How to clean an oven
The manner in which you tackle the cleaning of an oven depends upon the layout of the oven. The main principles are similar for all ovens, though floor standing ones will have other areas which need to be cleaned, such as the hob area. This guide covers the different types of ovens, and gives instructions on how to get the best results. Clean ovens show that you care for the cleanliness of your food preparation areas in the kitchen, and although this can be a daunting task, the satisfaction cleaned makes the job worth tackling.
Warm the oven.
The oven should be warmed a little, as grease and dirt move more easily from a warmed oven surface. When warm, turn the oven off.
Take out all elements which can be removed.
Take out the shelves from the oven. If the shelf housing is dirty, this can also be removed. Take out any panels which are removable and check your appliance instructions to see which can safely be removed.
Use the newspaper to spread out to take all the parts from the cooker. If you cannot find room for all of them, you will have to work on a few at a time. Never be tempted to spray items which are on unprotected surfaces.
Check the interior of the oven.
Many ovens these days are supposed to be self cleaning. Unfortunately, our practice of cooking can defy even the best of manufacturer’s intentions. In the case of those casings which are supposed to be self-cleaning, wipe these areas with a sponge. You should not have to scrub. For areas which are not self-cleaning, spray all the dirty elements including sides, bottom and back of stove. Avoid those areas which have elements for grilling.
Working on the removable elements.
Place the pieces to be cleaned onto the newspaper and spray them with the oven cleaning product. These will need to soak in the product for a while, so do read instructions.
The shelves of an oven can be sprayed as well, though please note that the spray can only be applied at one side at a time. When the time is up on one side, turn the shelf over and spray the other side.
Stubborn stains to shelves.
These can be attacked with a soap filled wire wool pad after the soaking time has finished. Areas such as this present hard stains which have developed when heat has cooked remains of food. They are difficult to move, though not impossible. Turn the shelf up the other way and tackle the stains on the underside in the same manner.
Wiping out the oven.
When the product has been used for the appropriate length of time, use a clean cloth soaked in hot soapy water and then squeezed so that it is damp. After each stroke, rinse out the cloth and continue, until all the dirt is removed. Wipe gently around the heating elements at the top of the oven.
Rinsing loose elements.
After the soaking time is finished, rinse the items which have been removed from the oven in hot soapy water, and then hot clear water. Polish these up with a tea towel.
These need to be cleaned inside and out and there are products on the market specifically designed for windows. If you do not have these products, clean the inside with traditional oven cleaner in the same way as you cleaned the interior. The outside glass should be cleaned with a glass cleaner and buffed to a nice shine.
Exterior stainless steel finishes.
These should never be cleaned with harsh tools as scratches will appear. Use a stainless steel cleaning spray and a soft cloth to clean these areas.
Knobs and panel.
This area can be cleaned usually with a sponge and hot soapy water. There may be some stubborn stains, though soaking them with a soap solution is the best way to tackle them. Never use harsh abrasives.
Putting your oven back together.
As you clean items, replace them in the clean oven, until the whole process is finished and you have a shiny oven to be proud of.
Tops of free standing ovens.
If your oven has rings on top of it, these should be cleaned daily. However, if they get stained take off the rings which surround the burners and if using gas, there will be parts which are easily removed on top of the gas burners. Soak these in a solution of hot soapy water and then clean with a sponge, avoiding abrasives.
Cleaning the hob top.
If you have stainless steel, do not clean this with abrasives. You will need to clean this gently and if you have ingrained dirt, soak this and wait for the stain to soften. With each wipe of a soft sponge, these will loosen. On the final rinse, buff the surface with a clean Tea Towel.
Cleaning elements removed.
The worst area to clean on the hob area is the metal grid which holds the pots. These have little areas where dirt can get trapped. This will need to have oven cleaner applied to it, and left to soak for the appropriate time. Then rise and dry. For stubborn areas these can be tackled with the steel wool pads since the material they are made from is cast iron.