I’ve been out cleaning for the last week or so. I haven’t really done very much cleaning since January and was getting bored sat in the office so I am really glad to be out cleaning
again. One of our operatives has left and another is on holiday so it means I am going to be cleaning for a while until we get a new operative. The adverts are out for a new operative and surprising we haven’t had many applicants yet so hopefully we will get some more to get some choice. I am going to be interviewing on Tuesday after the Bank Holiday and have two interviews arranged.
At the beginning of the week I had a great day cleaning a 3 oven AGA in the Cotswolds (its one I have cleaned three times before) and this was followed by a standard double oven near Bristol. We regularly do AGA cleaning Cotswolds.
I was out cleaning on Thursday and was back in the office on Friday. The Thursday cleans were a bit tough has I had three standard double ovens and the last one had a hob and extractor as well as the oven. The first was a Creda and was very dirty and as it was a Creda I had to strip it down completely, taking all the self cleaning panels off to dip them, and I even took the self cleaning panel off the roof which I only do once in a while (normally I clean it in situ) as its a real sod to get back on. Anyway yes I had a bit of problem getting it back on but in the end everything looked super. The customer wanted me to tighten up the handle on the oven door so I had to do a strip down of the door to get this sorted. In all it all added up and when I left the job I was running fifteen minutes behind schedule – I was allocated one and half hours to do the job in our scheduler. But as I had been given more than enough travelling time to get to the next job I managed to get there 10 minutes early and get cracking with that job. It was a standard NEFF double oven and wasn’t terribly dirty so I managed to do everything in an hour. So I go to the last job an hour and half ahead of schedule (again generous travelling time) and again it was the same NEFF double oven which again wasn’t terribly dirty and a hob, and an extractor. The extractor gauzes were really greasy but after dipping them they came up very well. In all I managed to get everything done in just over an hour and a quarter and then I went back home. So I got home at 1420 which was two and half hours ahead of the time I should have got back. But somethings getting ‘easier’ ovens means finishing quicker though the reverse is also true getting really dirty ovens means a killer day and running over. But usually there is a mix of good ones and bad ones and it is just a case of making hay whilst you can.
But in all I’d rather have the AGA cooker then a single oven or standard oven day like the day at the beginning of the week in the Cotswolds.