iFresh Oven Cleaning Process

Home is has developed a comprehensive 14-step cleaning process to ensure that your oven is left spotless and sparkling…

Step 1 – Pre-clean inspection
Our technician will examine your oven and advise you of any damage or defects that may impact on their ability to thoroughly clean it. They will also give you an estimate of the time needed to complete the work, as well as any health and safety warnings.

Step 2 – Prepare the work area
To protect the area around the oven, and to minimise any mess, the technician will lay dustsheets in front of the oven and tea towels on units around the area to be cleaned.

Step 3 – Strip out the oven
The technician will remove all items from inside the oven, including shelves, racks, grill pans, self-cleaning panels, roasting trays and filters. They will also check that any light bulbs are functioning, and replace if necessary.

Step 4 – Put items into the dip tank
Items such as racks, shelves and grill pans are taken to the van to be soaked in a polypropylene dip tank containing caustic soda; this removes grease and carbon residue. Some metals can react with the caustic soda, so we do not generally clean items such as roasting and baking trays.

Step 5 – Remove bottom hung doors
Where possible the technician will remove the oven door, which makes it easier to thoroughly clean the door and surrounds. Please note: this is not possible with side-hung doors or where the door is a sealed unit as these should only be taken apart by a qualified engineer.

Step 6 – Clean the internal facings of the oven
The technician will clean out the body of the oven, initially using a sharp blade to scrape out as much residue as possible. They then use a vegetable-based, entirely environmentally friendly paste to remove any remaining burnt-on residue. After applying a degreaser, the oven is buffed to a polished finish.

Step 7 – Clean the door
The technician repeats the process to clean the door, including the glass, side panels, edges, hinges and surrounds.

Step 8 – Clean any ancillary items
The technician will wash any self-cleaning panels, control knobs, seals and glass casings.

Step 9 – Remove items from the dip tank
The technician will remove any items that have been left to soak in the dip tank and thoroughly wash them; this is done outside the house to avoid bringing any harmful caustic product into the home.
Each item is checked and any remaining stains are removed using stainless steel wool before the items are dried, polished and returned to the kitchen.

Step 10 – Reconstruct the oven
The technician replaces all the items that have been removed from the oven and refits the door, if it had been removed.

Step 11 – Quality check
The technician will check for any remaining stains or residue from the cleaning product; that the light is functioning; that the door is correctly aligned and closes correctly; and then give a final polish to remove any fingerprints or smears.

Step 12 – Clear up
We always leave your kitchen as we found it, so the technician will remove all equipment, clean any splash marks from neighbouring surfaces and on the floor, and fold away dustsheets and tea towels.

Step 13 – Customer check
At this point you will be invited you to check the work. If you have any concerns, please do raise them with the technician.

Step 14 – End of clean
The technician will confirm that the oven is now clean and ready to use again, and will take payment before leaving.