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Oven cleaners professional or DIY?

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Sago Wed 14-Apr-21 16:29:42

My ovens work hard and they have not had a professional clean for about 3 years.
S I have been doing it myself

I get sucked into buying all kinds of miracle or magic creams,foams,and sprays thinking this time it will be different.
It never is!
I scrub, remove layers of skin with nasty chemicals,ruin my nails, contort my spine and never get anything like the result on the you tube video.

So I’ve had a professional clean today.
It’s like new.

However, here’s the heads up..... one of the products the chap used was Pink Stuff paste.
He said it was better than a lot of the professional products and much cheaper.

I’m getting a tub to try and keep on top of the job in between cleans.

Anyone here had success with it?

Whitewavemark2 Wed 14-Apr-21 16:48:01

My oven was always a shameful cruddy mess until I bought a new one 3 years ago. I clean it every week without fail, which takes perhaps 10 minutes. I use a wire scrubber, and spray bleach.

It looks like new.

Whitewavemark2 Wed 14-Apr-21 16:48:43

I would like to add that it is used most days.

Pammie1 Wed 14-Apr-21 16:56:56

Yep, I’ve used this and it’s great. I invested in a pyrolitic oven when we moved house and it’s wonderful, but you have to take the racks and shelves out before you do a cleaning cycle - it doesn’t really clean the glass in the door either. I’ve found a product on Lakeland. - the name of it escapes me but it comes in a twin pack with large plastic bags into which you pour the stuff and put the racks and trays in, swish them round for a couple of hours and then cleaning off the gunk is a doddle. They come up like new. The same stuff, painted on the glass in the door brings baked on marks off in a few minutes - just leave the door open and flat so it doesn’t run off.

Pammie1 Wed 14-Apr-21 17:00:45

Remember now, it’s called Oven Mate. I switched to it when I couldn’t lay my hands on the Pink Stuff. I think Stardrops are the makers of the Pink Stuff and I found it again in Home and Bargain,

Casdon Wed 14-Apr-21 17:06:22

Pammie1 I agree Oven Mate is brilliant for chrome and stainless steeel shelves. Don’t spill drips of it on your wooden kitchen floor, ruining it like I did with mine though! It’s a job best done outside well away from delicate surfaces of any kind as it’s very caustic.

Greenfinch Wed 14-Apr-21 17:06:54

I use the Pink Stuff in bathrooms but have never thought of using it on ovens. Thank you.

crazyH Wed 14-Apr-21 17:09:55

I’ve been meaning to get the professional oven cleaner for weeks - must give him a call. Last done 2 years ago - £25 - worth every penny - comes out like new!!!

M0nica Wed 14-Apr-21 17:18:26

My ovens have self cleaning sides, and special mats I bought from Lakeland on the bottom, which I wash every couple of months. I also cover nearly everything I put in the oven or put on baking trays if they might spill over.

I never need to clean the oven and haven't done so for decades.

kittylester Wed 14-Apr-21 17:23:38

I thought it was the law to use Ovennu - it helps keep the man in business.

Actually, I use pink stuff on the top between visits.

M0nica Wed 14-Apr-21 17:28:59

I have never even heard of it.

Sara1954 Wed 14-Apr-21 17:30:40

Professional cleaners are worth every penny.
I do clean as I go, but when the oven cleaners finished, it’s like new.
It takes a whole morning, and I don’t think I could bear to spend a whole morning cleaning the range.

Calendargirl Wed 14-Apr-21 17:44:36

On our local Facebook page, someone warned against using the Pink Stuff on the glass oven door as it could make the glass shatter when hot, something to do with the ingredients.

Am not saying if this is correct or not, but that was what it said, a few people agreed.

Nonogran Wed 14-Apr-21 17:49:50

I wipe out my oven every single time I use it!
I sprinkle Bicarbonate of Soda lightly on the floor of the cavity & leave it there. It mops up drips & best of all, wipes out clean every time.
My oven is never "cruddy" & the glass sparkles.
"A stitch in time saves nine!"
(I'm off to polish my halo! )

Sago Wed 14-Apr-21 17:57:54

CrazyH £25🙈. I’ve just paid over £100.

Septimia Wed 14-Apr-21 18:10:33

I soak my oven shelves in washing soda (£1-10 a bag) and hot water. The gunk cleans off easily then. Expensive fancy products not needed!

Mind you, the rest of the oven could do with a clean and I can't put that in to soak.

Whiff Wed 14-Apr-21 18:41:31

I used professional cleaners 2 women. 45 mins £40. Will have them back in 6 months or so.

crazyH Wed 14-Apr-21 19:03:51

Sago - that was 2 years ago - I only have a single oven - I have just texted him to see how inflation has affected the price. Just spoke to neighbour, who had him recently and he charged £40 for her double oven...

midgey Wed 14-Apr-21 19:11:41

I always put the shelves in the dishwasher.

Pantglas2 Wed 14-Apr-21 20:15:45

I’m with WWMK2- it’s a wipe after each use - 20 seconds flat!

3dognight Wed 14-Apr-21 20:29:14

Mine cost £40.
I felt abit sorry for him laid on the floor cleaning my mucky oven, so I sat on the floor too and talked to him, he said the worst oven he cleaned was where he asked the homeowner where the oven was and he answered that he would have to see the maid!

FlexibleFriend Wed 14-Apr-21 21:30:17

I don't rate pink stuff at all, didn't make any difference to my oven door but white vinegar with baking soda did,

Sara1954 Wed 14-Apr-21 21:37:52

Sago
same here £120, but he said my make is particularly tricky, he probably says that to everyone.
But I don’t care, worth every penny!

Sago Wed 14-Apr-21 21:47:05

Sara1954 I have a Lacanche that is easy enough to clean but the company I use charges by size.
It was worth every penny and such a treat.
I hate doing it.

Sara1954 Wed 14-Apr-21 21:54:14

Sago
Yes, I have a Lacanche, but I have an induction hob, which obviously needs no special cleaning.
But as I said, I don’t care, I don’t want to spend half a day cleaning the cooker.