Your oven is prone to build up dirt and grease from cooking, it is important to keep up with maintenance to avoid an unmanageable cleaning task and to prolong the life of your oven.
Key tips when cleaning your oven:
- Do not use strong substances to clean any surfaces which have stencilled/raised lettering. The harshness of the chemicals will cause the lettering to fade off the surface.
- Knobs are usually removable for cleaning which makes it easier to remove dirt from hard to reach areas.
- Remove shelves for a deep clean
- Place a bowl of water in the oven for 20 minutes and heat on a high power prior to cleaning to make removing dirt and grease easier.
- Apply cleaner to cloth rather than directly to the oven surface.
- If you have a self-cleaning oven follow your user manual to operate a cleaning programme
- Try and deep clean your oven once a month to prevent dirt build up
- Clean the interior as and when spillages occur
- Consider where to place your oven carefully, do not place the oven where airflow to the blower motor is restricted. This will cause poor performance and result in oven failure.
- Make sure you use the correct power for the type of oven you are using. Using a lower power than needed will result in poor results due to power reduction.
- Check your oven door seal regularly to prevent heat escaping whilst cooking. To test the strength of your door seal, use a cash note. If the note slides in and out easily you may need to replace the seal.
- Regularly check your oven temperature to keep a good accuracy for cooking. Use a thermometer to check that the temperature is as hot as the one displayed on your oven. If there is a big difference we recommend calling an engineer to identify the problem.
- Do not hang heavy items off of you oven door as it will eventually lead to your hinges becoming loose.
For more information about looking after your oven, read our oven faults page.