Cleaning Your Range Hood Filter
Range hoods are designed with a filter over the fan to help collect grease and other combustion products before it enters the ductwork or the air is recycled back to the kitchen.
Some models are made with metal that can be easily cleaned and reused for several years while others have disposable charcoal filters that have to be replaced after a while. You do not need any harsh chemicals to degrease your range hood filter.
Since you will be degreasing a reusable filter, the first step is to slide it out or pop it out with a latch. Prepare your cleaning solution by mixing hot water with two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid. Check the label of your cleaning product to see whether it contains a degreaser. Afterward, you can add a half cup of baking soda and stir the mixture until it is evenly done. Soak the filter in the solution and allow it to rest for at least fifteen minutes before you can start scrubbing.
If you get distracted during this time, try to remove the filter before the water cools down otherwise it may harbor the grease once more. Lastly, clean the filter with a scrub brush to get rid of residue grease or any clinging food particles. Rinse again in hot water and ensure it is completely dry before placing it back into the range hood.
Cleaning the Interior Surfaces of Your Range Hood
It is crucial to monitor the interior surfaces of your range hood for grease and grime buildup the same way a filter needs regular cleaning. Some of the cleaning tools and supplies you will need for cleaning the interior surface of your hood include a spray-on degreaser, paper towels, or cleaning rags, and a soft-bristled brush. Clear your stovetop of any utensils to avoid before you spray on the degreaser. Let the product work its way through the greased surface for at least fifteen minutes.
Use a paper towel to get rid of the grime. Spray a bit of degreaser on your soft-bristled brush (nylon) and scrub the surface to remove any particles that were left behind. Use your paper towels again to wipe away any remaining residue. Use a cleaning rag or a clean paper towel dipped in warm water to rinse the interior surface.
Cleaning the Exterior Surfaces of Your Range Hood
The type of material used on the exterior surface of your hood determines the type of cleaning product you should use. It is important to use a cleaning product recommended by the manufacturer to remove the grease on the exterior surface of your hood. Use two drops of olive oil on a microfiber cloth to prevent streaks on stainless steel and give it a final polish. Large decorative hoods should be dusted regularly and cleaned monthly to preserve their aesthetic beauty. You can always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on how to clean other types of finishes used on the exterior of your range hood.
How Often Should I Degrease My Range Hood?
You can clean the interior and exterior surfaces of your hood monthly if you cook daily. If you cook less frequently, then seasonal cleaning may be ideal for you. It is important to clean your filter after a heavy holiday feast since the fan draws a lot of grease and food particulate and suctions it into the ductwork. You should also clean your range hood if the motor hums constantly since an abnormal sound indicates that the motor is working harder than it should.
Always inspect your range hood regularly to ensure everything is running as expected. If you feel you are not up to the task of cleaning by yourself, you can always hire a professional to do everything for you as they inspect the hood at the same time. Regular cleaning and maintenance of your range hood not only increases its efficiency but also saves you money on costly repairs in the future.