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How clean does oven have to be for apartment handover?

Moving in a few weeks and already started cleaning oven in advance. So far used a spray from Edeka which was pretty much useless and then tried bicarb and vinegar paste which removed a lot, but we still have so much left. Most of all that is left is the burnt-in kind of grime and is really hard to get off. Does anyone know if it is generally required in Switzerland to have oven totally spotless, or are burnt-in stains acceptable?
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Moving in a few weeks and already started cleaning oven in advance. So far used a spray from Edeka which was pretty much useless and then tried bicarb and vinegar paste which removed a lot, but we still have so much left. Most of all that is left is the burnt-in kind of grime and is really hard to get off. Does anyone know if it is generally required in Switzerland to have oven totally spotless, or are burnt-in stains acceptable?
Depends on the renter; sometimes they turn up with white gloves!

You could always buy the oven internal components and replace the bad ones!
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Re: How clean does oven have to be for apartment handover?

Just to get some idea ...
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Just to get some idea ...
So like brand new, then

Getting the K2 stuff to try out tomorrow in Denner.

We got a couple of crumbs inside the glass of the oven whilst cleaning the inside. Doesnt seem to have panel to remove to access the inside. Is this too going to be a probem if we cant shake it out do you think?
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Depends on the renter; sometimes they turn up with white gloves!

You could always buy the oven internal components and replace the bad ones!
The trays etc are all ok as I cleaned those regularly. Sadly we have a year's worth of burnt in stains to remove on the walls of the oven.
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So like brand new, then

Getting the K2 stuff to try out tomorrow in Denner.

We got a couple of crumbs inside the glass of the oven whilst cleaning the inside. Doesnt seem to have panel to remove to access the inside. Is this too going to be a probem if we cant shake it out do you think?
Outside should be impeccably clean. Maybe try to vacuum it or blow it from inside. They probably won't even check in detail that much inside as outside.
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Re: How clean does oven have to be for apartment handover?

How old is the oven? Was it in pristine condition when you moved in? How many years have you lived there?

I am not completely sure how anyone can avoid cleaning an oven for a year.
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How old is the oven? Was it in pristine condition when you moved in? How many years have you lived there?

I am not completely sure how anyone can avoid cleaning an oven for a year.
Nope, it has been cleaned on the inside also just not to pristine levels heretofore and so some of the burnt in stains are there a while, some not.
It was brand new when we moved in a year ago but we are two foodies who used it a lot.
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I am not completely sure how anyone can avoid cleaning an oven for a year.
Oh, I can help you with that one. We moved in, I had a rough pregnancy (bedrest almost the entire time) and then two babies to look after.

Last month I looked at the oven - really looked at it, for the first time in over two years - and remembered that one ought to clean these things occasionally.

Six overnight applications of "Potz" foam later it looks half decent but still not back to brand new. If anyone has recommendations for a different brand I'm all ears.
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Re: How clean does oven have to be for apartment handover?

I vaguely remember our oven is supposed to be self cleaning. Or was it something else...
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Re: How clean does oven have to be for apartment handover?

I may have to deal with this as well very soon (the oven cleaning, not the moving ). I think I remember there's already some threads here on EF about oven cleaning tips.
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Re: How clean does oven have to be for apartment handover?

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I may have to deal with this as well very soon (the oven cleaning, not the moving ). I think I remember there's already some threads here on EF about oven cleaning tips.


If the oven is self cleaning oven make sure that you only use suitable cleaners. Abrasives like VIF will ruin the surface and the oven won't self clean properly anymore.


If it is a pyrolytic cleaning oven be aware that you usually need to remove the grills and rails and such - if you don't the heat may discolor the plating.


On a side note... if you have just baked a Turkey and the oven is really greasy, don't just turn the pyro cycle on, as this may ignite the grease. If in doubt, give it a wipe down to get the worst of the grease off. Years ago our doorbell rang at about 01:00 the morning after Thanksgiving... you guessed it.


If something does go wrong during the pyro cycle just turn it off and wait. If you can't figure out how to turn it off, flip the circuit breaker. The door has an interlock built in, you cannot open the door until it has cooled down to the normal max. baking temperature.
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Re: How clean does oven have to be for apartment handover?

No question, the oven must be as clean as when it was new.

Repeated overnight applications of K2R oven cleaner will get it clean, but wear rubber gloves when cleaning the gunk off.
Everything else is a joke. You can sometimes scrape the burnt bits off with a blunt knife.

If you have the handbook, read it and remove the door to gain better access. Don't forget the roof!
The door can be dismantled and the glass cleaned inside, but it is difficult to re-assemble it!

If you use a steam cleaner be careful, remove the fuses (x3) or switch off the trip switches!
The steam can get behind the oven and convey the electricity and give you a shock!

In future, use oven roasting bags, you can even find them now in Switzerland.

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Re: How clean does oven have to be for apartment handover?

There are several methods involving steaming bowls of water to loosen the dirt. Just google.

Otherwise, for oven trays with really baked on dirt I find putting a dishwasher tablet in the tray, fill with water and leave over night!! Really works.
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Re: How clean does oven have to be for apartment handover?

We read the cleaning protocol over again and all it asks for in relation to the oven is that the bulb and other internal pieces be intact, and accessories clean with no dirty patches. So it looks like we got the clean-lite package, or whatever the reduced cleaning requirements are called! Still want to present the place as best possible though.

Is there a standard term for this sweep over cleaning requirement in Switzerland? I just read about it in the forum but not sure if the protocol has to specifically declare it, or what term is used.
As it is the owner gave us a list of what he needs done.
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In future, use oven roasting bags, you can even find them now in Switzerland.

https://www.google.com/search?site=i...47.G65HA7aYVg8
Brilliant tip, thank you! Used to do this but just forgot over the years. Everyone needs to use these
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Six overnight applications of "Potz" foam later it looks half decent but still not back to brand new. If anyone has recommendations for a different brand I'm all ears.
K2r (as others have said)

It used to be available at Co-op but I'm not sure where now.
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Re: How clean does oven have to be for apartment handover?

I didn't clean the inside of my oven at all between July 2009 and July 2013...

I used the Potz stuff overnight, on at least 3 occasions, and a lot of elbow grease.

Got the oven to looking pretty much like new.

In the end at the handover they didn't even look inside the oven. I think because the whole flat was so conspicuously clean (I'd had 6 friends helping me for three days; we'd cleaned every possible surface and repainted one room), the man from the agency didn't feel the need to check every little thing.

He even said to me he wished every tenant left their flat as clean as I had!
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Re: How clean does oven have to be for apartment handover?

I can't say this enough: get professional cleaners in for the end-of-lease cleaning, and use a company that guarantees their work. It's the best money you'll spend.
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