Last updated 9th April, 2020
All you need to know about hiring someone to clean your oven, including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
Professional cleaning companies can clean your oven using modern non-toxic and eco-friendly products to the sort of high standard that is almost impossible for most of us to achieve with over the counter cleaning products and lots of elbow grease. Professional cleaners actually remove trays, racks and all the messy parts and clean them in special heated dip tanks in their vehicles, so they can clean removable oven parts and have them looking as good as new in a fraction of the time it would take to scrub them with oven cleaner. Everyone likes a clean oven, but no one likes cleaning their oven as it's a dirty job and it can take a long time remove baked-on grease and grime. The obvious solution is to get an oven cleaning service provider to do the dirty work for you. Hiring a professional cleaner will provide you with a really thorough clean while saving you a lot of time and elbow grease. It is practically impossible to do a really good oven cleaning job without taking the whole oven apart, but most people have no idea how to remove the oven door and even if they do they probably will not be able to fit it into the sink to clean it. Meanwhile, professional cleaners have the skills and knowledge to easily remove your oven door and other components without causing any damage and giving them a really deep clean.
Cleaning your oven properly is not a quick job and will generally take you hours, which today most people don't really have with their hectic lives, and cleaning is usually low on their list of priorities when they do have some free time. Although taking on a professional oven cleaner will, of course, cost you some money, you could actually save money in the long run, as a clean oven will heat up quicker and the heat will be more evenly distributed which will reduce energy costs as the oven will be more efficient. Plus, if you have a glass oven door that you can now see clearly through, this means you don't have to open the oven door to check on food and let all the heat escape. A build-up of grease and fat inside an oven can also increase the risk of a fire, not to mention the bacteria hiding in the baked on grease, which is not the best environment for cooking your food. Regular deep cleaning prevents the build-up of grease reducing the risk of fire and preventing bacteria.
Mopping up any spills as they happen is really important, as this will greatly increase the length of time before you have to get your oven professionally cleaned. Once you get to the stage where you do need it professionally cleaned, you should have it done on a regular basis. Although, if you decide you have the necessary time and elbow grease to give your oven a thorough clean yourself, you will need some non-caustic oven cleaner, a scourer, plastic bags, sponges, rubber gloves, goggles and an old toothbrush.
Make sure that the oven is off and completely cold before starting and protect any visible heating elements or cover the gas burner jets. You should probably change into old clothes now and put on rubber gloves and goggles, then remove the shelves and soak them in warm, soapy water to help to break down any burnt-on deposits (leave to soak overnight if possible). If soapy water does not do the trick, try putting the shelves in resealable plastic bags after spraying with oven cleaner then seal them up while the cleaner works its magic (hopefully). But before using any cleaning product make sure you read the instructions carefully and take all recommended safety precautions. While the shelves are soaking, spray or sponge the oven cleaner into the corners of the oven and leave for a while to soften any stubborn burnt-on food. Then use a scourer to clean the oven racks on both sides and rinse with warm water. Once the burnt-on food in the oven starts to loosen, use a damp sponge to wipe the inside of the oven until it is clean. If any burnt-on food remains, try sprinkling bicarbonate of soda on it then leaving it overnight to soften, then try wiping the stubborn stains away the following day. Use an old toothbrush and oven cleaner for hard-to-reach areas and scrub them vigorously. Next, clean the hob using a cloth and oven cleaner and use a scourer to remove stuck-on food from the glass door (but don't use caustic-based oven cleaner on glass). One of the main advantages of using a professional cleaner is that they can take out all the trays and racks and even the oven door, and then clean them by dipping them in a specialist chemical dip tank in the back of their van. This saves lots of time and does a far better job.
If oven cleaning sounds like a major chore you'd rather avoid, then simply get your oven professionally cleaned. The cleaning process takes just a couple of hours.
The products which are required for oven cleaning are often bought on a bulk scale, so for tradespeople, this can be a decreased cost proportionally. If the tradesperson is not buying the cleaning products on a bulk scale, the charge may be greater in proportion.
For the tradesperson, the charges would be based around a variety of variables for the cleaning, such as; the amount of time required to effectively clean the oven, the size and model of the oven, amount of cleaning required, the amount of cleaning product used and any other additional issues that may arise in the process.
Below are some estimated costs of oven cleaning.
|Job Description||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Standard Oven Cleaning||£40||1-3 hours|
|Double Oven Cleaning||£70||2-4 hours|
|Full Aga Clean||£100||2-4 hours|
|Halogen Glass Hob Clean||£10||1 hour|
Individual costs to clean an oven fully (full aga cleaning) - Total Cost: £100