When Cleaning an Oven Yourself Becomes a False Economy

Sometimes we will do anything to save a few pounds. Whether it’s buying cheaper products in the supermarket or hiring a friend of a friend to carry out building work on your home; if there is a way of cutting costs, it’s difficult to say ‘no’.

 

Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t quite work out as planned. Maybe those low price beans are inedible or your friend’s friend accidentally puts his sledge hammer through the water mains. This kind of false economy happens all the time, and while it may all be a learning experience, sometimes it can be a painful one. So how might this translate to cleaning your own oven?

 

Poor results

 

DIY projects may provide a sense of enormous satisfaction when successfully completed; however, when the results don’t quite match your expectations, it can be more than a little disappointing. This is certainly true of oven cleaning.

 

You can spend hours getting the cleaning products, applying it to every inch of your oven, putting the trays on convenient bags only to then find that something has been missed or that not all the grease and grime has been removed. Then you’re faced with the prospect of trying again or just making do with a half clean oven; neither of which are likely to be particularly popular.

 

Damage caused

 

As with the earlier building analogy, there is always the chance that something may go wrong during the process. Whether you manage to crack the window or scrape off half of the enamel interior, any mistakes can be costly. Replacing a window, or even the whole door, may leave a severe dent in your monthly budget; if parts are particularly hard to find, you might even have to consider a new oven.

 

So you have to be careful. This means buying non-harmful cleaners and taking care when the oven door is open.

 

Personal injury

 

There are some cleaning agents that are relatively safe to use and unlikely to cause any damage; however, there are also those that are much more harmful. As a general rule, you should be wary of any product that includes caustic soda. This is can cause extreme irritation if it comes into contact with skin and can also wear away enamel.

 

It’s important that you cover up and take all necessary precautions, this may include wearing a long-sleeved tops and even goggles if you’re cleaning the roof of the oven. If the cleaner comes in contact with any part of your body, be sure to rinse it thoroughly as soon as possible.

 

Expense of buying products

 

While some may be concerned about hiring a professional cleaning service due to cost alone, you do have to factor in the price of buying the oven cleaner as well as any other equipment (sponges, scourers, gloves and goggles if necessary). It may still be cheaper, but that isn’t to say that it will be as cost-efficient as you first thought – particularly if you need to do it all over again shortly afterwards.

 

Of course it is always best to make sure that you clean your oven regularly. If grime is allowed to build up it can impair functionality and even cause a fire risk; so however you choose to do it, don’t hold back on oven cleaning.

We receive queries from people throughout the country every day. Some are homeowners or tenants, others own businesses, but all of them are looking for the same thing: a spotless oven. So why are oven cleaning services so popular and who really uses them?

Let’s be honest, nobody particularly likes having to clean their oven, especially when they’ve left it a while. It can be a messy, time-consuming process, but one that is often driven by absolute necessity. After all, it’s pretty difficult to ignore an oven that’s in need of a good scrub; all your meals are nicely smoked and it’s impossible to peer through the window.

Time constraints are another key reason why many customers choose to use our services rather than doing it themselves. As we’ve just mentioned, it can take a number of hours to clean an oven properly. This is time that some people simply don’t have. Therefore, rather than letting their cooker waste away under a growing layer of grime, they choose to get an expert to do the job. Their time is saved, the job gets done to a higher standard – it’s that simple.

Then of course there are those that are contractually obliged to have all appliances cleaned by a certified company. Many landlords provide such stipulations, meaning that we get a lot of calls for tenants coming to the end of their agreement. With the threat of losing a portion of their deposit for not cleaning the oven before vacating the premises, most are keen to bite the bullet and get it done.

We also work with a number of businesses and educational establishments. Home economic departments need to be kept clean at all times for obvious reasons; and with lengthy dormant periods, particularly through the summer months, it’s important that ovens are spotless when students return.

Of course not all oven cleaning services are as professional as others. Whilst we have people working throughout the company, running their own franchises, we always ensure that they adhere to the strictest codes and only use products that we’ve tested and recommended. Each one is also fully insured, so that any damage caused will be covered. Equally, they are all trained to our exacting standards, meaning that customers will get the same standard of service wherever they live.

For most of our clients, oven cleaning is all about convenience. They want a professional job in eliminating tough stains and bad odours from their cooker. As mentioned though, for some it is about necessity. Whether the oven needs to be bought up to code for hygiene reasons or as a result of ending a tenancy, cleaning services offer a great way of getting this done in a cost-effective and timely manner. Whatever your reasons and wherever you might be, we’re always happy to help.

With most people using their oven on a daily basis, making sure they’re kept nice and clean can go a long way to ensuring good hygiene, whilst also avoiding a number of unpleasant side effects. An oven that’s cleaned regularly is more likely to maintain optimal functionality, helping it to last longer, and importantly, save you money in the long run.

Whilst this knowledge may be at the forefront of most homeowners’ minds, some may not be able to identify all the tell-tale signs that your oven is in need of a good clean. So, to give you a better idea of what you should look out for when it comes to the oven in your home, here are six clear indications that it’s time to book in a professional clean.

Loss of Heat or Functionality

Have you noticed that your oven is taking longer to warm up, or is it struggling to reach its maximum temperature? Although there’s a chance this could indicate a fundamental issue with your appliance, it’s also likely that a build up of grease and grime has penetrated your oven’s working parts. This can also pose a serious health risk, as lack of functionality can lead to illnesses, such as food poisoning, as your oven isn’t able to cook items properly.

However, before you decide to throw out your oven and buy a newer model, take a good look inside and see how dirty it is – the chances are, if your oven has perhaps been a little neglected, all it needs is a good, old-fashioned clean. This may unblock certain issues and leave you with an appliance that not just works just like new but will look pretty good as well.

Dark Smoke

Another sign that it’s time to clean your oven is the arrival of dark smoke. Spillages are an unfortunate by-product of cooking, and fat can spit all over the inside of your oven too, creating a near invisible layer of grease. This leftover grease will then start to cook each time you use your oven, which can cause unpleasant odours and welcomes the arrival of dark smoke when you open your oven door.

It’s really easy for this grease to build up without being noticed, so if your appliance has started greeting you with a wall of smoke, it’s time for a clean.

Changes in Taste

If your food is starting to taste a little different to what you’d expect – perhaps it’s smokier or simply unpleasant, it’s likely that abandoned food spillages inside the oven are the culprit.

When spilt food isn’t removed from the oven and it burns, carbon particles are released which affect the flavour of the fresh food you’re cooking. An unsavoury taste is most noticeable in baked goods such as breads and cakes, but generally indicates that your oven is in need of a proper clean.

If You Don’t Remember When It Was Last Cleaned

This may seem like an obvious one, but when you’re going about your daily routine, months can whiz by in a flash. We recommend taking a minute to have a think about when you last cleaned your oven personally, or had a professional in. If it’s been longer than 6 months or you simply can’t remember, the chances are your oven would benefit from a bit (or a lot) of TLC.

Unpleasant Smells

Another issue that you may encounter as a result of this accumulated detritus is a rather unpleasant smell. Once it builds up and is then heated repeatedly, it can cause an odour to be emitted, which can make the kitchen a no-go zone. It does usually take some time before this becomes an issue, but you should still keep an eye on things, or, more accurately, a nose.

These odours can be a sign of bacteria building up, particularly if the oven goes unused for a significant period of time. So, in order to keep your oven in a hygienic state, it’s worth making sure that your oven is cleaned, with all grime removed from the surfaces.

Visible Grime

This brings us nicely on to the final sign, which is when you can actually see the accumulation of dirt. Perhaps you can’t see your food cooking through the grimy window or you start to notice small mounds of detritus at the bottom of the oven, one thing’s for sure, as soon as a few spillages turn into a major pile-up, it’s time to take action.

So, whether you’re familiar with one or a few of these signs or simply want to give your oven a spruce up, we’re on hand to help. If you’ve left your oven cleaning for a while, we recommend doing it as soon as possible. Even if you don’t have the time to take care of it personally, you can always choose a professional cleaning service such as the one we offer here at Ovenu.

For anybody that is in the catering industry or prepares food for others, such as childminders, achieving certification of cleanliness is essential. Whilst it may not appear to be the biggest priority, particularly if you are looking after children, ensuring that your place of work/your home is spotless will enable you to continue doing what you love.

Cleanliness is an absolute necessity when caring for others, especially when you’re in charge of inquisitive toddlers and hungry youngsters. This is why a great deal of importance is placed on achieving and maintaining a certification of cleanliness. But how clean does your home need to be?

Ideally, the answer should be spotless. However, even the most dedicated of cleaning regimens can leave behind some mess – in fact it’s almost unavoidable. But there are plenty of things that anybody can do to get things up to scratch, one of which is to have your oven cleaned regularly.

The oven and surrounding area can be a hotbed for invisible germs and bacteria. As this is where many meals are prepared, ensuring that any mess is dealt with swiftly and hygienically is absolutely essential. However, when you’ve got your hands full, it can be tempting just to give everything a quick onceover and make sure it appears to be clean.

Whilst there is nothing wrong with regularly wiping down surfaces and using anti-bacterial sprays to remove any germs, it won’t necessarily eradicate everything. This is where an oven cleaning service can really help you out.

By scheduling regular, or even just occasional cleans, you can ensure that every surface and all working parts look like new. But even better than that, they will be free from the grease and grime that can act as an incubator for all sorts of potentially harmful germs.

When it comes to ovens, cleanliness won’t just ensure that hygiene levels are maintained at all times, it will also ensure that it continues to operate efficiently. If fans become clogged, it can impact the thermostat – taking longer to warm up and costing more to operate. Therefore you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary hassle by getting a professional to sort it out on your behalf.

The good thing about having your oven cleaned by a professional is that you can continue with your daily work as they get on with their job. So you don’t need to be unduly disrupted whilst bringing your home up to code for a certification of cleanliness inspection. So all in all, it can really prove to be a good investment, especially for those childminders and carers who don’t have a great deal of time to do everything. Essentially it’s another job you can cross off your list and one less headache if you are seeking a certification of cleanliness.

In an age of austerity, many of us are trying to cut costs wherever possible. So whether we’re buying non-branded products at the supermarket or taking on jobs around the house that we might ordinarily get the experts in to do, every penny really counts.

Unfortunately, taking the cheaper option sometimes proves to be something of a false economy. For instance, how many horror stories have you heard about homeowners attempting to rewire rooms, do a bit of plumbing work or carry out a little renovation themselves, only to cause more damage? In these cases, most would be better calling in the professionals before attempting any kind of DIY efforts.

However, if you’ve finally decided that it’s time to give your oven a thorough clean, should you choose an oven cleaning service or just do it yourself?

Well, a lot will depend on your circumstances. After all, cleaning an oven fully can take hours to complete, involving plenty of stretching, bending and potentially harmful chemicals. This means that those with mobility issues or very little spare time may struggle to complete the cleaning process themselves. Therefore, the oven is either left to build up more dirt and grease, or you have to find someone else to do the job for you.

At Ovenu, we help hundreds of homeowners to get their oven glistening once again. But whilst our oven cleaning services are highly affordable, they do have a small cost attached. It is for this reason that some choose to simply do it themselves.

However, for this cost you can sit back and relax as a trained professional tackles your oven cleaning on your behalf. As all our employees are fully insured, you won’t even need to fret over damage. If an accident does occur, which is extremely rare, then it will be covered on our policy – not yours.

On the flipside of this, if you were to crack the oven door glass whilst scrubbing away at the filth and grime that had built up inside, you could be facing a very costly repair. Most oven windows are strengthened and reasonably well protected so it would be highly unfortunate if you did manage to crack it yourself, but that isn’t to say that it would be impossible to do so.

We also use non-corrosive cleaning agents, ensuring that your oven won’t be left with any lasting reminders of our visit. These are also often more effective than the products that you might find in your local supermarket, meaning a better finish without any of the risk.

However, even though we offer top quality oven cleaning services, we do realise that they aren’t for everyone. Some people would rather put on a pair of marigolds and spend an hour getting their own kitchen shipshape and shining again, which we certainly have no issue with. But if you need to get your oven clean in a hurry and you’re not able to do it yourself, then we’re here to help – maybe even saving you costs on repairs and damage in the process.

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.

Keeping your house clean and tidy is important. It prevents the spread of germs, dust and bacteria whilst helping to provide a spotless appearance throughout your home.

It can sometimes be hard to keep on top of all of the cleaning though. When you’re pushed for time and other chores are building up, it’s easy to forget or even ignore cleaning. However, it’s important that you don’t let it build up, especially in the kitchen, which is one of the main areas where bacteria can grow and fester. The reason for this is because where food is involved; there is a greater chance of residue and mould building on surfaces and preparation areas.

There are many areas in the kitchen that require cleaning after you have prepared and eaten a meal, such as the work surfaces, pots, pans and cutlery, the microwave and also the oven. It’s a big job and it will take time to do properly. If you are regularly cleaning the oven and surrounding surfaces then you are probably on top of all the house work. However, there may be times when the work load becomes too much. Christmas is the perfect example, whereby you are so involved with the celebrations that you haven’t had the time to focus on the cleaning the oven.

In this case it would be the perfect time to bring in the professionals. Hiring a company that offers oven cleaning services will not only reduce your workload, but should also ensure that you enjoy an impeccable finish – leaving your oven like new. If you allow the cleaning company to do the work, you can then focus on having a good time with your friends and family over the festive period, not on worrying about every small spillage or having to don the Marigolds.

Ultimately usage will determine how often you might require a professional oven cleaning service. If you live on your own and have a combined use of the oven and the microwave to cook your meal, then as long as you keep the oven clean you should only need a very occasional valeting service. However, if you live with six of seven people then it is likely that your oven is being used more often which will allow for a greater build-up of dirt over time if it is not cleaned.

Students are a prime example of those who fit into this category. Due to the social and work side of their studies, some jobs do get overlooked, including cleaning duties. This being the case students would most probably need to use an oven cleaning company once or twice a year when they are looking to leave the house in order to ensure they get their deposit back. If no attention is given to the oven then they may lose all, of part of their deposit.

Whatever your living situation, an oven cleaning service can be a huge help. It’s relatively inexpensive and will help to ensure that your oven is hygienic and in full working order at all times. Plus it will remove the hassle of day-to-day maintenance, allowing you to get on with the things that you really enjoy.

If your oven is well overdue a clean and you don’t have the time, patience or products to do it yourself, then you’ve probably considered hiring a professional to do the job. However, just like when you come to find a plumber or electrician, you want to make sure that you choose the right one. So here’s our quick guide to choosing an oven cleaning company.

Check their credentials

Probably the most obvious and important stage in the selection process is the research you do beforehand. You don’t want to end up with a fly-by-night practitioner who will overcharge you and deliver a poor quality of service.

So make sure you seek customer testimonials and look at the background of the person or company that you intend to hire. If they’re fully accredited and have been offering the same service for a number of years, then there’s a good chance they’ll provide a professional service.

Insurance is essential

If an oven cleaning technician isn’t insured then don’t let them into your house. If there was to be any kind of damage caused during or as a result of the work carried out, you would be liable. For instance, if the oven’s window was to be cracked or broken, you’d need to purchase a replacement before you could use it again.

Not only would this cost you money, but it will cause huge inconvenience too. This can be easily avoided simply by ensuring the company or technician is insured.

ISO certification checks

Any serious professional should have received structured training and earned the relevant ISO certification. If they are unable to provide evidence of this or any other form of officially recognised accreditation, you may be advised to look elsewhere.

By taking the time to actually gain ISO certification it shows that the oven cleaning technician is dedicated to providing a service that meets the highest industry standards and has been trained to do so. Therefore you should be assured of a thorough and professional job.

Are all costs included?

Nobody likes hidden costs. So make sure you enquire beforehand about what exactly is included within the service. For instance, some less reputable companies might try to bolt on a charge for cleaning the roof of the oven. You might expect that this would be done as standard, and most will certainly include it, however this is not always the case.

Unclear pricing can make a quote seem a lot better than it actually is. So don’t get fooled into choosing a technician who offers a fantastically low quote, as you may be in for a surprise when you receive the final invoice.

Summary

Essentially, the most important thing for any customer is to know that they can fully trust their oven cleaning company. Asking a few choice questions [link to Oven Cleaning Questions You Really Should Ask] and carrying out some basic background checks can help you to avoid ending up with a shoddy service from an unskilled and uninsured technician.

You’ll be pleased to know that all Ovenu technicians are fully insured, have ISO certification, are professionally trained and highly experienced. We also employ a clear pricing policy, so you’ll never get an unpleasant surprise after your oven has been valeted.