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Six Ways of Cleaning Your Oven Racks Yourself

When you regularly use your oven for grilling, roasting and baking, your oven racks are usually the first thing to get covered in grease and grime. Although a professional oven clean can really make your oven racks look brand new in no time, it might be worth occasionally doing some DIY maintenance in between visits from Oven Brothers.

As cleaning oven racks can be a bit of a chore, we recommend you factor in at least 10 hours to finish this task, which includes the essential soaking time.

Six Tried-and-Tested Methods for Cleaning Oven Racks
With decades of collective experience in oven cleaning, it wasn’t hard for us to put together a comprehensive list of methods for cleaning oven racks. Although varying in effort and results, the following methods are worth trying for removing stubborn grease and burnt-on foods.

1. Use an Oven-Cleaning Bag
Oven-cleaning bags are specifically designed for cleaning oven racks and grills. As they contain an aggressive cleaning solution, make sure you wear household gloves when handling and place a maximum of two racks in the oven bag to soak overnight. Tilt the bag after two hours, so that the racks become recoated in cleaning fluids. The next day, wear household gloves again as you remove the racks from the bag and rinse them in hot soapy water.

Read our comprehensive user manual for oven-cleaning bags.

2. Use an Oven-Cleaning Product
A quick and easy way to remove dirt from your oven racks is with a simple oven-cleaning product. Lay the racks on an old cloth or rag in an outside area, spray them with the cleaning product and leave them to soak overnight. The next day, rinse them with water and rub off any stubborn bits as well as you can before wiping the racks dry.

3. Give Them a Dishwasher Powder Bath
In case your oven racks only need a mild clean, bathing them in a hot bath with dishwasher powder might be the appropriate solution. Make sure you protect your bathtub from scratching by placing towels or sponges underneath the corners of the racks, then fill the bath with just enough water to cover all of them. Crumble a dishwasher tablet into the water and leave the racks to soak overnight. The next day you will be able to rub off mild stains using a sponge and warm water.

4. Use Baking Soda and Vinegar
One of the best ways to clean oven racks yourself is to use baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda on to the oven racks, then drench them in vinegar in a large sink or in the bathtub (protecting your bathtub with towels). The chemical reaction between these two cupboard essentials will result in an eruption of bubbles and foam – once the reaction is over, the racks can be submerged in hot water and left overnight. The next day, scrubbing the racks clean will be easily done with a dishcloth or toothbrush.

5. Use Rubbish Bags and Ammonia
If your oven racks are very heavily soiled, the safest option is to arrange a visit from a professional oven-cleaning company. However, if you aren’t afraid of using some heavy chemicals you might want to try the ammonia and rubbish bag method. Wearing household gloves to protect your hands, put your oven racks in a rubbish bag and pour half a cup of ammonia over each. Tie the bag tightly, removing as much air as you can, and turn it several times to cover all the surfaces. Leave the bag outside for three hours. Now, wearing your household gloves for safety, remove the racks and wash them thoroughly with washing-up liquid.

6. Use Self-Cleaning Oven Features
Although a self-cleaning oven doesn’t remove the need for a regular deep clean, it is very useful for increasing the lifespan of your oven by facilitating regular surface cleans. If you are looking to clean your oven racks, simply keep them in the oven when you turn on the self-cleaning feature.

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7 TIPS TO KEEPING YOUR OVEN CLEAN BETWEEN CLEANS

“It’s so clean I don’t want to use it”

As Professional Oven Cleaners we hear these words all the time. You are amazed at how clean your good-as-new oven looks after our technician has done his magic that you almost don’t want to use it in case you dirty it again!
Inevitably the time will come for a Professional Clean again but in the interim Prevention is the Key. Here are our 7 Top Tips with this in mind.

1. Use the correct size dish. If your dish has the potential to boil over be careful not to overfill. Also consider placing the dish on another baking tray to catch any spillages.

2. Use the BBQ. If cooking meat with high fat content consider using the BBQ. Many BBQ’s now have roasting hoods and utilise ‘blue flame’ which enhance flavour.

3. Use a Roasting Bag. A roasting bag will not only retain the moisture content of your roast but it will eliminate the splatter of grease and fat throughout your oven. This excess grease and fat throughout your oven may taint any subsequent cooking if not removed correctly.

4. Use a lid where appropriate. Using a lid to cover food whilst is being cooked will eliminate the spatter of grease and fat onto the oven surfaces. Using lidded casserole dishes or covered glass bakeware is ideal for this.

5. Wipe up any mess ASAP. The longer any spillages or mess stay in your oven the harder it will be to remove so as soon as it is safe to do so wipe away the mess with warm soapy water.

6. Place a tray on the bottom rack of the Oven. The tray can be easily removed and cleaned immediately after cooking. Be careful not to place the tray on the floor of the oven as some ovens operate with an element under the floor of the oven and may crack and scorch the enamel. I would also not recommend using foil on the tray as the foil can come loose and short out elements and mark the enamel.

7. Make sure your thermostat is working accurately. It is common to be unaware that your oven thermostat is not accurate. Mostly the Oven is getting hotter than the dial indicates and the increased oven temperature sends grease and fat in all directions inside your oven. An easy way to check is to buy a separate oven thermometer from a kitchen and homewares shop.

Eventually the time will come where only a lot of elbow grease and TLC will suffice and it’s time to call the experts again.

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Think about it: A filthy oven is not a healthy oven

If your oven is coated with grease and grime, it can interfere with the natural travel of hot air around the interior, meaning that food may not be cooked as it should be.

Think about it: A filthy oven is not a healthy oven, and it’s tough for your oven to do its job as normal if it’s coated in grease and dirt.
If your oven isn’t working properly, you may not be properly cooking your food, even if you’re sticking to temperature guidelines and cooking times.
Any food or grease that has been burnt on the inside of the oven continuers to burn whenever it’s switched on.’
Dirty cookers could also release pollutants into the home, throwing carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulphur dioxide into the air you breathe. That’s not good.
The British Lung Foundation warns that dirty cookers can release two kinds of pollutants in the home; microscopic particles of dust and dirt, and gases like carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide.
That all sounds pretty scary. So what can you do, beyond adopting a raw diet?

It’s simple: Give your oven a proper clean! A professional oven cleaner will be able to reach every dirty corner and let it 100pct clean.

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Why you Should have your Oven Cleaned?

Whilst most homeowners and tenants are well aware that they need to clean their oven regularly, many might not actually know why. When you do it yourself, it’s not the most pleasant task. It takes time, it involves the use of harmful chemicals and it’s pretty messy too. So it’s easy to see why many choose to leave it as long as possible.
However, despite the cost or inconvenience, it is essential that you keep your oven clean. Like most things, dirt will build up over time. In fact, the oven will often act as a trap for grease and food which, depending on how regularly and what you cook, often means that it needs pretty extensive attention.
If you simply allow it to continue building up you risk creating more work for yourself and even damaging the oven itself. The tell-tale signs that it is time to put in a little elbow grease include a build up of grime on the window, visible discolouration or residue build up inside and excessive smoke bellowing out every time you open the door. Not only does this add a charcoal taste to meals, but it can also be hazardous too.
In terms of hygiene, it certainly isn’t advisable to allow your oven to descend into a grimy, unusable mess. Whilst high temperatures can stave off most issues, it’s certainly not the ideal environment to prepare food in.
Then you have to consider the operation of the cooker itself. Like a car engine or anything remotely mechanical, it’s important that an oven is kept in full working order at all times. Failure to do so can lead to a drop in performance, with filters getting clogged and temperature issues. Along with burning off of existing residue, this can lead to the build up of smoke mentioned previously.
Essentially, it isn’t good for your oven, your food or your own health. If you don’t want to clean it yourself, then don’t be afraid to seek professional assistance. We help to valet the ovens of thousands of households every year. Some are due to coming to the end of a tenancy agreement, others are simply in desperate need of a thorough clean. As professionals, we have the cleaning agents and equipment to complete the job quickly and effectively, without you having to lift a finger.
The primary advantage of professionally valeting an oven over simply cleaning it yourself is that you can be assured of an impeccable finish. It will almost be like having a new cooker, without the expense or effort. However, it is also important that you continue to mop up spills and dropped food, even giving the surface a wipe every now and then (when it has cooled down of course). Regular cleaning can stop residue getting out of control, but it isn’t a replacement for the occasional major spring clean that all ovens need.

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7 Top Tips to keep your Oven Clean

Always when we finish cleaning an oven, our customers say that they don’t even want to use it again in case they dirty it again.

The time will come for a Professional Clean but in the meantime you can keep It nice and tidy. Here are our 7 Tips:

1. Use the correct size dish. If your dish has the potential to boil over be careful not to overfill.

2. Use the BBQ. If cooking meat with high fat content consider using the BBQ. Many BBQ’s now have roasting hoods and utilise ‘blue flame’ which enhance flavour.

3. Use a Roasting Bag. A roasting bag will not only retain the moisture content of your roast but it will eliminate the splatter of grease and fat throughout your oven. This excess grease and fat throughout your oven may taint any subsequent cooking if not removed correctly.

4. Use a lid where appropriate. Using a lid to cover food whilst is being cooked will eliminate the spatter of grease and fat onto the oven surfaces. Using lidded casserole dishes or covered glass bakeware is ideal for this.

5. Wipe up any mess ASAP. The longer any spillages or mess stay in your oven the harder it will be to remove so as soon as it is safe to do so wipe away the mess with warm soapy water.

6. Place a tray on the bottom rack of the Oven. The tray can be easily removed and cleaned immediately after cooking. Be careful not to place the tray on the floor of the oven as some ovens operate with an element under the floor of the oven and may crack and scorch the enamel. I would also not recommend using foil on the tray as the foil can come loose and short out elements and mark the enamel.

7. Make sure your thermostat is working accurately. It is common to be unaware that your oven thermostat is not accurate. Mostly the Oven is getting hotter than the dial indicates and the increased oven temperature sends grease and fat in all directions inside your oven. An easy way to check is to buy a separate oven thermometer from a kitchen and homewares shop.

Please leave your coment about how useful the tips are. We want to hear from you! When the time comes, don’t hesitate to contact us for a professional cleaning.