Owning an oven is a modern convenience that many people overlook. However, the amount of use that an oven receives in the kitchen typically warrants a good cleaning on a routine basis. Some ovens, such as the Viking VESO5302TWH, come with self-cleaning capabilities to make the job easier. That being said, it doesn’t hurt to get a little involved and use your own scrubbing capabilities to make your appliance shine. Here are some tips for keeping your oven as beautiful as the day you purchased it from Designer Appliances.

1. Use self cleaning for hard-to-remove debris
Caked-on food can be challenging to remove, especially if you left it to settle over the course of weeks. The self cleaning option of your oven can heat the appliance up to a high temperature, causing the debris to melt away, according to Men’s Health magazine. If you’re worried about your energy usage, models such as the Whirlpool WOC95EC0AE can help. This specific oven has sensors that only heat up the oven as much as necessary, then automatically turn off to conserve energy.

2. Attack the glass
Good Housekeeping magazine recommended using an ammonia-concentrated cleaning solution to wipe away grease that’s become attached to the glass window of your oven. Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes, then wipe it away with a towel – you’ll notice a difference in the transparency!

3. Create your own solution
You can develop your own cleaning solution by mixing together warm water, baking soda and salt to create a paste. Use this paste to remove debris that’s difficult to scrape away with water and a sponge.

It’s important to remember that if you’re going to clean your stove from the inside out, you shouldn’t use chemicals that can potentially cause a fire hazard once the oven is utilized in the future. After you finish cleaning your oven, you can take steps to make sure that you don’t have to deal with a big job again in the future.

First, you should make it a point to routinely clean your appliance – not just once every six months. Next, you should take care to prevent debris from developing rapidly. This means using tin foil and covers on your stove to prevent splashes. Finally, familiarize yourself with the features of your oven. Your appliance may have cleaning features that can make it easier to maintain over time.

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