How to clean an industrial oven

clean an industrial oven


To get the maximum productivity and longevity from your industrial oven, it is essential that you clean and maintain it on a regular basis. Cooking on an industrial oven means that it takes on hours of work every day; as a result, it is all too easy to find grease and cooked food splattered everywhere. Trays can be encrusted with food spillages and doors can become loose from so much opening and closing; therefore, you should undertake best cleaning practice to ensure your oven is always working in top condition.

Daily routine

A good practice to get into is to clean all loose food debris before you turn on the oven each day. This means you will start the day with clean commercial ovens and they will be easier to maintain as you go along; in fact, you can probably get away with a quick wipe down as spillages accumulate. Use a wet cloth before the food carbonises, but be careful when the oven is hot. If the food has hardened, use a scraper to loosen the dirt before wiping it away. Look out for food stuck in the door seal; if this is allowed to clog up, it can potentially lead to heat escaping.

Inside your oven

You will need to regularly remove your oven racks and trays to give them a good soaking. Use a scouring pad and oven cleaner to help remove baked-on food. Leaving leftovers to crust over can cause smoke issues and can even change the flavour of your cooking. Always follow FSA guidelines to prevent contamination or potential food poisoning. Make sure you remove all food and wipe behind the oven door seal.

Follow manufacturer’s instructions

If you are unclear as to the correct procedure of cleaning your commercial ovens, check your manufacture’s handbook, which might make different recommendations on the techniques and products to use. If you are in any doubt, you can contact suppliers such as for information or solutions to problems, or to buy replacement appliances when the need arises.

Cleaning your oven on a regular basis is one of the most essential tasks in a commercial kitchen. By keeping up your daily routine, you will limit the chance of built-up grime and maximise the lifespan of your oven.

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