Your oven is oftentimes forgotten when you’re cleaning your house. Many people don’t even notice their oven is dirty until they’re using the oven and it starts to smoke. If your oven is constantly smoking or if it smells unpleasant, that’s a sure sign that you need to clean it. Typically, a maid service will clean the outside of the oven and the stovetop; that’s included in the normal services. However, cleaning the inside of the oven typically is not included. That requires getting on your hands and knees, scrubbing, and using caustic chemicals. Some of the most popular oven cleaners use butane, sodium hydroxide, and other very strong chemicals. That’s why maids normally charge extra. Here’s how to prepare for your maid to clean your oven.
How to Prepare
The first thing you should do is talk to your maid. You should make sure that the maid is willing to clean the oven at all. You should then ask about how much they charge. Some of them will charge based on a flat rate for cleaning the oven; others charge based on how recently they cleaned the oven. If you’re a repeat customer, they know that the oven isn’t going to be incredibly dirty. Therefore, they might charge you less. Once you’ve done that, you need to run the cleaning cycle on the oven.
If your oven has a self-cleaning cycle, you should run it the night before the maid comes. The self-cleaning cycle on an oven typically runs for one to five hours. The oven runs at an incredibly high temperature, usually around 800 or 900 degrees. It will burn all of the grease and food that has built up in the oven. Make sure you run it at least a night before because the oven will be very hot for hours afterwards.
Also, you need to have enough time to stay around in your house. Since the objective is to burn off the baked-on food, it will likely create a lot of smoke. You need to be around to open windows and vent the smoke.
Cleaning the Oven
The maid will then clean the oven by wiping out any ash and cleaning up anything that’s leftover. The maid will also likely clean up any oven cleaner that was left behind. Leaving that in the oven could be potentially dangerous. After that, your oven will be ready for you to cook without smoke or off-smells.
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