Oven glass panels appear to be perfectly sealed, but splattered food can never cease to surprise you. Eventually, you will see streaks between the two glass panels. So, how do you clean the inside of your double glass oven door without opening it? We will examine the two best methods below, so read on.
These cleaning methods are by no means a substitute for a full-scale oven deep cleaning, however, they will get the job done if all you want to do is remove a few streaks of grease.
Strong detergents such as Oven Pride are not required here, as streaks are relatively easy to clean.
The Old Hanger Method
Mind you this approach may not work for all ovens. Appliances vary in terms of build and functions. If you are unsure of how well you can perform this task, do not hesitate to call professional oven cleaners. This will save you a lot of headaches in the long run. With that said, here’s how to clean between oven glass:
- Locate the door slots – most oven doors have vents at their top or bottom which are often how schmutz gets in between the glass panels. If you fail to notice them on the top, they’re likely on the bottom.
- Remove the access panel from the bottom of the cooker to gain better access to the vents. Usually, there are about 3 to 4 slots depending on the oven model, but it’s not a rule of thumb. KitchenAid oven, for example, has 8 slots.
- Shape an old coat metal hanger into a cleaning tool. It’s durable and won’t break while inside the oven door. You can also use a bottle brush or a fly swatter as an alternative. The point here is to have a tool which can easily go inside without breaking, it doesn’t really matter what material it’s made of.
- Attach an old piece of cloth securely with a thread to the coat hanger. Won’t fall apart while inside the oven door. Also, the rag needs to be thin because space inside the oven door is pretty scarce.
- Pour some lukewarm water into a container and add dish soap. Stir until you get bubbles and you’re set to go. Prepare another container with clean warm water. This will be later used for rinsing. You can also use glass cleaner as a stronger alternative, but even so, don’t skip the rinsing part.
- Insert the cleaning tool between the glass panels via the exhaustion vents. Work your way from one side to the other whilst using all slots. Be cautious not to leave any soap residue after cleaning. Once you’ve cleaned all the drips, rinse the oven door with your tool.
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The Disassembly Method
If you see that streaks still remain and the previous method was not effective enough, you can take apart the door. This method is highly unrecommended by professionals because it’s harder to put everything back together once you’re done with cleaning. If you still feel you can do it, read along.
Mind you, the instructions presented here may vary depending on brand oven ranges and should not be performed by unqualified personnel. Do this at your own risk.
- Turn off the oven from the mains and wait till it’s cool.
- Open the kitchen range door and pull the hinge locks from both sides. They are located at the lower right and left corners.
- Position the oven door at about 70°so you’d be able to pull-lift it up. For this task bring someone along as the door can be weighty.
- Locate the oven door screws. It usually has two to three screws on the bottom and two on the top near the handle depending on brands. KitchenAid is like that, while Samsung doors have their screws on the sides.
- Lift the top panel first, after unscrewing. Samsung doors have rubber seals on the sides, so be careful with those.
- Clean the glass panels before putting them back together. Caution, most oven doors have specials pins and slots which need to be perfectly aligned so the two panels can be safely screwed back together.
- Reattach the door by holding it at the same angle as when you first removed it. Insert the hinge arms into the hinge slots and enable the locks.
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Some people don’t even bother to remove the door before disassembly, instead, they put it apart while it’s still attached to the unit. Again, we encourage you to not do this alone and instead call professional oven cleaners.
Experienced pros will not only clean between your glass panels, but your entire range cooker. They will disassemble the entire unit, clean all the parts and put everything back together just as it was.
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