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Cleaning Options For Ranges And Wall Ovens


Despite our best efforts, all of us have experienced an inevitable spill-over in the oven at one time or another. Whether it's that pot pie for dinner, or a cobbler oozing over the baking dish, spills inside the oven leave a mess! When shopping for a new range or wall oven, it's important to understand the options that are available for cleaning. Here are a few of the cleaning options available in modern ovens.


Self-Clean Ovens

Most modern ranges and wall ovens offer self-cleaning, the oven is cleaned by heat, at temperatures above normal cooking temperatures. During the cleaning cycle the oven is heated to about 880 degrees Fahrenheit (471° C.). At this temperature, food soils inside the oven are literally burnt off, leaving behind a small amount of ash. The leftover ash is similar to cigarette ashes, and wipes out easily with a wet cloth.

The cycle takes from one and a half hours to three hours, depending upon the amount of soil. A slight odor may be detected the first few times the oven is cleaned. No commercial oven cleaner or oven liner of any kind should be used in or around any part of the self-clean oven. Depending on your oven model, you may leave self-clean racks in your oven, but you must remove stainless steel racks.

The problem with automatic self-clean ovens is the time and temperature requirements, in many cases smoke will emanate from the oven vents and consumers unfamiliar with the process often think their oven is on fire! Prompting calls to 911. Others fear the tremendous heat generated during the process and worry about injuries to pets and small children.

Enter Self-Cleaning Ovens with Steam

Self-Cleaning ovens with steam eliminate the time and door locking required for conventional self-clean ovens. Steam Clean allows for quick cleaning of minor food spills at temperatures lower than the standard self-clean feature. Simply pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of a cool oven. Close the door and select Steam Clean. The cycle lasts about 30 minutes, and loosens and softens the grime in the oven.

Once the cycle is complete, wipe out the moisture and food soils with a soft cloth. Because Steam Clean uses a lower temperature, the oven door does not automatically lock, like it does in Self-Clean mode. Steam Clean does not involve chemicals, so pans and racks can remain in the oven during cleaning. When shopping for a wall oven or ranges look for the steam clean option, it’s worth the additional cost.

Manual Clean Ovens

Entry level wall ovens and ranges do not offer self-clean or steam clean features, and require cleaning by hand. Frequent wiping with mild soap and water (particularly after cooking meat) will prolong the time between major cleanings.

For light food soils, soap, water and a scouring pad should be all that is needed. Tougher soils might require a commercial oven cleaner made for use in a standard clean oven. Be sure to follow the instructions on the product label.

The job of cleaning a standard clean oven can be made easier by using household ammonia. Place 1/2 cup in a shallow glass or pottery container in a cold oven overnight. The ammonia fumes will help loosen the burned-on grease and food. Always remove the ammonia before using the oven.


Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man


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Posted 2016-02-15T20:45:20+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC