How to Clean Self-cleaning Ovens | Maid Services

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Homeowners hire residential cleaning companies to ensure proper care of their home and to relieve themselves of cleaning maintenance stress.  When it comes to wiping out ‘self-cleaning’ ovens, you might think that they wouldn’t rely on their house cleaners.  But they do!  Cleaning an oven that has the self-cleaning feature is no different than performing any other deep cleaning task.  So here’s the quick and dirty of why and how to clean a ‘self-cleaning’ oven.


I can’t count the times customers have asked our cleaning service to wipe out their self-cleaning ovens.  I would almost feel ashamed when those inquiries came in.


Because, I know the importance of providing and incorporating detail cleaning tasks into a routine cleaning maintenance schedule. Our residential cleaning service and commercial cleaning business have survived two recessions by incorporating this income increasing technique.


Deep or detail cleaning should always, always be included in a comprehensive cleaning maintenance care plan… always.


Washing self-cleaning ovens and scrubbing the racks is no different than any other detail cleaning task.  In fact, it is one of the top items along with refrigerator cleaning.  And again, it should be incorporated into the routine cleaning schedule.


Simply put, it’s good business practice to offer cleaning to your residential customers’ self-cleaning ovens.

Why should you clean a self-cleaning oven for your residential cleaning customers

  1. To make additional income with your cleaning business. Providing deep cleaning services increases your income because you’re adding more tasks or time, which equals more money. 
  2. To encourage customer satisfaction.

Both of which are equally important when you’re a professional house cleaning business owner. 

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Here's how to clean a self-cleaning oven

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  1. #1 thing to do is ask your customer to prepare the stove and set the self-cleaning feature the night prior to your scheduled cleaning day. Also, they should remove all racks.  This will save you hours of waiting for the oven to cool on the day you clean.
  2. When you arrive to clean, soak the racks as best you can in a utility sink or in the kitchen sink.  Use the 1000 count Brillo pads to scrub the racks or an SOS pad will be fine.
  3. Rinse the racks well and dry them. 
  4. Wipe the entire oven top, sides, bottom, and door with a wet towel to remove all ash and debris.
  5. If you want to get fancy with things, lift and remove the oven door for ease of cleaning between the glass. (Ask the homeowner’s permission FIRST, but most importantly, make sure that the door can be removed.)
  6. Once you’re done wiping out the oven and door completely, replace the racks.


That’s it!  The quick and dirty of why and how to clean a self-cleaning oven for your residential cleaning customers.

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