A dirty oven is more than just a nuisance; over some time of usage, it can become a real fire hazard, putting your tenant in real danger. Additionally, it’s also a huge risk for your rental property. But many tenants put off cleaning the oven in their Muskegon 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 or so but more if used frequently. 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 step is easy, just wipe the ash away with a damp cloth. And that’s it!
But then the biggest drawback to using this method is when your oven locks up 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, you could plan to stay out of the kitchen during the cleaning cycle and keep windows open for good ventilation. Also remember 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 to the website of your manufacturer and look for the needed information. Make sure that it’s 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. Even if the product says it doesn’t have fumes, as a precaution, it’s 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 while. This gives time for the cleaner to do its work and break down the grime. Then you can wipe it clean. As you are about to use 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 that’s not all you have to do. 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. They need to be soaked for a good number of hours. That means, for 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 to help to maintain your Muskegon rental property, contact Real Property Management Investment Solutions online or at 616-419-4578 for more information.
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