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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.
However, it’s not enough just to run a damp cloth over your appliance and expect it to perform to the same standards time after time.
Here at AC Services (Southern) we advise Rational oven owners about the best ways to keep their ovens pristine. Rational oven cleaning is not rocket science but it is excellent common sense. So here are our top 4 Rational oven cleaning tips.
What happens if you don’t clean your unit on a daily basis? Simply put, grease and food residue, even the smallest amount, will accumulate and in time there is a risk of them catching fire.
For optimal hygiene purposes, ensure that you clean your unit every day. Use a non-abrasive cleaning agent with a soft cloth to clean the cooking cabinet seal. This will enable a longer service life. For the internal and external glass windows and the outer panel of the unit, again use a soft damp cloth.
To prevent corrosion, use vegetable or grease to the inside of the cooking cabinet, preferably every two weeks or so.
Look after the air filter. It may not be something that immediately springs to mind, but neglecting this piece of equipment again can cause nasty incidents. Luckily, the Rational has an in-built warning system when the air filter is soiled.
Remember, the unit cannot be operated without the air filter so when you take it out, make sure you put it back. And the most efficient way of cleaning the air filter is in the dishwasher.
What do you do with the drip tray? The drip tray collects the fat from roasting and grilling. It’s obvious that it needs to be emptied regularly, but ideally it needs to be cleaned on a daily basis. Again, the build up of grease and fat can have potentially serious implications as a fire risk.
Fourth Rational Oven Cleaning Tip
If you are not using the appliance, for example overnight or when going on holidays, leave the unit door ajar.
AC Services (Southern) provides a full range of cleaning tablets and fluids that are Genuine Rational Authorised Products, but basic daily house-keeping in cleaning the appliance and maintaining the stainless steel elements are the key to a prolonged and performance-enhanced life. Talk to one of the team on 01454 322222 or visit the AC Services (Southern) website for more information on the Gold, Silver and Platinum Maintenance Plans that we offer.
In the meantime, when you’re doing your Rational oven cleaning, have a look for the serial number of your unit to find out when it was made; as if it is the oldest in the UK and Ireland still in operation then you could win a new Rational oven and a trip to Landsberg in Germany as part of Rational UK’s 25 year celebrations.
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.
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
Great News…..After much demand!
You can now order your Rational Cleaning products from AC Services Southern on line.
AC Services Southern has provided a full range of Rational cleaning products to our customers to protect the investment in their Rational oven, as experience tells us that long term care of your oven is key to life time performance. Increasingly customers have asked whether they can buy online so that they can order out of office hours or when they realise that their Rational cleaning products are running low. We were happy to create an e-commerce section on our site as an alternative to our email and fax service.
Every cleaning process both cares and retains the value of your oven when you use the correct product and we recommend that you use Rational cleaning products every time.
Which cleaning product will your oven need?
Depending on your oven type you will need different cleaning products. Remember that you may have several types of ovens in your kitchen, each needing its own cleaning product combination.
Use our quick guide below to ensure you are ordering and using the correct care products for your oven.
Where to find the serial number of your oven:
The serial number is located on the left hand side panel of your oven.
Placing an order with us is as easy as 1,2,3…
1. Follow this link to our on line sales page… or
2. Complete our customer order form and
3. Then email or fax your form across to us
COSHH Information on Rational Oven Cleaning Products can be found HERE.
If in any doubt please telephone us now on 01454 322222