Is oven cleaning business Seasonal?

I have been asked recently is oven cleaning seasonal? This was from someone who had had a weed control business and his business was dependant on the weather and was also seasonal.

Well oven cleaning as a business does have its higher points in the year. For example the Yellow Pages rep showed us the graphical representation of calls to us and it showed a steep curve upwards from September onwards. So that last quarter is our more busier time of year but we still keep our four vans booked up for the rest of the year but it means more work from us to get it. For example marketing to our client base with offers etc to get the full days.

Also January can be quiet but for the last couple of years we seem to have got around that by running different offers. We have increased our prices as of the 1st of December and then run an offer in January saying get last years prices which were the ones before we changed them in the December.

We have just had a quieter few weeks because of the school holidays (we think) and then suddenly last week it all changed when the kids went back to school after their Easter break. Looking at the bookings for the next few days we seem to be doing well.


How long to train

So here is a question how long does it take to train when starting an oven cleaning business?

Well I suppose the answer is how thorough and detailed do you go in the training? For me when training new employees and new franchisees I want to be happy that they can do the job straight away after training, that is I want to be sure that they are able to manage any job that we book in. For employees it is slightly different in that us usually we will only book in standard single and double ovens For a few weeks to get them up to speed.This is because we will be booking in 3 jobs a day from day one. Once they are managing this satisfactorily then we will start booking in range cookers and then later after they have been doing this for a while we will do some additional training on AGA cookers before booking these in. For franchisees we do all their training, including the AGA cookers in the same week but I ensure they all know how to clean every different oven, hob, extractor which they may encounter. In our training kitchen I can ensure they gets lots of practice  on taking doors off and putting them back and also ensure they can strip down the Creda Continental which can be tricky to take apart.

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Laugh I Did Buy An Oven Cleaning Franchise

Just in case you haven’t seen my outtake video, here it is. For each of the videos so far I have tried to learn the script and then film it until I get it right, or most of the time until it is nearly right. Here I get the words mixed up and laugh a bit and then get back on track.

I have got a studio set up in my loft but I am still in the process of getting all the gear, after this video I bought some new lights so I can the filming right so hopefully we will be improving all the time, and I’ll be able to knock out the oven cleaning films for both myself and our franchise network.

If you like to come to one of our OvenGleamers Discovery Days click on the link.

Oven Cleaning Training Day 4

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This the next in my training course details which was a couple of weeks ago now.

DAY 4 of Oven
Cleaning Training

1. Candidate Practical: A full clean of a stainless steel standard single oven, stainless steel hob, and stainless steel extractor unit with stainless steel. I demonstrated how to clean a stainless steel extractor unit with paper filter. Then Candidate finished it off.

I then demonstrated how to clean the hob which was heavy in burnt on carbon and which was particularly difficult to remove. The candidate then completed the job himself.  I showed the candidate the best way to take the door apart and clean inside both sides of the glass and the things that were needed to be taken into consideration when doing this. I then showed him the techniques of how to clean the ribbed sides of this type of oven. I showed him the technique of how to clean the area above the grill element. Then the candidate cleaned the whole of the oven himself. It
wasn't particularly that dirty.

2. Candidate Practical. We went to the next house which was also owned by the customer of the first oven we cleaned today. The oven was exactly the same type and model. This oven was particularly dirty, the candidate did most of the cleaning.

Lunch – we went to a local shopping centre and bought some sandwiches for lunch.

3. Candidate Practical. The next job consisted of a Miele single oven, hob, and extractor unit and a microwave unit. I let the candidate do most of this job himself. I checked the work at the end and we had to remove the self cleaning sides and clean them manually to get a better end result.

Overall we achieved a lot today. We recapped the cleaning process of stainless steel, we went through the process of cleaning ovens with ribbed sides and we were able to test this out on a particularly dirty oven. The variation in the levels of the jobs, the dirtiness of the ovens showed the different levels of perceived dirtiness by different customers. I also showed the candidate that even at a slow pace of work – we had exceeded the timings I normally allow myself and my employees that a good turnover is possible. Turnover for the day was: £267 (if you think it should have been another £20 as you have seen our oven cleaning prices the reason it wasn't was because we did the extractor on the first job for free as I wanted the candidate to have experience of cleaning that sort of extractor).

End of day.

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Oven Cleaning Training Day Three

Oven Cleaning BusinessImage by Ivydale via Flickr

This was last week but I have now found time to write what we did in the day.

DAY 3 of Oven
Cleaning Training

Candidate Practical. A full clean of a Stoves standard double oven, hob and
extractor. I demonstrated the best way to clean thick grease off of a
standard extractor unit with wooden front to match the kitchen units. Show how to cut extractor filter paper to size, put the new paper in extractor properly and get the extractor clean by using right cleaning products. Then the candidate did this himself.

2. Demonstrated how to clean the stainless steel hob. Candidate then did this himself.

3.Hinges on this oven were the fixed type,and the inside was sprayed "self cleaning" sides and tops on both the grill and oven. I demonstrated how to remove the fan cover, how to clean this, how to clean the oven fan, how to remove the light covers, replace bulbs and the right way to clean the self cleaning sides. Candidate took parts out to van and put into the solution the right parts and later removed them using our the correct methods.

Lunch back at the office.

4. The afternoon job was cancelled but I booked in another range this time a Range master 90 and overhead extractor hood. Candidate did most of this job himself. I covered some of the things to look out for when cleaning these ranges and the Candidate cleaned the self cleaning sides correctly. Also I covered timings of a job of this size.

5. Cleaning of range master hood. I pointed out the things that had to be looked out for when cleaning this type of extractor hood. Candidate cleaned whole hood himself.

End of day.

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Oven Cleaning Training Day Two

Front of a 2006 Aga GC3 in cream. Photo taken ...Image via Wikipedia

This was last week now but I thought I update the other days on my blog so you can get an idea of what we covered.

DAY 2 of Oven Cleaning Training

Candidate Practical. A full clean of a student let oven, hob and extractor. I demonstrated the best way to clean thick grease off of a stainless steel extractor hood. Our method of cleaning gauze extractor filters, cleaning of a stainless steel hob, and cleaning of a stainless steel oven.

2.Hinges on this oven were the locking type. We did some practise of getting it off and back on and taking the door apart. I have found that one of the most difficult things to master when cleaning an oven is taking the door off and then taking the door apart to clean the inside of it.

3. Introduction to the different types of AGA cookers including the 3 oven AGA, the 4 oven AGA, the 6-4 range cooker and the 4-2 AGA module. Introduction to the AGA fridge range and quick overview of how to clean it as the outside isn't enamel so has to be cleaned accordingly!


The afternoon was going to be a full 2 oven AGA clean but when we got there it wasn't an AGA at all but a large Belling 'Farmhouse'  range cooker.

4. Practical – cleaning of Belling range cooker. It was good as because it was a Belling I was able to go through how to remove the fan cover, the fan itself and the self cleaning sides. I'm sure that the Creda is made by the same group that make Belling. The self cleaning sides were exactly like those in the standard Creda double ovens. The arrange was like a Creda double oven on the left hand side and then on the right hand side there was a single oven with different removal self cleaning sides – they just hung on brackets. The hob was particulary dirty and took a whole lot of scraping to remove the burnt on Carbon. So in the end a good training task.

End of day two.

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The Day in Life of An Oven Cleaning Man

We get up and have breakfast.

Job1: Our first job usually starts at 0900 so we leave allowing plenty of time to arrive at our first job right on time. Our tank in the back of our van is already hot when we climb into our van as it as it has been heating up whilst we slept.

Our first job will end at around 1000 or 1030 depending on what sort of cooker it is.

Job 2: We drive to our next job to start at 1100 and then after finishing that  at either 1200 or 1230 we drive onto the next one

Job 3 : We start at about 1300 and finish at about 1430.

We drive to the next one.

Job 4: To start atabout 1500 and aim to finish before 1700.

We drive home to get home between before 1800.

We don’t heat our tank up all day as we don’t need and are normal day is to clean four standard ovens

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