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The best way to clean a stainless steel extractor hood

Rommel Samar
4 days ago

The best way to clean a stainless steel extractor hood

As we all know, cleaning is a fundamental part of all catering machinery.

Among our most obvious cleaning habits is cleaning benches, utensils, floors... even ovens and microwaves. This is because they are the spaces where we most clearly see the dirt. However, extractor hoods are one of the biggest forgotten inprofessional cleaning routines.



We have to remember that, although their function is to extract smoke and odors from our kitchen, these devices receive constant splashes of food and fat that dirty them. Range hoods often accumulate large numbers of bacteria.

Whether you work in a bar, restaurant, industrial kitchen, or are looking for information for your home, today we want to share with you the best way to keep your stainless steel hood perfect.

How to clean a range hood

  1. Unplug it
  2. Disassemble any part that you can. This will be easier
  3. Remove coarse dirt with a damp cloth
  4. For the exterior: use grease remover or dishwashing liquid applied with soft sponges
  5. For the interior: use a year with degreaser. Do not over-wet it and be careful not to spray the engine.
  6. Shine stainless steel: Use a homemade solution of baking soda, water, and lemon.

What to do when the extractor hood's filters need to be cleaned.

Filters are a very important part of our extractor hood that often get clogged with grease and dust. Besides affecting theprofessional cleaning operation of the appliance, these traces of dirt can come off and fall on our food.

Here we reveal the best way to keep the filters of your extractor hood clean :

  • Take them apart and spray them abundantly with anti-grease products. You can use the same one that you use on the outside of the extractor hood.
  • Leave the product to act for about 10 or 20 minutes.
  • Remove all coarse dirt with a damp cloth and rub with a brush to remove the smallest remains.
  • Let air dry after rinsing with plenty of water.

Tricks to keep your stainless steel extractor hood perfect:

  • Don't let dirt accumulate. The ideal is to wipe it with a damp cloth after each cooking session. This way, we will avoid the heavy “cleaning binges” because of the accumulation of fat.
  • Always clean in the polish's direction: Look closely in the polish's direction and clean in that direction to achieve a deeper clean and avoid marks.
  • Wait until the hood is off and cold to clean it
  • Do not use kitchen paper: It will not help you to leave your industrial or domestic extractor hood clean. Better use a microfiber cloth or use cotton cloths.
  • Foremost: NEVER USE A SCRUBBER! Scouring pads can damage the surface of stainless steel and leave marks and scratches. Better to use a soft cloth or a piece of old cloth.
  • Do not use Oil to shine it: it may sound strange but it is very common to use oil to make it shiny. Mistake! Better use a specific product to polish, but do not add more grease to a clean surface.
  • Do not use bleach or ammonia: They disinfect, yes, but they are too powerful and abrasive chemicals that will dull the shine of stainless steel.
  • Don't use force - frying vigorously will only exhaust you and damage the surface. It is best to use fat-dissolving products.

Essential: Have a good turbine and extraction box.

the best products to clean stainless steel :

  • Use a good grease remover spray: using specific products is always efficient. Apply the product directly to the surface and rub gently with a sponge in hot water. Use a moist cloth to dry.
  • Dishwasher or dishwasher: use it diluted in hot water to dry the surface with a soft sponge. Then soak the surface with water before rinsing and drying with a clean cloth. You can substitute the dishwasher for vinegar.
  • To brighten: Use a solution of baking soda in water with a squeeze of lemon. Apply it on the outside, let it rest for a few minutes, and rinse with plenty of water. Cleanse the surface with a cloth and touch it up when needed.

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