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How to care for your oven so it lasts

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The kitchen functions as the heart of the home for several reasons. It’s where people often gather over the holiday season and where sustenance and family meals are created. With that in mind, your oven should be considered one of the most crucial appliances in your home, so it’s important to make sure you’re always taking the best care of it that you can.

Whether you already consider yourself a home chef or you want to start putting more effort in, there’s never a better time to learn more about how to maintain the most expensive items in the house. And as some of the most expensive and necessary items, they deserve product protection. Install the Mulberry browser extension to find the best extended warranty options for your ovens and other appliances.

What are tips for taking care of your oven?

From regular rack rinsing to knowing when it’s time to call in a professional, these tips will help you keep your oven in the best shape possible.

Clean your oven regularly

Grease, food spills, and other debris can build up inside your oven over time, affecting its performance and even causing damage—so the first step to caring for your oven is to keep it clean. Make sure you use an oven cleaner that is safe for your appliance and the surface materials.

Follow the instructions on the cleaner and avoid using abrasive materials that can scratch or damage your oven’s surface.

Clean your oven racks

As is expected, your oven racks are going to become dirty over time, which will make it more difficult to slide them in and out of the oven. To clean your oven racks, remove them from the oven and soak them in hot, soapy water. Use a scrub brush or sponge to remove any baked-on food or debris, and rinse the racks thoroughly with water. Once the racks are dry, slide them back into the oven.

Try your best to do this before too much grime builds up—the longer you wait, the harder they’ll be to clean, and the same goes for your stove grates.

Rely on a professional for your gas line

If your oven is powered by gas, it's important to have your gas line installation and repair done by a professional. Gas leaks can be dangerous and even fatal, so it isn’t something worth risking on your own. A licensed gas fitter can ensure that your gas line is installed and maintained safely and correctly, so you can live and cook with peace of mind.

Replace your range hood filter

Installing a range hood is beneficial for several reasons, but over time, the filter can become dirty and clogged, reducing its ability to function properly. To avoid this, replace your range hood filter regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Keep your seal clean

The door seal on your oven is designed to keep heat inside the oven, but it can become less effective over time, especially when it isn’t cleaned properly. To keep your oven door seal clean, wipe it down with a damp cloth after each use. Be careful and avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that might damage the seal.


If you’re in the market for any new appliances, protecting them is necessary to ensuring they last for their entire lifespan and function properly. Most people rely on their appliances every day, so you don't want to deal with them breaking down.

Install the Mulberry browser extension to view all the available product protection plans for your oven. You'll also qualify for free product protection and the chance to earn rewards.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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