When it comes to cleaning your cooker, it is possible to clean it using products you’re likely to find in your kitchen cupboard. But the best option is to use a specialist cleaner.
Such a cleaner will leave your cooker sparkling and remove any unpleasant odours. Choosing the right cleaner for the task is only part of cleaning your cooker. It’s also important to make sure that you clean every element of the cooker to keep it running at its optimum performance.
Before using any cleaner, it’s recommended you tackle burnt on dirt in one of two ways.
- 1) Place an ovenproof bowl of water in the cooker and turn the appliance onto its highest heat for half an hour. The steam will loosen any burnt on food debris, making it easier to remove.
- 2) Use a hob scraper to remove food debris from solid surfaces, without damaging the cooker.
Once you’ve removed burnt on food, it’s time to begin the serious cleaning of your oven. Firstly, you should remove the shelves, so these can be cleaned. If these have become heavily soiled, place them into the cleaning bags.
As your cooker shelves clean, turn your attention to the interior of your cooker. To clean this part, you should use a cleaner which will stick to the surfaces of the appliance – as such a cleaner will soak into the dirt, instead of running; making it easier to clean.
Once the cleaning solution has been applied and soaked in, use a damp cloth to wipe the surfaces. Make sure you rinse the cloth as this will prevent dirt being smeared around.
Top Tip: When cleaning your cooker, make you don’t spray cleaning solution onto the element, as this can lead to faults occurring with the element. Instead, turn the cooker onto its highest heat and allow the element to burn off any grease.
Cleaning your cooker doesn’t stop with the interior. For a thorough clean, it’s recommended to clean your cooker hood. As with cleaning the interior of your cooker, cleaning these areas is relatively straightforward.
Your cooker hood may not be used every time you cook, but it should still be regularly cleaned. Cleaning of the cooker hood should neither be difficult nor time consuming.
To ensure a thorough clean of your cooker hood, we’d recommend using a stainless steel cleaner, and once the hood surface is sparkling turn your attention to the cooker hood filter. Ideally this should be replaced every six months to keep your cooker hood working at its peak performance.
Replacing the grease filter within your cooker hood can be done via the three following steps.
- 1) Unscrew / unclip the locking mechanism on your cooker hood which holds the filter in place.
- 2) Take out the old filter and replace with a new one. If you’re using a universal filter you may need to cut this to size. Use your old filter as a template.
- 3) With the new filter fitted, reactivate the locking mechanism on the cooker hood.
- It’s also a good idea to replace the carbon filter in your cooker hood. Again this is a straightforward task which can be carried out at the same time as replacing the grease filter.
With the grease filter out, remove the carbon filter by gripping it firmly and turning it anti-clockwise until you hear or feel a click. At this point, the filter should just lift off. Once your old carbon filter has been removed, fit the new one and turn it clockwise until it clicks.
Cleaning each element of your cooker, from its interior and hob, through to the cooker filter, will ensure that unpleasant odours are kept at bay and the risk of faults occurring is reduced; enabling you to cook those family favourites.