I’ve been doing some stainless steel restoration for a while now. Just bit and pieces when I’ve seen a problem that I can sort out when I’ve been cleaning something else. For example I was cleaning a Britannia Range and noticed that the stainless steel splashback above it was scratched to hell. So I removed them all. The client was pleased but wasn’t super excited like I would have expected. I got the feeling that she may have just got used to her ‘scratched to hell’ splashback and really couldn’t remember what it looked like. But the end result was like a new splashback. I’ve done a few range hobs and I’ve done a couple of sinks and a couple fronts of ovens. I made a dramatic difference to one in our training kitchen; I had previous been using it to show how easily you can scratch stainless steel if you use the wrong techniques and had scratched it very badly. I managed to remove all the scratches and it looked pretty good afterwards. Today I did my first paid job for removing a large scratch on a splash back, see pictures. I charged £70 as I thought it would take up to an hour depending on how badly scratched it was.The end result was okay, the customer was happy with it, but I think if I had some extra heads for my tool I would have made a better job of getting the grain right on the brush marks. As the scratch was a big one, and deeper than I was expecting, I had to use the extra coarse head to remove it and then finished it off with the finer one. So my process can be refined. In all I think there is a market for Stainless steel restoration in the UK, I can remember rejecting an American size stainless steel fridge freezer once because it was scratched in transit. Scratches must be costly to resellers and without, from what I can see, a service to remove them what do they do?
I’ve been out cleaning for the last few weeks, doing lots of AGAs and for a couple of days I’ve been out doing standard oven cleans as our guys have been getting ill.
Last week I cleaned three AGAs, a couple of two oven AGAs and a four oven AGA with a couple of them being repeat business (though this time dirty as they hadn’t had them cleaned for year) and really loved doing them. It’s great to be out cleaning again.
It’s been busy, busy, busy this week. Monday I was out, and cleaned two AGAs, and then on Tuesday I was out again to do three standard ovens, as our guy was sick. I was going to do four but in the end we switched things around and one of our other guys did the last job for me. The cleans were pretty dirty. Not like normal cleans! I’m getting used to do repeat business these days where the ovens aren’t that dirty. Two of the three were very bad with the third one being not bad at all. So in the end I had a lovely day.
I’ve been back in the office and we have been busy taking calls and we have beaten our weekly record of sales which we set in the exact same week last year by quite a margin, so that has been very exciting. Now it’s a case of filling in the gaps for us and the franchisees for Christmas to start looking towards the new year.