The extractor hood is one of the most important elements in a kitchen and is one of the places that accumulates the most dirt and grease. In our post today we give you some tips to clean the extractor hood and keep it in optimal operation.

• The need to clean the extractor hood

Keeping the areas directly related to food clean is something necessary and healthy, but also cleaning the extractor hood of the kitchen, is not only a matter of cleaning, it is also a matter of safety.

The kitchen is one of the areas that accumulates the most dirt in the house and the extractor hood is one of the most greaseful.

A dirty extractor hood, in which grease accumulates and is in contact with the fire, is more likely to generate a fire, in addition to causing bad odors, fumes and vapors that will contribute to dirty the rest of the kitchen.

Therefore, it is essential to clean the kitchen extraction campaign and thereby avoid domestic accidents, food contamination and malfunction of the appliances.

• The danger of a dirty extractor hood

Fire hazard if fire comes into contact with grease accumulated in the hood

Low performance of the extractor hood due to dirt.

Generation of bad odors and fumes in the kitchen

• How to clean the kitchen extractor hood

Cleaning the extractor hood is essential, however cleaning may not always be easy since we must access all the components of the appliance.

Cleaning the outer surface

For cleaning the outer surface of the kitchen hood we can use spray grease removers.

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This should be done after each cooking, so you will keep it in better condition and avoid the massive accumulation of fat.

These products are applied, left on and removed with a damp cloth.

To achieve that the hood is shiny you can use a special product for stainless steel and then dry it with a kitchen paper

Cleaning the filters

To clean the filters the first thing we must do is disassemble them.

Then you can put them directly in the dishwasher, which will be how you get the best results. In case you do not have to immerse them in a bowl of hot water with a little degreaser and let it act for a few minutes. Then rub them with a scourer or brush.

If the dirt is heavily embedded, try a bath of water and ammonia. Clean the inside of the hood before putting them back on.

Cleaning of interior panels

Once you have removed the filters you can spray with degreaser the entire internal area, let them act and rub with a scourer or a cloth when the dirt is already soft.

You can also use baking soda. In this case you should let it boil.

Duct cleaning

Cleaning of the ducts should be done by a professional.

You can contact a team of professional chimney sweeps that moves to your home and assess the complete cleaning of the extractor hood that will also include the extraction ducts.

The objective is that the air inlet and outlet channel works normally and, in many cases, the problem derives, even, from the outside.

• Clean the extractor hood in hospitality businesses and industrial kitchens

If the cleaning of the extractor hood is important in a house it is even more so in a bar, restaurant or industrial kitchen.

In industrial areas, where kitchens operate at maximum performance, fat accumulates in large quantities.

The cleaning of hoods and ducts in industrial kitchens is different from the cleanings we can do in our homes. They are much larger systems and with a more complex design and distribution.

Therefore, the elimination of grease in industrial spaces requires strong products, toxic in some cases, and it is preferable that it be carried out by a professional team, which cleans and disinfects thoroughly, to avoid the multiple problems that accumulated dirt can generate.

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• Problems that can cause dirt in the extractor hood of an industrial kitchen.

Fire danger due to the accumulation of fats.

Generation of bad odors and fumes in the kitchen

Performance problems on computers.

Generation of cross-contamination in the preparation of allergen-free meals.

In addition, a dirty kitchen is an area more prone to generate pests.

Specialized professionals have specific machinery for cleaning extractor hoods in industrial kitchens (specific foams, nematic brushes, descaling brushes similar to those used for chimney sweeping, which guarantees the best finish.






Chimney sweeps know all the ins and outs of an extractor hood and are experts in cleaning ducts and ventilation shunts

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By Catharine Bwana