How to Clean Inside the Oven

Your Guide to a Sparkling Oven – Cleaning the oven step-by-step

At Lux Cleaning, we understand how important it is to maintain a clean and hygienic oven. But let’s face it, oven cleaning isn’t always the most enjoyable chore. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help you tackle the job safely and effectively.

Safety First:

  • Unplug the oven: This might seem obvious, but it’s a crucial safety measure to prevent accidental activation while cleaning.
  • Ventilation is key: Open a window or turn on your extractor hood to ensure proper ventilation.
  • Protect your surroundings: Lay rags around and under the oven to catch drips. For extra protection on hardwood floors, consider placing large garbage bags under the rags.
  • Gear up: Don rubber gloves and safety glasses to shield yourself from cleaning agents and potential splashes.
How to Clean Inside the Oven
How to Clean Inside the Oven

Cleaning the Oven Cavity:

  1. Empty the oven: Remove all dishes, racks, and broiler pans.
  2. Remove the racks: Set them aside for separate cleaning.
  3. Apply the cleaner: Following the product label instructions, apply the oven cleaner inside the cavity, including the door. Use an old toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas.Important Note: Avoid applying cleaner to electric heating elements or gas vents.
  4. Let the cleaner work its magic: Most cleaners require at least 30 minutes, but heavily soiled ovens may need up to 3 hours.

Cleaning the Oven Racks:

  • Skip the bathtub: While some methods suggest soaking racks in the bathtub, Lux Cleaning advises against it to prevent mess and potential damage.
  • Targeted cleaning: Apply oven cleaner to both sides of the racks and place them in a sealed garbage bag. Let them sit for 30 minutes. Some cleaning kits even include heavy-duty bags specifically for rack cleaning.

Bringing it All Together:

  1. Wipe down surfaces: After the cleaner has done its job, use a damp sponge to wipe down the oven cavity and racks. Rinse the sponge frequently with clean water.
  2. Tackle stubborn stains: Even after cleaning, there might be some baked-on food residue. A scraper or scouring pad can help remove these stubborn bits.
  3. Reassemble and enjoy!: Once the oven and racks are clean, put everything back together and enjoy your sparkling oven!

Cleaning Between Glass Panels (Optional):

Sometimes, grease and dirt can get trapped between the oven door’s glass panels. While disassembly is an option, it’s a complex task requiring tools and knowledge. Disassembling the door can also void your warranty and carries the risk of breaking the glass.Lux Cleaning recommends: Consult your oven’s manufacturer’s website for specific instructions on cleaning between the glass panels.

At Lux Cleaning Ireland, we’re passionate about helping you maintain a clean and healthy home. If oven cleaning feels daunting, don’t hesitate to contact us for professional cleaning services. We’ll take care of the tough work so you can relax and enjoy a sparkling kitchen!