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Tin foil stuck to bottom of oven how to remove it

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See this link: http://askruth.blogspot.com/2006/07/cleaning-baked-on-foil-in-oven-help.html

"I called Sears and this is what they said to do:

BE CAREFUL, remove as much of the foil as possible Turn oven on to 200 lay an old wet bath towel on top. Use a plastic spatular to remove the foil.

They said it will take some time to remove the foil, in some cases days, and that you can still use the oven but DO NOT use the self cleaning untill all the foil is removed."

If you can remove the bottom drip tray/pan from your oven which the tinfoil is stuck to, than remove it. Ovens with "hidden element" usually have the removable bottom tray/pan. Don't scrape yet!!
Lay the tinfoil laden tray on a flat service where it wont be disturbed for a couple of days.
Now remove any tinfoil you can with a plastic scraper/spatula/pancake flipper.
Once thats done, pour bleach directly onto the drip tray/pan until it covers all the stuck tinfoil.(assuming your oven pan is like mine and has a lip all the way around and is somewhat countersunk).
Leave the bleach in for about 2 days. Now get your plastic scraper again and scrape away. The stuck tinfoil should all be dissolved by the bleach and the scraper should get rid of any residue. Then rinse!
Now this method will probably leave some darkened stains on the oven tray, but not near as ugly or noticeable as that melted tinfoil!!

Good luck!!

Posted on Jul 23, 2010

  • MGW801 Dec 12, 2010

    THIS DOES NOT WORK! I called Sears as well and they said they would NEVER recommend this after I explained what I read on line. In fact they would only recommend replacing the interior. I soaked my Wolf Oven for 3 days with wet bath towels and didn't remove a single spec.

    My amazing husband did have a solution - and it worked wonders. He restores old classic cars so he has had a lot of experience with different types of solutions. He removed all metal from our Wolf Oven (racks and pans).....he then put Pool Acid (found at any hardware store) all over the melted tin foil at the bottom of the oven and it quickly evaporated just the melted foil. He used a wet rag to wipe it out. Keep ALL your windows open and fans on (the fumes are strong!). We then polished the interior with a buffing cream and then wiped it clean again.....I am now self-cleaning my oven but before I started that - it all ready looked sparkling new again!

    I can't believe that we are the first to try this but I can assure you - IT DOES WORK!!! Saved me a ton of money replacing the entire interior to our brand new Wolf oven.

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if not a lot of foil get that easy off thats made for self cleaning ovens soak it let it sit then wipe make sure you get the one that says safe for silf cleaning dont scrape soak then after wipping off run self clean

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SOURCE: tin foil melted in my oven.

hi floppy,

if you can't scrape most of it off with a plastic scraper, you may have to buy a new bottom pan. if you can get most of it off it should be ok to use. also if you have propane gas make sure your stove was converted properly.

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