Yes, cooking pizza is fun, but does anyone enjoy washing up and cleaning afterward? Like any cooking utensil, it is always a good idea to keep your pizza oven spick and span. As the old saying goes ‘A tidy desk is a tidy mind’. The same goes for your oven and pizza cooking operations. Sorry to take the fun out of the spoils of creating great pizza!

Cleaning a Wood-Fired or Brick Pizza Oven

  1. Remove any remaining ash or debris from the oven floor using a brush or scraper.
  2. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the interior walls of the oven.
  3. If there are any stubborn stains or burnt-on food, use a scraper to remove them.
  4. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior of the oven.

Cleaning a Gas Pizza Oven

  1. Turn off the gas supply and allow the oven to cool completely before cleaning.
  2. Remove any remaining food debris from the oven floor using a brush or scraper.
  3. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the interior walls of the oven.
  4. If there are any stubborn stains or burnt-on food, use a scraper to remove them.
  5. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the exterior of the oven.

Depending on which pizza oven you have, there are a couple of ways to go about this chore. In fact, it is not too difficult to do and is likely the same process you use for cleaning your gas/electric oven or your microwave appliances. Therefore, you probably already have the right tools for the job available.

If you don’t, then here’s what we recommend:

  • Oven Brush: A long-handled, brass-bristled brush is ideal for sweeping out loose debris and burnt food particles from the bottom of the oven, and it is gentle on the surface. For those of you that want to get the job done quickly, the durable brushes are ideal because they are designed to withstand heat. However, make sure the oven has cooled down considerably because it cannot withstand pizza cooking temperatures!
  • Oven Scraper: A stainless steel scraper with a long handle is perfect for removing stubborn, baked-on residue.
  • Ash Shovel: An ash shovel with a long handle is useful for collecting and removing ash and debris from brick and wood fire pizza ovens. Those made from alumina or metal are best, however, if your pizza oven has fully cooled, then a dustpan all do just fine.
  • Oven Stone Cleaner: A specialized stone cleaner helps you to clean and maintain the oven’s cooking surface without damaging it. It is the perfect solution for removing stains and residue while preserving the stone/bricks.
  • Damp Cloth: An obvious tool of the trade for any chef that wants to keep his or he oven clean. That is the good old damp cloth. Needless to say, you’ll use this to wipe down the oven door, handles, and exterior surfaces thus removing the grease and grime.
  • Protective Gloves: Heat-resistant gloves are not always necessary, but if you are churning out multiple pizzas at a party, event, or restaurant, these gloves can protect your hands from burns while cleaning the oven.
  • Cleaning Solution: A non-toxic, food-safe cleaning solution is our best recommendation as your solution for removing grease and grime from the oven’s exterior surfaces. Look for green-friendly solutions as in this day and age, we need to care about the environment.
  • Recycle Bins & Compost: These are not essential, but if you are environmentally conscious, then having a recycle bin handy for empty cleaning solution bottles, foil, and other bits and pieces used to cook and clean your pizza cooking operation is a great idea. As a side note, if you use a wood fire pizza oven, the wood ash is great for your garden and flower beds, especially if you also grow veg.

It’s important to clean your pizza oven regularly to prevent any build-up of ash, soot, or food debris which can affect the taste of your pizza and even cause damage to your oven over time. Cleaning is also essential to maintain your pizza oven’s efficiency and extend its lifespan, while also ensuring food safety. To effectively clean a pizza oven, you need the right tools and materials to make the task easier and more efficient, plus you can also include an environmentally friendly disposal system.

We hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.