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How do you clean the bits of the oven that are difficult to clean like the racks?
Well when I started looking at oven cleaning as a business I initially went out with a company for half a day to see how he cleaned ovens.This particular man had a large plastic tub in the back of the van and when he got to the clients house the first thing he did was go into the house and get a bucket of hot water. He put that water into the plastic tub and then added caustic soda which was in big lumps. He then put the racks into the tub. He therefore didn't heat up the tub any further. He then had another plastic tub the same as the first one into which he poured cold water (again fetched from the house in a bucket). He used this tub to rinse off the racks. I'd didn't adopt this method!
So why do you need a heating tank?
Well to make it easier to get the grease off of the oven bits the solution needs to be hot. Some companies use a steel tank and heat it up and keep it boiling whilst they are in the house cleaning the rest of the oven manually. And other companies use a plastic tank that is electrically heated and they just heat it up for the day and that's it – which is the method we use.
Therefore five ways to dip oven parts for an oven cleaning business:
1. Buy a gas burner steel oven cleaning tank from Ebay. They do appear now and again as I so one last week but it is a rare occurrence. But make sure it is one you can bolt to the van as you don't want it rolling around everywhere.
2. Come on our training course and buy a plastic electrically heated tank from us. These are great and will enable you to do more jobs in a day as you will have a quicker system that is easier to use with a lot less fuss and agro.
3. Get some plastic tubs from B & Q. Hmmm … if you must but if you are throwing stuff away dispose of it thoughtfully and if possible take it away with you. This would work okay with a better solution than caustic such as a washing up liquid solution. Expect some manual work to get the racks clean.
4. Forget the tanks and do it manually. You can get away with this if you have strong forearms but it takes a long time and you won't clean many ovens in a day. If you get racks with thick burnt on carbon on them you will have problems cleaning them with some being impossible. So you would have to think how consistant your delivery of service will be with this method.
5. Buy a franchise and get the tank from the franchisor. Okay if you pick the right franchise and invest your money wisely. Currently there are two I'd recommend – Ovenu if they have an available area near you (but they use a burner) or Cookerburra (similar tank to ourselves). With Ovenu edging it because of their national marketing.
Graham Rogers Started OvenGleamers as one man in a van in Taunton in 2004. The business grew to a five van operation by 2007. OvenGleamers first franchisee started in October 2010. OvenGleamers Became An Associate Member of British Franchise Association in 2012. Now growing National OvenGleamers Network. OvenGleamers are AGA and Big Cooker Cleaning Specialists. Graham writes on this blog and films videos and has a podcast.