What Cleaning Products Could Affect My Oven Range?

What cleaning products could affect my oven range? Flame inducing chemicals are dangerous to use as cleaners for stove tops and oven ranges. When cleaning your oven range, the best course of action to take...

When cleaning your oven range, the best course of action to take is to follow the manufacturer's recommendations as outlined in the owner's manual for this appliance. There are, however, a few cleaning products that you should consider avoiding regardless of the brand name of your range.

Melissa Briones, owner of Melissa's House Cleaning in Lawton, Oklahoma, says, "For the most part, don't ever use bleach or flame-inducing chemicals to clean your range. It can be very dangerous." Furthermore, you should make sure that your stove and oven are completely cool before you start cleaning.

Also, never use oven cleaners on a self-cleaning or continuous cleaning oven. Not only can they damage the range, they are also unnecessary. Briones says, "A self-cleaning range is supposed to turn anything that is in your oven,any kind of baked-on grease or food,in to ash that is easy to wipe off. So, after self-cleaning for about an hour or so, turn off the oven. When it cools a bit, simply wipe it down." The owner's manual for your self-cleaning range will explain the proper cleaning procedure in detail.

A few other cleaning products that should never be used on an oven range, or any appliance for that matter, are abrasive cleaners or harsh scrubbing pads such as those made of steel wool. These will scratch the coating on most appliances. To remove grease or burnt-on food, use soap and warm water. For a stubborn, burnt-on food stain, cover it with a wet, soapy paper towel or dish cloth and give it some time to soften the mess. It should be easy enough to wipe off with a fresh paper towel or dish cloth within ten or fifteen minutes.

If soap and water doesn't seem to be strong enough for the task, liquid products such as Formula 409 can be sprayed on. Be sure to wipe the cleaner off completely and make sure the surface of your range is dry before turning any of the burners back on. If there is a need for scrubbing, plastic mesh scrubbers will protect the finish on your appliances the best.

In addition to cleaning the surface of your range, you can also remove the pans from underneath the burners and wash those in the kitchen sink with soap and water. The control knobs on your range can also be cleaned. Simply make sure the knobs are turned to the "off" position and pull them straight off. These can also be washed in soap and water. To protect the glossy finish on the knobs, do not use abrasive cleaners or steel wool pads. Then, after drying the knobs thoroughly, they can be placed back on the range in their original "off" position.

Briones warns, "Do not mix cleaning products together. This goes not just for when you are cleaning the stove, but with anything you are cleaning." Chemical reactions can be toxic. With a little patience and some gentle scrubbing, your oven range can sparkle like brand new.

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