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Give a Little Love to Your Oven This Month – Before the Turkey

If you do one thing to care for your home this month, roll up your sleeves and thank the quarterback of your kitchen, your oven. A deep cleaning may take a couple of hours, but you’ll be rewarded with:

  • Improved machine efficiency
  • Grease fire protection
  • Fewer repairs
  • Improved taste (No charcoal for these taste-buds, thanks!)

Below are directions for manual cleaning and self-cleaning ovens.*

*Self-cleaning ovens should not be cleaned the old-fashioned way. The chemicals in oven cleaners can erode the interior coating.

What do you need?

  • Dish soap
  • Equal parts vinegar and water
  • Gentle cloth (microfiber or lint-free)
  • Sponge
  • Scrub brush
  • Non-toxic, homemade cleaning paste or non-abrasive cleaning spray/degreaser

Homemade Cleaning Paste

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • A couple drops of dish soap for tough jobs

Mix the vinegar and water, then slowly add the solution to the baking soda. Continuously mix until you’ve formed a paste (you will not use all of the vinegar/water solution). Add soap and lemon juice (optional).

Inspect Oven Seal

  1. Inspect your oven gasket (rubber or plastic seal around the door) for tears or other deformities, which can allow heat to escape.
  2. If the door doesn’t close or seal properly, excessive heat near the front panel can cause damage to the unit and pose a burn risk.Found a problem? Schedule a repair online or call us at 844-99-SUPER and we’ll send a Pro ASAP.

Clean Oven Interior: Manual Clean

  1. Remove oven racks and soak them in a sink full of warm water mixed with a few drops of dish soap.
  2. Coat the interior of your cold oven with homemade cleaning paste, steering clear of heating elements and completely saturating charred areas. Allow the mixture to soak for a few hours, or overnight for tougher stains.

If you choose to use a commercial oven cleaner, make sure to ventilate your kitchen and follow directions on the product label. These cleaners can be noxious and require caution.

  1. Use a scraper to remove loosened char and spend some quality time scrubbing your oven clean. If working with a commercial cleaner, be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection.
  2. Clean the oven gasket using a gentle cloth and vinegar/water solution.
  3. Once the oven is clean, wipe the whole thing down once more with the vinegar/water solution.
  4. Scrub the oven racks in soapy water. You may need a scrub brush or heavy duty degreaser for a deep clean. Rinse and dry before returning to the oven.

Clean Oven Interior: Self Cleaning Oven

Safety first!

  1. Never run the self cleaning cycle when you’re not home, excessive buildup on the bottom of the oven may smoke.
  2. Charred foods can produce carbon monoxide as they burn. Always ventilate your home before running the self cleaning cycle. If you are particularly sensitive, scrape out excess buildup before running the cycle and consider going outside.
  3. Fumes released during the self cleaning cycle can be deadly to pet birds, which have extremely sensitive respiratory systems.
  4. Do not run the cycle if you suspect a problem with your oven gasket. Every self cleaning oven has a locking mechanism to prevent the door from being opened during the cycle, but a damaged gasket can allow heat and fumes to escape.
  5. The heat produced during the cleaning cycle is intense, reaching 1,000°F to incinerate debris and turn them to ash. Although not common, such high temperatures can cause problems with the oven door-latch or electrical components close to burning out. Super’s all-star repair pros have your back, but it’s best to use this feature a couple of weeks in advance of special occasions.

Got it, let’s do it.

  1. Empty the oven of all removable parts including racks to prevent discoloration. Place the racks in a sink full of warm water mixed with a few drops of dish soap to soak.
  2. Run the self cleaning cycle. The average cycle lasts about three hours.
  3. After the cycle ends, allow the oven to cool for a couple of hours before using a gentle, damp cloth or sponge to clean the ash from inside the oven.
  4. Clean the oven gasket using a gentle cloth or sponge and vinegar/water solution.
  5. Scrub the oven racks in soapy water. You may need a scrub brush or heavy duty degreaser for a deep clean. Rinse and dry before returning to the oven.

Clean Oven Door

  1. Clean the front exterior door using a gentle cloth and vinegar/water solution. Only clean your range or oven when it is completely cool.
  2. Keep the front panel, window and outdoor glass clean to prevent staining.

Clean Control Panel

  1. Use soap and water or a light-duty cleaner and soft cloth when cleaning the control panel. Abrasive pads or harsh cleaners can wear off the decal indicators, which help identify the knob controls.

Clean Beneath the Oven

  1. If you have a lower drawer, pull it out and remove it for easy access to the area under your oven. Simply pull towards you and lift near the front to remove it from the tracks.
  2. Clean the lower cabinet and floor using a vacuum attachment or bristle brush.

Congratulations, you did it! We promise to give you an easy one next week.

(Don’t want to play weekend warrior? Call us at 844-99-SUPER to schedule an expert to do it for you.)

*Always consult your owner’s manual for specific directions tailored to your model.

Blog provided compliments of SUPER Home Warranty.

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