Oven Cleaning The Easy Way
You’ve put off for as long as you can but there’s no escaping it any longer. It’s time for the household chore that most home owners hate above all others – cleaning the oven. It’s dirty, messy and time consuming. But if you spend a little time preparing, it needn’t be such a hassle. We asked Maria, owner of Proclean Domestic Cleaning Glasgow for her advice.
"First things first, make sure the kitchen window is open – you need some ventilation because most shop-bought oven cleaners emit powerful fumes. It’s also worth turning down the heating in the kitchen – or switching it off completely - because the fumes often seem worse when the room is warm.
The next thing to do is to make sure you have all the basic equipment you require in place. You’ll need a good pair of gloves, some scourers and access to hot running water for rinsing the grills after you’ve cleaned them. In addition to this, you will of course need oven cleaner!
Shop-bought cleaners are most readily available in a spray-on foam. For the inexperienced these are easier to use than gel cleaners which need to be brushed on and can drip from vertical surfaces. A word about drips: gel oven cleaners, and to a lesser extent foam cleaners, have a tendency to drip, particularly if you are leaving them on the oven surfaces to work for a lengthy period of time. So it’s always a good idea to place some newspaper or something similar beneath the oven door to catch any drips and keep the kitchen floor nice and clean. After all, you don’t want to do the hard work cleaning the oven, then find you’ve also got to clean greasy marks off the kitchen floor.
Now to the cleaning itself. The first stage is to vacuum (yes vacuum!) the inside of the oven, which will get rid of any loose debris. Pay special attention to any burnt or loose bits of food trapped in the hinge at the oven door. If you cannot remove these items with the vacuum a toothbrush comes in handy here. Once any loose soil has been removed it’s time to apply the oven cleaner to the exposed parts. Whether you are using a foam spray or gel, pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions for use and in particular their advice about ventilation.
Leave the cleaning material to work as long as possible. While you wait you can give the grills and racks a scrub using an abrasive scourer. Then I’m afraid there’s no substitute for a bit of elbow grease on the oven itself. Finally, once you’re happy with the results you have achieved, make sure you thoroughly wipe or rinse off any cleaning products from the oven or you’ll get a nasty surprise when you next switch it on!
And that’s it. You’re now ready to start cooking up a storm in your beautiful, gleaming oven".
If all of this seems a bit too much like hard work, don’t despair. There are specialist domestic cleaners who can take care of your oven cleaning needs - you'll find them on the internet or in the Yellow Pages.