Rik Hellewell | Ovenu

About Rik Hellewell

Rik has over 25 years of business experience in the oven cleaning sector, with 10 years spent getting his hands dirty running his own local oven cleaning territory.

After spending over a decade working in the carpet and upholstery business, Rik developed the Ovenu concept in 1993 after getting inspiration from a New Zealand based business and cleaned his first oven in 1994. He proved the business’ potential over the course of five years and then launched Ovenu Franchising Limited in 1999. By 2003 he had cleaned over 4,000 ovens whilst recruiting and managing the Franchise network.

Since launching the Oven Cleaning Franchise business, Rik has helped start over 120 successful oven cleaning businesses both in the UK and abroad. In Australia, a franchise network of over 30 oven cleaners is flourishing, whilst in the USA, an adapted version of the business has led to over 220 more businesses taking off.

Rik has remained Managing Director of the business from its humble beginnings to its current globe-trotting success and has no plans of stepping down any time soon.

He has been quoted or mentioned by many online and offline publications including Elite Franchise, The Wokingham Paper, Business Franchise, The Northern Echo, Bracknell News, Franchise Local, Real Homes, The Marketing Blog, Franchise Sales, What Franchise, Bailiwick Express, Solihull Observer, Franchise Supermarket, Entirely Marketing, Mearns Leader, Warrington Worldwide, Ideal Home, NEConnected, Which Franchise, Entirely South East

Modern Alternatives to the AGA

As experienced oven-cleaning technicians, we often talk to clients who are thinking about replacing their old AGA. Although its old-world…

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Oven Door Seal Warning

Our colleague in the Bath area has issued a warning to householders about the importance of maintaining seals on domestic ovens.
Damaged or ineffective oven seals can lead to a number of health and safety problems including adhesive flammability and, if seals are ‘patched up’ with adhesives containing superglue (cyanoacrylate), harmful cyanide poisons can be generated in gaseous form.
Ineffective oven seals can also lead to excessive heat loss from ovens, which can cause insulation and energy efficiency issues. In addition, if the seal is broken or stretched it could also burn the cupboards next to the oven.

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How To Use Your Oven Grill

Inside of an oven

Whilst cooking indoors might not be quite as attractive as barbecuing your food out in the sun, it’s often a necessity due to weather constraints. It’s also great to have that extra grill available if you’ve got no space left on the BBQ. The oven essentially acts as an indoor gas grill.

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Is it Time to Clean your AGA Oven?

Despite its sturdier build and overall solidity, an AGA needs just as much attention and care as a conventional electric or gas oven.

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Why AGA Ovens Need Regular Cleaning

Contrary to common belief, AGA ovens are not self cleaning. Many people believe that because they’re on all the time, the heat from inside the oven carbonises any spillages.

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Now is the Time to Clean Your AGA Oven

With the summer drawing to a close, the warm temperatures (well, relatively warm temperatures) will start to dwindle. For some it’s time to switch the heating back on, for others it’s time to switch their AGA Oven back on.

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