When your oven is brand new, that beautiful glass door is a window into the delicious meals and dishes you’re preparing. Unfortunately, over time grime can become trapped between the layers of glass and it can start to give your oven a grubby look. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a cleaning professional to restore the appearance of your oven door.
Figure Out How to Open the Oven Door
The first thing you need to do is refer to your owner’s manual and learn how to open the door to clean the interior pieces of glass. It is next to impossible to clean the glass properly without being able to open the door, so take a little time to work out how to do this with your oven model.
Typically, the process is quite straightforward and will involve opening the oven door and taking out the screws that are either on the top or inside face of the oven. Just be sure to support the oven door before you take out the screws as you don’t want it crashing to the floor.
Check for Quick Release Panels
Some oven models feature a hinge lock that allows you to press it in and release the glass panels. You’ll need to open the oven door and check for a cover that runs along the top of the oven door. If the model has an easy open hinge lock, just press in the sides and pull it back. You can then remove the glass and clean it without needing to lift and move a potentially heavy oven door.
Use Castile Soap and Water
You don’t need expensive chemical cleaners to get a sparkling glass oven door. This is the reason why many people are hesitant to give their oven a good clean, as they are worried about caustic burns or fumes. Fortunately, you don’t actually need such harsh chemicals as you can get great results with a little Castile soap and water. This will help to clear away any greasy residue and dirt. You can use a soft cloth or sponge to scrub the glass without concerns about scratching the glass surface.
Use Vinegar and Water For Shine
Once you have cleaned the glass, you don’t want any soapy residue compromising the finished look of your oven door. So, use a white vinegar and water solution to remove any soapy residue and provide a shiny, clear finish. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell; it will smell strongly initially, but this odor will quickly dissipate.
Polish With a Soft Cloth
When you’re done cleaning, allow the doors to air dry separately to clear any moisture. Once they appear dry, go over the panes of glass with a soft cloth to polish away any water spots.
Consider an Upgrade
Of course, if your oven is getting on in years and is starting to have issues, no amount of cleaning will restore its functionality. The typical lifespan of an oven is less than twenty years, so if your oven is approaching this age and you’ve noticed that you need to call out a repair technician more frequently or you’re having difficulties getting great results when you bake a cake or make a roast, it is a sign that your oven is reaching the end of its useful lifespan.
In these cases, you may need to consider an oven upgrade. You can then access the latest features, including easier to clean doors along with improved energy efficiency.
If you’re considering an oven upgrade, you can explore your options with our online oven collection or speak to one of our home appliance experts for specialist help and guidance.