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The Room Series: Ovens

In the blog this week I would like to highlight ovens. While not a room, I wanted to get back to the room series and discuss something that will be in use a lot over the coming months and help our readers prepare for the holiday season. That last sentence was a little wild to type as it’s currently 70 and sunny here in Chicago but it’s mid october so what can I say. 

In the blog I would like to discuss your oven and how to get it ready for the upcoming holiday season. Whether you are the primary cook for your family, hosting guests, or just interested in oven cleaning (a bit weird but no judgement!), this blog will be for you. 

Avoid Burnt Taste

At Park West Cleaning, we have seen our fair share of ovens and how poorly some of you treat them! I would like to start by acknowledging that over the summer in our home we are grillers. There is really not a lot of baking done, and as a result I have not cleaned the oven once since July. While you might think no big deal, the reality is, my oven shows it. While the volume of baking has slowed down, that doesn’t mean it’s at zero. With pretty constant twice a week use, the oven has started to take a beating. What does this mean? It means that there is food splatter that has either splattered off and is now residing on the walls of the oven, or has dripped off your baking sheet and is now slowly burning on the bottom of the oven. Why is this an issue? Glad you asked! These small specs of food are now living in your oven, meaning every time you go to use the oven it will start to burn, and reburn, slowly infusing it’s burn smell into your food as well as home when you take your food out of the oven.  At Park West, we are experts at removing all debris and hard stains in ovens, restoring them to near perfect condition. Why ruin your hard work at the last minute by neglecting your oven?!

Regular Maintenance

Like all things or appliances in your home, an oven experiences wear and tear. Regular maintenance is crucial to the longevity of your appliances. Thankfully Park West Cleaning is here to maintain that oven for you! As you likely know, if you are reading this blog, we clean ovens! It’s part of our move out/ Move In clean and can be added to any service for $30. Ovens are one of the hardest (time consuming) appliances to clean in a home. On average, our cleaning techs spend at least 30 to 45 minutes on the inside of an oven alone. Between extremely difficult to remove burn spots, the oven racks, and hard to reach corners, this is not something easy to do at home. Luckily Park West Cleaning is here for you to take that burden off your plate. Maintaining an oven will not only improve the taste of the food you cook, but also will increase the lifespan of your appliance. 

Safety First

Good tasting food and maintenance are important and all, but the most important reason to keep a clean oven is safety. If you have ever neglected cleaning a grill for some time and see flames jumping right when you put some burgers down, you know what I am talking about. Fire likes to burn in hot spaces, simple enough. Fire also likes to burn flammable fuels, still pretty straightforward. Well, combine hot spaces, and grease (drippings from previous meals, splatter on the walls, etc), you have the perfect recipe for an oven fire. I will absolutely say, oven fires are not that common, but that doesn’t mean they can’t happen. Keeping an oven clean should be a part of any home safety checklist. 

Ovens, while one of the best and most used appliances in a home are infrequently cleaned or maintained. This fall, before the inlaws come for Thanksgiving turkey, make sure you clean your oven out, at least once.
Thank you for following along and reading the blog this week. As always please reach out to with any questions, comments, or concerns. Thank you again for reading and see you next week!


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