Monthly Archives: September 2010

Sep 24

Oven Cleaning As a Business

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

We currently are getting lots of interest in both the oven cleaning training courses we are running and our franchise opportunity. Currently we are running both as there is a difference between just getting trained to start an oven cleaning business and becoming a franchisee with us. 

 If you want to get an idea of the steps you need to go through in starting an oven cleaning business please sign up for my free oven cleaning business guide and then after than arrange an appointment to come and see us. Graham Rogers or my wife Catherine on 01275 370571 or email me.

We'll talk everything through with you.

Sep 20

AGA Hotplate Rings Clank After Clean

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

 We’ve had a complaint re one of the AGAs that I cleaned last week. The complaint was that the hot plate rings are now making a clanking noise. Well the reason they are doing this is that they are clean. As they are cast iron and they fit against an enamelled shelf, or rim you might call it, on the AGA it’s metal touching metal. So if the hot plate ring is not true – which is a problem with all of them – then when you push them down, say with a heavy pan, onto the rim then they will make a ‘clank’.

I have never thought of this before but I suppose if you have a dirty AGA and the shelf/rim on which the hotplate ring sits is dirty then this will act as a cushion and stop any noise and you will then notice that sometime is different when it is clean. So this may be a benefit of a dirty AGA but the grease will have to be pretty thick and when it is this thick it will be close to make the hotplate ring higher than the surrounding AGA top.  So I would recommend getting your AGA cleaned before this is the case.

Sep 18

AGA cleaner finds non enamel AGA top

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

A row of cottages in Bibury, Cottswolds, England.Image via Wikipedia

Yesterday I had an AGA to clean in a large house in Minchinhampton near Stroud in the Cotswolds. The owners had just moved in and they wanted the AGA restored to its gleaming best. When I went clean the enamel top of the AGA the blade just stopped and wouldn't slide. Initially I thought it was paint on the top of the enamel but when I scraped some off  underneath wasn't enamel but bare cast iron. So someone in the past, the AGA was a deluxe model of pre 1974, had taken off the enamel and then applied the new coating which was a silicon like layer. It may have been a good idea at the time but getting any built up grime off it was impossible. So I only cleaned the front enamel,  the inside of the doors, the tunnels, the lids and the flue. The flue was also coated with the same stuff as the top but underneath was shiny enamel. So in the end I ended up charging the customer sixty five quid for the clean. I recommended that they should get the top re enamelled using the AGA enamelling services of Hytech AGA enamellers in Highbridge Somerset.

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Sep 14

AGA cleaned in Cirencester Finished

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

AGA clean in Cirencester finished  and now It's back to the office.

So yes here is the AGA cleaned and it is all finished and looking the business. The first clean it had since the AGA was put into this fabulous kitchen eight years ago.

For the AGA modules we completely strip them down taking off the self cleaning sides and dipping them in our dip tank. This also allows us to clean behind the back of the self cleaning sides – and believe me they get seriously greasy and dirty behind those sides – so much for an AGA conventional self cleaning oven.

It is a bit fiddly getting the side racks off,and back on,  in the module but it is worth it as the end result is a brilliant new looking AGA.

You may think I am doing a lot of AGA cookers at the moment. Well it is a case of I like doing them so the girls in our office book them in for me.

The photographs may be a bit fuzzy that is because I am using my phone to take the pictures and then uploading straight to my blog with as much text as I can write on my phone – which whilst wearing gloves isn't an easy task.

Sep 14

Cleaning an AGA with module today In Cirencester

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

AGA cleaning mid clean on AGA and module in Cirencester. This was in a Manor just outside Cirencester, a beautiful old house, with a very long drive up to it, that had had a new kitchen and a new AGA eight years ago.  It had an AGA module and it was unusual in that it had a ceramic hob. I don't see many of these as they are nearly always a gas hob on the AGA 4-2 module.

So I had just started the job before remembering to take the photo – so shows the grease having been just scraped off on the AGA enamel top.

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Sep 14

AGA Cleaning Video

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Here's my latest AGA Cleaning video. I am going to put an oven cleaning video together in the next couple of days too. So watch out for that.

There are a couple of mistakes in this video as I put it together late last night. The inside of the AGA lids is a picture of dirty ones rather than the clean ones that I intended.

Sep 08

Finding the oven to clean

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Ah there it is hiding in the kitchen cupboard.! Yes it was the single oven. So today I cleaned this customer's 4 oven AGA, in a very large Georgian house just outside Cheltenham,  and also this AEG single oven which was very well hidden away in the kitchen in this cupboard which didn't appear to be deep enough at all. The space in the cupbard went back into the wall.

When I had cleaned these two I went to another job in Cheltenham and cleaned a two oven AGA with module. So a bit of a killer day!

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Sep 08

Where is the oven to be cleAned.They said it was here .

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Well they said there was an over here. This sideways photo – I'll try and change it when I can get the photo downloaded shows a cabinet in a kitchen which doesn't appear to be very deep but when you open the doors it reveals, no not the TV as my wife said when I showed her the photo, but the ….

Sep 06

AGA cleaned even though it was hot

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

So in the end I did clean it alright. I had a bit of problem with the main plate lid but other than that the doors cooled down when I took them off, and everything else was fine and I managed to do a thorough and deep clean. So the AGA was cleaned even though it was still hot. I 

Sep 06

Cleaning hot AGA today

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

I'm cleaning a hot AGA today in Barry South Wales. The reason it is hot is there it has problem with control knob as when the customer turned it to OFF it didn't switch off. So when I got there it was still hot. Anyway I had to make the decision to book the job in again or do the best I could. I chose to do the best I could.  This picture just started cleaning so shows grease being scraped off enamel top.

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