Here at Ovenu we understand that buying a range style cooker is a huge investment. These large appliances are a timeless feature in any kitchen, so it’s important that you fully comprehend exactly what you’re getting for your money.
When it comes to big brand range style cooking, one name has dominated the market for many decades. AGA developed the range cooker during the 1920’s and although many other brands have long since taken the range cooker and developed their own style, AGA are still a popular household name, and their brand has become synonymous with range style cooking. (more…)
British Summer time is upon us, and for the domesticated people of this world, that means one thing…it’s time for a spring clean. Sure, you’ll no doubt ensure the whole house gets a good tidy and thorough clean; that means the living room, dining room, all the bedrooms, but most importantly, the kitchen.
If you think about it, the kitchen gets the most use out of all the rooms in your home. Not only that, but it gets quite messy in there too. Now if you consider that the kitchen needs to be a place that is regularly cleaned, for health and hygiene reasons, then when it comes to spring cleaning, there’s no better time to make sure you give it a through clean. It’s not just the cupboards, floors, walls and appliances, but also the most important appliance of them all, your oven.
Whatever type of oven you have, the spring poses the best time to don your marigolds and give your oven a good clean. This also means that if you own an AGA oven, you shouldn’t neglect its cleaning needs either.
Now, one of the best times to clean an AGA is during the spring & summer because it’s a time when you can switch it off, let it cool, and give it a good clean before switching it back on over the autumn and winter period. It’s near impossible to thoroughly clean your AGA during this period; you wouldn’t get a very thorough job done – mainly because it’s so frequently used and relied upon as a source of heat for your home. Therefore, the spring and summer poses the best possible time to get this done.
So how should you go about cleaning your AGA?
Well, due to its effective but unusual design, many owners actually choose to get their AGA ovens professionally cleaned. Many oven cleaning companies notice that the summer months are particularly busy when it comes to AGA’s and so you should consider choosing this time to get yours cleaned too.
It’s important that if you do decide to clean your oven yourself, or you choose a professional oven cleaning company that they use only approved AGA cleaning products. Due to its enamel surface, the AGA oven needs a cleaning product that doesn’t corrode or cause excessive damage to its surface, which is usually what happens with strong acid based solvents.
AGA cleaning products need to receive approval of the Vitreous Enamel Association (VEA) if they are to be used on their surfaces. So be sure to use these or ensure that your oven cleaning service uses them too. If you do carry out the work yourself, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines because once the enamel has been damaged, it’s far from easy to get this put right.
On the other hand, if you do decide to use an oven cleaning service, ensure they’re accredited and check what cleaning products they use. At Ovenu, we specialise in AGA cleaning services, and all of our cleaning products are approved by the VEA.
Now the autumn is upon us, many people who own AGA’s will be thinking about switching them back on. However if you’ve got an AGA and you’re just about to turn it back on, be sure to get it thoroughly cleaned first. A cold AGA oven is perfect for cleaning, so take advantage now; you’ll end up with a more effective oven and the food will taste so much better.
AGA’s work using the principle of heat storage; a single burner generates the heat which can be controlled by a thermostat. Some people like to keep their AGA’s on all year round, whilst others will turn off the heat to conserve energy consumption. The added bonus of an AGA is that the heat which is generated can actually keep your kitchen nice and toasty, thus avoiding the need for additional heating in the kitchen.
This is another reason why AGA’s are switched off during the summer months as the additional heat is simply not necessary and is actually a waste of money. However when the autumn comes back around, they are usually turned back on – ready to be used and ready to cosy up the kitchen.
Whilst AGA’s can clean themselves internally, because the heat can burn off any spillages or food particles, they do however need to be cleaned thoroughly by a trained professional at least once every nine months or so. This is why during the hotter months, when your AGA is off, this is the perfect time to take advantage and make sure your AGA is back to a showroom standard.
A cold AGA makes it ideal for cleaning, and as mentioned AGA themselves recommend getting trained professionals to do so as they know the correct products to use as well as the areas that need special attention. Only approved cleaning products should be used when cleaning AGAs, and only certain oven cleaning products actually use these approved cleaning products. For example, Ovenu use Vitreous Enamel Association (VEA) approved cleaning products because AGAs need special care when being cleaned.
This is because of the coating on your AGA oven, which is either a vitreous enamel or a porcelain enamel; these have very sensitive demands as they’re literally made up of burned down glass. Therefore using just any old cleaning product from the super market or high street can actually do harm to your oven. These products contain what’s known as caustic soda which is incredibly corrosive. It can damage the seals and trims of your oven compromising its effectiveness; but more so, especially for AGA ovens, the corrosive nature of this product can harm your oven’s aesthetic.
So before you think about stitching your AGA back on this autumn, make sure you get it thoroughly cleaned with a professional oven cleaning service.
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, which means when the AGA oven is switched off, the carbonised dust can be just swept away.
Whilst this is partly true, this doesn’t actually allow for a deep and thorough clean, which will ensure your AGA oven is hygienic and actually performs to its maximum. Just like with self cleaning ovens, there will come a time when, despite its best efforts, you’ll need to thoroughly clean the inside.
Imagine all of the grease and food particles that get stuck at the back of your AGA oven. The various cooking compartments as well as the back of the AGA can accumulate more than you think in the time you’ve had your AGA oven on. Not only that but the hot plates and the enamel coating on the surface of an AGA can also get particularly messy, especially if you haven’t cleaned up immediately after spillages.
This is another common mistake when it comes to AGA ovens. Usually if a spillage on the enamel coating is dealt with immediately this is sometimes sufficient, however we don’t always clean up spillages soon as we make them, we are human after all. So if you’ve had a spillage that wasn’t cleaned up immediately, in all likeliness it would’ve hardened and become quite stubborn to remove with just a standard wet cloth.
So what’s the solution? Well like anything you’ve purchased, to ensure its longevity it’s crucial that you take good care of it, especially if it’s something as expensive as an AGA oven. When your AGA oven is switched off, this is the best time for a thorough clean and service.
You can do this yourself, but it’s very important to consider the cleaning products that you’re going to use. For example, AGA specifies that only recommended cleaning products are used on their ovens, this is because the vitreous enamel surface requires special care when cleaning. The Vitreous Enamel Association (VEA) gives recommendations as to which cleaning products can be used on these surfaces and only certain oven cleaning services use these approved products.
Therefore, whilst you may be able to find tips and advice on cleaning your AGA oven, it’s always best to stick to what they say. Should you clean your AGA, it’s best to only use approved products. The bad news is that you won’t be able to find these cleaning products on the high street. The good news is that you can find oven cleaning services that do use these approved cleaning products, such as Ovenu.
So before you switch your AGA oven back on this Autumn, make sure you give it a thorough clean with approved cleaning products or seek a professional oven valeting service to ensure it is cleaned to the highest possible standards.
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.
That’s what’s so good about AGA’s, amongst a multitude of cooking and operational benefits, they also give off a lot of heat, perfect for creating a warm and cosy atmosphere as well as heating your kitchen and adjacent rooms. But before you switch your AGA back on this autumn, consider cleaning it professionally to ensure it performs perfectly, leaving your home cooking tasting even better.
At Ovenu, we clean AGA cookers when they have been switched off and are cold. This is for a variety of reasons, but mainly revolves around health and safety, which means we can perform our professional oven valeting service far more effectively. So, now is the perfect time to take advantage, as most AGA’s would have been switched off over the summer months.
Don’t compromise the effectiveness of your AGA. If you want outstanding results, where your food will just taste even better on a freshly cleaned AGA, then you need to ensure that it is cleaned professionally.
You won’t get the same results if you clean it yourself. Even AGA themselves advocate the use of only approved cleaning products on their ovens. So what are the approved cleaning products? Well AGA only use Vitreous Enamel Association (VEA) approved cleaning products on their ovens, and they do this for a variety of reasons.
Your AGA oven is coated in vitreous enamel or porcelain enamel, this is a specific material made up of powdered glass which is burned down to melt over the metal. Once it cools and hardens it creates a smooth and durable coating over the metal. It’s crucial that when cleaning this material you use a product which is sensitive to its demands.
This means that you shouldn’t go out and purchase any oven cleaner that you’ve seen on the high street. These contain a chemical known as caustic soda which can literally ruin any oven over time. Your trims, seals, and heating elements are all affected by caustic soda, so make sure you don’t use a cleaning product that contains it.
Now is the time to advantage of your cold AGA and give it a good clean and service with VEA approved cleaning products. Before you put it to good use over the winter months, make sure you use Ovenu as your oven valeting service.
The AGA cooker has seen a huge resurgence in popularity over the last decade or so. This traditional, cast iron appliance offers a unique aesthetic and function, often used for heating a room as well as preparing meals. This helps it to provide a great focal point for any modern kitchen with an old fashioned twist. However, an AGA cooker needs to be maintained properly, which means regular and thorough cleaning. (more…)