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 it and it starts to smoke. If it 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 is typically not included. That requires getting on your hands and knees, scrubbing, and using caustic chemicals in some cases. Some of the most popular cleaners use butane, sodium hydroxide, and other very strong chemicals. That’s why maids normally charge extra.

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; others charge based on how recently they cleaned the unit before. If you’re a repeat customer, they know that it 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.

If your oven has a self-cleaning cycle, you should run it the night before the maid comes. The self-cleaning cycle typically runs for one to five hours. It 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 cleaning agent that was left behind. Leaving that behind could be potentially dangerous. After that, you should be ready to cook without smoke or off-smells.