baking soda to pre-treat a self-cleaning oven

Old 12-13-06, 10:16 AM
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baking soda to pre-treat a self-cleaning oven

I was curious about the advice to use baking soda paste on stubborn spots in a self-cleaning oven. Someone told me this would damage the finish. I have a self-cleaning oven in my apartment that needs to be pre-treated because it is so dirty. Should I use the baking soda, or do you have any other advice? Would vinegar be OK to use to remove residue from the baking soda?

Old 12-13-06, 05:48 PM
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I've never personally had anything baked on the inside of the oven that the blast-furnace heat from the self-cleaning cycle didn't turn to ash. Have you run a cycle already?
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Hello sjacsj and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances topic.

Do not use anything or any chemical in an attempt to clean those stains. Self cleaning ovens have an applied coating designed to absorb liquids during the baking and cleaning process.

The cleaning process incinerates the spills and turns it into ash while at the same time the heated sprayed on coating absorbs the liquids.

Bottom line, stains are normal and no attempt to remove them should be attempted. Any attempts will due more damage then good. Stains indicated the oven is being used and the self cleaning process is working.

Do not cover the surfaces with foil either. Doing so will adversely effect burner flames, air flow and heat flow. All of which will make matters far worse then ever before. Using foil to cover surfaces will cause carbon monoxides, odors and soots to be produced.

Just thought I would add the above paragraph in case you or other reads of this question had thoughts on covering oven surfaces to prevent spills and/or stains.

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Thanks for the good advice! Here is my confession - I had tried some baking soda on about a 1" square area. I hope it doesn't ruin the whole finish when I go to clean it!!

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