’t just make your oven’s insides look bad either; they can cause serious issues, and affect your oven’s ability to function properly. This is why it’s important that you keep your appliance in a good shape by regularly cleaning it out. (more…)

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.

We receive queries from people throughout the country every day. Some are homeowners or tenants, others own businesses, but all of them are looking for the same thing: a spotless oven. So why are oven cleaning services so popular and who really uses them?

Let’s be honest, nobody particularly likes having to clean their oven, especially when they’ve left it a while. It can be a messy, time-consuming process, but one that is often driven by absolute necessity. After all, it’s pretty difficult to ignore an oven that’s in need of a good scrub; all your meals are nicely smoked and it’s impossible to peer through the window.

Time constraints are another key reason why many customers choose to use our services rather than doing it themselves. As we’ve just mentioned, it can take a number of hours to clean an oven properly. This is time that some people simply don’t have. Therefore, rather than letting their cooker waste away under a growing layer of grime, they choose to get an expert to do the job. Their time is saved, the job gets done to a higher standard – it’s that simple.

Then of course there are those that are contractually obliged to have all appliances cleaned by a certified company. Many landlords provide such stipulations, meaning that we get a lot of calls for tenants coming to the end of their agreement. With the threat of losing a portion of their deposit for not cleaning the oven before vacating the premises, most are keen to bite the bullet and get it done.

We also work with a number of businesses and educational establishments. Home economic departments need to be kept clean at all times for obvious reasons; and with lengthy dormant periods, particularly through the summer months, it’s important that ovens are spotless when students return.

Of course not all oven cleaning services are as professional as others. Whilst we have people working throughout the company, running their own franchises, we always ensure that they adhere to the strictest codes and only use products that we’ve tested and recommended. Each one is also fully insured, so that any damage caused will be covered. Equally, they are all trained to our exacting standards, meaning that customers will get the same standard of service wherever they live.

For most of our clients, oven cleaning is all about convenience. They want a professional job in eliminating tough stains and bad odours from their cooker. As mentioned though, for some it is about necessity. Whether the oven needs to be bought up to code for hygiene reasons or as a result of ending a tenancy, cleaning services offer a great way of getting this done in a cost-effective and timely manner. Whatever your reasons and wherever you might be, we’re always happy to help.

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 most are probably well aware, ovens need to be cleaned regularly in order to maintain optimal functionality and to avoid a number of unpleasant side effects. However, whilst this knowledge may be at the forefront of most homeowners’ minds, some may not be able to identify all of those tell tale signs that something is amiss.

So, to give you a better idea of what you should be looking out for with your own oven, here are four clear indications that it’s time for a clean.

Loss of Heat or Functionality

Over time you may notice that your oven takes longer to warm up and may even be unable to reach the maximum temperature. Whilst this can be indicative of fundamental issues with the appliance, it could also highlight the fact that grease and grime has penetrated the working parts – including the fan.

Before you decide to throw out your oven and buy a newer model, make sure you consider giving it a comprehensive clean. This may unblock certain issues and leave you with an appliance that works just like new.

Dark Smoke

One of the more obvious issues that will often arise whenever you’ve forgotten to clean your oven for a while will make its presence felt every time you have the misfortune of opening the door.  If you’re met with a wall of smoke, then there’s a good chance that grease and dirt are the culprits.

Spillages are an unfortunate by-product of cooking. Fat can spit all over the inside of your oven too, creating a near invisible layer of grease. Therefore, without regular cleaning, it’s easy for this to build up and cause issues – including smoke.

Unpleasant Smells

Another issue that you may encounter as a result of this accumulated detritus is a rather unpleasant smell. Once it builds up and is then heated, this can cause an odour to be emitted, which can make the kitchen a no-go zone. Obviously it will take time to get to this kind of level, but you should still keep an eye on things, or, more accurately, a nose.

Remember, these odours can be a sign of bacteria building up, particularly if the oven goes unused for a significant period of time. So it is worth making sure that your oven is cleaned and all grime is removed from the surfaces.

Visible Grime

This brings us nicely on to the final sign, which is when you can actually see the accumulation of dirt. Whether this is through a muddied window or small mounds of detritus at the bottom of the oven, as soon as you begin noticing that this has gone from a few spillages to a major pile-up, it’s time to take action.

So if you’ve left your oven cleaning for a while and are in need of a major spruce up, make sure you get it done as soon as possible. Even if you don’t have the time to take care of it personally, you can always choose a professional cleaning service such as the one we offer here at Ovenu.

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.

For anybody that is in the catering industry or prepares food for others, such as childminders, achieving certification of cleanliness is essential. Whilst it may not appear to be the biggest priority, particularly if you are looking after children, ensuring that your place of work/your home is spotless will enable you to continue doing what you love.

Cleanliness is an absolute necessity when caring for others, especially when you’re in charge of inquisitive toddlers and hungry youngsters. This is why a great deal of importance is placed on achieving and maintaining a certification of cleanliness. But how clean does your home need to be?

Ideally, the answer should be spotless. However, even the most dedicated of cleaning regimens can leave behind some mess – in fact it’s almost unavoidable. But there are plenty of things that anybody can do to get things up to scratch, one of which is to have your oven cleaned regularly.

The oven and surrounding area can be a hotbed for invisible germs and bacteria. As this is where many meals are prepared, ensuring that any mess is dealt with swiftly and hygienically is absolutely essential. However, when you’ve got your hands full, it can be tempting just to give everything a quick onceover and make sure it appears to be clean.

Whilst there is nothing wrong with regularly wiping down surfaces and using anti-bacterial sprays to remove any germs, it won’t necessarily eradicate everything. This is where an oven cleaning service can really help you out.

By scheduling regular, or even just occasional cleans, you can ensure that every surface and all working parts look like new. But even better than that, they will be free from the grease and grime that can act as an incubator for all sorts of potentially harmful germs.

When it comes to ovens, cleanliness won’t just ensure that hygiene levels are maintained at all times, it will also ensure that it continues to operate efficiently. If fans become clogged, it can impact the thermostat – taking longer to warm up and costing more to operate. Therefore you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary hassle by getting a professional to sort it out on your behalf.

The good thing about having your oven cleaned by a professional is that you can continue with your daily work as they get on with their job. So you don’t need to be unduly disrupted whilst bringing your home up to code for a certification of cleanliness inspection. So all in all, it can really prove to be a good investment, especially for those childminders and carers who don’t have a great deal of time to do everything. Essentially it’s another job you can cross off your list and one less headache if you are seeking a certification of cleanliness.

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.

 Whether you’re a student who’s looking forward to moving home for the summer or a tenant that is heading off to pastures new, it’s well worth consulting your tenancy agreement before you leave.

Nowadays, landlords are keen to ensure that their property is ready to let out immediately after a tenant leaves. This means that the house or flat needs to be in the same condition as when they first moved in, with any repairs and cleaning carried out by the occupier. To ensure that this happens, most landlords will request that tenants pay a security deposit and sign a legally binding contract.

Within this contract there is likely to be a range of terms and conditions for you to abide by, some of which may be related to the cleanliness of particular appliances and furnishings. For instance, some will request that all curtains and carpets are professionally cleaned, particularly if you have children or animals living in the property. This isn’t a way of punishing tenants, it’s just to guarantee that everything is in a liveable condition for future inhabitants.

This may also extend to other areas of the home too, including the oven. Regardless of how long you’ve been in a property, there’s a good chance the oven has been used a fair few times. Every time you cook food, grease and spillages can build and filters can become blocked. This has a knock-on effect on the functionality of the appliance, taking more time to bring it up to temperature and possibly even emitting unpleasant smells or smoke.

Whilst some are happy to allow tenants to clean it themselves, others will want a receipt from an oven cleaning service to prove that the work has been done fully. As mentioned, a lot of the mess within an over, just as with carpets and furnishings, isn’t necessarily only on the surface. Whilst you can wipe down the inside and remove most of the grime, there is still a chance that some spillages and dirt could remain or that the filters won’t get touched.

A DIY job could also result in expensive damage, which has to be considered. Removing the enamel or damaging any of the working parts of an oven could have a long-term impact and may even require a replacement. If you use a professional cleaning service, any damage will be covered by their insurance and can be dealt with swiftly. Essentially, it is your ticket to avoiding any repercussions.

Failing to comply with any of the terms stipulated within the contract may result in the loss of a portion of your deposit. This can take some tenants by surprise, particularly if they were banking on receiving it back in full. So whilst some landlords offer relaxed contracts and are happy to accept certain wear and tear, it’s always worth looking at your agreement before you plan to move out – particularly if you would like to avoid an unpleasant surprise.