Why Landlords Demand Professionally Cleaned Ovens

By on 5th September 2011 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Cleaning Tips

If you’re coming to the end of your tenancy in a rental property and have glanced at your contract, more likely than not there will be a stipulation relating to the cleanliness of the oven. This will probably be alongside other obligations, including shampooing carpets and ensuring all cupboards and upholstery are spotless.

The reason behind this is simple enough. Landlords don’t want to pick up a huge bill when you move out or spend days cleaning a house or flat just to make it habitable again. As such, most include provisions within the tenancy agreement to cover every appliance and area of the house – including the oven. Therefore this is a contractual obligation, which shouldn’t be ignored.

Of course, if you do choose to ignore your obligations, you could find yourself slapped with a hefty charge. This will often come out of your deposit, which could see the amount you receive back at the end of your tenancy reduce significantly. In fact, it may even mean that you get nothing at all.

If you don’t arrange for it to be done yourself then you’ll be at the mercy of the landlord. This potentially means that it could cost you more as they can effectively charge what they like, within reason. Obviously, if they have to complete the work and you’re liable for costs, then they are far more likely to be a little more liberal with the amount they are prepared to pay. This won’t necessarily be the case, but it’s certainly something to consider if you’re going to try and avoid doing the work yourself.

Another option you may have is to clean the oven yourself, great in theory, but potentially disastrous in practice. Why? Because cleaning your oven yourself means using cleaning products from the high street or supermarket. Not only are these hazardous to your own health, but they can potentially damage your oven.

For example, oven cleaning products that you can purchase on the high street contain a harmful chemical called sodium hydroxide. This can harm the rubber trims, seals and heating elements, meaning that your oven won’t shut properly, nor will it heat up as effectively. You may think that you’re doing the right thing by cleaning the oven yourself, but your landlord won’t be best pleased to see their oven damaged.

This is why landlords demand professionally cleaned ovens. Oven valeting services such as Ovenu will see that your entire oven is cleaned appropriately and thoroughly. From the hobs to the hood, and the racks to the fan, a good quality valeting service will make sure your oven is left sparkling and working effectively. Through their experience, dedication and use of caustic free cleaning products you’ll be confident of having a superbly clean oven; ultimately meaning you’ll get your security deposit back, to spend on what you want.

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.