The range hood is a focal point that contributes significantly to the overall design and aesthetics of your kitchen. But more important than its aesthetic value is its functioning.
Whether you have a ducted or ductless version, the basic purpose of every range hood is to collect oil and grease. And it’s up to you to ensure how effective the range hood is in performing its core function.
Newer models are often efficient, but with time, dirt and grease deposit and accumulate on the filters and in the ducts. This reduces the efficiency of the range hood, while also lowering its life. Hence, you must know how to clean a range hood. Read on to learn more.
The Dangers of Dirty Range Hoods
A dirty range hood is less efficient, and causes bills to rise. Moreover, it is a health and safety hazard as well. Hence, you must learn how to clean a range hood and do it on a regular basis.
A dirty range hood is often covered with grease and filth, paving the way for bacterial growth. Food particles are also released to the ducted network because they are often contained in the fumes. These further accelerate bacterial growth, putting your health at risk.
The grease deposits on the range hood increase the chances of a fire if they build up in greater quantities. Though rare, if the flames on your stove rise, they can ignite these residues and cause a fire.
What Supplies are Required?
You need the following products and items to clean the range hood thoroughly.
- Baking soda
- Dishwashing soap
- Degreaser spray
- Brush with soft bristles
- Boiling water
How to Clean a Range Hood
The first step of cleaning a range hood is to clean the filter that traps grease and food particles before the smoke and fumes enter the duct. Metal filters can be cleaned and reused for several years. On the other hand, charcoal filters are disposable and may have to be replaced.
When learning how to clean a range hood, you should also know how to remove the filter. For most models, the filter may either slide out or be affixed with a latch, which you can release to remove the filter. Now fill a large pot or sink with boiling hot water. If you’re using a pot, it should be made of a material that can withstand heat.
Add around two tablespoons of dishwashing soap and half a cup of baking soda to the boiling water. Mix well and submerge the filter for at least 15 minutes. Now rub the surface of the filter with the brush, and then rinse thoroughly.
The next step is to clean the exterior and interior surfaces of the range hood. Spray the degreaser on all the surfaces and wait for 15 minutes to let the product work. Use paper towels to clear away the grime; if any remains, you can remove it with the brush.
Lastly, take a damp, lukewarm towel and clean the surface to ensure that all residue is completely removed.
Please follow the instructions on the labels. Sometimes these degreasers are concentrated and must be mixed with water prior to use.
Cleaning the Area around the Range Hood
You should also know how to clean the surrounding area because that is also often covered in grease and oil. Use a mild degreaser for the purpose. Spray a few drops on a napkin and just wipe the surface.
How Often Should You Clean the Range Hood?
How frequently you clean your range hood actually depends on how regularly you cook in the kitchen. If you do this daily, you should clean both the hood and filters at least once a month.
If you cook only once or twice a week, seasonal cleaning will be enough. If you host a party at your home or prepare a festive meal, clean the filters the next day, even if you miss out on the hood.
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