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How to Clean Your Cooker Hood

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.

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 recently.
  • Noticed your kitchen is engulfed in a fog of fumes when cooking.

Then follow this guide and learn how to clean your cooker hood professionally.

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.

To clean your stainless steel cooker perfectly and without streaks, you will need the following product:

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

Follow these steps:

  1. Before cleaning your stainless steel cooker hood, make sure to turn it off and wait for it to cool down.
  2. Take off the extractor cover and put it to the side.
  3. Mix a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda with boiling water.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 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.

Read our blog post on how to clean a stainless steel hob if your hob needs some maintenance, and if you want to know how to clean grease off an oven, check our article on the topic.

How to clean a glass cooker hood

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:

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

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.

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 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.

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 (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 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.

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 cooker hood motor

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.

How to maintain your cooker hood clean

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.

  1. Wipe after use – make sure the unit is turned off and cool. Then, wipe the surface with a rag dipped in soapy water. Afterwards, use a dry rag to remove any watermarks or stains
  2. Clean your cooker hood regularly – By cleaning your cooker hood often, you will prevent grease build up. Frankly, if you clean it after each use, you probably won’t ever need to deep clean it, or at least not in a long while.
  3. Clean the filter once a month – all it needs is a quick wash in the sink.
  4. Cut down on frying – oil is the main source or grime build-up, so the less you fry food, the better. It’s also not very healthy so there’s that.

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  • Bicarbonate of soda is your best friend when cleaning the cooker hood’s exterior
  • Cooker hood filters should be changed/cleaned regularly.
  • Regular cooker hood maintenance helps prevent kitchen fires.
  • Postponing the cleaning chores might not only result into lingering kitchen smells but also in cooker hood repairs and reduced lifespan of your appliance.


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