The constant warmth of an AGA heat-storage cooker is both a blessing and a curse.
CLEANING THE HOT OVEN HOTPLATES
Because the hot ovens and hotplates are always radiating heat, cooking spills are carbonised. Usually all they need is an occasional brush to clear the carbon dust out/off – bliss! Should there be stubborn stains which don’t carbonise, you can safely use a wire brush on any of the plain cast-iron surfaces. Brush out any dust build-up around the burner or flue chamber too. Be careful not to burn yourself on the hot oven.
If liquids spill underneath the top plate, these will just evaporate without damage.
CHANGING YOUR AGA ENAMEL SURFACES
For the enamel surfaces, wipe them daily with a thick, damp cloth. Wipe away any spills as soon as possible as milk or fruit-juice are acidic and may stain the enamel, and any spills left on the front plate and doors will bake on which makes them more difficult to remove – curses!
For baked on spills you can use non-scratch products for cleaning enamel, such as a cream cleaner.
The general rule with AGAs is to avoid all acidic or abrasive products, and especially anything labelled as an “oven cleaner”!
CLEANING THE RINGS, LIDS AND HANDRAIL
The insulating rings around each hotplate can be removed for cleaning. Ensure they are returned to their rightful place and the same position. There is usually a notch which faces the back of the AGA to help you.
The interior of the lids can be cleaned by leaving a kettle boiling for 5-10 minutes with the spout facing the inside of each lid. Use a soap-filled cleaning pad, dip it in warm water, and clean the inside of the lid, using circular motions. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
The exterior of the lids and the handrail can be cleaned with a damp soapy cloth, wiped off with a wet cloth, and polished with a clean dry cloth.
The handrail brackets and side panels are painted so only use a soft soapy cloth, as using abrasive pads or products may scratch the paint off.
CLEANING THE OVEN DOORS
The oven doors may be lifted up off their hinge pegs to remove them for easier cleaning, but they should not be immersed in water.
Protect your work surface appropriately before placing your door on it, and leave the door to cool a bit.
The door can be cleaned with cream cleaner, and you can use a soap-filled pad for stubborn stains on the interior only. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and replace the door.
We offer a revamp service which replaces all lid liners and ropes, all door liners and ropes, as well as including a full clean polish for your AGA.
You can give your AGA a deeper clean when it’s switched off and cool for its annual maintenance. JVH AGA Cooker Services will also clean parts that require skilled knowledge and safety inspections when you book us in for a ‘service‘.
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