One appliance that is often overlooked during house cleaning is your range hood and range hood filters. Although there are many innovations to this system, including groundbreaking technology, it still has one of the nastiest jobs in your kitchen. In this article, we will guide you on how to clean your range hood and filters.
According to house cleaning experts at Premium Clean, an average household produces about a gallon of grease a year. When a house has no proper ventilation, this grease usually ends up in the walls, upholstery, window treatments, and cabinetry. A range hood can extract the grease, smoke, smells, steam, and food particles in the air. Therefore, you have to have them installed in your kitchen.
How Often Should You Clean Your Range Hoods and Filters?
Cleaning your range hoods and their filter will depend on how often you cook. If you are cooking daily, you should clean your range hood and it’s filter’s inside and outside monthly. However, if you do not use your cooktops regularly, you can clean the filter at the start of every season. Always clean the filters with your house cleaning to prevent the accumulation of dirt and grease.
Some new models of range hoods have alarms that would tell you it’s time to clean. However, if you don’t have this type of range hood, you will know when to clean your range hood with the following signs:
- The hood cannot clear the smoke anymore, even at the highest setting. It means that the ductwork and filter are already clogged with grease and should be cleaned immediately.
- The motor has a loud sound or is constantly humming. This sound means that the motor is already working too hard.
It is time to clean the range hood to prevent the parts from grinding and rubbing before it leads to damage.
Here is how to clean your range hood and filter
Things that You Need:
Dishwashing liquid for degreasing
Soft nylon brush
How to Clean Your Range Hood Filter
Each range hood has a filter that can fit over the fan. It helps catch the food particles before they can reach the ductwork. Most of them are made of metal and can be easily cleaned with the right technique. Others have disposable filters that you can replace when it gets dirty.
Step 1. Remove the Filter.
It is easy to remove a reusable filter. Simply slide it out or find the latch that you use to remove it.
Step 2. Prepare the Cleaning Solution.
Fill the sink with boiling water. If you don’t have a large sink, use a glass akin dish or large pot. Make sure that it is heatproof. Mix two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid and water. The dishwashing soap will act as a degreaser. Add one-half cup of baking soda into the mix.
Step 3. Soak the Filter.
Submerge the filter into the solution and leave it for at least fifteen minutes. No need to scrub the filters, instead let the solution do the heavy lifting.
Step 4. Scrub and Rinse.
After fifteen minutes, scrub the filter to remove the food particles and grease clinging to the filter. Rinse it well with hot water and dry completely before returning to the range hood.
Clean Your Range Hood: the Interior and Exterior
Just like your filter, the interior and exterior of your hood should be cleaned of grease and grime. Since the hood is close enough to the stovetop, it could have food splashes all the time.
Things that You Need:
Paper towels or cleaning rags
Step 1. Apply the degreaser to the range hood.
Before applying the degreaser, make sure that your stove is free of any contents. After spraying, allow the product to work for at least fifteen minutes.
Step 2. Wipe away the degreaser.
Using a paper towel, wipe away the grime along with the cleaner. If there are food particles left, spray a small amount of degreaser on a nylon-bristled brush and scrub it away. Finish it off by wiping the remaining residue.
Step 3. Rinse
As a final step, dip a paper towel or cloth and rinse the inside of the range hood. Remove all the remaining cleaner.
Step 4. Clean the exterior of the hood
Clean the exterior surface of the hood depending on its material. Most of them are made of stainless steel or painted metal. Use a degreaser product and a soft cloth to remove the grease. Polish the surface and avoid streaks using a drop of olive oil on a piece of clean cloth.
Wrap it up!
There you have it. Simple and easy steps to clean your range hoods and vents. You can add this task to your regular house cleaning routine. If you have no time to clean them, you can contact Premium Clean for top-quality deep cleaning services. You can book their premium services today by visiting www.premiumclean.com