It was some years back that I bought a new oven cleaning product and having done this job for years I didn’t bother to read the label. This was my first mistake. What I didn’t realise was this new product needed to be used in a cold oven whereas I had heated mine up deliberately! Well, I switched off, shook the can, opened the door and started to spray. Did I use goggles? No. Did I use a mask? No. Did I use rubber gloves? Er no. As a consequence the toxic chemical mix in hot air was now so volatile I suddenly realised my eye was hurting and within five minutes there was a blob in it which demanded I shut the oven and run a constant stream of cold water over the affected area.
After half an hour there was a white mark on my eye and it was decided I needed to go to the hospital. Bathing the spot all the way I was then sent to a specialist eye clinic and some hours later, having seen a specialist I was deemed to be very lucky and sent home.
I admit it was sheer stupidity and carelessness which could have ended up with a profound eye injury. I read the instructions when I arrived home and sure enough the instructions said ‘cold oven’ You have been warned.
However, there is a far better solution to the little matter of getting an oven looking like new: hire a professional. Pigsty.ie have plenty to choose from so if your oven needs cleaning in Cork or in Dublin we can send someone around with the right protective clothing, who knows exactly what they are doing and is capable of cleaning your oven to show room standard. That sounds better doesn’t it?
Sometimes, it really is worth asking someone with the right kit; it will save dirt, mess, hours of elbow grease and the potential to breathe in toxic fumes. As I write I am looking at a sparkling oven that smells wonderful and is now the colour it was when I bought it, thanks to my man who can and did!
Stay safe and hire an oven cleaner now, you won’t regret it, but make sure you do that final roast before you call!