Monthly Archives: September 2009

Sep 29

AGA Cleaning Surprise

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

13 Amp 3 oven AGA CookerImage by Ivydale via Flickr

Over the years when I have cleaned an AGA cooker I have left a gift for the client. Initially I left magnets with AGA recipes on them but the weight of the book meant that the magnet wasn't that good and it wouldn't 'stick' to the front of the AGA. However, it did 'stick' to the side. I recently cleaned an AGA in Bristol which I remembered cleaning before in 2005; on the side of it was the recipe book still intact.

More recently we have been giving the client's 'AGA Tips' books by Richard Maggs. Clients just love these. There is also one for the Rayburn and a Christmas special one. Hugo cleaned two AGA cookers yesterday and both customers were delighted with the books.

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Sep 27

NVQ in Oven Cleaning

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

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Things went well this week on the NVQ course for the guys. The assessor went through the Customer Service module and now the homework has to be done before the assessment is carried out.  So now we have done the safe handling of chemicals module and the customer service module.

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Sep 26

How To Start An Oven Cleaning Business

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Comet CleanerImage by garlandcannon via Flickr

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.

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Sep 22

Oven Cleaners Training to NVQ level 2

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

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We have just started the guys on a NVQ level 2 course in cleaning, through our local further education college. It has six modules relevant to the tasks they carry out each day. Things are going well and we are currently on the first module. They are getting assessed each week and already the process has been invaluable.

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Sep 17

AGA Cooker Cleaning Every Day

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

AGA Chefs PadImage by Ivydale via Flickr

We are still busy on the AGA cleaning front and I cleaned an AGA yesterday that was initially looking in a sorry state. It was a standard oil converted 2 oven AGA which the owner had bought on Ebay for £250. It was dirty and also rusty, with the inside of the ovens being very rusty and the inside panels of the doors rusty too. Interestingly the panels on the inside of the doors were made of steel rather than the usual aluminium.

It was a tough clean as I don't think it had been cleaned for years and the grease on the top was thick. It took me three and half hours as compared to the usual 2 hours for a two oven AGA, as I had to get all the grease off the top and also there was a lot of burnt on carbon on the lids. Also I tried to get as much rust off as possible.

So a tough clean but at then end the owner was pleased as it looked half decent with some nice shiny bits on it.

Today I cleaned a newer 13 Amp electric 3 oven AGA with module. It was a lovely colour, one of the new colours, pistachio and it looked lovely when I had gleamed it all up

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Sep 14

AGA Shares Might be Worth Buying

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

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There was an article in yesterday's Mail on Sunday titled:

MIDAS: AGA will recover as the economy grows warmer

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Sep 13

Oven and AGA Cleaning Cardiff

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 31: (EMBARGOED ...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

To update you on last week's trip to Cardiff. When I got there I had a great deal of trouble parking as the job was in an apartment in a block of flats near Cardiff Bay. There were parking places outside but even though there was a restriction of 2 hours on them the cars didn't seem to be moving. I did eventually get a space but it was a case of driving around for half an hour. The landlord of the flat told me that even though there was a restriction on the parking bays the traffic wardens didn't enforce them, hmm… that's okay then.

Anyway the job turned out to be a lovely job with a really dirty extractor which needed a lot of cleaning.

I again went to the Cardiff area yesterday (Saturday) and cleaned a lovely racing green AGA cooker near Cardiff airport. It came up looking sparkling and clean as new.

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Sep 09

AGA and Oven Cleaning Cardiff

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

[From the southeast, Cardiff Castle, Wales] (LOC)Image by The Library of Congress via Flickr

I'm off to Cardiff to clean some ovens in Cardiff today. We are now getting lots more ovens in the Cardiff and Newport area and it's only a short drive from Bristol. So it's great to know that our advertising is working.

So if you have an AGA cooker, a range cooker or a conventional oven that needs cleaning then give us a ring and we will be able to fit you in.

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Sep 03

AGA Cleaning in South Wales

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Aga Oven Cleaning by OvenGleamImage by Ivydale via Flickr

Today I've cleaned two AGAs until they gleamed.

Interestingly they were both cream and both had enamel lids. That is the lids were all enamel like a standard AGA cooker and not the chrome type that is on the delux model.

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Sep 01

Oven Cleaning Business Shines in September

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

OvenGleam's Oven Cleaning Operatives 2009Image by Ivydale via Flickr

I had  a great weekend it was nice to get some time off. Up until recently I seem to have been out cleaning lots and lots of dirty ovens and lots and lots of AGA cookers. So it was great to rest my weary limbs. 🙂

Today the guys were out cleaning but I was in the office, I had to sort out some problems with one of the computers.

We are expecting this month to be busy as it normally is. Already we are booked up for most of this week and into next week.

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