The cooker hood is your kitchen’s magnet for grease and grime. But that should come as no surprise, as that is its job. Located right above your hob, the cooker hood’s primary purpose is to attract all the smoke and steam that comes out of cooking food. So, there’s no avoiding some grease build-up in the extractor fan. What you can avoid, however, are large quantities of it, which can clog the hood filters and make them less effective and more susceptible to fire. Therefore, it’s mandatory to clean your extractor hood, immaculately. Follow this guide and get the best results. You will become a professional cooker hood cleaner before you know it.

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So if you: 

  • Have a greasy cooker hood that doesn’t work the way it should.
  • Haven’t replaced/cleaned your cooker hood’s filters.
  • Noticed your kitchen is engulfed in a fog of fumes when cooking.

Then keep on reading!

How to clean a stainless steel cooker hood

Stainless steel hoods are the most popular variety in the UK. When they’re sparkly cleaned, they look amazing, when neglected, their run-down appearance can easily ruin your whole kitchen’s image. You can, however easily prevent your stainless steel extractor hood from reaching such a pitiful state. For this, you will need the following products:

  • Bowl
  • Kettle
  • Sponge
  • An old toothbrush
  • J cloth
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Stainless steel oven cleaner
  • WD-40

Firstly turn off the cooker hood and wait for it to cool down. Take off the extractor cover and put it to the side. Mix a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda with boiling water. Use your sponge to spread the soda solution on top of the hood. This will help loosen any grease on the hood and make it easier to get rid of. Wait around 20 minutes and wipe the solution off.

For tougher to clean areas, you’ll need some specific detergents designed for steel surfaces. Like, for example, a stainless steel oven cleaner. Spay the cleaner across the hood surface and wipe it off gently with a j cloth (avoid the use of any hard brushes). If there are any hard-to-reach spots on the bottom side of the hood, use an old toothbrush to clean them.

Once you’re finished with cleaning the cooker hood, you can apply the cream of the crop – some WD-40. Apply it on your stainless steel hood to give it that gleaming finish. 

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For more grease removal tips, check out our oven cleaning blog post.

How to clean a glass cooker hood

Glass hoods are cleaned similarly to stainless steel ones, aside from a few subtle differences. For example, glass is considerably more delicate than steel, therefore it’s easier to chip. And once blemished, oh boy is it visible! 

Prepare a mix of boiling water and baking soda(two full teaspoons). Use a soft cloth to spread the solution all over your glass hood surface. Start with the top part and slowly move onto the underside. Once the whole hood is covered in the mixture, your a paper towel to wipe it all off.

Next, spray some glass cleaner on the hood and wipe it carefully with a jay-cloth. For the finishing touch, add a layer of baby oil to give the glass its immaculate shine.

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How to replace a cooker’s hood filter

You should change your one-off cooker hood filters regularly. Failure to do so may lead to ventilation complications.

How to clean cooker hood carbon filters

Carbon filters are a crucial part of all recirculating cooker hoods. They remove all the smells and smoke that come with cooking your own food. Carbon filters are difficult to clean at home by yourself so it’s more viable to just replace them at regular intervals. You can find a replacement cooker hood carbon filter in most DIY shops. You need to change the filter once every six months

How to replace grease filters 

Grease filters are most often seen inside vented cooker hoods. What’s great about these is that they have a clever way of reminding you when it’s time to change them. Check their colour! If the grease filter is saturated and discoloured, you probably need to buy a new one.

How to clean a metal mesh cooker hood filter

Extractor hood filters keep grease from entering the extraction vents. This prevents the vents from becoming clogged and impossible to clean. Most extractor hood filters are fine mesh grates which you can remove and clean or replace, easily. 

Cleaning metal mesh cooker hood filters is simple:

  • Turn off the extractor; 
  • Remove the filters from the hood;
  • Place them in a tub filled with boiling water mixed with baking soda (¼ cup) and dish soap. Let them sit for 20 minutes;
  • When it’s time to take them out, scrub them gently with a soft brush (as to avoid; damaging them); rinse the filters until all the built-up grease falls off;
  • Pat them dry and let them fully air dry for a few hours;
  • Reinstate the filters back into the extractor hood;

How to clean an extractor fan

Cleaning an extractor fan is quite straightforward. Unplug the extractor from the socket. The clean is best done when the hood is cold and you haven’t used it recently.

Remove the outer cover of the extractor hood and use a damp cloth to wipe the fan blades. Avoid getting the blades too wet and always dry them before you put the outer cover back on.

How to clean а cooker hood motor

The motor of a cooker hood is a small induction coil motor, which requires next to no maintenance at all. Yet, the motor won’t perform well if you haven’t changed or cleaned your cooker hood filter in some time. Steam and vaporized grease can pass through dirty filters into the motor directly, causing it to cease working.

Therefore, the trick to a long-lasting cooker hood motor is proper filter maintenance.

Takeaways

  • Bicarbonate of soda is your best friend when dealing with a cooker hood’s exterior.
  • Cooker hood filters should be changed/cleaned regularly.
  • Regular cooker hood maintenance helps prevent kitchen fires.

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  • Last update: December 23, 2019

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