It’s essential to clean your restaurant range hood regularly. In fact, a clogged or poorly maintained hood or ventilation system can affect the quality of the ambient air, the cleanliness and even the level of safety in your kitchen.
As a rule, you should have your kitchen range hood and ventilation ducts thoroughly cleaned every six months. Obviously, the frequency will vary depending on how much cooking you do. The type of cooking you do will also influence the recommended frequency for cleaning your hood.
You should be aware that the requirements of your insurance company will also influence how often you should clean your hood. Therefore, it’s always wise to review your contract to verify any stipulations.
Even though all hoods perform the same basic function (to filter grease from the air), the cleaning frequency for yours will depend on how it operates. In practice, there are three different types of hoods, each with its own cleaning requirements:
An extraction hood vents cooking steam and excess moisture to the outside of the building. With this type of hood, it’s essential to clean the grease filters regularly. Since their purpose is to trap grease particles, they’re prone to becoming saturated, thus losing their effectiveness over time.
This type of hood requires frequent cleaning of the grease filters, as well as the activated carbon filter, which neutralizes odors. You can either replace or regenerate the activated charcoal (self-regenerating deodorizing filters are also available).
A hybrid hood can operate in two different ways: it can vent the contaminated air to the outside or it can filter and recirculate it. The cleaning method is similar to that of the other types of hoods: clean the filters and replace or regenerate the activated charcoal.
Finally, you must also clean the grease deposits from the inside of the hood and carefully wipe down all surfaces with a microfiber cloth in order to keep your hood clean and in proper working condition.
The filters constitute one of the most important elements of a kitchen range hood. Are you wondering why it’s so important to replace them regularly? It’s because filters are subject to wear and tear, just like any other material. Furthermore, a filter directly affects the cleanliness and efficiency of your hood.
Worn or poor-quality filters can even damage your hood. What’s more, since the accumulation of highly combustible grime leads to an elevated risk of fire, it’s recommended to clean your filters before this build-up becomes unmanageable.
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