Cleaning an oven is one of the most hated and avoided kitchen chores. It’s time-consuming, messy and really difficult to do. 

However, deciding whether to pay someone to do something you can ‘technically’ do yourself is a very personal choice and comes down to a few things:

1. Your financial circumstance. Is it something you can afford and want to pay for? 

2. Do you even need it? Many modern ovens come with self-cleaning settings, so you might not need a professional.

Either way, you’ve obviously ended up here out of curiosity, so let me walk you through it.

Why get a professional in

Getting a professional to clean your oven can seem a tad boujie, but here are some of the benefits:

Non-toxic

Decent shop-bought oven cleaners are usually very toxic and leave a lingering smell for hours after you’ve finished.

If you live in a small space with limited ventilation or have an open plan living-kitchen, having toxic chemicals floating in the air isn’t ideal or safe.

Professionals tend to use non-toxic, odourless cleaners that leave no residue once they’ve left, meaning you can usually use your oven straight away.

Mess-free

Your oven cleaner will lay down dust sheets or tarpaulin to protect your floor from mess which they take with them when they leave.  

Energy savings

A deep-cleaned oven heats up quicker and more evenly meaning it can save you money in the long run and is better for the environment.

Maintains the oven’s life

Like anything mechanical, it’s important to keep your oven clean and in working order to avoid clogged filters, built up smoke and temperature issues. Getting a professional in makes sure all the nooks and crannies are maintained that you may not even be aware of.

Okay, so now I’ve explained the whys, let’s move on to some of the most frequently asked questions about oven cleaning.

How long does a professional oven cleaner take? 

It takes a professional oven cleaner on average, two hours. Obviously, the larger and dirtier your oven, the longer it can take.

How much does it cost?

Cost varies across the country, but you below is an average:

Single oven: £45-60

Double oven: £70

Ranger cookers cost: £70-£100

Ceramic hob: £20

How often should I clean my oven? 

The advice varies. My first oven cleaner said once a year, but most professionals recommend every six months with average use. If you use your oven more often, it’s worth doing every three months.

What to look out for

As with any professional, make sure you properly research your local company and read plenty of reviews before inviting someone into your home. You should make sure they’re fully licensed and insured in case something goes wrong.

You should also look at what cleaning methods they use. Ideally, you should opt for a company using non-toxic cleaners so your oven is ready to use straight away. Also, it reduces the risk of damaging your oven.

Finally, always ask your oven cleaner when it’s safe to use your oven.

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