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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 usage, it can become a real fire hazard. But sorry to say, many tenants put off cleaning the oven in their Pasadena 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 quite a lot. 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? Incredible as it sounds, many modern ovens do! If the appliances in your rental home are fairly new, your oven might have a self-cleaning feature. As you may know, this feature is a real time-saver. During the self-cleaning cycle, the oven heats up to over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. This can 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 need to do is wipe the ash away with a damp cloth.

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

In the case that self-cleaning isn’t an option, an alternative is to use a store-bought oven cleaner. Depending on the brand you choose, you may find a powerful cleaner that is fume-free. Although the product announces it doesn’t have fumes, to be sure, it’s still a good idea to wear gloves and a face mask and open windows during use. Oven cleaners are effective taking into account that 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 quite some time. This should allow you to wipe away the grime. When using the oven cleaner, it’s important to check the product container carefully and follow the recommendations. Plenty of products will damage oven racks and exterior surfaces of your oven, so you may have to find an alternative method to clean these areas.

Another alternative to store-bought cleaners is to make an oven cleaner yourself. Generally, a paste of baking soda and water can 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 could also add vinegar to the baking soda using a spray bottle. This can do so much to lift the burned food off your oven quite a bit. Also, you’ll need a good scrubbing pad and substantially more elbow grease with this practice. The major plus is that you definitely won’t need to worry about fumes or harsh chemicals.

You can even use baking soda and water to get your oven racks, knobs, and oven door sparkling. Just be 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, you may just wet a cloth and wipe them clean. Once your oven racks need a deep clean, one of the tested and best ways to get them grime-free is to soak them in boiling water mixed with just a bit dishwasher detergent. To employ this technique, you’ll need a bathtub or other large tub and a bit of time; racks should be soaked for several hours. Then afterward, after soaking the racks, they can thus be easily scrubbed clean with a stiff brush.

Regularly 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 Pasadena rental property, contact Real Property Management Fairmate online or at 626-691-9749 for more information.

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