The Hidden Dangers of Oven Cleaning

By on 17th August 2012 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Oven Cleaning

Thousands of people successfully clean their ovens without any issues every week. In the most part it’s a perfectly safe and reasonably straightforward task. However, it is easy to be complacent and this is when accidents can happen. So what do you need to be careful about?


Choose the right cleaning product


There are a number of oven cleaning products on offer; however, as with most things in life, some are significantly better than others. In this case, you need to be particularly careful with which one you choose. While some are eco-friendly solutions, others can contain caustic or come in an aerosol form. Now these are fine, but you have to be careful to apply them properly, otherwise you could end up damaging your skin or even the oven itself.


If you do accidentally get the cleaning product on your skin or even in your eyes, make sure you clean them immediately. This will hopefully ensure that there is no lasting damage; however, you should always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and contact a doctor if pain persists.


Mind the door


One of the most frustrating and common causes of damage to an oven when cleaning is the accidental breaking of the window. While this is usually made from extremely resilient glass, with the door left wide open for a prolonged period of time it’s easy to lean on it or even drop an object on the exposed window. Either way, if that glass breaks then your oven is going to be out of commission until you can find a replacement.


Even more unfortunate is the fact that this is likely to set you back a fair amount, particularly if it’s not insured. So make sure you’re extra careful not to do anything silly when cleaning your oven. One slip and you could have to dig very deep to find a resolution.


Be careful with the interior


As alluded to earlier, some products are better than others; equally, there are plenty of oven cleaning solutions that are kinder to surfaces. If you have an enamelled interior then you need to make sure that this isn’t damaged in the process of cleaning off all that grime. So make sure that any product used carries the VEA symbol; this denotes that it has successfully passed the tests carried out by the Vitreous Enamel Association.


While it is recommended that you clean every inch of your oven, it is important that you take care if removing the fan cover. If you manage to damage this or any of the other components, it could render any warranty void and also cost you a fair amount to successfully resolve. Ovens may look and act as if they’re indestructible at times, but you still need to make sure that you take care when cleaning them.


Of course, if you want to avoid all of this hassle and heartache you can choose to use an oven cleaning service. Just make sure that they’re fully insured and only use VEA products like we do at Ovenu – just in case.

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.