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Ovenu, the UK’s leading professional oven valeting service, is warning landlords of the health and safety risks surrounding unclean ovens.

Kitchens can provide health risks to tenants and dirty ovens in particular are a key source of household fires. The 2002-2003 British Crime Survey of Fires in the Home revealed that the majority (62 per cent) of domestic fires start in the kitchen.

Of those that were started via a cooking accident, 35 per cent were caused by fat or oil catching fire and 28 per cent by grill pans.

Cleanliness and hygiene are often the biggest concerns facing tenants and many providers across the country should be aiming to raise the overall standard of their accommodation.

Landlords have a duty of care towards their tenants and those who are found guilty of letting unsafe and/or unclean houses could face prosecution. The innovative valeting process used by Ovenu could help protect landlords from this fate.

The process is unusual because it involves dismantling key components of an oven such as the door, interior panels, fan and shelves.

The parts are placed into design-registered equipment, which uses non caustic products to clean the oven parts. The whole process takes around three hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate and safe condition.

Ovenu has over 100 professional oven valeters operating across Britain. Since the business was launched as a UK-wide franchise operation its network has valeted over 1,000,000 items to maintain the products’ quality, lifespan and safety.

Rik Hellewell, Managing Director of Ovenu, said: “The letting market has been squeezed by low interest rates encouraging more people to buy their own homes. As such, landlords need to take extra care with the properties they offer to maximise their letting potential.

“Landlords also have a duty of care to their tenants and many of them won’t even realise that the build up of grease and grime at the back of the oven can be a real fire hazard. It’s important that landlords provide tenants with a clean, healthy environment otherwise they may fall foul of the law.

“Another key area of concern regarding unclean kitchens is student accommodation. It’s a myth that all students are happy to live in squalor. I’ve heard stories about students who have withheld rent payments because they’ve been fed up with living in unacceptable conditions. Landlords could be struck off the registered university accommodation lists if students submit a complaint to their student union representatives.�

He added: “The British Crime Survey figures are alarming, but a vast majority could be prevented if a simple task was undertaken. Unfortunately that task is one of the most neglected.

“Cleaning the oven is seen as a monotonous and somewhat laborious chore, but it has to be done. Allowing grease, fat and dirt to build up to any appliance can be dangerous but in an oven the consequences can be deadly.

“Ovenu offers a complete oven valeting service using 100 per cent safe and environmentally-friendly materials to remove the hassle and worry of cleaning the oven in let property.

“Ignoring the state of an oven could end up costing a landlord even more than just hard cash.�

To find out more about Ovenu please contact 0870 880 1222 or visit

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