One of our guys had a single oven, hob and extractor to clean but when it came to finding the extractor he couldn’t see it! He asked the client where was the extractor and she said there it is right in front of you.
The reason he didn’t see it was because it didn’t look like an extractor but looked like a light fitting, more a disco light ball than an extractor.
The extractor that looks like a disco ball is an Elicia Celestial Extractor made of glass and stainless steel and retails at about £1800 and if you’d like a remote control its an extra £149 though some retailers are throwing this in as a freebie. It really does look like a very posh light fitting and nothing like an extractor.
To clean it was a bit for a phaff, the sides came off in sections, six sections each holding multiple glass panels, and he gently cleaned each one with a cloth. I’m not sure what you are going to do with these if they are really greasy. I think it is going to be a bit of a job, as you are going to have either clean them with a good grease remover, which I don’t think will do a thorough enough job as you won’t be able to rub the glass bits, or have a go at dipping each of the sections, which again may be both tricky and risky. I can’t see it being cheap to replace one of the strips of glass if it gets accidentally broken.
So I’m thinking a totally impractical extractor which we will probably refuse to clean if its too dirty because of fear of breaking it. And the possibility of them getting greasy I think is quite high as I don’t think its going to be much good as an extractor. It only has a very small fan inlet at the bottom of it which certainly isn’t wide enough to extract over the full width of your single oven. And it doesn’t extract anywhere, that is there are no extractor ducting to take the smells outside. So it probably contains some carbon in the filter and its main use is to extract smells only, which is confirmed in the spec for it where it says contains 8 odour filters. If you have a fry up the glass is going to be completely coated in grease. Though if you are quick you can get your step ladder and whip off the side panels and put the ‘washable’ panels in the sink to get it off. I think for the demographic this extractor this is aimed there will be a fat chance of that happening!
One of our franchisees got one too the other day. He phoned our man who had already cleaned one. In the end he didn’t take the sides off but just cleaned the extractor bit at the bottom, which comes off and can be dipped.
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.