Which Tank Should You Use As A Professional Oven Cleaner?
I have been asked the question "For a professional oven cleaning where you provide a deep clean as part of a domestic cleaning service 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 cleaning business I initially went out with a company for half a day to see how he cleaned ovens. He used a method that involved large chunks of Caustic Soda and water brought out from the customer's house and using some large plastic tubs.
As a note that half day taught me a lot about what not to do in an oven cleaning business. I never used this method or everything else he showed me. I realised that some people when they start a business don't find out the best way to start and run a business. I did.
I was taught our cleaning process by an established oven cleaning business. Back in 2004 there weren't that many around. They had been operating for 6 years at the time and had a process in place that worked for them.
This process involved using an electrically heated dip tank. I did their course and then had my van fitted out by a local company. Over the years I have developed the van fit and changed my vans to get the best van I now use. Here is a video talking about the van our current van fit and comparing the two main processes used in an oven cleaning business, gas versus electric.
So why do you need an oven cleaning dip 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 with a gas burner 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. Though there is an alternative method where you set the tank up in the road on a trestle.
2. Join my happy network of Franchisees, come on our training course and get to use my improved version of my original tank. The insulated electrically heated dip tank. 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. Start your business as an OvenGleamers franchisee: Click HERE to get details: Find the page and click on the "Request Info Pack" button and put in your details. We'll send you info.