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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 and operation, it can become a real fire hazard. But regrettably, many tenants put off cleaning the oven in their Murrieta rental home because it seems like such a messy, time-consuming job. Stoves need to be cleaned every six months or so, more if employed and used frequently. In truth, 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 seems, many modern ovens do! When the appliances in your rental home are fairly new, your oven might have a self-cleaning feature. As you can guess, this feature is a real time-saver. During the self-cleaning cycle, the oven heats up to over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. This could 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 must do is wipe the ash away with a damp cloth.

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

When self-cleaning isn’t an option, an alternative is to use a store-bought oven cleaner. Depending on the brand you choose, you may be able to find a powerful cleaner that is fume-free. Despite the fact the product declares it doesn’t have fumes,  it’s still a good idea to wear gloves and a face mask and open windows during use. Oven cleaners are effective on the 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 a time. Doing this should allow you to wipe away the grime. When making use of the oven cleaner, it’s important to check the product container carefully and follow the recommendations. The majority of products will damage oven racks and exterior surfaces of your oven, so you may have to consider an alternative method to clean these areas.

Another alternative to store-bought cleaners is to make an oven cleaner yourself. Frequently, a paste of baking soda and water may just 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 can also add vinegar to the baking soda using a spray bottle. This may aid to lift the burned food off your oven easily. Additionally, you’ll need a good scrubbing pad and more elbow grease with this technique. The major plus is that you won’t have to worry about fumes or harsh chemicals.

You can, moreover, use baking soda and water to get your oven racks, knobs, and oven door sparkling. Just ensure 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. On the contrary, wet a cloth and wipe them clean. Supposing 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 just a few dishwasher detergents. To apply this practice, you’ll need a bathtub or other large tub and yes, time; racks should be soaked for several hours. Then right after soaking the racks, they can be easily scrubbed clean with a stiff brush.

By simply using your preferred method and a few cleaning tips, you can, for sure, quickly and easily keep your oven in great shape! If you would like help maintaining your Murrieta rental property, contact Real Property Management Realevate Specialists online or call our Mission Valley office at 858-997-2100 or our Temecula office at 951-461-0100 for more information.

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