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Ever used the Self Cleaning Function on Your Oven?

  Chris and Ryan Belgrave  |    23 October 2014  |    House Cleaning Tips,  |    Virginia Beach

At You’ve Got Maids of Virginia Beach we love cleaning ovens, cleaning them to near brand new condition. Oven cleaning can be hard work, thats why we are fortunate to have a lady that does most of the work for us. A ladybug that is! Our ladybug heats up to a staggering 300+ degrees to tackles that burned on, charred built-up grease and grime that has been left behind for months and in some cases years from roasting and baking.  Below are a few critical tips to insure your evolution is safe and is a complete success:
Choosing the best time to clean your oven is critical. Self-cleaning ovens can generally take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. Be sure to make it known to everyone in the home that you are about to operate the self-cleaning function on the oven to avoid any mishaps.

Note: Keep all pets away when cleaning the oven, especially birds,  these fumes are very harmful to them and may result in sickness or death.

1. Pick a time when your kitchen area has the least traffic.

2. Open your windows to help ventilate the kitchen, to avoid any family members or pets from inhaling the fumes.

3. Remove racks and broiler pan from oven before beginning the cleaning cycle. These can be cleaned by hand with an abrasive pad. Leaving them in makes them harder to clean off.

4. Wipe out any loose spills or splatters that are in the oven. Leaving loose food behind will only add to the fumes and in some cases cause fires.

5. Use the self-cleaning mode. This should lock the oven door and heat the oven between 800-900 degrees Fahrenheit.   Make sure the oven door is locked tightly before proceeding.

6. Make sure there is enough ventilation then prepare to clean up after it cools.   Get a cloth and a bucket of fresh water ready.
7. Let the oven cool for at least 2-6 hours following the cleaning cycle. Then wipe the ash with a damp cloth, use fresh water as necessary to remove the remaining residue.

At You’ve Got Maids of Virginia Beach we take pride in a job well done. If you would like help with keeping your oven spotless, call (757)932-5326 for a free estimate.