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Best Tips and Tricks for Oven Cleaning

Person Scrubbing Oven with Rubber GlovesA dirty oven is more than just a nuisance; over weeks and months of service, it can become a real fire hazard. But it is a pity that many tenants put off cleaning the oven in their West Valley City rental home because it seems like such a messy, time-consuming job. Stoves need to be cleaned every six months or so, more if used excessively. Keeping your oven clean isn’t as hard as you might think. That is especially true if you know a few of the best tips and tricks for getting the job done quickly and easily.

The first tip to a clean oven is to check whether your oven has a self-cleaning cycle – and use it. Have you ever wished your appliances would clean themselves? Amazingly enough, many modern ovens do! If the appliances in your rental home are fairly new, your oven might have a self-cleaning feature. As you can very well see, this feature is a real time-saver. During the self-cleaning cycle, the oven heats up to over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. This may burn away all the drips and grime inside the oven, leaving behind a small amount of ash. When the oven has cooled down, all you have to do is wipe the ash away with a damp cloth.

In all likelihood, the biggest drawback to using this method is that your oven will lock for up to 5 hours while it cleans. It will, moreover, put out some serious heat and might smell bad. If you have concerns about the heat or fumes, you should plan to stay out of the kitchen during the cleaning cycle and keep windows open for good ventilation. Be sure, as well, to check carefully whether oven racks, pans, or other elements should be removed before self-cleaning. In case you don’t have an instruction manual for the oven, you could find information on your particular model online.

Whenever self-cleaning isn’t an option, an alternative is to use a store-bought oven cleaner. Depending on the brand you choose, you could find a powerful cleaner that is fume-free. Even though the product affirms it doesn’t have fumes, just the same, it’s still a good idea to wear gloves and a face mask and open windows during use. Oven cleaners are effective since they use strong chemicals to dissolve baked-on foods and grease. Most require you to spray the cleaner on and then let it sit for over some time. By doing so, it should allow you to wipe away the grime. When making use of the oven cleaner, it’s important to check the product container carefully and follow the recommendations. Most products will damage oven racks and exterior surfaces of your oven, so you may require having an alternative method to clean these areas.

Another alternative to store-bought cleaners is to make an oven cleaner yourself. A paste of baking soda and water may be enough to scrub your oven clean. Apply the paste to the interior surfaces of the oven and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes. You may also add vinegar to the baking soda using a spray bottle. This might be of use to lift the burned food off your oven a little easily. Likewise, you’ll need a good scrubbing pad and a little more elbow grease with this style. The major plus is that you won’t ever need to worry about fumes or harsh chemicals.

You can also use baking soda and water to get your oven racks, knobs, and oven door sparkling. Just make sure to use a soft microfiber cloth instead of an abrasive scrubbing pad to wipe the paste off. To clean knobs, avoid spraying cleaner or water directly onto them. Instead, just wet a cloth and wipe them clean. If your oven racks need a deep clean, among one of the best ways to get them grime-free is to soak them in boiling water mixed with just a bit of dishwasher detergent. To apply this style, you’ll need a bathtub or other large tub, and a long period of time; racks should be soaked for several hours. Then immediately after soaking the racks, they could be easily scrubbed clean with a stiff brush.

Just by merely using your preferred method and a few cleaning tips, you can quickly and easily keep your oven in great shape! If you would like help maintaining your West Valley City rental property, contact Real Property Management Wasatch online or at 801-889-1517 for more information.

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