How to Clean Your Cooker Hood
- Published: Dec 16/2019
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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 learn how to clean your cooker hood professionally.
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Then follow this guide and learn how to clean your cooker hood professionally.
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. To clean your stainless steel cooker perfectly and without streaks, you will need the following product:
Follow these steps:
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 using hard brushes). If there are any hard-to-reach spots on the bottom side of the hood, use an old toothbrush to clean them.
Aside from a few subtle differences, glass hoods are cleaned similarly to stainless steel ones. For example, glass is considerably more delicate than steel and easier to chip.
To clean a glass hood, you will need to:
Why not leave it in the hand of cleaning specialists.
Cleaning your extractor fan filters is a simple but essential process that you should not forget for many reasons. A dirty extractor fan can be a fire hazard due to filter clogging grease build-ups and lead to unpleasant smells every time you turn it on. On the other hand, by cleaning your extractor fan filter regularly, you’ll prevent some unwanted guests, such as cockroaches.
Carbon filters are a crucial part of all recirculating cooker hoods. They remove all the smells and smoke that come from cooking your food. However, cleaning carbon filters at home by yourself is difficult, so replacing them at regular intervals is more viable. You can find a replacement cooker hood carbon filter in most DIY shops or consult with an appliance repair specialist to help you with the supply and replacement. You need to change the filter once every six months.
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:
You should change your one-off cooker hood filters regularly. Failure to do so may lead to ventilation complications.
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.
The cooker hood motor is a small induction coil motor that requires next to no maintenance. Yet, the motor won’t perform well if you haven’t changed or cleaned your cooker hood filter in some time. This is because steam and vaporized grease can pass through dirty filters into the motor directly, causing it to cease working. Therefore, proper filter maintenance is the trick to a long-lasting cooker hood motor.
After all that hard work of cleaning your cooker hood and all its parts, it’s time you learned how to keep them all spotless.
Cooker hood cleaning can be tough and time-consuming, so why not let the experts do it for you? The appliance cleaning professionals from Fantastic Services will use only the best tools and detergents to get your cooker hood sparkling in almost no time, no matter if it’s stainless steel or glass. So, save yourself some time and effort and leave the hood cleaning to us.
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