Convection ovens are a great addition to your kitchen because of their superior cooking quality. With a convection oven, heat is distributed more evenly and at a higher temperature than a regular oven, resulting in juicier, crispier food.
Even though they are more expensive than an ordinary toaster oven, convection ovens are well worth the money due to their amazing features. However, like any other kitchen appliance, they need to be consistently maintained to increase their lifespan.
With proper maintenance, your convection oven can serve you and accommodate your everyday cooking needs longer and better. To make the most out of your purchase, check out our steps below on how to clean a convection oven.
Step-by-step guide to keeping your Convection Oven clean
Just like any piece of kitchen appliances, your convection oven needs regular cleaning, too. This not only ensures a longer lifespan for your oven, but it also ensures that your food will come out at maximum quality.
Step 1: Remove the oven racks from the convection oven and set them aside.
Step 2: Use soap or oven-cleaning detergent and water to clean the interior.
If using oven-cleaner, follow the instructions that come with it. Make sure to put on gloves as well since oven-cleaner contains chemicals that can be harsh on the skin.
For messy ovens, let the soap or oven-cleaner sit for 20 minutes to an hour.
Step 3: Once you’ve let your cleaning solution sit, start scrubbing! When scrubbing, make sure you scrub in the direction of polish lines to preserve the coating.
If there’s burnt food or grease residue that resists your efforts, you can use a scrubbing brush or a little abrasive cleaner mixed in your soap. You can also put a damp cloth over the spill and let it loosen itself.
Step 4: Make sure you wipe away any leftover residue with cleaner before rinsing.
Step 5: Use clean water to rinse or wash the interior, then dry with a soft clean cloth.
Step 6: Wash the oven racks using cleaner or water and soap. Make sure to carefully scrub the racks with a sponge or rag to get rid of any leftover food or grease. Then rinse with clean water.
Step 7: Dry the racks by wiping them with a clean, dry cloth before putting them back in the oven
Congratulations, you now know how to clean your convection oven! You are ready to bake or roast again.
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Convection Oven maintenance – Tips & Tricks
Cleaning your convection oven isn’t the only thing you can do to preserve its longevity.
Check out our list below for some extra tips to extend the life of your convection oven:
- To prevent accidents, always follow the proper tag-out procedures for all electrical appliances.
- Keep in mind that the interior of your oven is most likely aluminum coating, which can scratch or chip off if any abrasive materials are used on it. To preserve the coating, use gentle cleaning products such as rags or sponges.
- Never use wire brushes or caustic solutions such as lye, soda, or ammonia.
- For Teflon panels, frequent cleaning is also recommended, especially if you use your oven constantly. By cleaning your panels frequently, you’ll prevent the Teflon from losing its color.
- When cleaning Teflon panels, use hot sudsy water with a sponge or wet pad. They don’t react well to harsh abrasives.
- The exterior of most convection ovens is stainless steel, so cleaning it regularly with a damp cloth and polishing it with a soft dry cloth will keep your oven bright and gleaming.
- Never sprinkle or pour water over the oven. This can cause an electrical short.
Self-cleaning ovens are becoming more and more popular in the cooking community, but it’s still important to know how to clean a convection oven by hand.
By following these simple steps, not only will your oven remain in pristine shape, but it will also be able to cook even better than it would otherwise!
How can I prevent stains in my oven?
Stains typically occur from liquid spills, so it’s important that they are cleaned up as quickly as possible. Don’t try to clean up a liquid spill while cooking, since you run the risk of burning yourself. Instead, wait until you’re done with your cooking and your oven has had time to cool off.
Once the oven has cooled off, spot clean the spill with a damp cloth and then wipe dry with a dry cloth. I recommend using a microfiber cleaning cloth like these that you can buy on Amazon.
Be aware however that the interior of your oven may discolor over time. This is normal and to be expected.
Why aren’t my racks gliding in smoothly?
If your racks aren’t sliding into place smoothly anymore, this could be for a number of different reasons. Your oven’s racks are covered in a shiny finish, so if they aren’t sliding in properly this is probably because a corrosive agent is wearing away at the finish.
When cleaning your oven racks, make sure that you are using a solution of soap and hot water and that you aren’t scrubbing it with anything that could wear away at the finish. If your oven has a self-cleaning option, make sure to remove the oven racks before engaging it.
If you’re still having trouble with your rack, wipe them down with a bit of vegetable oil and then wipe them off with a dry rag.
How do I remove spots in the oven window?
Oven spots can be one of the most irritating things about cleaning your convection oven. We recommend using hot, soapy water with a sponge. Make sure that you squeeze out most of the water before wiping to avoid streaks. Afterward, rinse the glass off with water and wipe dry.
If that doesn’t work, you can try an oven window cleaner. However, we don’t recommend using window cleaner or other cleaners containing chemicals on the interior of the oven window, since these fumes can be harmful when cooking.
How do I know if my convection oven is self-cleaning?
All ovens are different, so it will depend on the kind of oven you have. Typically, there will be a button that will say something along the lines of “Cleaning Mode” or “Steam Clean”. However, all ovens are different so we advise that you check your oven’s manual to properly use the self-cleaning feature.
I have telescopic racks. Do they need to be cleaned differently?
Cleaning telescopic racks is similar to cleaning flat racks. Simply wash with hot, soapy water, rinse, and then dry with a clean dry cloth.
Try to avoid getting any harsh cleaning agents or residue in the telescopic slides and if your oven has a self-cleaning feature, don’t leave them in while using them since this can damage them.
Afterward, simply re-lubricate the slides with high-temperature food grade lubricants as needed.