A dirty oven is more than just a nuisance; over many weeks and months of use, it can become a real fire hazard, putting your tenant at risk. Add to that the potential problem you might have with property damage. But many tenants put off cleaning the oven in their Oconomowoc rental home. The reason, whether they admit it or not, is usually just because the task seems like such a messy, time-consuming job. Stoves need to be cleaned every six months but more if you use it a lot. In reality, 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? In reality, many modern ovens do! If the appliances in your rental home are fairly new, your oven might have a self-cleaning feature. Of course, this feature is a real time-saver. During the self-cleaning cycle, the oven heats up to over 800 degrees Fahrenheit. This will burn away all the drips and grime inside the oven, leaving behind a small amount of ash. Once the oven has cooled down, the next thing to do is to wipe the ash away with a damp cloth. And you’re done! It isn’t as difficult as some people think it to be.
When using this method, the biggest drawback would be an oven locked up for up to 5 hours while it cleans. In addition to that, it will also put out some serious heat, and might smell bad. If you have concerns about the heat or fumes, you could plan to stay out of the kitchen during the cleaning cycle and keep windows open for good ventilation. It is important not to forget to check carefully whether oven racks, pans, or other elements should be removed before self-cleaning. If the instruction manual of your oven is no longer with you, that’s fine. You can go online to the manufacturer’s website and find the information there. Just make sure that you’re searching for your particular model.
If self-cleaning isn’t an option, an alternative is to use a store-bought oven cleaner. Depending on the brand you choose, you can find a powerful cleaner that is fume-free. When the product says it doesn’t have fumes, it is still a good idea to wear gloves and a face mask and open windows during use. Oven cleaners are effective because 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 couple of hours. This gives time for the cleaner to do its work and break down the grime. Then you can wipe it clean. Before using the oven cleaner, it’s important to check the product container carefully and follow the recommendations. Some products will damage oven racks and exterior surfaces of your oven, so you’ll need an alternative method to clean these areas.
Another alternative to store-bought cleaners is to make an oven cleaner yourself. It’s safer since there are no strong chemicals in it. It’s also more affordable. Usually, a paste of baking soda and water will be enough to scrub your oven clean. Apply the paste to the interior surfaces of the oven and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes. You could also add vinegar to the baking soda using a spray bottle. This will help lift the burned food off your oven just a bit more easily. But you’ll need to do more than this. You’ll still need a good scrubbing pad and a lot more elbow grease with this method. The major plus is that you won’t need to worry about fumes or harsh chemicals.
You can also use baking soda and water to get your oven racks, knobs, and oven door sparkling. Always remember 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. This may lead to residue and watermarks. Instead, wet a cloth and wipe them clean. If 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 a little dishwasher detergent. You’ll need to keep them soaked for several hours. That means, to use this method, you’ll need a bathtub or other large tub and some time. But after soaking the racks, they can be easily scrubbed clean with a stiff brush.
By 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 Oconomowoc rental property, contact Real Property Management Greater Milwaukee online or at 262-309-6961 for more information.
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