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Well I thought I give you some ideas if you are looking to start an oven cleaning business. Here they are:
1. You will need some sort of van to get to the work. I would say that it would be best to get the newest one that you can afford and also the one with the most doors. More side doors especially help considerably in the day to day running of your business. I have used Citreon Berlingos, Peugeot Partners (same van as Berlingo) and Daihatsu Extols. Our current van of choice is the Mercedes Citan 109CDI which is the one all new franchisees now get.
2. You need some way to heat up a solution in the van, the reason for this is that you need some way of removing the thick grease when it on the oven racks and removable panels. The most common way of doing this is to have a oven cleaning dip tank in the van with a hot solution in it. When the bits are put in and left to soak for a while the grease will come away and they will be restored as new. There are two ways of doing this, using a metal dip tank that is heated up using a gas burner, or using a electrically heated plastic tank. The trend has been for most people go for a calor gas type burner and a stainless steel tray of some sort. There is a common metal design ‘oven cleaning tank’ which has a lid and somewhere for the calor gas bottle to go. Really for me I don’t think this method is safe, for example put into Google “oven cleaning van explosion” and takes a lot of time of the working day to manage.
We don’t use this method, we use something that is a lot safer and easier to use and allows us to do more jobs per day, our tank is heated up at the start of the day by plugging it into the mains and then the tank stays at the correct operating temperature all day without further heating. So stays HOT ALL DAY without further heating during the day. The reason it stays hot is the plastic tank is fully insulated and it’s like a vacuum flask. This means less time messing around with flames, gas bottles, boiling water in the back of the van during the day. You can get jobs done a lot quicker and in a safe way.