I have a rental property in which I hired a cleaning lady to get ready
for my new tenants. Well she sprayed Easy-Off in a Self-Cleaning oven
and now the finish inside the oven is ruined.
We've ran the SelfCleaning option a few times to get rid of the
remaining junk in the oven. Since it seems the glossy texture is
ruined does this cause any hazzard to the house or make the oven
un-safe to use? or will cooking in that oven create any health hazzards?
thanks for all the respones... and yes, I think she used a metal brush
on it. So its that nice polish finish is gone from what my renters have
told me. Its a GE Oven, not sure of the model, its only 2-3 years old
at the most.
so is there a way to get that finish back? a spary can of something
that will give it the gloss look? and also... just use Windex to get
whatever is left inside will do okay?
My renters had a maid come in and its the maid who told them the oven
is ruined inside... I know the oven works so I assume she could only
mean the finish inside as that is what the renters described to me.
I'd open the yellow pages, find an appliance parts place, and see if they
sell any sort of product for resurfacing the porcelain or whatever it's made
If the renters seem to have enough presence of mind to do something easy,
and if the worst damage is on the bottom of the oven, just ask them to
consistently use a piece of heavy duty foil on the bottom.
A maid told your renters that an oven's finish is ruined... Nothing
like getting first hand information from an expert.
If you run the self-cleaning cycle a couple of times, it will burn off
whatever is left after the oven is wiped clean. The rougher surface
will require a bit more maintenance, but it shouldn't materially affect
the performance or life of the oven. It's unlikely that the person who
used the EZ-Off did more than scuff up the surface, but without seeing
detailed pictures, it's impossible to say how bad it is. In the worst
case scenario, if the wire brush cut grooves in the finish, the
interior coating would heat/expand at different rates and lead to
spalling. I think this is unlikely.
I don't know of any surface coating that can be applied in the house
that would stand up to repeated self-cleaning cycles.
I don't think a "spray can of something" is going to be heat resistant
enough to stand up to a self-clean cycle, nor would I really want spray
paint outgassing on my pot pie.
I think you're going to have to go take a look at it and decide what to
do from there. If it really is hosed, perhaps just the oven liner is
still available as a service part? Or if it's not scratched too
deeply, maybe hand polish with some rubbing compound followed by a
polish (like you'd do to a scratched or weathered automotive paint
I don't know that self cleaning ovens use any different finish than a
regular oven. I myself just cleaned a 20+ year old oven at my new
place with Easy-Off with no issues and yes it is self cleaning, the
previous owners just left too much stuff build up in there for the self
cleaning cycle to take care of it. It looks fine, although I ran out
of oven cleaner before I finished the rack. I concur with the other
posters that if the finish is "ruined" it was probably not in
particularly good shape before.
If you go back and wipe down the inside of the oven with Windex or
similar it should remove any oven cleaner residue. It's basically just
a lye solution anyway, nothing particularly harmful unless you let it
sit on your skin or huff the fumes.
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