Should Schools Use Professional Oven Cleaning Services?

As well as providing students with a quality education, schools are also charged with their care throughout the day. Therefore, providing a safe and hygienic environment for pupils is absolutely essential. This is easier to achieve in some departments than others.

Just as science teachers and technicians need to ensure that dangerous chemicals are handled properly and cleaned away, so the home economics department must take care to ensure all surfaces and appliances are germ-free. With dozens of students passing through, using knives, chopping boards and ovens, it’s easy for dirt and harmful bacteria to build up. This is why a major emphasis is placed on cleanliness and ensuring everything is washed up ready to use again.

However, whilst you can easily wash plates, cutlery and utensils, the major appliances can prove to be a slightly tougher proposition. First of all you have to wait until the appliance has cooled down sufficiently before even attempting to wipe it all down. Secondly, the chemicals often used can be harmful and therefore should only be handled by professional cleaners or experienced staff. Lastly, ovens can cost a lot to replace, so if in the process it gets damaged, the school will have to foot a hefty bill.

Many educational establishments will choose to clean all appliances in one fell swoop, often over the weekend or during holidays. It’s essentially though that this is done regularly, even during periods of apparent inactivity. Just as your cooker at home can become clogged up with dirt and grime, the same is true of those in a home economics classroom.

During long periods of inactivity, such as the summer holidays where temperatures can soar, it’s easy for bacteria to spread. As such, ensuring that they are cleaned fully before, during or even towards the end of these breaks is essential. Some technicians and cleaning teams within the school may well be able to carry out such duties, but it is a time consuming process and one that is far from pleasant.

As such, drafting in a trained individual or even a team of oven cleaners to carry out a full valeting service on the appliances may prove to be hugely beneficial. Depending on the level of usage, this may only need to be one once or maybe twice a year. Following a comprehensive clean, you will be able to enjoy using hygienic ovens that work to their full potential.

Remember, after a full deep clean, ovens can potentially enable them to operate more efficiently. As a result top temperatures can be reached and in a much quicker time. If they are in regular use, as they are likely to be in a school environment, this can help to save time and money on your energy bills.

So there are a number of potential benefits for schools who are looking to have their ovens cleaned professionally. Budget will of course be a major factor, but by bringing in trained, insured professionals, you will always be assured of a great result. Ultimately hygiene has to be the top priority within an educational environment, so it could prove to be a worthwhile investment if you are unable to carry out the work through internal cleaning teams.

If you’re coming to the end of your tenancy in a rental property and have glanced at your contract, more likely than not there will be a stipulation relating to the cleanliness of the oven. This will probably be alongside other obligations, including shampooing carpets and ensuring all cupboards and upholstery are spotless.

The reason behind this is simple enough. Landlords don’t want to pick up a huge bill when you move out or spend days cleaning a house or flat just to make it habitable again. As such, most include provisions within the tenancy agreement to cover every appliance and area of the house – including the oven. Therefore this is a contractual obligation, which shouldn’t be ignored.

Of course, if you do choose to ignore your obligations, you could find yourself slapped with a hefty charge. This will often come out of your deposit, which could see the amount you receive back at the end of your tenancy reduce significantly. In fact, it may even mean that you get nothing at all.

If you don’t arrange for it to be done yourself then you’ll be at the mercy of the landlord. This potentially means that it could cost you more as they can effectively charge what they like, within reason. Obviously, if they have to complete the work and you’re liable for costs, then they are far more likely to be a little more liberal with the amount they are prepared to pay. This won’t necessarily be the case, but it’s certainly something to consider if you’re going to try and avoid doing the work yourself.

Another option you may have is to clean the oven yourself, great in theory, but potentially disastrous in practice. Why? Because cleaning your oven yourself means using cleaning products from the high street or supermarket. Not only are these hazardous to your own health, but they can potentially damage your oven.

For example, oven cleaning products that you can purchase on the high street contain a harmful chemical called sodium hydroxide. This can harm the rubber trims, seals and heating elements, meaning that your oven won’t shut properly, nor will it heat up as effectively. You may think that you’re doing the right thing by cleaning the oven yourself, but your landlord won’t be best pleased to see their oven damaged.

This is why landlords demand professionally cleaned ovens. Oven valeting services such as Ovenu will see that your entire oven is cleaned appropriately and thoroughly. From the hobs to the hood, and the racks to the fan, a good quality valeting service will make sure your oven is left sparkling and working effectively. Through their experience, dedication and use of caustic free cleaning products you’ll be confident of having a superbly clean oven; ultimately meaning you’ll get your security deposit back, to spend on what you want.

“What’s included with our oven valeting service?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get at Ovenu. It’s important to note that not all oven cleaning services are the same; some will charge extra for cleaning specific parts, as well as charge extra for labour, for cleaning products and even for insurance. It’s beneficial to use an ‘all inclusive’ oven cleaning service. So that includes everything; all of the oven, all labour, all cleaning products, as well as insurance.

When it comes to cleaning the entire oven, again this is essential. The hobs, the roof, inside the oven, as well as the rear fan cover, racks, trays and grill pans all need a thorough clean. There is a very serious reason for ensuring your oven valeting service utilises a deep clean policy, without which could result in your oven becoming a fire hazard the next time you use it.

This risk is particularly prevalent when it comes to the roof of the oven and the rear fan oven. When your oven is used, especially if you use a fan assisted oven, grease and food debris can spread evenly over the inside surfaces of the oven, including the roof. When grease and food build-up on your oven roof, it does in fact become a fire risk if the grill element is turned on. What’s important to note here is that grease and small food particles on the roof can be invisible to the naked eye, but just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

The same applies with the rear fan cover. This is a part of the oven that has important mechanical functions, which are used to make your oven work properly. A build up of grease and food particles will not only slow down the performance of your oven, it will also become a fire risk, as well as leave a bad greasy odour, potentially ruining any further food you cook within your oven.

If you want, your oven racks, trays and grill pan can be cleaned too. Again this is important as it completes the cleaning process, but be warned; some cleaning companies will add this as an extra and thus not part of your original quote. Make sure that when you get a quote you know exactly what you’re paying for and what is included. It’s best to choose a cleaning service that includes these parts into your ‘all inclusive’ cleaning service, as opposed to charging extra for them.

As part of an ‘all inclusive’ pricing policy you should look for things like labour, all cleaning materials used as well as full insurance cover. Good quality cleaning services will make sure all of this is included, or at least make you fully aware of what you’re paying for.

Therefore, for peace of mind, choosing this type of service makes sense. You won’t be left in that dark over what you’re paying for, and the cleaning service company will be totally up front with the costs.

Rik Hellewell, Managing Director of OvenuOvenu, the professional oven valeting firm is offering budding entrepreneurs the chance to become part of its successful team by taking forward its new rural franchise offering.

The company, which has around 100 franchises and over 60,000 clients per year, has created the franchise option in response to demand from potential customers who live in more rural areas.

The launch takes place at a time when people are turning to oven cleaning franchise opportunities to look for a new career prospect or as a new challenge following redundancy.

After an initial investment of £9,750 dedicated franchisees can, during a five-year contract, build a business with a significant income. The cost which is lower than cities is recognition of unique extra costs faced by businesses in rural locations and the smaller populations in the catchment areas.

This investment gives full training prior to the business launch and ongoing back-up and support throughout the life of the franchise. Franchisees also have access and rights to Ovenu’s respected trade name, trade marks and intellectual property including marketing strategies.

One of Ovenu’s key successes, which has proven so popular with householders, is its specialist valeting process.

On average, the valeting process takes around three hours and involves dismantling key components of an oven, including the door, interior panels, fan and shelves.  The parts are then placed into design-registered equipment, which uses non-caustic cleaning products leaving the oven in pristine condition.

Rik Hellewell, Managing Director of Ovenu, said: “We have had a number of enquires from people living in rural counties wanting to use our services, which led us to launching a franchise offering for those areas.

“One of the best things about being an Ovenu franchisee is that people can follow our managerial, administrative, and marketing methods, which have already proven to be a success.

“It also provides the opportunity for people to start their own business, but with the added peace of mind that working under the banner of Ovenu brings.

“We are dedicated to helping our franchisees succeed and have launched over one hundred ventures over the last fifteen years, which I would say makes us experts in our marketplace.”

Rik HellewellOvenu, the professional oven valeting firm, has achieved the internationally recognised ISO9001, for the fourth consecutive year becoming the only business in its sector to hold this important accreditation.

This independent assessment was conducted by the British Assessment Bureau a leading Certification Body and demonstrates Ovenu’s continuing commitment to customer service and quality in delivery.

Ovenu has now again earned the right to display the coveted British Assessment Bureau Quality Shield and ISO 9001 logo to demonstrate its conformance to the standard.

ISO 9001 was first introduced in 1987 and requires organisations to demonstrate that they do what they say they do and that they have a quality management system in place to ensure consistency and improvement; leading to high levels of performance and customer satisfaction. Certified organisations are committed to continuous improvement and are assessed annually to ensure progress is being maintained.

The ISO accreditation for Ovenu also sits within their franchise system. Having over 100 franchisees within the UK, the ISO 9001 certification ensures all franchisees are uniformly trained to the same standard which is not only essential for consumers but also for prospective franchisees who want to know proven management systems are in place.

Ovenu has shown that its key successes, which have proven so popular with householders, are its specialist valeting process, reliability and process controls.

The benefits of registration to the ISO9001 standard include:-

  • Streamlining an organisation’s procedures.
  • Bringing consistency to an organisation’s service delivery.
  • Reducing cost and rework.
  • Improving an organisation’s management practices.
  • Enhanced status.
  • Competitive advantage.
  • Lower insurance premiums.

The Ovenu valeting process involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-registered equipment, which uses non-caustic products to clean the oven parts.  The whole process takes around three hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition.

Rik Hellewell, Managing Director of Ovenu said, “We are particularly pleased to have achieved ISO9001 accreditation again as it underlines our commitment to our customers and our focus on quality. We are also unique in our industry sector having done so.  Not many customers get to see their suppliers’ ‘back-office’ activities, this recognition demonstrates we can provide a quality solution from quotation to delivery.”

Ovenu, the professional oven valeting service has helped Leigh Rigden, a high-flying multi-skilled worker, trade in a meter reading job for life as a cleaning specialist setting up a new oven cleaning franchise in Whitstable, Kent.Ovenu Kent

The 37-year-old from Whitstable will service businesses and customers, in and around Whitstable, Canterbury and Herne Bay. Leigh had previously worked as meter reader, graphic designer, and printer when he decided to run his own business.

Since being founded in 1994, Ovenu’s environmentally-friendly service has attracted over 60,000 customers a year. The franchise model has been successfully replicated around the world, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

The valeting service involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-registered equipment, which uses non-caustic products to clean the oven parts. The whole process takes around three hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition.

Leigh said: “Since last December I decided to start my own business. I spent a lot of time looking into several oven cleaning franchises, but Ovenu seemed the most straight forward company to work with.

“I chose Ovenu because it was well established in the area and there proved to be a popular market for it. I am keen to build the customer base at present and to develop it even further.”

Rik Hellewell, Managing Director of Ovenu, said: “It’s great to have Leigh running Ovenu franchise in Whitstable. He is a multi-skilled, enthusiastic, hard working man who will soon have lots of clients. Over the last 16 years we have established a very simple, but very effective franchise model that, with the right business acumen and commitment, can provide a very successful business opportunity with huge growth potential.”

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