Monthly Archives: June 2008

Jun 25

How Clean Is Your Oven?

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

We tend to get ovens that are dirtier than others. We get some that have a few bits of burnt on carbon and grease inside and at the other end of the scale the oven has a quarter of an inch thick grease on every part of its inside. Some people would like their ovens cleaned because the oven is smoking and makes the smoke alarm in their kitchen go off every time they use it . Others want us to clean it because they have tried everything but can’t get the glass on the door clean, they can’t see through the door and they just can’t get the burnt on grease off the inside of the door or get the drips out from inside of the door. Some want the racks to look shiny like new again or the grill pan to look sparkling and new too. Others just can’t stand the smell or the slimy feel of the grease in their oven.

A lot of customers now want the ‘just like new’ look and feel and want it more often to maintain a high standard of cleanliness; they are booking us in on a more regular basis to clean their oven.

So how clean is yours? And how often are you getting it cleaned professionally?

Jun 25

It’s a dog’s life – hair there and everywhere.

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Whilst cleaning ovens it’s a good idea to look out for the household’s dogs. Dogs love the smell of the grease we remove from the ovens in our waste box and I’ve also had a one instance of a dog helping me with the cleaning by licking the grease off a door which was on the kitchen floor. We have to keep a watch on them and we prefer if they aren’t left in the kitchen with us whilst we are cleaning as it makes the job more difficult trying to manage the dog as well as carry out the cleaning. Jack Russell dogs are particularly interested in what we do and two of them at one house (Barry and Dave) were busy sniffing at everything.

I have also noticed that if there is dog in the house the inside of the oven will tend to have dog hairs stuck in the grease inside the oven especially if the main oven is at floor height and the grease on the oven floor will have the most. The dirtiest oven I have ever cleaned belonged to a dog owner. I didn’t see the dog but I got a feeling of what he might have looked like as when I got there the whole of outside the range cooker and the overhead extractor hood had a quarter of an inch ‘fur’ look to it. The dog’s hair had got stuck in the grease on the whole outside, so it really did look like a furry cooker.

Jun 18

Love Your AGA :-)

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

At this time of year we tend to clean alot of AGAs as alot of people tend to switch them off for the Summer. We ourselves have an electric AGA and we have just turned ours down so it is taking slightly longer to cook but it’s still on as we don’t have an alternative way to cook.

As a company OvenGleam clean AGAs cold so we need them to be off so it’s a good time for us to clean AGAs when they are already off as reduces the inconvenience of the client. We tend to clean quite a few a week all year around but we do clean more through the Summer months. There is still a perception that AGAs clean themselves: I still speak to people who are surprised that there is such a thing as an AGA cleaning service especially AGA owners who say ‘it keeps itself clean’. Well it does inside the ovens to a degree though looking at my AGA which is now 7 months old it is a bit dirty in the ovens with stains on the plates just inside the oven doors and it has got greasy on the top where I haven’t cleaned off grease off quickly enough.

When OvenGleam clean AGAs we clean the whole of the outside and the detail such as the hinges, the strips inside the ovens, under the lids and all the grease is removed from all the enamel surfaces. By the time we have finished it will be gleaming like new!

Jun 10

4th Irish National BBQ week June 9th to June 15th

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

With the lovely weather here it’s become the barbeque season and infact this week is the 4th Irish National BBQ Week. See http://www.nationalbbq.ie/home.php which is a great web site with some great recipes on it. We clean barbeques so if you really would like to make sure yours is clean get us to clean it before the big day. Often barbeques are left all over the winter and when you go and look at them they really could do with a clean.

We can clean the whole barbeque or just the grills. Last week I cleaned a huge barbeque and I cleaned the whole lot including the grills, the inside of the lid and burner covers – so in all it took about an hour and half to do but looked fabulous when I had finished. The alternative is to just clean the grills and we can do this when we are cleaning your main indoors oven.