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At this time of year, even though we are fully aware that Christmas Day is always 25 December, it always seems to explode rather than creep up on us.
Trust a company that has over 20 years experience of festive seasons, there is always something that you might have forgotten. And from our experience, it’s often ordering oven cleaning products.
Look at it this way: the difference between receiving your Rational cleaning products before Christmas or waiting until afterwards, is an awful lot of time-consuming and tedious manual cleaning and worst case scenario, appliance failure when you need it most.
The most important piece of equipment in your kitchen over the Christmas period is your Rational oven. Its performance is critical to your reputation and your baseline profits. It really doesn’t matter whether you have the top chef in the country, without his basic weapon he is as useful as a chocolate teapot.
For commercial caterers, Christmas is all about planning. You have ingredients to buy, turkeys to source, extra staff to employ, menus to design…the list is seemingly endless. It’s a rare breed of manager who plans everything to perfection months ahead.
And we know that the oven is probably the last thing on your mind, especially as Rational ovens are so thoroughly reliable. Rational ovens are one of the best professional kitchen cooking appliances on the market today. They can be pre-programmed to perform almost any combination of cooking methods, including roasting, grilling, frying and broiling.
But work on the scenario that it’s better to be safe than sorry. The best way to prepare your oven for the extra strain it’s going to be under during the coming weeks is to ensure it is fully serviced in advance.
There’s really only one bullet point to tick off:
- Make sure that you have plenty of oven cleaning products in stock. Most professional ovens, (and Rational Self-Cooking-Centres in particular), have automatic cleaning programs built into their software. When used with the right Rational cleaning products (which ACS Southern always hold in stock), you get cosmetic and hygienic cleanliness.
So, while you’re planning for Christmas, make sure you schedule some time for Rational oven cleaning and order your approved cleaning products now. As a reminder, we supply all the assistance you need to service and maintain your oven, from Rational Grill Cleaner, Rational Rinse Aid, Rational Oven Cleaning Tablets for the SCC (SelfCooking Center®) range and for those with Care Control, Rational Care Control Tablets and accessories.
Finally, there is still time to book a service. We will be working up to the Christmas break and are more than happy to come along and check your appliance. We won’t be able to do it on Christmas morning as we are closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and again on New Year’s Day.
So enjoy the countdown to the big day and make sure your oven is in working order. Call us now and we can talk you through the options available on 01454 322 222 to make sure the Christmas season goes ahead without too much drama.
There have been a few changes in the world in the past few weeks, some good, some worrying, some downright outrageous. Toblerone restyled falls into the latter category. Pre-Christmas sales are firmly in the good category, we all love a sale and particularly just before the festive season hits with full force.
AC Services (Southern) is entering into the spirit as it does every year and is repeating last year’s ONE WEEK ONLY sale on its cleaning products for the Rational oven range. It’s a simple concept: order any cleaning product (excluding water filters) and get 10% off at the checkout using the voucher code clean16.
Last year, the offer was warmly and eagerly received by customers. It was a timely and cost-effective reminder for caterers and kitchen owners to stock up on products before the seasonal rush.
As Helen Hagger, MD of AC Services explains, customers often don’t realise that they are running low or forget to order in time. “We want to encourage people to be organised and stocked up with their cleaning requirements in advance,” she says. “Paying by debit card on the website using the voucher code takes just minutes! We intend this to become an annual pre-Christmas event where our customers can also book a service if they need it.”
Rational Cleaning Products
AC Services provides a full range of Rational oven cleaning products targeted at ensuring long-term care as a key to lifetime performance. Remember, if you have more than one oven, then you may need different cleaning product combinations.
The range includes:
- Rational Oven Cleaner Tab (x100): highly concentrated tablets specially developed with a new complex set of active ingredients designed to guarantee maximum cleaning power.
- Rational Oven Care Tablets (x150) with special scale-dissolving ingredients contained to prevent limescale building up, giving reliability without a water softener and the need for time-consuming descaling.
- Rational Rinse Tablets (x50) highly effective care products ensuring active protection.
- Rational Grill Cleaner (10 litres) for use with a hand spray gun.
- Rational Rinse Aid (10 litres).
For water filtration, which is not in the sale, the products are either the Brita Purity 1200 Quell ST Filter Cartridge or the Brita Purity 600 Quell ST Filter Cartridge.
There are some simple tasks that can be carried out on a daily basis to ensure optimum performance of Rational ovens. We urge customers to introduce them into their daily routine.
- Avoid downtime by cleaning your appliance every day with the relevant Rational Oven Cleaning Products so that the high quality of stainless steel is maintained for hygiene reasons.
- Wipe down the door gasket at least daily with non-abrasive cleaning agents.
- Clean the drip tray collector.
- Check the air filter regularly: your appliance will let you know when the air filter needs cleaning. On table top units the customer can clean this themselves in the dishwasher; on floor units, AC Services will need to replace it.
- Apply vegetable oil or grease to the inside of the cooking cabinet at regular intervals (every two weeks or so) to prevent corrosion.
This is a ONE week sale ONLY. We know that you have lots of other things on your mind at this time of year, but this is also the time when we all forget the routine tasks like ordering your Rational oven cleaning products.
To order your Rational oven cleaning products, simply go to our on-line shop. Or call us on 01454 322222 for more advice of how to keep on top of your Rational oven cleaning and to book a service.
Times are always tight, but if you are a Rational oven owner, you know that cutting corners for financial reasons is a recipe for disaster and AC Services are here to help.
The first offer is online purchases where using the voucher code rationalonline will get you £10 plus VAT off your purchases. Bear in mind that there are a number of events coming up in the following weeks, including Valentine’s Day and the start of the Six Nations rugby, so take full advantage of this offer until the end of February 2016 and stock up with essential supplies. We can supply items throughout the UK, but this offer is limited only to online sales.
AC Services (Southern) provides a full range of Rational cleaning products. It depends on the type of your Rational oven to determine the correct Rational cleaning products to use. Remember, if you have more than one oven, then you may need different cleaning product combinations.
The online sales offer applies to the following Rational cleaning tabs, rinse tabs, liquid cleaner and spray guns:
- Cleaner Tabs: highly concentrated tablets specially developed with a new complex set of active ingredients designed to guarantee maximum cleaning power.
- Care Tabs: with special scale-dissolving ingredients contained to prevent limescale building up, giving reliability without a water softener and the need for time-consuming descaling.
- Rinse Aid Tabs: (SE Models) highly effective care products ensuring active protection.
- We also provide liquid Grill Cleaner and liquid Rinse Aid (for CPC units) as well as other items such as a hand spray gun for manual cleaning of CM units.
Sale on Servicing
The second fabulous offer is £20 plus VAT off the normal service price. With a normal service starting at £195 plus VAT, this deal is not to be disregarded.
It is valid for all Rational oven service calls completed by 31st March as long as the Rational oven is within the counties and postcodes covered by ACS. These are Avon, Berkshire, Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Herefordshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.
All you have to do is phone the office on 01454 322 222 to confirm costs and times and quote ‘Ready for Spring‘.
Your Sale Choice
Since we introduced the online sales section to our website, the response has been fantastic, with the online store providing ease and simplicity for the ordering process.
You can also find hints and tips to keep your Rational oven in perfect condition, but should you have any worries, simply take advantage of the £20 discount on servicing and gear up for the rest of this quarter with the knowledge that your oven at least won’t let you down!
If you’re in any doubt please telephone us now on 01454 322222.
Who likes a sale? There are five weeks to Christmas, less when you read this, and seasonal shopping on the high street and online has begun in earnest. So we at AC Services (Southern) have decided to hold a Rational cleaning products winter sale from our on-line shop.
We can’t promise you a reduction on the latest computer game or gadget, but you can take advantage of our seasonal goodwill and stock up on cleaning essentials for your Rational oven. Admit it, you’re excited.
This is a ONE week sale ONLY. We are holding the sale to encourage people to stock up before the festive season, because from past experience, this is the time when you suddenly realise that you are without cleaning liquid or tablets. And tomorrow, you are catering for a roomful of people all expecting their turkey roasted, their roasties crisp and their pudding hot. Too late for hindsight!
Rational Cleaning Products on Offer
AC Services (Southern) provides a full range of Rational cleaning products to clients in order to protect their investment, ie, their Rational ovens. As with all things we hold dear, a Rational cooker is a lifetime commitment and long-term care can and does prolong its efficiency.
You will need different Rational cleaning products depending on your oven type and if you have more than one oven, then you need different cleaning product combinations.
From cleaning tabs to rinse tabs, liquid cleaner to spray gun, we provide all products to make sure that your appliance is perfect. We do not provide the cleaning staff however, that’s your job but with a good and rigid maintenance regime, it makes life a lot easier!
Rational Oven Cleaning Products
Rational Selfcooking Center Units (SCC) can use the following products to help keep the oven clean due to their specific formulation for optimum effectiveness.
- • Cleaner Tabs: highly concentrated tablets specially developed with a new complex set of active ingredients designed to guarantee maximum cleaning power.
- • Care Tabs: (SG and SH Models) with special scale-dissolving ingredients contained to prevent limescale building up, giving reliability without a water softener and the need for time-consuming descaling.
- • Rinse Aid Tabs: (SE Models) highly effective care products ensuring active protection.
- • We also provide liquid Grill Cleaner and liquid Rinse Aid (for CPC units) as well as other items such as a hand spray gun for manual cleaning of CM units.
To order your Rational cleaning products, simply go to our on-line shop and use the voucher code xmas15 by December 1st 2015. Remember it’s a lot easier and simpler to pay by debit card on-line and this voucher is only valid through our on-line shop and cannot be redeem through purchases by phone
For caterers and those who use their oven constantly, then it becomes even more pressing.
So is it possible just to run a J-cloth over the hob or is there more to the art of cleaning?
Here at AC Services, we believe there is a knack to the process. Although Rational Self Cooking Centers 5 Senses have automatic cleaning software built into them, dirt, grease and cooked food can accumulate around hard-to-reach areas of the oven.
Cleanjet and CareControl is an automatic programme and a request for cleaning will appear on the screen, all that is required of the user is to follow the instructions in their on screen manual. These cleaning products use less abrasive materials, which are not only good for the oven, they are also good for the environment as they are less chemically intense.
The Five Tips
According to Helen Hagger, Director of AC Services (Southern), “We advise all of our customers to make sure that their supply of cleaning products is consistent and we offer the following tips for them to make sure that they do their bit in maintaining the cleanliness, and thus the hygiene of their appliances.”
Tip 1. Your unit must be cleaned every day with the relevant Rational Oven Cleaning Products for your make and model oven, to maintain the high quality of stainless steel for hygiene reasons and to avoid operation faults and hence downtime.
Tip 2. The door gasket needs to be wiped over / cleaned at least daily with non-abrasive cleaning agents, more often if the oven is used on constant high temperatures.
Tip 3. The drip tray collector needs to be wiped over / cleaned daily.
Tip 4. Your unit will let you know when the air filter needs cleaning. On table top units the customer can clean this themselves in the dishwasher; on floor units a service agent such as AC Services will need to replace it.
Tip 5. To prevent corrosion apply vegetable oil or grease to the inside of the cooking cabinet at regular intervals (every 2 weeks or so).
For more instructions for all of the above look under maintenance section of your manuals.
Rational Oven Cleaning Products
All Rational Selfcooking Center Units (SCC) can use the following products to help keep the oven clean due to their specific formulation to minimise fuss and maximise effectiveness.
– Cleaner Tabs: these highly concentrated tablets have been specially developed with a new complex set of active ingredients designed to guarantee maximum cleaning power.
– Care Tabs: (SG and SH Models) these tabs have special scale-dissolving ingredients contained to prevent limescale building up, giving reliability without a water softener and the need for time-consuming descaling.
– Rinse Aid Tabs: (SE Models) highly effective care product which ensures active protection and will leave your cabinet hygienically clean and sparkling.
AC Services also provides liquid Grill Cleaner and liquid Rinse Aid (for CPC units) as well as other items such as a Hand Spray Gun for Manual Cleaning of CM units.
AC Services (Southern) is one of the country’s top five Rational approved and audited service partners, covering the South of England, the Southwest, and South Wales. Having been a Rational service partner for over 15 years we know how to clean an oven!
To order your Rational oven cleaning products, simply go to our on-line shop or call us on 01454 322222 for more advice of how to keep on top of your Rational oven cleaning and working fully.
Cleaning any oven is hard work. Whatever your best intentions, and depending on how often you actually use it rather than keeping it as storage for utensils and preferring to use the microwave instead, you will always be amazed at the amount of dirt, grease and charcoaled leftovers that you find.
Long before the concept of self-cleaning ovens, a friend of a friend lived in a student house where every Sunday morning, one of the housemates got up early and uncomplainingly to clean the oven. The other flatmates genuinely believed that it was a self-cleaning appliance until a reunion twenty-five years later when the truth was revealed by their former, long suffering and orderly housemate.
Student houses are bad enough but imagine life in a catering kitchen when the oven is in constant use and time is not a commodity that most kitchen operatives enjoy. BUT, cleaning an oven constantly can help improve its performance and safeguard against unexpected failure.
In fact, according to Helen Hagger, MD of AC Services (Southern), cleaning is essentially the best form of preventative maintenance. Which is why, the website for AC Services offers a detailed page on online cleaning products, specifically tailored to the requirements of a Rational oven.
“Too many customers believe that using an oven 24/7 and not cleaning it is acceptable,” she explains. “Our aim is to ensure that all of the appliances that we install and service are maintained in the best possible condition, which includes regular use of cleaning products. And what is ever better news is that we have reduced the shipping costs for our products so there is no excuse not to order online from us.”
AC Services provides a full range of Rational cleaning products targeted at ensuring long-term care as a key to lifetime performance. Depending on your oven type you will need different cleaning products and these include:
• Rational Oven Cleaner Tab (x100)
• Rational Oven Care Tablets (x100)
• Rational Rinse Tablets (x50)
• Rational Grill Cleaner (10 litres) Use with hand spray gun.
• Rational Rinse Aid (10 litres)
For water filtration:
• Brita Purity 1200 QuellST Filter Cartridge
• Brita Purity 600 Quell ST Filter Cartridge
Customers can buy online out of office hours or when they realise that their Rational cleaning products are running low. And now with lower shipping costs, there really is no excuse not to keep your oven clean and fresh and save money.
In common with the rest of the industry, we look forward to those two days of not having to worry about getting into the office, getting out on the road and getting down and dirty with Rational ovens!
Hopefully by now, you will have all done the sensible thing and taken advantage of the excellent AC Services Southern maintenance packages that we have on offer and have all sorted out your Rational ovens for the mad Christmas rush.
Remember to check your supplies: if you require any cleaning products for your Rational ovens at this peak period or stock parts, then you have only until the end of this week to order them with guaranteed delivery before Christmas.
Clients have also asked us when we will be open over the Christmas and New Year period and these are also given below.
Last order dates for guaranteed delivery before Christmas
Thursday 18th December 12 noon Liquid Cleaning Products
Friday 19th December 12 noon Cleaning Tablets
Friday 19th December 12 noon Stock Parts/Brita Cartridges
Office opening hours and engineers on call
We know things might go wrong sometimes, and Christmas rarely runs smoothly for anyone. If you need any help with your Rational oven repairs over Christmas or any emergency breakdowns, here are details of our Christmas working hours.
Our office is open over the Christmas/New Year period as below. Engineers are on call when the office is open and as shown on weekends for any emergencies.
Monday 22nd December 8.30am – 5.15pm
Tuesday 23rd December 8.30am – 5.15pm
Wednesday 24th December 8.30am – 3.00pm
Thursday 25th December CLOSED
Friday 26th December CLOSED
Saturday 27th December Engineer on call
Sunday 28th December Engineer on call
Monday 29th December 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday 30th December 8.30am – 5.00pm
Wednesday 31st December 8.30am – 3.00pm
Thursday 1st January CLOSED
Friday 2nd January 8.30am – 5.15pm
Saturday 3rd January Engineer on call
Sunday 4th January Engineer on call
Monday 5th January BACK TO NORMAL!
In times of emergency for Rational ovens, we’re here to help. For the South, South West and South Wales, there is one telephone number for all your Rational Service and Spare requirements so call 01454 322222.
Buying online is a luxury that we have only learnt to enjoy and use properly over the past decade, made possible by the technological advancement of the worldwide web.
For those who are looking to buy larger items, such as cars or commercial ovens, there are plenty of opportunities.
According to leading oven manufacturer, Rational,
“the potential global market comprises more than 2.5 million professional kitchens, and this number is increasing.”
Think about all the possible outlets, from hospitals, schools, military facilities, prisons, fast-food chains, caterers . . . . . . the list is truly endless.
Easy as Pie
Needless to say, there’s more to buying an oven than meets the eye: there are so many different types of oven available, but the secret is quite simple. Think about what you offer in terms of menus and what type of cooking will be done in the kitchen. You have now already eliminated a number of options.
Now ask around. Visit other catering facilities similar to yours and simply ask. Or take yourself off to a trade fair or even a local demonstration, such as those offered in the South West and South England and South Wales by Rational.
Or if you don’t want to budge from your computer, check out the reviews of cooking appliances online. This is invaluable in gauging the suitability of a product. Study specification sheets such as those found on the Rational site, which offer as much information as you are likely to need.
Always invest in something that you know will last. Of course there are times when items such as ovens will go wrong for no apparent reason and this is where Rational comes into its own. There is a reason why Rational holds a world market share of more than 54%: it’s not just because the appliance are some of the best on the commercial market, it is also because the company offers a support system that is unrivalled by competitors.
AC Services (Southern) has been a service partner for Rational for many decades and is used to being called out on emergencies or as part of a scheduled maintenance cycle. And that’s not all: we stock a full range of specially developed care products to ensure that caring for Rational ovens is even easier.
These include Rational Grill Cleaner, Rational Rinse Aid, Rational Oven Cleaning Tablets for the SCC (SelfCooking Center®) range with CareControl, Rational Care Tablets and accessories. And the great news from Rational having reviewed the packaging of the cleaning tablets, they are no longer classified as dangerous goods as in limited quantities. This means we can cut our delivery costs to just £12.50 from December 1st.
Whether you are looking for a brand new oven or just ordering cleaning products, online is the easy way to go. For ovens, AC Services would always recommend speaking to your area’s Rational Development Chef before purchasing online. But of course there’s a handy page for that too at Development Chef . For Rational cleaning products then simply visit the online store at AC Services These pages are not, however, recommended as suitable for hunting for Christmas gifts . . .
Happy New Year From A C Services (Southern) Ltd, your South, South West & South Wales Rational Service Partner
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Christmas is right at the forefront of all chefs’ minds once again, and we at ACS (Southern) would like to be amongst the first to offer you our best wishes for the coming festive feasting season.
The Spirit of Christmas
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and Jack Frost nipping at your nose” – the words from Nat King Cole’s famous Christmas song “Merry Christmas”, a song so popular that is has been dubbed “The Christmas Song”. It somehow sums up the spirit of Christmas, with visions of a blazing log fire, crackling away, ready and waiting to warm you as you come inside from the cold after a long hard day’s Christmas present shopping.
The Hard Work is in the Preparation
Christmas is enormous fun, but there’s always so much preparation needed to make sure that you get the best out of the holiday; cards to write, presents to buy, Christmas trees to decorate, and Christmas cuisine menus to plan.
It’s All in the Planning
But if you’re a professional chef, in order to make sure that your Christmas Cuisine doesn’t disappoint, there’s something else you must plan too. You must make sure that you have plenty of oven cleaning materials in stock. Most professional ovens, (and Rational Self-Cooking-Centres in particular), have automatic cleaning programs built into their software. When used with the right proprietary cleaning materials (which ACS Southern always hold in stock), you get fantastic results which are not just cosmetically clean, but hygienically clean too.
Raising the Bar
Christmas cuisine gets more and more demanding every year. It’s partly to do with the number of cookery programs on TV, and partly to do with the huge variety of products that are available. Once, a simple roast chicken was a rare treat. Then we followed in the wake of the US and began eating turkey. Nowadays you get far more exotic combinations, like a bird within a bird, within a bird – a boned goose, stuffed with a chicken, stuffed with a pheasant, with a layer of pork, Cointreau, and orange stuffing between each layer. The bar just keeps on being set higher, especially for restaurants.
Early Birds Catch the Worms
But do yourself a favour. Don’t compound what is already a very demanding time in the kitchen by adding unnecessary work. Let your oven clean itself, and make sure you’ve got the wherewithal to do so. The most important thing is not to forget to place your order for your oven cleaning materials early. It’s a bit like the old post office motto – post early for Christmas. The problem is that so many people have a tendency to leave things until the last moment. When they finally do remember, or simply get around to doing it – it’s often too late. They’re jumping on a band wagon that is already too full to take any more.
So please – don’t leave it to the last moment to order your cleaning materials. Call ACS now. The difference between receiving your materials before Christmas or after, is lots of extra hour’s worth of manual cleaning.
A Wee Christmas Ditty
In order to help you to remember, here’s our little ACS Christmas cuisine poem:
Christmas cuisine is pretty obscene,
As far as your oven’s concerned,
Getting rid of the grease,
After cooking those Geese,
Is a chore that no one has earned.
But if you are smart, put horse before cart,
Place your order with ACS now,
With cleaning agents at hand,
The best in the land,
You will ward off a kitchen staff row.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Order your cleaning products in plenty of time from ACS to make sure your Christmas has that ‘Added Christmas Sparkle’.
Have a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year – from all here at AC Services (Southern)
N.B. Final date for guaranteed delivery before Christmas is Friday 14th December