School’s Out For Summer, Thought About Your Ovens?

Cooking class

With summer fast approaching, many excited children are daydreaming about how they will spend their eagerly awaited six-week holiday.

But for schools, there are plenty of preparations to take care of before the break begins.

With schools now serving up compulsory cookery lessons for kids aged 8+, plenty of cookery classrooms risk being left with dirty, unattended ovens for the duration of the holidays.

Leaving Your Ovens Unattended

The summer holidays can seem like an age, and when it comes to leaving unclean ovens unattended, 1,008 hours or 60,480 minutes allow plenty of time for bacteria to grow.

Coupled with hot weather, this paves the way for the perfect breeding ground for unwanted, harmful germs to fester in your school’s classrooms.

The Pitfalls

Leaving ovens unattended for such a long period of time can cause many problems for school staff:

  • Fire: Built-up oil and grease are one of the most flammable substances in a kitchen, increasing the chance of a fire if left dirty.
  • Smoke: Leftover food and grease will continue to burn, causing harmful smoke to fill your kitchen.
  • Contamination: Food can become contaminated with oily residue stuck to the inside of your oven.
  • Failed Inspection: If the Health and Safety inspectors drop by, there is the risk that your unclean ovens will not meet the required standards. Your department could be shut down until the standards for educational establishments are met.

Cooking In The Classroom

More children than ever before take part in cookery classes at school, and it’s easy to see why. They are taught everything from how to mix ingredients to preparing healthy food and baking techniques.

Children learn valuable life skills by taking these cookery lessons.

A professional oven clean provides you with peace of mind that your students can cook in a hygienic and safe environment.

Benefits Of A Professional Clean

Effective oven cleaning is a manual job, and when you’ve got a classroom full of them the task can be daunting. Your staff deserve a break over the summer, so rather than asking them to help clean up, why not bring in a professional oven cleaning service? Professional oven cleaning can help alleviate your workload so you can spend more time enjoying the summer sunshine.

Getting your ovens professionally cleaned on a regular basis:

  • Eliminates harmful germs
  • Prolongs the life of your cooking appliances
  • Removes stains, grease, grime and bacteria

Harmful Germs

Avoid putting your pupils at risk of exposure to harmful germs by keeping your ovens clean.

Harmful germs like E.coli, campylobacter and salmonella can easily spread if an oven isn’t sufficiently clean.

Food that isn’t properly prepared, cooked or stored puts people at risk of contracting food poisoning, colds or flu.

Leaving your unclean ovens unattended over the summer break means that food and residue that’s stuck to the inside of an oven is left to rot and decompose. The summer heat provides a perfect breeding ground for a number of germs. That’s why it’s essential to maintain a clean kitchen.

Duty Of Care

You have a duty of care to protect both your staff and children, and that includes providing them with safe and hygienic equipment.

The average primary school class size is now 25, and 21 in secondary schools, which means that ovens are getting a lot of use. With so many children using the equipment, it’s important to keep it well-maintained.

Get In Touch

Ovenu offer a professional oven cleaning service that is second to none.

A combination of the right products and expertise ensures your oven is sparkling clean and even those hard-to-reach areas are left gleaming.

Relax during the holidays with the peace of mind that your school ovens are well looked after.

Contact Ovenu today to find out more about their professional oven cleaning service.


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