There can be fewer more despised tasks in the house than cleaning your oven. This is just one of those tasks that can be best described as grim, greasy and gruesome. Thankfully there are numerous dedicated professionals who specialise in performing this task, and actually enjoy doing so.
- What is Included in Oven Cleaning Prices?
- How do you get my Oven so Clean?
- What are Typical Oven Cleaning Prices
- Important Questions to ask Providers When Comparing Oven Cleaning Prices
In this article examining oven cleaning prices we will detail the average costs for professional oven cleaners, whilst also looking at some of the different types of oven cleaning available and will look at some of the factors that need considering prior to engaging the services of an oven cleaner.
Whether your oven has stopped performing as well as it used to, burnt on food is affecting the taste of your food, you are moving out of a rented property or it’s just got to the stage of needing more than a quick wiping over then it’s definitely the time to get your oven cleaned professionally.
You will be amazed by the results and the costs are certainly cheaper than buying a new oven, and your existing one will have been restored to an almost new condition.
What is Included in Oven Cleaning Prices?
The following checklist identifies what a typical oven cleaning entails. Obviously, this is not an extensive list and companies’ offerings will differ however it should give you a good feel of what to expect.
- Initially the cleaner should examine the oven to be cleaned and ask if you have had any issues and if required test the oven and note any existing marks and damage
- The floor and area around the oven should at this point be protected with some form of cover
- The cleaner will remove all the removable parts from inside the oven to commence the deep clean. This includes side panels, cooking racks, back panels and any other supporting brackets. Some companies will even remove the fan for cleaning
- Some oven cleaning companies now have vans that contain dip tanks, guaranteeing that removal components can be cleaned with the minimum of mess and fuss in your kitchen
- If required, the cleaner will remove the glass panels from the doors to facilitate a truly thorough deep clean
- Once all of these items have been restored to a pristine condition and the inside of the oven also cleaned the oven will be reassembled and tested prior to a final inspection
What are the Benefits of Having my Oven Professionally Cleaned?
The obvious key benefit is that you have a clean and fresh oven to use but there are several additional things that you maybe haven’t considered. Oven cleaning prices are relatively cheap when you consider how labour intensive this can sometimes be.
If you can afford it then you probably don’t need much convincing that somebody else should be cleaning your oven but just in case here are some more positives:
- Cleaner ovens are much safer as grease and burnt on food increase the risk of an oven fire
- Professional oven cleaners have all of the equipment required to dismantle your oven, and more importantly know how it goes back together
- Professional cleaners will save your valuable time as they are so much more efficient and thorough
- Your oven will be more efficient as an oven caked in burnt on residue will take longer to heat up, additionally if you can see through the door you will not have to keep opening the door to check on progress
- Your food will not always absorb the odours from baked on residue and should ultimately taste better
- Most professional oven cleaners also carry a wide range of seals and bulbs so can also fix any issues that they find as they arise. Obviously unless specified these will incur additional charges
- If your extractor fan or hood is blocked up with grease and dirt then it will be unable to remove heat, cooking smells and, most importantly, Carbon Monoxide to the levels that it was designed for. Cleaning your extractor fan and extractor hood means that the extractor fan can work exactly how it is meant to. This means it can remove unwanted particles easily, ensuring that they are extracted from your kitchen
- You will avoid the mess and hassle of the cleaning process and the clean-up afterwards; a good oven cleaner should leave no trace that they were ever there
- Some of the commercially available cleaning products can be extremely hazardous, through both contact and inhalation of fumes. By employing the services of a professional oven cleaner, you will avoid the risk of damage to your oven, and more importantly yourself.
How Dangerous are Commercially Available Oven Cleaners
You may be tempted at this point to think to yourself that you have seen the latest wonder products advertised on TV and in the media and why should you not just try these? Although some of these products can have the desired effect there are many potential risks associated with these products.
By their very purpose these products will have many caustic properties and should be treated with extreme caution. Please ensure that you follow all safety warnings. Most commercially available oven cleaners will contain sodium hydroxide, which can also be referred to as caustic soda. This is a very high alkaline product that can cause significant damage to your oven, and more importantly yourself. Common issues experienced when using caustic soda-based products are as follows:
- Irritation to the eyes
- Chemical burns to the skin
- Damage to lungs and nostril
- Removal of paint
- Dulling of glass
- Rotting of rubber seals
- Corrosion of certain metals and finishes
- Distortion of heating elements
- Removal of any protective coverings, including Teflon used on non-stick items
Although this is not an exhaustive list this should give you an idea of some of the potential hazards associated with some oven cleaning products. Do not be fooled if a cleaning product does not mention sodium hydroxide specifically. Pay attention to the packaging and look out for the ‘corrosive’ label.
These products are also supplied in aerosol form, these can be particularly hazardous as there is no way to apply these with any real amount of precision, therefore overspray onto all items in the local vicinity can be a big issue.
The alternative is to purchase some of the ‘softer’ environmentally friendly products that are becoming more readily available. These contain surfactants that physically break down fat and grease rather than burning the off as caustic cleaners do. Unfortunately, the downside to these solutions is that they need several applications and a lot of hard work to achieve similar effects. However, they are definitely a lot more environmentally friendly and should present fewer problems around disposal after use.
There are many alternative solutions and tips such as using your own cleaner made of baking soda, salt and water or leaving the removable parts of your oven in a hot bath overnight with some wash liquid. These may have their benefits, but do you really want to be traipsing up and down the stairs with dripping, greasy oven shelves?
Although not intended to scare you this makes for some pretty grim reading and for this reason alone it is wise to contact a professional cleaner. Oven cleaning prices are not as high as you may think and you will avoid all of the risks mentioned above by having people that both know, and respect the products that they deal with on a daily basis. Life is too short sometimes so just sit back and leave this odious task to somebody else if you possibly can!
How do you Manage to get my Oven so Clean?
Most oven cleaning personnel have the experience to recognise what is the best solution to restore your oven to pristine condition and utilise a plethora of oven cleaning solutions. Each of these uniquely suited to the various types and brands of oven, no matter what the material or fuel type.
These solutions are gentle to the finish of the oven whilst still being tough enough to break down the most stubborn of stains and are suitable for chrome, glass, enamel and stainless steel. Additionally, these cleaning products should not leave any residual smells or scents which means that your oven is ready to use as soon as the process is complete.
What are Typical Oven Cleaning Prices
So, you now know what an average oven cleaning involves it is time to get down to the most important question, how much will all this cost me?
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this as there are several factors that could affect this. The main variables are the size of the oven and geographical location but there may also be some other factors such as level of dirt on your oven that may affect oven cleaning prices quoted.
The following are guideline figures only and we will explore the different types of oven further on in this article, but this should give you a rough indicative figure for an average appliance clean.
Again, there may be significant regional variations but between £50 and £120 dependent on oven size and type is a good average figure. We have excluded AGAs from this average figure as they are significantly more expensive, but these costs are examined in more detail further on in this article.
- Standard single oven clean – usually from £50
- Standard double oven clean – from £70
- Range oven clean – between £80 and £120 dependent on size
- AGA clean – between £80 and £170 dependent on size and model
- Ceramic/Glass hob – usual prices are from £20
- Gas/Electric hob – from £20
- Extractor Fan / Hood – from £15
Types of Oven Clean
The majority of households in the UK have single ovens in their kitchen. These are usually 600mm high and are either slotted under worktops or mounted at eye level. A single oven clean will usually include removing all shelves, side mounts, top, back and side panels in addition to removing the glass from the door if required. These removable items are now frequently cleaned in a warmed dip tank that modern oven cleaning companies have in their van. These can also be used to deep clean any grill pans or other items.
Because cleaning a single oven is the most straightforward this can be completed in one to two hours and is therefore amongst the cheapest costing from £50 upwards.
Double ovens are usually found in larger homes and offer a lot more versatility when cooking. These are commonly installed at eye level and are usually 900mm high. A double oven clean will usually include removing all shelves, side mounts, top, back and side panels in addition to removing the glass from the door if required. These removable items are now frequently cleaned in a warmed dip tank that modern oven cleaning companies have in their van.
Like single ovens these are usually quite straightforward to clean within one to two hours. Due to their size they can take longer than single ovens and there is a subsequent increase in cost coming in from £70 upwards.
Range Cookers combine an oven and hob in one and are typically much bigger than a standard oven. These may also have extra ovens, grills and warming drawers. A range cooker clean will usually include removing all shelves, side mounts, top, back and side panels in addition to removing the glass from the door if required. These removable items are now frequently cleaned in a warmed dip tank that modern oven cleaning companies have in their van. Additionally, all warming drawers and the hob will also be cleaned.
Because of this extra complexity and larger size, the cleaning takes longer, allow at least two to three hours and will cost from £90 upwards.
The most common types of hobs in UK homes are gas, electric, ceramic and induction. The process used will vary between types however the cost will usually remain the same and should be completed within the hour. All removable items such as racks and burner covers will be removed for cleaning. These removable items are now frequently cleaned in a warmed dip tank that modern oven cleaning companies have in their van. Costs are usually from £20 upwards.
These are different to most ovens but are included here for completeness. Because of their size, and enamel finish they require special attention and can take between four and five hours dependent on size and model. There don’t tend to be as many removable items on these stoves therefore a lot more old-fashioned elbow grease is required. Costs can range from £80 to £170.
Because the fans within extractor hoods are designed to recirculate air it is inevitable that these become very stick and greasy very quickly. Over time the filters can become clogged and will no longer perform as well as they should, or once did. These can be cleaned within an hour and usually cost from £15 upwards
How Often Should I get my Oven Cleaned?
An often-overlooked fact is that many of us are at risk of a house fire by continuing to use our cooking appliances when they haven’t been cleaned. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed that cooking appliances like ovens are a leading cause of house fires, responsible for an astonishing one in five blazes in homes last year. Despite this, most of us are cleaning our ovens just twice a year –potentially putting our cherished homes at risk.
Over time grease and food will stick to all of the surfaces of your oven and if this is left to build up will burn every time the oven is used.
Continuing to cook with an uncleaned oven will create carbon-based fumes and will also affect the taste of your food. Excessive smoke during cooking is a definite sign that your oven could be a potential fire hazard as well as being harmful if inhaled. If the worst should happen and your oven does catch fire then turn it off immediately, close the doors to starve it of oxygen and let it cool down. Do not put water on the flames as this could cause any flaming oil or fat to splatter and spread the fire further, obviously if this fails to control the fire then contact the emergency services
Most households neglect their ovens, in fact 1 in 4 ovens in the UK are not working correctly due to built-up grease, grime and carbon deposits. This could mean that your food cooks unevenly and your temperature gauges may be displaying improper readings potentially resulting in under-cooked food and possible health risks. An oven should be thoroughly cleaned roughly every 6 months, with a bare minimum of once a year.
Important Questions to ask Providers When Comparing Oven Cleaning Prices
Although not exhaustive the following queries will help you to ensure that the company that you choose are the best placed to undertake your oven cleaning.
Are Your Specialist Cleaning Products Ecologically Friendly?
The vast majority of oven cleaning companies will use high quality products that are not usually available over the counter, but this is a question that needs asking. Additionally, ensure that the cleaning standards are as ecologically friendly as possible. All reputable companies should be using these products.
Are the Company Experienced in Oven Cleaning?
Unfortunately, pricing is not always a good indication of quality so ensure that you research the company and look at the customer reviews. If a company does not have these then they are best avoided. Any professional, reputable company should have a completely transparent review system and a quick internet search will usually produce many reviews for you to peruse. More reputable companies will have reviews from independent third-party sites. Try and avoid reviews that have no association with independent sites as the company may have written the reviews themselves. Unfortunately, it is very easy to add some fictional names and reviews to a ‘Review’ page on a company website and these may not always be totally legitimate.
Are the Company and its Cleaners Fully Insured?
This is an essential requirement. If this is not immediately apparent from their website or material, then ask the question and if you are still unsure then ask to see a copy of their public liability insurance certificate. Any reputable company would be more than happy to fulfil this request.
What Does the Oven Clean Include?
Make sure that you know exactly what you are getting for your money and what you are actually getting for the price. Be sure to know whether the oven cleaning prices include hobs and extractor fans and grill pans etc.
Can I clean the oven myself?
Yes of course however, the level of detail, cleanliness, cleaning agents, and amount of time it will take, will very likely exceed the cost of hiring a professional company. And realistically, the results are not going to come close to those of a professional cleaning company. Additionally, there are many dangers, as mentioned above that need to be considered if using oven cleaner at home.
I Have a Self-cleaning oven, do I Still Need a Professional Oven Cleaning?
A self-cleaning oven will clean the inside of the oven to some extent, but will not do the detailed work. A self-cleaning oven auto locks and heats itself to around 500 degrees Celsius which reduces food residue to ash. You will still have to clean the exterior and glass and wipe away all of the dust. Additionally, it will not remove all types of dirt, nor grease which is not the case when you use a professional oven cleaning company.
How Soon After the Clean can I use my Oven?
You can use your oven straight away if using a professional oven cleaning company that utilises eco-friendly, non-toxic and fume-free products.
If you have got this far then you should be a little more aware of oven cleaning prices. Although the variables are numerous, and each oven cleaning is totally individual you should have an idea of how much the cleaning will cost and be aware of any hidden costs that need to be identified up front. You should now be able to request estimates and quotes from local oven cleaning companies and be confident that you should know what kind of figures to expect.
Bear in mind however that the above figures are for illustration purposes only and there is no magic number that fits every single oven clean, but you will feel more confident when asking for quotations for your final clean. For example, labour costs in London and the South East are significantly higher than the rest of the country and this can soon mount up and make a significant difference to the total cost of your cleaning. Additionally, some urban areas will have issues with parking and access that will also have to be considered when pricing is calculated.
Although this isn’t the biggest expense you will ever face as a householder If you take the time to research your choice of oven cleaning company then you should receive the service that you deserve.
Although we have mentioned quite a few negatives and pitfalls associated with using professional oven cleaners the vast majority are hardworking and conscientious and excellent at what they do. If you have any on personal recommendation, then that is as good as you can get however do ensure that you research unknown companies thoroughly.