Cleaning Between the Glass on an Oven Door

About 5 years ago, it was definitely a do I know it was a Thursday?Because it was Thanksgiving. We had just bought a great double wall oven. The old one had bit the dust and wasn't keeping the temperature any more. So we had this great wall oven delivered just in time to entertain about 20 members of our family.
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Things were going along great, all the sides were done, the turkey was done and ready to be removed from the oven. The only problem was that when removing the turkey from the oven he managed to drip, and that dripping found its way to the inside of the oven door. Yup dripping between the glass. And that is how my oven door has looked for 5 years.
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See those vents in the door, they lead right to between the glass.
Over the years, I did get out the owners manual to see if there was any way to clean the glass. I also unscrewed the screws but nothing moved.
Fast forward to this week, when I'm on Pinterest and lo and behold I find someone that has successfully cleaned between her glass on her oven doors. Her screws were placed a bit differently than mine but I was willing to give it a go one more time. Maybe I was missing something.
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My screws did need a special screwdriver but I did have a drillbit that fit perfectly.
So, I undid all my top screws...nothing. Wait, there are a few more screws going down the side...still nothing. It didn't pop open like they promised.
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Eventually I found that only the top screws had to be removed. There are even springs inside the door to assist you.
My door did not pop open when the screws were undone. I did manage to get the door apart with one simple little trick. If your oven door popped open with the removal of the screws great, clean away.
If your oven is like mine, you may need one more tool... a simple kitchen knife to gently pry the frame away from the door. It may seem unnatural, but the door just pops right open.
Why this is not in the owners manual, I have no idea. You may want to place a chair under the door to support your oven door while you clean. And here is the oven door, all ready to be cleaned with a degreaser.
If you need more pictures, I hope you get a chance to stop by.
Note: When I posted this I had no idea so many people had the same problem. I had read another post where someone had cleaned between their glass so I tried it. Mine worked so well (with just a little prodding) that I thought I'd share. If you have any misgivings about doing this..don't. One person said her glass broke, I am truly sorry. Another person said I bent the frame on my oven...I didn't. This has been my most read post ever, which I find extremely funny because I'm not the best housekeeper. I would actually prefer to be known for my wood crafting and diys.

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  • Joyce Legg
    on Apr 4, 2018

    My question is, “Why should you have to take your oven apart to clean it to begin with?” I have a Whirlpool stove with a smaller upper oven and larger lower oven so I have TWO doors to take apart to clean between the glass. We put a man on the moon. Can’t we make an oven with vents placed so that spills don’t end up between the glass?

  • Mal21657625
    on Apr 7, 2018

    I have a self-cleaning oven 10+ years old I haven't cleaned . What will happen if I clean it now ,will it catch on fire. need help.

    • Terry
      on Aug 29, 2018

      The 1st time I cleaned my oven after moving here, I turned the knob, and went to jump in the shower. When I got out of the shower and stepped out of my bedroom, the whole house was filled with black smoke from the ceiling about 2/3 down the wall. I had to find my cats and lock them in the basement, open the doors and windows, and of course, I turned off that cleaning cycle. I did not think to crawl through the smoke as they tell you to do in a fire, so in the 20 or so minutes it took me find and corral the cats and get out of the house, I started coughing. I hacked for at least a week, and I never again tried that self-clean. My oven just stays dirty.

  • Diana Deiley
    on Aug 27, 2018

    Think of it this way someone in a factory put it together, so 'we' can take it apart, right? Yes we can. Take a 'before' picture with your phone for referencing when you put it back together. I will be cleaning my oven door this weekend  !

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  • Cor32419347
    5 days ago

    Yes!!! You are wonderful!!🍁🍂

  • Hjpro
    3 days ago

    The company I purchased my oven from sent a maintenance man to see how my oven was working after 6 months.

    When he noticed that there were spots in between the glass he said "It's a good thing it's still under warranty. I can fix this for free. If you have to pay to have it done it can be expensive." Needless to say, I haven't called to have it done again for fear of the outrageous cost.

    Thank you for this post! I WILL be cleaning it myself this weekend.

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