A dirty oven is more than just a nuisance; over weeks and months of usefulness, it can become a real fire hazard. However, many tenants put off cleaning the oven in their Belleview rental home because it seems like such a messy, time-consuming job. Stoves need to be cleaned every six months or so, more so if it is being used many times. 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? Amazingly, many modern ovens do! In the case that the appliances in your rental home are fairly new, your oven might have a self-cleaning feature. As you will very well see, this feature is a real time-saver. During the self-cleaning cycle, the oven heats up to over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. This will surely burn away all the drips and grime inside the oven, leaving behind a small amount of ash. Afterward, when the oven has cooled down, all you need to do is wiped the ash away with a damp cloth.
Likely 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, it would be better for you to plan to stay out of the kitchen during the cleaning cycle and keep windows open for good ventilation. Likewise, remember to check carefully whether oven racks, pans, or other elements should be removed before self-cleaning. If you don’t have an instruction manual for the oven, you could find information on your particular model online.
Just in case self-cleaning isn’t an option, an alternative is to use a store-bought oven cleaner. Depending on the brand you choose, you can certainly find a powerful cleaner that is fume-free. Even when the product claims it doesn’t have fumes, to be safe, it’s still a good idea to wear gloves and a face mask and open windows during use. Oven cleaners are effective since 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 little while. In this way, it should allow you to wipe away the grime. When applying the oven cleaner, it’s important to check the product container carefully and follow the recommendations. Many products will damage oven racks and exterior surfaces of your oven, so you may need to look for an alternative method to clean these areas.
Another alternative to store-bought cleaners is to make an oven cleaner yourself. Often, a paste of baking soda and water should 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 should also add vinegar to the baking soda using a spray bottle. This can greatly contribute to lifting the burned food off your oven sort of more easily. Besides, you’ll need a good scrubbing pad and way more elbow grease with this option. The major plus is that you then won’t have to worry about fumes or harsh chemicals.
You can indeed use baking soda and water to get your oven racks, knobs, and oven door sparkling. Just be sure 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. Rather, just wet a cloth and wipe them clean. In case 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 some dishwasher detergents. To put this technique to use, you’ll need a bathtub or other large tub, and a bit of time; racks should be soaked for several hours. Then later on, after soaking the racks, they can then be easily scrubbed clean with a stiff brush.
With regularly 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 Belleview rental property, contact Real Property Management Diversified online or at 352-854-2221 for more information.
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