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How to start a high-temp self-clean cycle

Guide to a High Temperature Self-Clean Oven Cycle

The Self-Cleaning cycle uses very high temperatures, burning soil to a powdery ash.

Refer to your Use and Care Guide for specific instructions on setting the Self-Clean feature.

If you would like to download or view product literature for your appliance, please visit our Manuals and Literature page.

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IMPORTANT: The health of some birds is extremely sensitive to the fumes given off during the Self-Cleaning cycle. Exposure to the fumes may result in death to certain birds. Always move birds to another closed and well ventilated room.

Tips for High Temperature Self-Cleaning Ovens:

  • Self-clean the oven before it becomes heavily soiled. Heavy soil results in longer cleaning and more smoke.
  • Keep the kitchen well-ventilated during the Self-Cleaning cycle to help get rid of heat, odors, and smoke.
  • Do not block the oven vent(s) during the Self-Cleaning cycle. Air must be able to move freely. Depending on your model, see “Oven Vent” or “Oven Vents” section in your Use and Care Guide.
  • Do not clean, rub, damage or move the oven door gasket. The door gasket is essential for a good seal.

Checklist for how to prepare the oven for a self-clean cycle:

  • Remove the broiler pan, grid, cookware and bakeware from the oven.
  • Remove any foil from the oven because it may burn or melt, which will damage the oven.
  • Remove oven racks to keep them shiny. If they are difficult to slide, apply vegetable oil on the outer edge of the sides of the rack after the self-clean cycle.
  • For optimal door-cleaning results, wipe away any deposits with a damp sponge and affresh® Kitchen and Appliance Cleaner before running a clean cycle. Hand clean inside the door edge and the 1½" (3.8 cm) area around the inside oven cavity frame, and make certain to not move or bend the gasket. This area does not get hot enough during self-cleaning to remove soil.
  • Do not let water, cleaner, or any other type of liquid enter the slots on the door frame. Use a damp cloth to clean this area.
  • Wipe out any loose soil to reduce smoke and avoid damage. At high temperatures, foods react with porcelain. Staining, etching, pitting or faint white spots can result. This will not affect cooking performance.
  • Remove plastic items from the cooktop because they may melt.
  • Remove all items from the storage drawer. 
  • When the oven has completely cooled remove ash with a damp cloth.

IMPORTANT: The heating and cooling of porcelain on steel in the oven may result in discoloring, loss of gloss, hairline cracks and popping sounds. This will not affect the performance of the appliance.

If spots are left in the oven or on the door, don’t fret. Staining and spotting will not affect the performance of the oven.

At high temperatures, foods react with porcelain. Staining, etching, pitting or faint white spots can result. Areas where heavy food soils were left before self-cleaning may leave staining or light spots on the liner. Use affresh® Kitchen and Appliance Cleaner to remove many stains and spots.

  • Staining and spotting will not affect the performance of the appliance.

affresh® cleaners are available at many retailers. Find one here.

If the inside window glass is dirty after self-cleaning, the soil can be removed:

Soil left on glass prior to self-cleaning may leave dark streaks or stains. Most of these stains can be removed by using a glass cleaner and scrubbing with a very fine (000) steel wool pad. Cleaning the window glass prior to self-cleaning the oven will reduce unsightly burned-on residue.