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What Professional Cleaners Use to Make Ovens Sparkle

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

What Professional Cleaners Use to Make Ovens Sparkle


As a professional cleaner, I know that ovens can be one of the trickiest appliances to clean and make sparkle. Over time, baked-on grease, oil splatters, and burned food bits can make oven interiors look drab and dirty. However, with the right techniques and commercial-grade cleaning products, I can make even the grimiest oven look brand new again. In this article, I’ll share my professional secrets for how I get ovens gleaming.

Safe Oven Cleaners

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

When cleaning ovens, it’s important to avoid harsh chemicals like lye or oven cleaners with hydrofluoric acid. These can be unsafe if inhaled and damage oven surfaces. As a professional, I only use commercial cleaners that are safe and effective.

Baking Soda and Water Paste

One of my go-to oven cleaners is a simple paste of baking soda and water. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that lifts grease and debris. I spread a thick layer of the paste over oven walls and let it sit for several hours before scrubbing and rinsing away. It works wonders on built-up grease.

Vinegar or Ammonia

For shinier oven doors and glass, I use a solution of white vinegar or ammonia and water. These helpful acids dissolve cooked-on food residues and hard water spots. I spray the solution and let it soak in before wiping down with a microfiber cloth. The results are sparkling oven glass and shiny chrome trim.

Scrubbing Tools

Nylon Scrub Pads

For most oven surfaces, I rely on sturdy nylon scrub pads, not metal scouring pads or brushes. The nylon is just abrasive enough to lift stuck-on gunk without scratching oven finishes. I use a scrubbing motion and elbow grease to remove layers of baked-on spills.

Toothbrushes or Q-tips

For tight spots and crevices, old toothbrushes or cotton swabs work perfectly. I dip them in cleaning solution and scrub out corners and around oven knobs to dissolve all traces of dirt. The bristles reach where sponges can’t.

Plastic Scrapers

Hardened spills and crusty food splatters often need some extra persuasion to come off. That’s where a good plastic scraper comes in handy. I gently but firmly scrape troublesome areas, taking care not to gouge oven surfaces. Scrapers make quick work of stubborn gunk.

Maintenance Between Cleanings

Quick Wipe-Downs

To make thorough oven cleanings less frequent, I recommend a quick wipe-down after each use. Taking just a minute to swipe out crumbs or spots with a damp cloth keeps messes from getting out of hand. It’s much easier than allowing layers of dirt to accumulate.

Liners and Covers

Disposable foil liners or oven covers are another great way to minimize cleaning. Simply lay a liner on the oven floor or bottom rack before cooking messy dishes. Afterward, toss the liner and any drips or crumbs stuck to it. Covers work similarly by keeping the oven top and sides pristine.

Steam Clean

For faster touch-ups, I regularly steam clean ovens. Simply wet oven surfaces, let sit 5 minutes, then wipe out grime softened by the moisture. The steam action helps loosen and lift residues for easy removal. It’s a quick way to revive a dirty oven’s shine between deep cleans.


A sparkling clean oven provides the satisfaction of both sanitation and aesthetic appeal. With the right commercial cleaners, tools, and techniques, I can restore any oven – no matter how dirty – to shining glory. A little regular maintenance also goes far in keeping ovens glistening. With some elbow grease and these professional tips, homeowners can get professional-quality oven cleaning results.

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