Cleaning your oven is nobody’s favourite task, but it’s one that simply needs to be done. A good clean will ensure that your oven is working up to standard and it will eliminate the foul odours that build up over time.
Below are the main warning signs which indicate that it’s time for you and your marigolds to get down to business (or you could save yourself the trouble and call an oven-cleaning professional):
1. Foul, lingering smells in your kitchen
A terrible smell emanating from your oven might be the first obvious sign that your oven needs to be cleaned. The grime that has built up inside your oven is unhygienic and potentially harmful. The spillages will also generate a smoke that will infuse your food with an unpleasant, bitter taste.
2. Your oven is emitting smoke
If every time you turn on your oven to cook your evening meal you notice that the room slowly fills up with a dark smoke, this is a sign that you have dirt and grease build up inside your oven that needs to be cleaned away. This build up most likely will have been caused by repeated spillages over time. Not only is this smoke unpleasant for you to deal with, it is also affecting the taste of the food inside the oven.
Turning a blind eye to the smoke won’t work, as it isn’t going to disappear by itself. Regular cleaning can prevent this build up but if you are guilty of putting off your oven-cleaning duties, scrubbing away the smoke-inducing grime might take some time.
3. Grime, spills and grease
Like a science experiment gone wrong, grease can become burnt onto your oven’s interiors. As these food residues become blackened time and time again, they begin to release chemicals that could be harmful to your family. The best thing for the health of your oven and for the quality of your food is to continually clean up food, fat and grease as you go along to save you time and effort further down the road.
4. Your oven is taking longer to preheat
A very dirty oven may even lose functionality. If you notice that your oven is taking longer and longer to preheat, then this could be a sign that your oven is overdue for a clean. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your oven is getting old or falling apart; it could just mean that a buildup of grease has besmirched vital mechanisms within your oven, such as your fan. This could just be rectified by a good clean, leaving you with an oven that functions as if it were brand new. On top of saving you time, it will also save you money on your energy bill.
Now that you are well aware of the red flags indicating that a comprehensive clean is required, you have the option of either tackling the job yourself or calling a professional. There are many reasons to hire a professional oven cleaner, but the top reason is getting a dirty job tackled quickly and to an excellent standard. For those with busy jobs and family lives, spare time is a valuable commodity, one that is understandably hard to sacrifice.
If you have noticed any or all of the above signs and would like your oven to be restored to its gleaming, original state, please do not hesitate to contact Nottingham Ovencleaners immediately for a friendly discussion.