Dust sheet down to cover all the immediate area with a thick, waterproof sheet in the vicinity of the oven. Tools stacked neatly to one side.
Fill a bucket with nice clean water
We can use several buckets of water to clean an oven/hob. Cold water is fine as we heat them in our own special dip tanks which we locate near our work van.
Preparing the work area in the van
Our work van is full of all the items we need to get your oven gleaming. From special scrubbing devices through to our heated dip tanks, all the specialised equipment is stored away in here.
Specially made aluminium dip tanks
Our specially made aluminium dip-tanks. The upper tank holds the clean water along with all of the components we remove from the oven. The lower tank contains a gas burner which is used to heat the water in the upper tank.
The gas burner
The gas burner is located in the lower section of the dip tank. It is fed from a gas bottle located in the van.
Strip the burners from the hob
We remove all of the burners and burner caps from the hob…….
Removing hob control knobs
…. as well as the control knobs, so that we can thoroughly clean not only the controls but also around the base of the controls which is prone to collecting dirt.
Oven fan removal
The fan is located behind a panel (which can be tricky to remove). It sometimes needs a special tool to remove it and doesn’t usually come off in the expected manner (tricks of the trade!). As you can see, this can get very dirty and can spread dirt and germs because of its function.
This is what the oven looks like once the fan has been removed. Removing the fan means we can now gain access to the area behind the fan panel as well as the panel itself, for more thorough cleaning.
Oven components removed
All the oven components have now been removed (including racks and trays) in readiness for cleaning in the dip tanks
Special scrubbing brushes and hard graft!!
Each of the components is initially scrubbed to remove the excess carbon and grease
A typical highly carbonised oven rack
Oven racks are often highly carbonised as can be seen by this close-up.
Oven components soaked in the heated dip tank
Each of the oven/hob components are soaked for a period in our specially designed heated dip tanks. We also use special detergents designed to break down the carbon and grease but do so in a safe manner, without harmful chemicals.
Oven rack after soaking in heated dip tanks
The heated dip tanks along with the special, safe detergents remove much of the carbon and grease. A further manual scrub, a wipe clean and good polish brings them up like new.
Oven rack after cleaning
This is what a cleaned oven rack looks like. Compare this to the close-up earlier before the clean!!!
A clean oven fan!!!
Each of the components goes through the same rigorous process. Initial scrub. Soak in the dip tank. Final scrub. Dry cloth and final polish. That’s why they gleam!!
A clean hob burner
Even the hob burners come up like new
Component parts cleaned
All of the component parts have now been thoroughly cleaned. It’s time to go back to the oven site, to make a start on the oven
Components laid out tidily
We like to work in an organised, tidy manner. Tools are kept close by and regularly tidied away so as to keep the work area (and your home) tidy as well as safe.
Cleaning the oven
Now for the real hard work!! After heating the oven for a short period (to aid carbon removal), the oven undergoes a series of scrapes, scrubs and washes to ensure all carbon and grease is removed. We use multiple types of detergent to match the different materials to be cleaned. Again all detergents and cleansing agents used are 100% safe.
Cleaning the oven roof
After several rounds of scrapes and scrubs (even the oven roof gets cleaned) , we are ready to to really get that oven gleaming.
Oven cleaned and ready to be re-assembled
A final push and the internal parts of the oven are sparkling. The internal components like the fan, it’s housing and the side/back panels are now re-assembled in the oven.
How dirty is that!!!
It’s a dirty job. Just look at the colour of the water from one phase of the clean.
Splitting the oven door
The oven door has two glazed panels – one on the inside one on the outside. The only way to clean the doors glazing properly is to remove the door from the oven and split these panels to gain access to the inner glazed panel. This is what an oven door looks like when it has been split.
Cleaning the glazed door panels – inner and outer.
The glazed parts of the door are thoroughly cleaned both internally and externally. Again special and different cleansing agents are used for different parts of the door.
Wow you can see through the glass now!!
After thorough cleansing, the door is re-assembled and fitted back onto the oven.
The oven door
The oven door is often the dirtiest component in an oven due to the fan blowing excess food and fumes onto the glass. Most ovens have an inner glass and an outer glass. Debris and dirt are often found on the inside of the glass. The only way to get access to this is to split the door to gain access to the internal glazing. This can be tricky, depending on the model of oven
A gleaming oven compartment
The oven compartment is now gleaming. All that’s needed now is to re-fit the racks and the grill pans (yes grill pans are fully inclusive in the job)
A final dry polish finishes off the oven compartment
All the oven components have been re-fitted. A final dry polish finishes off the internal cleaning process.
The oven compartment
Cleaning the main oven compartment is one of the dirtiest part of the job. It requires a combination of detergents, pastes, tools, scrapers, brushes and last but not least… HARD GRAFT AND PATIENCE!!!
Clean and re-assemble the hob
The hob (and extractor, where appropriate) goes through the same rigorous cleansing process as the oven. After completing the cleanse, the burner housing and controls that we removed earlier are refitted.
Whilst they don’t usually carry as many carbon deposits as the main oven, the burners in particular can become very dirty. Another area requiring attention is around the controls. We soak all burners in our special heated bath and remove any excess dirt with brushes to bring them up like new. We even give the exterior of both the hob and oven a coat of special polish on completion to leave it with a gleam and looking like new.
A final polish
All of the external surfaces are treated with a 2 stage polish to bring them up like new.
The finished product!
That’s it!! Another successful clean. Because we only use safe detergents, your oven is ready to use immediately and there is no nauseous smell that some domestic products can leave after cleaning. All that’s left to do now is take a few photos (with your permission of course) and clear away the tools and dust sheets to leave your home or businesses exactly as it was when we arrived.
We hope you found this journey useful. We tailor each cleanse to suit the specific model of oven, hob or extractor. Consequently, the process changes slightly depending on the model being cleaned. However, whatever the oven, we will give 110% to make sure we bring it up like new!!!!
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