Cleaning oven glass

Noticed some streaks and stains on the inner oven glass that weren’t there before?

(fig. 1)

Hold up! Step back from your Jump To Conclusions mat — it’s not a bad seal.

Several vents (highlighted in fig. 1) open directly into the inner door to vent the hot air away from the glass. And because of their proximity to the stove top and its mess, people often spray cleaner near the vents that sneaks inside the door and drips down, causing streaks and stains.

What to do?

Our smart and helpful customer service rep Amy cautions you against pulling the door apart yourself.

Officially, if it bothers you enough, pay a service company to clean it — otherwise you’ll void the warranty, she said. Unfortunately, this aesthetic nuisance falls outside of warranty coverage because the customer did it herself.

Anatomy of an oven door

But if your range is older than 10 years — and in some cases, five years — warranty is no longer a concern.

So, unofficially, you can check out this HOW TOs on and find more on — at your own risk.

Don’t get all “Red Green” inspired and duct tape the vents, like one customer informed Amy he’d being doing. That hot air needs to go somewhere.

A better way to prevent stains between the glass is to not spray near the vents. Better yet, spray cleaners directly onto the rag, rather than the range.

2 thoughts on “Cleaning oven glass

  1. This syndrome afflicts the old stove in my mom’s house, and I’ve always wondered how this actually came about. She is an absolute stickler for cleanliness and it is actually quite ironic how this has backfired and left her with a stove that looks dirty all the time!

    She will really appreciate it if I pull the door apart and sort the mess out, so from my mom to you – A very big thank you for this excellent piece of advise.

    I’m going over to her house for a sunday visit, and will attend to the door at the same time.

    Cheers everybody.


    1. That is irony, Richie. How did cleaning the inside of the door go?

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