How to Clean a Gas Oven

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A gas oven is extremely convenient as it provides heat instantly and hygiene is unlike cleaning an electric oven. Many people prefer using gas ovens since they are easy to use and can last a long time. However, regular maintenance and cleaning are required to maximise the longevity of your gas oven.

Every gas appliance requires a cp12 certificate. Once you get your appliance checked for any potential leakage and gas pressure, you can get a gas safety certificate. The process is simple enough, but vital for tenants and property owners alike.

How Often To Clean A Gas Oven?

Cleaning out and maintenance is integral to keeping any appliance in good shape and to avoid having to pay for repairs. This is especially true for gas cookers because of heavy use.

Grease, grime, stains, and occasional splattering of food can make your gas oven highly dirty. Your oven is among the toughest appliances to clean, specifically if you use your oven regularly.

There is no hard and fast rule on how regularly you need to clean your oven, as it depends on your usage. Your gas oven will require more frequent deep cleaning if you use it frequently. 

For example, if you plan to open a restaurant, know that cleaning should become much more frequent. 

Here are the key signs you need to be aware of for gas ovens:

  • If you notice the appearance changing, like the build-up of grease or burnt food being deposited, it is high time to clean your gas stove.
  • Another thing to look out for is the smell. The smell should not be unpleasant or off-putting, if it is, you should know it is time to scrub. 
  • Finally, the smoke. A clean gas oven gives off little to no smoke. If you notice the flame burning lower and emitting smoke, it is a good sign to clean your beloved oven.

Ultimately, the frequency with which you must clean your gas oven is directly proportional to its usage.

How to Clean a Gas Oven

Knowing the proper way to clean your gas oven is crucial. You are dealing with gas, after all, which can be tricky.

Here is a step-by-step procedure to clean your gas oven:

Step #1: Safety & Preparation

The first step starts with ensuring complete safety and prepping the oven for the deep cleanse. 

  • Turn off the gas from the source. 
  • Check all the burners 
  • Make sure that you give ample time for the stove to cool down before beginning the cleaning process. 
  • Avoid risks and work with maximum precautions in place.

As for the prep, not only does this mean having all the necessary cleaning materials in one place for a quick and efficient cleaning job, but also prepping the problem areas beforehand. 

You should apply your choice of cleaner, homemade or store-bought, onto the issue spots well before you clean.

Step #2 Empty & Clean

It is time to empty and clean the stove. 

  • Remove all the racks, trays, burner grates, burner covers, and everything that comes out. 
  • Cleaning these separately is the best course of action if you wish to deep clean your gas oven.
  • This way, you can soak the racks or burner grates or burners for some time, so they become easier to scrub and clean. 
  • Soaking them in a cleaning solution will take off much of the grime and cut the grease, so it will take less scrubbing when it comes time to do so.

Step #3 Clean-up Food Bits

  • Remove any bits of food that have fallen onto the stovetop. 
  • Wipe it off with a damp cloth or use a scrapping tool. 
  • For tougher stains and food deposits, it is better to apply a cleaning agent for some time.

You can get an oven cleaning detergent that is store-bought. However, these do contain strong and hazardous chemicals. 

For a more natural alternative, you can make a DIY cleaning paste. Here are some great recipes for making your cleaning solutions.

All you need is some baking soda, vinegar or lemon, and salt. All these are great for getting rid of grease and have anti-bacterial properties. The salt is also effective as it gives the cleaning paste an abrasive texture, which allows you to scrub away stubborn stains and burnt food residues.

Step #4 Maintenance Burner Holes

The burner is perhaps the most critical part when it comes to the performance of your oven. 

Aside from the usual cleaning using a dish wash liquid along with an abrasive sponge, you can use toothpicks to open up the burner holes.

Over time, grime can block the burner holes. Once the holes are cleared, your burner will start working like it did when you first got your gas oven.

Step #5 Scrub & Wipe

Don’t forget to scrub and wipe the exterior and interior of the oven! This includes the oven door as well. You can use a brush, even a toothbrush for those tiny crevices.

Finally, come to the knobs. Your oven will simply not look clean unless you clean the knobs as well. They come off easily and can be washed by hand.

A Word on Safety

Using gas stove ovens is preferred by many, however, there are some caveats attached to using them. Safety is a major concern since gas leakage is a serious problem.

In the UK, a gas safety certificate is a must so it can regarding using a gas appliance. The Health and Safety executive details all the precautionary measures when using gas appliances.

Gas leakage can be dangerous as it can go undetectable for a long time. Even if you can detect a leak, it is better to call in the experts. You never know with a gas leak that a single wrong move can lead to disastrous consequences.

It is also recommended to have your gas appliances checked regularly, so timely repairs can take place. It is always best to err on the side of caution.