Cleaning oven door between glass

southboundtrainSeptember 17, 2004

Help, please. I have a standard GE oven and somehow dark streaks of something have gotten inside the oven door, it looks like it's sort of between glass panels. Nothing in the oven directions speak to this. Has anyone else had this problem? It looks like I can unbolt the inside glass panel but I'm concerned about the insulation looking strip. Any advice would be most welcome. Oh, the self cleaning cycle has no affect. Thanks.

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I have this exact same problem and I was wondering the same thing!! I'll be watching this post for the solution, as well.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2004 at 10:06AM
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Well, got this message back from GE. Though they say don't try this at home, was wondering if anyone had. My oven is 7 years old so 1-year warranty doesn't do much. I clean my oven a lot but have cooked wild geese & ducks in it at high temps so perhaps that caused it.
Thank you for contacting GE Appliances.

When oven is in bake, broil or self clean the vapor/moisture
formed goes through the door slots and between the window panes.
The vapor carries with it, grease from the foods or oven. When
the vapor cools the grease dries onto the glass and streaks appear.

If streaks have already appeared between the glass, the only
way to remove
is by cleaning between the 2 pieces of glass which involves
taking the door
apart. Service is recommended for this procedure and is covered
under the original one year warranty.

GE does not recommend you do this yourself.

Prevention: to help avoid this, wipe out the excess grease from
the oven
before any type of long baking/roasting period or putting
through a
self-clean cycle.

GE Internet Respones Tea,

    Bookmark   September 23, 2004 at 10:38AM
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This is a common problem on many ovens, and is only cleanable through taking apart the door, which I second the suggestion that this be done only by a service technician (while under warranty is a good tip!).

    Bookmark   September 23, 2004 at 12:13PM
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I spilled quiche egg, cheese, milk mixture into the slot on the door as I was putting it in the oven and it got between the glass layers. The burnt on stuff has been there for years.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2004 at 10:14PM
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Well, sounds like I'm not alone. If anyone knows why this job should be done at a service center, would be interested. Since my stove is 7 years old, the 1 year warranty isn't of value. Plus, if I have it cleaned, wonder how long it will last. So, guess I'll just wait & have it done when (and if) I ever put this place on the market. Thanks for your comments & help.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2004 at 9:57AM
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My oven is 7 years old, so the warranty is no longer valid on it either. This weekend, I decided I would attempt it myself and if I screw it up, then the service man would have a reason to come out. :)

After removing several screws and discovering the glass was held in place by more hidden screws and clips, I decided that the glass cleaning would require more time than I was willing to dedicate to it at that time so I put it all back together. I do plan on doing it another day when I have more time though. I'll let everyone know how it goes.


    Bookmark   September 27, 2004 at 1:59PM
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I took my oven door apart to clean between the glass a couple of years ago. It came apart easily but was very time consuming to get it back together. To top it I couldn't get the glass completely clean. I gave uo and hung a terry towel over the door handle till I got a new stove.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2004 at 10:35PM
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I loved the towel suggestion--thanks! Maybe even a special "company towel."

    Bookmark   October 11, 2004 at 12:52PM
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Are all of your stoves GE brand? If so, it's pretty obviously a defect in their (glass)insulation process, and they are probably working (or should be) on a remedy at no cost. Check it out.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2004 at 5:54PM
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MY HUSBAND IS THE BOMB!!!! We bought a one year old stove with the same problem of food stuck between the glass, eww it bothered me so here is what he did. He took a bottle type brush (with a longer handle) sprayed a sock with windex, took the oven drawer out of the oven and layed on the floor. In the bottom of the oven door there are holes that he shoved the wand up into and voila the mess is all cleaned up. This can be done several times to wind up with a clear finish. Did I mention my husband is the bomb? :)

    Bookmark   November 5, 2006 at 9:54PM
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I bought a beautiful new range and within the first month spilled meat juice down the front of the door. Some of it went into the vent and between the two panes of glass. A couple of friends came over and we disassembled the door ourselves. Taking the door apart and cleaning the glass was easy. Putting the door back together was terrible. The insulation strip would pop out on one side when we were stuffing it into the other side. One of the plastic trim strips that covers up the side of the oven snapped in two. My friends gave up and I called for service. Putting the door back together wasn't covered by the warranty (because I shouldn't have taken it apart in the first place) so they ordered the trim part and the installer came out when the part came in. He struggled with it and eventually had to cut "excess" insulation out just to get it back together. He said it was the most difficult door he'd ever assembled. I'm going to think long and hard about doing it again. Cost? About $135 including the trim part.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2006 at 1:35AM
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My oven is a GE profile it is only six months old. I used the self clean cycle and ended up with dark streaks between the glass door that wonÂt go away no matter how much I clean. I am calling for service tomorrow. I hope they can take care of the problem. It is driving me crazy I am a neat freak. You would think for $2500.00 they would fix this problem. It looks like it has been going on for a long time.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 2:14AM
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I had the same problem as nwroselady, with a brand new Maytag Gemini. A spill between the glass that entered through some top vents. It's now 3 years old and still annoys me. I had thought several times about disassembling the door. But thanks for telling me, now I will not attempt it. I do hang a dishtowel over it, but I still know it's there, and it always catches my eye. It's a light cream-colored spill, so shows really badly against the all-black range.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 11:53PM
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Well the day before the service man got here I decided to try and clean my oven without taking the door apart turns out the stain was not between the door. It was just so baked on from the self cleaning heat. I used a cleaner designed for a glass cook top. It took me about an hour and half to clean but looks like new. There is still what looks like dust in between the glass. But is hardly noticeable. I think I am going to try what (katbrauerÂs) husband did for her if it doesnÂt work I will call before my warranty is up. I also emailed GE to find out if an extended warranty would cover this problem. If it does I think I will get one. It was only $150.00+ for two years. Will let you know. Thanks for all the help.

Here is a link that might be useful: GE support

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 4:25PM
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Your Husband is the BOMB. It does work. My daughter-in-law asked me if I knew how to do this. I looked it up and at the bottom of the door when you take out the drawer, is some holes and I just used a Dryer vent brush and wet a hand towel (wraped around the towel) and stuck it up the hole between the glass and it took the streak away with one stroke. Her husband is the bomb, because I was going to take the door apart.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2008 at 8:10PM
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Katbrauer's suggestion does work!!! I have a 10 year old oven and it has had streaks in between the glass for years. I googled my problem and found this website. Isn't the internet wonderful? I feel so blessed. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 12:37AM
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Not sure if this is a universal design, but I have a Whirlpool and here is how I did it.

While investigating the vent option mentioned above, I found three screws just below the glass. I removed them and the glass popped right off (I would recommend a second person holding the glass so it doesn't fall).

The glass was then EASY to clean and then replace with just those three screws to replace.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2009 at 3:19PM
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Mine have cob web looking stuff in between the glass. I wish I dared take it apart to clean!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2009 at 8:57AM
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I have Whirlpool also and it took 15min total to get the glass out and clean it using the two screws at the top rather than the three at the bottom. Either way works well.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2009 at 10:21PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Here is the thing. Hang a towel over the streaks. That is the cheapest thing I know to do.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2009 at 6:07PM
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Katbrauer, give the bomb a hug from me! I hated looking at the drips between the glass on my overn door - for a couple of years! I just now ran upstairs, looked, and I have slots on the bottom of my door where the drawer comes out. I used some Kaboom on a facecloth wrapped around a ruler to get in there and clean it off! Then I followed that with Windex on a paper towel. Small crisis when the paper towel came off the ruler (*LOL*) but managed to get it down to where I could reach it. Oven now looks great! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 4:51PM
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Hmmm, what if the cloth or paper did get stuck? Any fire hazard there? I guess a fire could be blamed on mfg for faulty design by a. designing it so dirt gets in between, and b. not preventing people from sticking stuff up there to clean it.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 10:02PM
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Thank you Katbrauer! Your husband IS the bomb. I have relatively new GE Profile gas on glass range (which was a mistake), did exactly what was recommended and the streaks are gone. They were driving me nuts! Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2009 at 9:31PM
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It's possible your door even comes off. Mine does. That would make it a lot easier than laying on the floor and reaching up into it.

There is a "stop" to hold door open a few inches. You can feel where it is as you open the door. Just get to that point and lift it up. It will lift off its hinges.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2009 at 5:09PM
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Thanks, breenthumb. That's exactly what I was going to suggest. I can't remember ever having a stove that the door wouldn't come off like that.

The only thing I can think of that might be a problem with taking the door apart would be if it is a self cleaning oven and (as in an example above) all the insulation did not get replaced properly. It might reduce the efficiency of the cleaning process. Could also affect the ability to maintain a constant temp. But, if you have the patience to get it apart and back together again correctly, it certainly would be worth the price of the service call to do it yourself.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2009 at 3:49PM
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I'm guessing no one has a manual for a 1954 RCA Estate that could help me clean MY oven glass?

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 1:40AM
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"Bomb"/Katbrauer method delights another.....Faced with spills, grease, and dust plus several warnings from GE people about assembly of the door; i.e. there's an additional glass plate in GE Model JBP65MMBS between the outer and inner ones, I used a slight variation of the "Bomb" method to clean the inside area of the oven door glass panels. I put the socks on a ~24 inch section of yard stick(broken one of course.) The strength and flexibility of the "yard stick" allowed for lots of cleaning pressure.....I had 4 surfaces to clean. After cleaning, it helps if you wait for the glass to dry then use a dry sock to remove sock lint. Next time I might even try ammonia to really improve the grease removal since my glass cleaner is the non-ammonia type.

Thanks to all for the great tips and especially "Bomb" and Katbrauer.....I'm one delighted person that got a job done that I angst over for 6 months.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 4:25PM
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OMG! This may be the best cleaning tip ever! I tried this yesterday & was able to get those drips off interior glass walls w/no problem! It was so easy! Thank you so much & your husband remains, "the bomb!" I was ready to buy a new stove since these drips were driving me crazy!!!!! Thank you a million times!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 2:27PM
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I have a Jenn Air oven that has a double-pane window on the door. There is also a dark glass fascia panel on the door exterior. I too suffered the problem of food-laden steam penetrating between the panels of glass in the window, leaving hard-to-clean streaks. I was able to clean mine by:

- leaving the door attached to its hinges, but taking it apart.
- remove the screws around the perimeter of the door. There were about 6 screws holding on a chrome strip all the way around the door. I was able to remove the 1 1/2" wide strip...but do this carefully because it is what holds the glass in place, and your glass may fall and shatter.
- My glass fascia did not fall; it was bonded to the four rubber standoffs. I carefully pried the glass off using a letter opener(!). The oven handle remained attached to the glass fascia for easy gripping.
- Now a number of screws holding the internal panel in place were revealed from the front of the oven door. Removing these allowed me to remove, from the internal side of the oven door, the metal panel with gasket that held the window assembly. Don't lose your screws or fiberglass insulation battens.
- My window assembly was a metal-wrapped box with two panes of glass. One corner of the metal box had a tab and slot, such that straightening the bent tab allows the box to open, releasing the two panes of glass. My panes were different material -- one darker than the other. Just get them back in the right order...
- clean the glass with soap and water; don't scratch it.
- dry it completely
- reassemble: put the metal strap box back together, bend the tab. Install in door, replace fiberglass, and the metal cover for the window. Screw in place. Now you can put the metal strip and fascia glass back in place (it can be helpful here to have another pair of hands; you don't want to drop the glass).


    Bookmark   March 14, 2010 at 8:58PM
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katbrauer - your husband is the BOMB -- Does he have an equally smart brother? And timlovesann - love duct tape!
I have a Jenn-Air with TWO ovens -- yes -- so I had to do this twice. Removed doors from hinges, then used the coat hanger and duct tape method - with long sock! Amazing -- Use good sock and keep sock damp w/ good cleaner to reduce lint from sock.
Two oven doors - took less than 45 minutes - and they were very messy.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2010 at 11:47AM
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DO NOT Take THE DOOR APART. Say again do not do it. I did it once never never ever again. Bad Bad stuff happens. Things break. Nothing goes back the way it came off. Last week I spilled stuff down there on my new stove. been bugging me that I would just have to live with it. Thank You Thank You for the brush and towel idea. Im gonna do it tomorrow

    Bookmark   August 19, 2010 at 4:40AM
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OK, I'll bite. What does BOMB stand for? best of something, man something?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2010 at 2:39PM
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LOL :) It means "the best"

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 1:18AM
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Thanks To Katbrauer my oven door will be streak free from now on.I started with the katbrauers idea and found out ( as did Jolkouikas ) that by removing three screws from the bottom completely removes the front glass. THANKS AGAIN!!!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2010 at 2:17PM
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I recently bought a new Kenmore range (December 2010) and after using it for only 2 months noticed that there were spots of something in between the glass panes of the oven door. Since I used it for only a short time I called Sears about the problem. They sent a Service man to check it out. He unscrewed the glass panes and cleaned the glass panels. He showed my husband how to do it as he said that this will not be covered under the service warranty in future. The Service man acted like it was a big nothing and anyone should be able to do it. While the glass panes are now cleaned I am annoyed that this is happening. My last range was nearly 20 years old and I never had that happen before.

I truly feel that the seal is not adequate and is something that manufacturers should be looking at to improve.

I am not impressed as I feel it should not be happening. If it is, it should not be up to the customer to get out their screw drivers and struggle with cleaning something that is faulty to begin with.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 12:31PM
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To katbrauer:
obviously we are all excited with your husband's fix. My oven is fairly new because I melted the knob that fell to the bottom of the dishwasher on the last one :(

We have been covering this spill it up with the dish towel like most others. Today I started to unscrew the oven door and couldn't budge it so I decided to google the problem and was ecstatic to find that I am NOT the only clutsy cook that managed to spill between the glass of my oven door. Like most others with the dryer lint brush and a wire hanger it looks great. I am so excited to show my husband what the bomb - now me - was able to do today.... will give you credit later . Thanks so much!!!! So happy :)

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 2:50PM
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Hi there, it is amazing everyone having this problem. Why did this not happen on ovens of 25 yrs ago?
I have a 5 yr old Whirlpool white oven (GR448LXPQ1) with streaks behind the front glass. So, before searching the web and finding these tips, I took off the 2 screws at the top of the door. The handle came off and 2 side plastic strips came out and the glass fell down. So now easy to clean, but I couldn't see how to get it back together. Eventually took the door off the hinges (this was easy - there was instructions in the manual) to work at it better.
Then I unscrewed the 3 screws at the bottom of the door, thinking that would be easier to put everything back together. I was trying to get the edges of the white strips on the outside of the glass. No luck.
I was so worried we would have to find and call out a service engineer. I searched on the web and even asked the question on "justanswer" (no answer!).
The next evening hubby had to get involved. He suggested the glass went right on top and the white strips went underneath. We looked at a photo of the oven taken during the kitchen renovation, which confirmed that.
After that realization, it was easy to put back together. the glass slides into the front guides of the metal bottom piece, 3 screws back in, handle back on, with the glass fastening into the guides in the handle, and 2 screws back into the top of the door. I am so relieved!
And yes, there are 2 slots on the underneath which I shall be using next time to clean inside!

    Bookmark   February 8, 2011 at 7:16PM
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I won't tell my wife how I cleaned our oven glass because after reading the sure fire methods and as she has been on my case for eons to find a solution, I awoke this morning with an inpiration...sent her off to shopping and voila when she came home voila encore! She thinks I'm a genius and I'm not going to tell her my secret. We are 78 & 72 so need I say more.
Many thanks friends.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2011 at 9:08PM
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I actually spilled roast juice between the glass on my new oven. I had to have the service guy come out for another reason, and while he was here I had him clean the glass. He acted like it was a big deal and that he was doing me a big favor by doing it. He did get it clean, and I am glad I didn't attempt it myself. It was quite a production, even for the repair guy. Getting apart is easy, back together is another story. He too told me if it happens again to stick a windex soaked cloth on a stick/hanger/etc and clean it up thru the bottom vents.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2011 at 5:49PM
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I can't beleive how old this thread is :) A couple years ago, I tried the method of going up thru the bottom of the door. I don't know what kinds of ovens you guys have but mine doesn't allow me to do that. KA Convection/smoothtop oven purchased in 2004. When I had a tech out here little over a year ago to do some warranty work, I mentioned the streaks between the glass and the method of cleaning mentioned here. He said I wouldn't be able to do that with this oven (I already knew that!) and if I ever decided to try to take it apart, DON'T. Something about springs and pressure and cutting one's finger off, just all in all not something for a homeowner to do. He did not offer to do it for me :(

    Bookmark   February 26, 2011 at 3:33PM
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i just spoke with the rep at GE regarding the same problem everybody else is having with this particular GE profesional series double ovens. Acording to the company they are not concern because it does not affect the baking process and the problem is only cosmetic. Like some one said before me, i bought this oven for cosmetic reasons, maybe i should had bought a windowless oven instead. I am about to call the better business bureau

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 1:07PM
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I have a Maytag oven and there was so much dust between the glass windows that I always covered the door with a pretty dishtowel to camoflauge it. I was afraid to take the door off but just today after reading this thread...which goes back to 2005 I think, I took the advice of the woman who said her husband was the bomb. I took out the bottom drawer and found that I did have openings that went directly into the middle of the glass. I used a ruler covered with wet paper towels and stuck them up inside the over door from the bottom. It took me a few times and the paper towel did get stuck at one point but it was pretty easy to get out. What a difference something so little can make. The funny thing is I've been asking my husband for the last two years if there was any way to clean it and he didn't think it was good to take the door apart...(I'm glad I didn't)...but he didn't have a clue as to the openings on the bottom of the door...and he is a jack of all trades! Hmmm....can't wait til he gets home so I can show him my success!!!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 4:27PM
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Wow!!! This should get a permanent spot somewhere! It works and it's easy. I thought there was no solution for my yucky glass oven windows.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2011 at 8:18PM
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The bomb idea did work, but in my newer GE oven, there are two screws in the top of the door that are star shaped and if you have the right screwdriver bit, you can open them and pop the door apart without taking it off the hinges or opening the insulation part, clean between the window, and then retighten the screws. do not open any other screws. This was quick and simple.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2011 at 1:08AM
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I have a Frigidaire oven which is 2 years old that had this same problem. I removed two screws on each side and took off the trim and cleaned from the side; real easy.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2011 at 3:44PM
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This is an old thread. I wonder if those early posters got their doors cleaned yet.

I have an Elite Sears SS stove that is about 9 years old. Several years ago I took the door apart and cleaned my 2 glass panels on each side. It was easy to do. It was a little springy getting it back together. I told my DIL about this and she decided to do it with hers. She had a lot of trouble because, one, she was 8 months pregnant, two, 5' tall (door about as big as she is, even pregnant), and three, the temp outside was over 100 degrees (no air, lives in Seattle). While I had a very easy time doing this job, she thought it "really sucked" doing this job (same door configuration).

    Bookmark   July 4, 2011 at 3:46AM
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Wow! Thank you all for the great tips. I just got mine cleaned. I couldn't get anything to reach well through the slots, so I took off the 4 screws on the bottom and it came right off. Cleaned it and put it back on very easy!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 2:03PM
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The suggestion that katbrauer gave in 2006 may be old, but it works! If there is a "Cleaning Tips Forum Hall of Fame," he/she should be in it! I will only add, that I have used my steam cleaner to push to steam up & then then used whatever is skinny & long to wipe to glass clean. He remains THE BOMB as far as I'm concerned. Best cleaning tip ever!!!!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 12:32PM
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I know this forum is old, but I came on here today looking for adivce, and wanted to share my experience and solution.

I was given a Maytag Gemini double oven by some very generous friends who were gutting their kitchen. As sweet as the donation was, it was FILTHY! I have gone through 2 bottles of easy off (and 3 pairs of gloves, two face masks...).

As much as I loved having windows in my "new" oven - it didn't matter. I could not see a thing through them. With the Maytag Gemini (about 5 years old), I was able to unscrew the metal frame on the outside - which I realized was not attached to any sort of insulation, and I had much easier access to the three panels of glass - and noticed the metal bracket holding the glass was also not supporting any insulation. I took off one metal bracket and was able to clean each panel of glass completely. Huzzah! I can see inside!!

    Bookmark   July 8, 2011 at 3:37PM
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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the husband who suggested the towel in the holes! Worked like a charm and only took 10 minutes and no unscreqwing of the door! I am n debt to you!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2011 at 7:14PM
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Many thanks to The BOMB!! I was ready to buy a new oven -- a sock, a coat hanger, some duct tape and ammonia and 5 minutes later it's spotless! What other tips do you have :-)?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2011 at 9:13PM
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In the process now of cleaning between really isn't that bad...unsrew/take out some screws...pull apart some scrap metal and it apart..cleaned with some oven cleaner and in process of putting back together..not much longer (don't think, so far got an hour invested) and I'll have an oven with clean streaks no dust..which the dust was the worst..since in live in dusty Modesto, Ca..anyways...its lookin good...WORTH IT TO more embarrasing moments with guests...that's all folks^

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 9:28PM
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To the woman whose husband is the bomb, she is right! it worked. I used a coat hanger an old long fleece sock and a coat hanger. I went up through the hole and it is clean. thanks!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 9:44AM
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I have Kenmore Model 790.9621 5-burner electric range. I have 3 glass oven panes regrettfully. I think self-cleaning ovens may be the most difficult. I think taking apart the the door depends on your model and etc. I just don't won't deal with that issue. But I tried the Katbauer/Bomb method is really the safest. I tweaked it by using a long narrow spiral lint brush for dryers. Make sure it's clean. I used thin long kitchen towel and Mean Green. I soak the brush and towel with Mean Green, wrapped the towel around the brush avoiding bulk, and the glass was really clean. Even though the bottom slots are very wide on a Kenmore, you could only clean the 2 outer glass panes not the inner most pane. It was quick and easy and looks great. Thanks for you husband's suggestion Kat. Also I just found out that Maytag is now making ovens that allow for easy cleaning between the panes. So things are slowly improving.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2011 at 1:44PM
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I decided to search on how to clean between the glass on my stove door and found this site. I can tell you that even more than 5 years later, the posing about using a cloth on a brush is the best. My glass was cleaned within a couple of minutes. I used the dryer vent brush with a small hand towel with very little soap and hot water. Her husband is the bomb!!!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 11:54AM
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Thanks to everyone & yes the dryer vent brush & a cotton tea towel with a little Windex sprayed on it did the trick! There are still a few streaks but MUCH better than the big drips that were there! I agree...katbrauer's husband is the BOMB!

    Bookmark   January 17, 2012 at 11:22AM
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Yes, the "Bombs" idea does work, but I found it still left marks if it was there for a long time. It is easier to remove the glass on the front. Like Jon had stated if you look underneath where the vents are located there are screws that are easily removed, the front glass comes off and you can easily clean the oven door glass and the cosmetic outer glass. I have an 8 year old Frigidaire Gallery. 5 screws on the bottom.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2012 at 1:57PM
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I have a Maytag gemini,same problems with the glass,drove me crazy! I got my husband to take door apart. I cleaned it and he put it back together...not too hard,but time consuming. It does seem to get dirty quickly after all that work. can't wait to try the sock,coat hanger,dryer vent brush etc,etc solution. One question...what's the deal with the duct tape? I keep seeing it mentioned but can't find that original post.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 7:54AM
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Kenmore oven glass cleaning for those who understand what this says.
If you dont, either marry someone who does, or call Sear for a repairman. (My-B-I-L's wife understands this...not him.
1) Have a helper
2) tools Screwdriver with bits("2 Phillips and square drive Robertson ones as well. Use the square bit that fits very tightly and a a small old bath towel to lay on the counter
3) Open door all the way
4) Remove the 2 long screws holding the handle and vent to the door. They will drop so have friend hold the door sandwich together while you unscrew and hold the handle
lay handle and vent aside
5) Raise inside of the sandwich leaving outside part horizontal
6) Switch bits to #2 Phillips
7) Pull drawer out about 4"
8) There are 2 sheet metal screws coming up from the bottom of the door. You can see the threads poking through the shiny steel on that holds the glass panels together. The heads are underneath accessible from where you pulled out the drawer. Dont take out the wrong screws(have partner make sure you are loosening the right ones.)
9) Carefully remove the Phillips screws from the shiny frame
The bottom ones should come out last. Partner grabs the glass panels and places on towel and remember which way they came out to go back in. It matters.

  1. mix a wet paste of Baking soda and water and apply. Let set for 30 minutes, rinse and buff.
  2. install is reverse of disassembly.
    Bookmark   February 28, 2012 at 8:48PM
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We are attempting now to reassemble the oven door after cleaning out cobwebs and other assorted gunk. Who designed these stoves? Didn't anyone try them out and realize spiders and spills could get between the glass panes???? I am staggered at the stupidity of the design. I'll never buy a Maytag stove again. I'm worried that we've actually destroyed our stove, after putting up with the ugly mess for several years. Ugh!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2012 at 1:10PM
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I own a GE Profile countertop Model #J-D9688-K4BB that had streaks in the oven door. There are no access holes to use. The glass may be cleaned by taking the outside glass off the door. It is not difficult. First place something soft in front of the oven door (a workout mat works well). Remove two phillips screws from the small rail under the door which allows access to four #T10 Torque screws, remove them. Next open the door and remove four #T10 Torque screws from the side of the door (two on each side). Be careful the front glass will come right off (that's why we put something soft in front of the oven to begin). Place the front glass on a towel on the countertop and begin cleaning. I used a ceramic countertop cleaner for part of the cleaning. Assembly is the reverse of the aforementioned.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 4:01PM
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Thank you so much Katsbrauer's Bomb Husband! Using his method I cleaned inside the glass in less than 3 -THREE!! MINUTES!!! I happened to have a dryer vent brush which was plenty long enough. My range is a KitchenAid Superba Selectra Self Clean. There are indeed large vent holes under the door, right at the front where the glass is attached. I'm thrilled!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2012 at 4:56PM
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Amazing. I have a stove that is only 2 yrs old and have been annoyed by the spill on the inside glass of the door. Thank you for the cleaning tip of going through the vents at the bottom of the door. Truly ingenius and in less than 5 minutes the glass is clean and no need to take the door apart. I do have a question though. Can anyone suggest a really good cleaning for baked on food on the glass inside the oven? The self cleaning mode cleaned it up alot but not the stubborn stains and I dont want to scratch the glass.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2012 at 12:22PM
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Carpgal: I used my Oreck steam vac, held it on an area of the glass for like a min, then wiped with cloth towel. I also used Soft Scrub on the cloth while wiping. No scratches, my glass looks brand new!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2012 at 10:01PM
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I used stove glass top cleaner by Weiman & a green Scotch Brite, non-scratch scouring pad, along with some elbow grease, to clean the glass on the oven door. Not the inside panels but the glass you see when you open up the oven door that gets funky from splatters. I also love the "Bomb husband" for his tip on cleaning between the glass. Worked like a charm!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 12:23PM
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PLEASE HELP!!! I have a Smeg SUK62CMX5 have tried to take apart oven door but there are 3 pieces of glass, does anyoine know how to take apart inner glass unit? There doesn't seem to be any screws. Many thanks.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2012 at 7:41AM
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I LOVE YOUR HUSBAND! Drips on the inside have been driving me crazy for three years; I was about to take the damn thing apart, but windex taped to a paint brush took care of it. Amazing. thank you SO much.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 3:17PM
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HOLY SMOKES! katbrauer, your husband deserves a gold star in the cookbook of life. and it's been six years since your original comment... WOW. we use our oven a ton, and despite an hour's worth of scrubbing the inside door, i still couldn't see through the glass.... until i found this thread!! thank you! we had about 8 year's worth of grease grime between the panes. i figured we'd never see through the glass again, but now it's clean! i can't wait to show my neighbor this trick!!

    Bookmark   December 27, 2012 at 10:59AM
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I have a 1 year old Kenmore Pro double oven and have the same problem. Streaks between the glass. I was wondering if I used my handheld steam cleaner and sprayed the hot steam through the holes in the top of the glass if that would work? My concern is that it would make it worse and have tons of streaks, then again, it may steam the greasy streaks off? Not sure it is worth the risk, but wondered what others thought?
E in Michigan

    Bookmark   January 6, 2013 at 9:01PM
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Thanks Katbrauer!! Have been trying to find a way to clean this door for years!! Had started trying to take it apart and gave up! Now we no longer need to ensure that a dishcloth hangs on the door!! Having cats meant that not only were there drips, stains, but also little gatherings of cat hair....ughhh....which I would try to clean using thin cardboard slats from the sides......

So thanks again!!!!!!!

And the wife loves it!!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 6:37PM
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Had the same problem, a trickle of gravy between the glass.
My warranty and M.A. didn't matter to Sears, "it was a cleaning problem", I replied it was a faulty design problem with my new Kenmore Range. So I asked the send me a new door.
They didn't seem to be impressed with my sense of humor. I was told the charge would be $75 plus parts and labor. I said good-bye.

I then discovered the openings at the bottom of the door. With a wire coat hangar straightened out and a small piece of wash cloth (dampened) secured by rubber bands, I was able to clean the gravy stain in a few minutes. The oven had not been used since the spill occurred, a heated or burned stain might prove to be more challenging.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 10:48AM
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I love buying the cute seasonal towels and holiday towels and hang them on my oven door They look so much cuter than just the door even without the streaks. Kohl's have really cute ones and they are so cheap when on sale.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:11AM
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I have the same problem with mine and while anging a teatowel over the door is all well and good, if you are looking to sell your house you can't sell with a dirty oven door.
I'll have to have a look at mine and see which method will work best.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 12:29AM
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Your husband is the bomb. I did as you suggested, took the door off and used whatever I could to enter between the panes to clean the steaks. It worked. It looks a little cloudy but at least the streaks are gone! It was driving me crazy, I have cursed the GE company for such a flaw in the design. Thanks for sharing. Tell your hubby he is the best!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 8:15PM
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This is for sure a very hard task to go for and preform. What i think is that its just something next to impossible in order to get such glass of the over cleaned....

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 11:20AM
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Tried the stick/clothes hanger with rag, but everything was baked on, so I took the door apart. Easy. I have a GE JBP825SOH2SS. Take the door off by unlocking the hinges. Remove three hex-head screws on the bottom. Remove two long chrome torx-head screws from top inside that holds the handle in and holds the top of the inside cover on. DO NOT LOOSEN OR REMOVE THE SCREWS THAT ATTACH THE HINGE SPRINGS. The exterior of the door lifts off effortlessly. There are two long black "spacers" that the chrome screws go through - don't lose them. All of the glass surfaces are fully accessible for cleaning at this point. The inside surface of the exterior panel is NOT glass!!! It is some sort of plastic, so be careful what you clean it with. When re-assembling, simply put the long chrome screws in and slip the "spacers" over them. They will actually hold the screws in place as you align the door parts. Start all the screws (two long chrome, three black hex-heads) to align the panels properly. Tighten all the screws, re-install the finished door back into the oven opening, and it's done. The results were astonishing. Looks like it did when it came out of the factory. Common sense reigns here.... don't remove any more screws than is absolutely necessary to access the glass. I would not attempt to actually remove the "double pane" glass panel from the door itself - it's not necessary, anyway. BTW, I believe this could be done with the door still attached to the oven, but it is SO much easier and safer to remove the door.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 9:38PM
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Tried all this,still the streaks. I ended up taking the door off, removing the inside door section and much to my dismay my oven has not 1 or 2 or 3 glass panels, it has 4 glass panels. No wonder I couldnt get everything clean. I did figure out how to get to them all but don't think I will go that far into it again. It all went back together fairly easy and I did it all by myself. I did discover that the one streak that bothered me reappeared after I had it all back together because I had reopened the door and cleaned the vent holes on top of it. Thus water from my rag ran right through the vent holes and down the other side of the door. Good lesson there. Will only use a damp cloth there from now on!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 2:45PM
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I have the Amana range Model: ARG7302WW with the spills between the glass on the door. I did just as katbrauer husband, "the bomb" suggested..IT WORKS!! "He took a bottle type brush (with a longer handle) sprayed a sock with windex, took the oven drawer out of the oven and layed on the floor. In the bottom of the oven door there are holes that he shoved the wand up into and voila the mess is all cleaned up." Cant believe this thread is still active, but thanks god it is, was driving me nuts!

This post was edited by Darbee on Fri, Mar 8, 13 at 18:10

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 5:57PM
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Kudos to Katbrauer's husband! Clever lad. Very helpful. We also had acquired some unattractive streaks, stains, and dabs of roasted bumph on the interior surfaces of the oven door windows. It desperately wanted cleaning, yet having had more than my share of cussword-inducing experiences reassembling various appliances over the years, I had a very bad feeling about taking the door apart. Experience teaches that with appliances, disassembly is always the easy part; it's the *reassembly* that makes you want to take the thing out to a gun range and make a Youtube video of what happens when you shoot it. This is especially true of things like ovens, where parts are exposed to extremes of temperature that can cause problems with tolerances, or can make parts brittle. The last thing you want to hear when you're disassembling an appliance is the sickening "snap" of a fastener or part breaking. We have a Frigidaire Galaxy model. When I removed the bottom drawer, I was pleased to find three nice, big slots on the bottom edge of the door that allowed fairly easy access to the befouled inner surfaces of the glass. All I needed was a tool of some sort that I could scrape around with. I found a bottle brush in the garage, which wasn't nearly long enough. What I did have, though were a bunch of paint stirrers left over from various painting projects. (They usually give them away free when you buy a can of house paint.) I duct-taped two of them together with a 3 to 4-inch overlap, which made a perfect tool for reaching up through the slots. I then cut an oblong piece from an old non-abrasive scrubbing sponge. (Green scrubbing pads are abrasive; blue ones are not.) I trimmed some of the sponge material away from the scrubbing pad with scissors, then folded the pad over the end of the paint stirrer and taped it tightly in place with duct tape. I now had a fully functional door glass cleaner that fitted easily through the slots at the bottom of the door, and was capable of reaching all of the inner surfaces of the glass. I spritzed a little glass cleaner on the scrubbing tip and went to town. It takes a little bit of manipulation, but it's not nearly as tricky as using a coat hangar on account of the rigidity of the paint stirrers. Plus, it gives you a bigger cleaning surface. You're cleaning with an edge rather than a point. It takes a little time and patience to clean the oven windows this way, however the aggravation you'll be spared by not having to disassemble the oven door is well worth the modest investment of time and trouble. High kudos again to Katbrauer's husband for coming up with a brilliantly simple solution!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 3:09PM
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Well, here's a weird question from a newbie: We took apart our Maytag Gemini lower oven door in order to tighten a loose handle. That went fine. But I was surprised to find a cardboard spacer the size of the window in the opening. I can't figure out what it is for. It certainly is not packing cardboard, because the installation people would have had no reason to disassemble the door. On one hand, it does not seem like corrugated cardboard would be safe inside an oven door. On the other hand, the range is more than 6 years old. Maybe they used it as inexpensive insulation. It was held in place by a little gasket. Does anyone know?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 4:42PM
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So am I understanding that this cannot be done with a Kitchen Aid ? I thought the reason for the large glass inside the door is to prevent trouble with cleaning. Has any brand corrected this problem? My other problem is my 33yr old house is only set up to handle a 30 amp. oven. That leaves me with only GE or the low end Electrolux. My KD/contractor and electrician want $1,050.00 to change it to accommodate the new ovens! Should I get a 2nd estimate? Should I just go with the new GE Profile? Have any of the new ovens eliminated this problem?

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:07AM
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I took my oven door apart to clean between the glass a couple of years ago. It came apart easily but was very time consuming to get it back together. To top it I couldn't get the glass completely clean. I gave uo and hung a terry towel over the door handle till I got a new stove.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 9:14PM
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Not sure if you're still looking, but this was my response to the problem without disassembling the door. Proceed with caution and lots, lots, LOTS of tape (so you don't end up with a cleaning cloth stuck between the glass plates):

Check and see if you have an access hole on the bottom of the oven door (easiest way is to pull out the oven drawer and reach up--but use caution, because the edges of the hole might be sharp). I found a couple of slits in my Kenmore Elite that allowed me to access the space between the glass panels, then I formed a hacked-together cleaning tool out of 1) a fly swatter (it's long and bendy), 2) a swiffer cloth (you can wet it with water), and 3) unbelievable amounts of clear packing tape (if you think you have enough tape, add even more tape and pull on the swiffer cloth until you are absolutely certain that nothing will pull it from the fly swatter until the END OF DAYS, or you might get stuck with a swifter cloth in your oven door). Hope this helps you!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 2:54PM
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I bought my GE gas oven 2 months ago. The oven wasn't that dirty, and was told I should use it before major cooking to burn off that new smell. I noticed that there is a dark brown streak on the inner glass. I called GE, they scheduled an appointment, the service technician called me and told me this is not covered, and I would have to pay 135.00. I find this unacceptable for a brand new oven.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2013 at 10:43AM
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When all else fails--camouflage. Not wanting to pay the exorbitant price for heat tape, my husband placed white self-stick door-sweep across the offending line of grime at the bottom of the two glass pieces. Fabulous! (We cut the sweep in half horizontally for the top glass, as it is narrow.)

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 12:34PM
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Easy. I have an 8 year old Maytag double oven range. The trick is you do it from the bottom of the door. I removed 5 screws 3 in the middle and one at each end. The glass front of the door came right out. I used a general cleaner to remove grease streaks and general cleaning and used windex to make the glass streak free. I also removed an inner glass plate in front of the thermo-glass by removing two screws at one end. I cleaned that and the thermo-glass usung the same method. I put it back using the reverse process. I took no more than 30 min to clean both doors. I had to move the range out and tilt it back to get al the bottom door screws. Don't try removing the doors or taking the door apart from the top.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2014 at 6:22PM
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Wondering if it will work w/ whirlpool oven. I have the same in between glass grime and I don't bake all that much. Will report here

    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 1:01PM
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