Why it’s Important to Clean All Surfaces in an Oven

By on 18th July 2012 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Latest News

It may not be easy and it might take a little longer, but if you’re cleaning your oven (or have paid for someone else to do it on your behalf) it’s essential that you cover every square inch. For instance, one area that is overlooked more regularly than you might imagine is the roof of the oven.

Whilst it may not suffer from drips and spillages, the roof can still be a trap for greasy residue, particularly in a fan assisted oven. A ‘clean’ cooker won’t stay spotless for long if you do forget or ignore the uppermost of the six surfaces. With the grime collecting at the top of the oven, it will eventually work its way back around the appliance when heated up. Therefore, you could effectively be back to square one within just a few days.

In the case of fan ovens, it is also worth removing and cleaning filters too. You will need to be careful to ensure that no damage is done, so check your handbook and don’t proceed until you’re confident that you can do so without causing more issues than you solve.

There are a number of reasons for why we all need to keep our ovens clean. Top of this list is hygiene. If you’re preparing food, the last thing you want is to be doing so in an environment that is visibly filthy. Bacteria can build up in ovens, particularly in the warmer months of the year, causing potential health issues.

Just as importantly though is the risk posed by fire. With grease building up throughout the oven, including the filters, the high temperatures reached when cooking a large meal could be devastating. So it really does pay to be thorough when cleaning your oven, as well as making sure that it isn’t left too long.

There is a little added risk when using products yourself though, especially when trying to apply chemicals to the roof of an oven. Whilst the floor and sides are relatively easy to access due to their visibility, the top can be little more challenging. The solution can easily drip, making it more hazardous for you, and you have to do a large portion of it blind as it would be particularly ill-advised to put your head in the oven during the cleaning process.

So whilst you can easily complete half a job, if you’re looking to bring your oven back into full showroom condition, you may need to seek a professional to complete to job. For instance, here at Ovenu we pride ourselves on making sure that no trace of dirt is left on any surfaces of your oven. We only use none hazardous materials during the process, ensuring that no damage is done to your enamel and other elements within the cooker. However, you’ll be pleased to know that we’re also fully ensured, so if any issues should arise, we will cover any costs.

The most important thing to remember when cleaning an oven is that you can’t just pick and choose where to wipe away grease and spillages. If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it properly. So make sure you take the time to cover every square inch, including those hard to reach places and the roof. If you can’t do that, then maybe it might be worth getting it cleaned professionally.

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.