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Acorn Environmental and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Dear Customer

 

In light of the developments around Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that we have implemented measures ensuring our business can provide you with the best possible service during this time.

Our office-based staff have the ability to work from home if it is deemed necessary in order to provide our customers with continued support.

 

During this time, we will continue to fulfil our contractual obligations where practicable with the use of our usual mobile work force and part time staff, and where necessary our emergency response teams. We will do our best to continue to offer the additional services, such as bulk refuse removal and gutter clearances etc. However, there may be delays in some of these services should we need to step in and complete deep cleans for some of our more vulnerable and high-risk clients i.e. schools and sheltered accommodation sites.

 

Acorn’s staff have all had communication regarding what they can do to try to help reduce the spread of the infection not only in their homes but within our clients’ sites as well.

 

As our staff, and certainly our cleaning staff will be on your site(s) regularly, and to ensure that our staff are protected, we would ask that you inform us as soon as possible of the following:

 

·       Any confirmed cases at your site(s)

·       Anyone from your site(s) that is self-isolating

 

This information will allow us to make an informed decision as to how best to proceed on a site by site basis.

 

As a company our plan is to:

 

·       Identify employees at increased risk

·       Have the ability for our office staff to work from home with uninterrupted phone access should the need to isolate arise

·       Using remote access software to ensure we are able to continue to communicate with our clients

·       Follow the latest government guidelines to reduce the chances of infection and the spread of the virus

·       On-going communication with suppliers and clients allowing back-up plans to be implemented quickly

 

Acorn Environmental is committed to continue to provide the highest levels of service. Should we have any unexpected circumstances which may affect supply of goods and services, we will clearly communicate this to our customers via the normal communication channels.

 

If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us:

 

·       By phone 020 8640 8800

·       By email ops@acorn-ev.com

o   Linda@acorn-ev.com

o    Val@acorn-ev.com

o   admin@acorn-ev.com

o   accounts@acorn-ev.com

 

Oven

Fed up of cooking smells and caked on food? Find out how to clean an oven so that it’s sparkling in no time with our simple step-by-step guide

Has your oven lost its sparkle? If so, there’s a good chance you are not doing cleaning right. Or maybe not cleaning it at all? Cleaning the oven is one of those spring cleaning jobs everyone dreads. However, armed with the right tools, removing sticky burnt-on food and grease should be relatively hassle-free. And while we’re on the subject, cleaning an oven once a year won’t really cut it: ideally, aim for at least twice a year, more if you can find the time.
Follow our simple tips to cleaning an oven, and you will have yours spotless in no time.

YOU WILL NEED:

• Oven cleaner
• Scourer
• Large resealable plastic bag
• Sponges
• Rubber gloves
• Old toothbrush
• Sheets, towels or newspapers
Safety first: When using a professional oven cleaner always be aware of the recommended safety precautions on the product and read the instructions thoroughly before use. Always wear rubber gloves and make sure your oven is switched off and cool before you start.

1. USE THE OVEN’S SELF-CLEANING FUNCTION

Does your oven have one? If you’re not sure – maybe you inherited from your home’s previous owner – check in the manual (or online if you don’t have it). If your oven self-cleans, you start the cleaning process following the manufacturer’s instructions.
That doesn’t mean that you don’t have to be involved, though. The self-clean function usually means heating your oven to very high temperatures that reduces the burnt on food to ash, that you then have to clean out of the bottom of the oven. Still there’s a lot less elbow grease involved. Hot tip? Open the windows – there’s usually a fair amount of smoke.

2. CLEAN THE OVEN OF OBVIOUS FOOD PARTICLES

Self-cleaning functions aside, you can start cleaning your oven the old fashioned way. First, change into old clothes as oven cleaning can get rather messy and put on rubber gloves.
Then, remove any obvious bits of food you can see lying on the oven floor and stuck to the shelves.

3. REMOVE THE OVEN’S SHELVES

Remove all oven racks and leave them to soak in a sink (or the bath if your sink is too small) full of warm, soapy water. The combination of hot water and washing up liquid will help break down any burnt-on food or grease residue. You may need leave to soak for a few hours or overnight.

Quick trick? If you are short on time, place the shelves in a re-sealable plastic bag, spray all over with oven cleaner, seal the bag and leave the cleaner to work its magic for 30 minutes.

4. HOW TO CLEAN AN OVEN WITH BICARBONATE OF SODA AND VINEGAR

Spray the cleaning product all around your oven, onto the roof, right at the back and in all corners. Leave the solution to soften any stubborn burnt-on food, follow the time recommendations on your product – usually at least 30 minutes, but often a few hours.
Natural alternative? If you’re wondering how to clean an oven with a natural alternative, it’s back to our old friend, bicarbonate of soda. Sprinkle it generously over the oven’s surfaces (you might need to dampen them first to get it to stick), then spray white vinegar over the top. Leave for 30 minutes.

5. CLEANING AN OVEN’S RACKS

Once you have soaked your racks use a scourer to scrub them clean. Turn them halfway through to make sure that they are spotless on both sides. Rinse with warm water and set aside to dry.
Quick trick? Or, make use of some good old Brillo Pads to remove anything really caked on.

6. HOW TO CLEAN AN OVEN’S INTERIOR

Once the cleaning product or bicarb/vinegar has had chance to work you’ll notice leftover food has started to loosen. Take a sponge and a bowl of warm, soapy water and begin wiping the inside of the oven. Rinse your sponge in the water and repeat this step until the oven is clean. Rinsing the sponge after each round will avoid spreading dirt.
Time-saving trick? Spread a tea towel or newspaper on the floor before you start this step so you don’t have to wash the floor afterwards.

7. HOW TO REMOVE STUBBORN FOOD FROM THE OVEN

If you still have grease residue or burnt-on food inside your oven at this stage don’t worry. Simply sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on the scorched food and leave to soften overnight. The following morning you’ll be able to wipe away any stubborn stains using a sponge and warm water.
Quick trick? Raid the fruit bowl for lemons, cut four or five in half, squeeze their juice into a baking tray and put the squeezed lemon halves in the tray, too. Set the oven at 250°C and cook the lemons for 30 minutes. The steam from the lemons steam clean your oven. Once it’s cooled, wipe it out with a sponge and rinse.

8. USE A TOOTHBRUSH TO CLEAN AN OVEN’S HARD TO REACH AREAS

To really tackle those hard to reach areas, especially the corners, use an old toothbrush to clean your oven. Soak the bristles with your oven cleaner or use bicarbonate of soda and scrub vigorously.
Quick trick? Use the spray bottle to spray clean, warm water into the corners when you’re rinsing them of cleaning product.

9. HOW TO CLEAN YOUR OVEN’S STOVE TOP

Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar will get burnt-on stains off your stove top, too. Simply sprinkle the bicarb over the stove, then spritz with vinegar. Let this soak in for at least 30 minutes before scrubbing, ensuring the soft sponge you use won’t scratch the surface.
Quick trick? Wipe up spills as they happen. Yeah, you knew we’d say that…

10. POLISH THE OVEN’S GLASS DOOR

For the finishing touch you’ll want your glass door to be gleaming. First remove any stuck on food using a glass scraper or scourer. To stop puddles on your kitchen floor, place an old towel under the gap between the oven and where the door opens. Now remove all grease with hot water and washing up liquid or your oven cleaner. Wipe the glass door dry with paper towels removing all cleaning product residue. Never take your door apart.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR OVEN CLEAN (AND CUT DOWN ON ELBOW GREASE)

• Line the base of your oven with foil or an oven sheet before you start cooking. You’ll never need to clean the bottom of the over again!
• Roast meat and fish in cooking bags or a roasting tin with a lid to stop fat spitting around inside the oven.
• Always fully remove trays when inspecting food halfway through cook time, to prevent any grease splashing off the side.
• Leave bicarbonate of soda on top of stubborn stains overnight to remove.
• After cooking, put a heat resistant bowl of water inside the oven for 20 minutes on a high temperature. This loosens grease so you can wipe the surfaces easily with paper towels or a wet cloth afterwards.

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© Acorn Environmental Services 2020

Acorn Environmental Services,
Riverside, Wandle Trading Estate,
Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4HW

Reg'd In England & Wales No. 0181 6463

SITE DESIGNED & POWERED BY Tinder Corporation Ltd