To use the self-cleaning function on a modern Kenmore oven, remove all food, cooking containers and aluminum foil from the oven compartment, close the oven door and push the Flex Clean. This function will vary based on the model.
When the self-clean cycle is complete and the oven compartment has cooled, wipe it clean with heavy-duty paper towels or a cloth rag. The self-cleaning function in modern Kenmore ovens operates the door lock mechanism automatically. Older Kenmore oven models have a manual latching mechanism on the oven door that must be locked by hand. After manually locking this type of model, find and push the self-clean button on the main control console to begin the cleaning process.