Cleaning Between Glass Panes on an Oven Door

Cleaning Between Glass Panes on an Oven Door

HOW did there get to be drips between the glass panes on the oven door!??!  Makes a new oven look old and dirty (can’t believe the design allows for this to happen but it does)!

Seems impossible to clean!

Sometimes half the battle on getting something done is knowing HOW to get it done!   In less than 30 minutes you can get that glass as clean as new — here’s a step by step tutorial (models will vary but it should give you some good ideas on how to proceed).

Here is a pictorial guide, using my oven as the model for all ovens ever made.

Oven door schematic from Sears Parts Direct.

Difficulty: Moderate… because the door is heavy. If your oven is older, the door screws may be corroded and difficult to remove.

Tools and materials required:

  • #2 Philips screwdriver with a good point.
  • Cleaning supplies. For the internal pane, Windex was sufficient. On the inside of the oven, I used a razor blade and vinegar.
  • Ice cold beer.

Time: About 30 minutes, including cleaning stuff.

Step 1: Disconnect the rack from the door. Mine has two rods that connect to the lower tray. Rotating them 90 degrees will let them slide out.


Step 2: Lock the hinges. There is a lever on each hinge that slides down to keep it from moving further. (See yellow arrow for the range of motion.)

Step 3: Close the door all but a hand-length (about 10° open). Grab each side of the door — not its handle — and lift up. Repeat: do not lift by the handle. Lift by handle, you shall not. (Why? The handle won’t support the weight of the door.)

Do. Not. Lift. By. The. Handle.

Step 4: Set the door on a flat surface.

Step 5: There are six screws you’ll need to remove: four small ones (“60B” on the schematic above) on the bottom of the door (below the hinge levers), and the two large ones (“10″ on the schematic) holding the handle (“39″ in the schematic) that you did not use to lift the door with.

Below the door screws are two smaller screws on each side. Don’t remove these as they’re only for the hinge mechanism. (Because I didn’t know what I was doing, I did. It’s not a big deal, but it’s unnecessary work.)

Green go, red stop.

The door screw: You have chosen wisely.

Four screws at the base of the door

Step 6: Gently lift the black, heavy, hinged part off the facade.

This is the main door.

While I had the main door out, I used the razor blade to scrape the cooked food splatters off the oven glass, then cleaned grease with vinegar and paper towels.

Step 7: Clean the drip off the facade:

Windex and paper towel time!

Step 8: Reassemble the door: put the facade on the main door. Attach the four screws on the bottom. Squeeze the top of the door together and attach the two door handle screws.

Step 9: Gently set the door hinges into the slots on the oven. The door hinges will not release until they’re settled into the oven and you’ve pulled on the door a little bit:

Door hinges won’t unlock unless the door’s attached.

Step 10: Drink cold beer.

Special thanks to Jim Carlson who prepared this tutorial and posted it originally here!


Margaret Oscilia is a Professional Home Stager with Creative Concepts – Home Staging and Contracting serving Salem Oregon and surrounding areas who specializes in helping home sellers stage to sell or re-design to live well.  Licensed, bonded and insured contractors – CCB#180695.

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  1. Fabulous directions! Took me about an hour start to finish including wiping down the interior of oven. Thank you for the awesome tips.

    • So glad it was helpful! When you look at your oven every day I’m sure you will feel it is really an hour well spent! :)


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