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Home Maintenance And Repair - 01500239
Continuous-Clean Oven Cleaning
Some soil from cooking operations is usually present. The catalyst is
continually working to oxidize soil when the oven is hot enough, thus
the "continuous" clean name. The rough porous surface spreads out
greasy soil, thus increasing contact with hot air in the oven. Fats and
oils are quickly oxidized; milk and cheese take higher temperatures
(about 475 F.); sugar spills are hardest to remove so protection from
spills like fruit pie boil- overs is important.
If large spills occur, you have to remove the promptly to stop the
"glazing" effect which seals the surface and prevents oxidation of
soil. Follow this procedure:
1. Blot up excess with paper towel or sponge while oven is still
slightly warm and the soil soft. Do not rub towel or sponge across
surface; particles may clog the surface.
2. After the oven is completely cool, spray the soil area with
all-purpose spray-on/wipe-off cleaner ("Fantastik", "409", etc.). Work
into porous surface by scrubbing with a nylon-bristle brush or nylon
net pad. Let stand 15-30 minutes.
3. Scrub softened soil with the nylon brush or pad.
4. Rinse thoroughly with cold water, by squeezing out clean, wet sponge
over area; then blot up (not mop up) excess water with paper towel or
sponge. (Do not let water run down into burner assembly, especially in
gas ovens.) Repeat rinsing and blotting, if needed, to remove all
softened soil and cleaner residue.
5. Turn on oven at 475 F. and leave two hours. If some soil remains,
the continuous-cleaning coating should work to oxidize it.
CAUTION: Spray-on/wipe-off cleaners volatize rapidly with heat
and may leave a chalky stain, hard to remove. So do not apply to a warm
oven, and be sure to rinse away all residue.
Occasionally wipe out whole inside of oven with a nylon pad and plain
water; blot dry and then run oven empty for 2 hours at 475 F. This
helps the oven catch up with accumulated grease and soil. This may be
needed when the oven is used for more broiling and roasting (with more
grease spatters) but short time cooking (broiling) or lower temperature
(roasting), than for baking. This also helps clean the door, which
usually get less heat in cooking.
NEVER use oven cleaners on
continuous-clean ovens, as they will clog the pores in the coating,
and, may damage the coating, or the aluminum backing if it is used.
NEVER use scouring powders or
any other powdered cleaners, as they will clog the coating, and the
abrasive action also damages it.
NEVER use any metal pads or
abrasives, as they will wear off the coating, and also metal filings
may come off and clog the coating.
Manually clean oven racks.
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus
with references from the American Household Appliance Association.
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