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How To Clean Microwaves Like A Pro | Tips From Cleaning Business Owners


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How To Clean Microwaves Like A Pro

How To Clean Microwaves Like A Pro

Need a better way to get rid of stuck on food in your microwave? Learn from professional cleaning business owners for their insights on how to clean microwaves. You'll learn:

  • Step by step instructions for effectively cleaning a microwave.
  • Why they clean microwaves this way.
  • What tools to use.
  • Helpful tips you can start using today!

Below you'll find two ways that professional cleaners clean microwave ovens for their clients. For an illustrated version please see our Professional Cleaning Guide For Cleaning Microwaves. Start cleaning like a pro today! 

How We Clean Microwaves At Winston Salem Cleaning Service

Our method at Winston Salem Cleaning Service is designed to save time & effort, while maintaining maximum effectiveness.

First Remove Loose Food & Debris

The first cleaning step is to get the easy stuff out of the way first, so dampen a microfiber towel with only water. Wipe the inside of the microwave with your towel collecting all the loose food and debris you can. 

Remove Stuck On Food & Heavy Soils: Steam Clean Microwave Ovens

  • If you are dealing with heavy soil and stubborn stuck on food, fill a coffee cup with water, put it in the microwave and turn on high power for 2 minutes.  This will soften the food, and make it easier to clean.
  • Once the timer goes off, remove the coffee cup. Spray the inside of your microwave with a microwave cleaning solution further loosening up the stuck on food, we use Dawn Dish Soap
  • Clean the plate and the rest of the microwave separately. Remove the plate and clean it. Then get to the rest of the microwave, wipe the top, sides, and glass door of the microwave both inside & out. Finish by rinsing with plain water.

Finishing Touches

Make sure to dry with a clean microfiber cloth to ensure no streaks. The microfiber glass towels are perfect microwave cleaning wipes, since they work best on smooth surfaces such as glass, stainless steel, and any non porous surface. If you find any remaining streaks buff them out with a dry part of your towel.

Why We Do It This Way

We use the combination of heat and water to soften the stuck on food, and make it easier and more efficient to clean. Finishing everything with a plain water rinse removes excess chemicals, reduces streaks, and leaves the best shine. Experiment with both the dry buff microfiber towel and the microfiber glass towel to see what works best in your location. Happy Cleaning!

Joanna Martin- Winton Salem Cleaning Service

Joanna Martin
Owner of Winston Salem Cleaning Service
Winston Salem, NC


  • Soften stuck on food inside of a microwave by filling a cup with water and letting it heat up in the microwave for 2 minutes on high power.
  • Fold your microfiber glass towel twice, so you will have multiple dry surfaces to clean with.


How We Clean Microwaves At Maid By Design

2 Different Ways On How To Clean Microwaves

If You Are Cleaning A Really Dirty Microwave Use The Boiling Water Method

  • Put water into a microwave safe cup and set the timer for 2 to 3 minutes. When the buzzer goes off, just open and wipe, the moisture from the water boiling softens up all the stuck-on goo and it usually wipes clean. If it does not just wipe clean set the timer for another minute, this may help, if not just get a scraper, we use lil chizzler, and loosen the stuck-on food.
  • The plate should come clean with the above method, if not it can be placed in the sink with water on it. By the time you get to it, the food should be loose enough to just rinse off. If not use the scraper mentioned above.
  • Whatever you do, do not forget the inside of the door or the top. Treat it as you would the rest of the oven, soak, scrape (if necessary) wipe. Always look at the door at an angle to make sure you did not leave any smears behind.
  • Spray with a mild degreaser, then wipe with a microfiber cloth. Add more degreaser when fingerprints are hard to remove and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

If Your Microwave Is Mildly Dirty: Degreaser Method

  • Use a degreaser, we use Hydroxipro as our microwave oven cleaner. Spray the degreaser all over the inside of the microwave oven including door and top.
  • Put the plate in the sink, run water on it.
  • Wipe both clean with a microfiber cloth. Check the door at an angle for smears and the top for missed spots. Use a scraper when necessary.
  • Spray with a mild degreaser, then wipe with a microfiber cloth. Add more degreaser when fingerprints are hard to remove and wipe with a microfiber cloth.


There is nothing more important than saving our customers money and our technicians time and wear and tear on their bodies. We want to get and give the best bang for the buck. Soaking keeps scrubbing and scraping to a minimum. Using the right microwave cleaning products cuts time. Knowing the chemicals, you use and how they work is extremely important to learning how to clean microwaves effectively! Especially on today's high end surfaces.

Debra Braman Owner Of Maid By Design

Owner of Maid by Design
Tulsa, OK


  • Heat up water in a cup for 2-3 minutes in a microwave. The steam will soften up hardened food & debris, making the inside of the microwave easier to wipe.
  • Keep scrubbing & scraping to a minimum by soaking your items when necessary.


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