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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; using it consistently for some time can make it become a real fire hazard, which puts your client at risk. Additionally, you could potentially have a huge problem with the damage to your rental home. But many tenants put off cleaning the oven in their Columbia Heights rental home. One of the usual reasons is that they think the job is messy and time-consuming. Stoves need to be cleaned every six months but more if you use it a lot. In reality, 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? Many modern ovens do! If the appliances in your rental home are fairly new, your oven might have a self-cleaning feature. Indeed, this feature is a real time-saver. During the self-cleaning cycle, the oven heats up to over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. This will burn away all the drips and grime inside the oven, leaving behind a small amount of ash. Once the oven has cooled down, all you have to do is to wipe the ash away with a damp cloth. That’s it! It isn’t that difficult.

But possibly the biggest drawback to using this method is that your oven will be busy for up to 5 hours while it cleans. It will also put out some serious heat and it might smell bad. If you have concerns about the heat or fumes, you could plan to stay out of the kitchen during the cleaning cycle and keep the windows open for good ventilation. It is important not to forget to check carefully whether oven racks, pans, or other elements should be removed before self-cleaning. In case you don’t have the instruction manual for the oven, that’s okay. You can go online and search for that information. It can usually be found on the manufacturer’s website. Just be sure that you look for your particular model.

If self-cleaning isn’t an option, an alternative is to use a store-bought oven cleaner. Depending on the brand you choose, you can find a powerful cleaner that is fume-free. Even if the product says it doesn’t have fumes, it would still be a good idea to wear gloves and a face mask and open windows during use. Oven cleaners are effective because 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 a few hours. This allows time for the cleaner to break down the grime. But after it does its job, you can go ahead and wipe it clean. Before using the oven cleaner, it’s important to check the product container carefully and follow the recommendations. Some products will damage oven racks and exterior surfaces of your oven, so you’ll need an alternative method to clean these areas.

Another alternative to store-bought cleaners is to make an oven cleaner yourself. It saves you money and is generally safer since it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals. Most of the time, the simple solution works, a paste of baking soda and water will be enough to scrub your oven clean. Apply the paste to the interior surfaces of the oven and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes. You could also add vinegar to the baking soda using a spray bottle. This will help lift the burned food off your oven just a bit more easily. But you’ll need to do more than this. You’ll still need a good scrubbing pad and a lot more elbow grease with this method. The major plus is that you won’t 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. It is important 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. The spray may wet the surrounding material and damage it. Instead, wet a cloth and wipe them clean. If your oven racks need a deep clean, one of the best ways to get them grime-free is to soak them in boiling water mixed with a little dishwasher detergent. You’ll need to soak them for several hours. So, to do it this way, you’ll need a bathtub or other large tub and some time. But after soaking the racks, they can be easily scrubbed clean with a stiff brush.

By 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 Columbia Heights rental property, contact Real Property Management DC Metro online or at 202-269-0303 for more information.

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