A vast majority of kitchens have a hood system with kitchen extractor fans. It works by controlling ventilation in your kitchen. Also, it prevents grease build up.
If the overhead oven fan is not maintained properly, the buildup of grease and food will result in a bad odor. This will permeate from the kitchen into the rest of your house. Also, it increases the chances of a fire.
To keep this from happening, you need to clean your hood system and kitchen extractor fan. Let’s go over the steps of how to clean your kitchen extractor fans.
Step One – Have the Right Tools for Cleaning a Kitchen Extractor Fan
There are a few tools needed to remove the dirt, dust, and grease from your kitchen extractor fans. One of those tools is dish soap. When mixed with hot water, it helps to loosen the grease and dirt.
White distilled vinegar and baking soda also help in removing dirt and grease. To use both solutions, add them in the hot water and dish soap mixture. You will also need a scrubbing sponge and toothbrush.
The scrubbing sponge helps to apply the baking soda in, and around, the filter. To get rid of dirt and grease from hard to reach areas, use the toothbrush.
Step Two – Unplug the Kitchen Extractor
Now that you have all your supplies, unplug the extractor from the mains and allow the hood to cool. Once that happens, remove the outer cover and soak it in the hot water and dish soap mixture for 10 minutes
Use the sponge and toothbrush to scrub off grease and dirt from all areas. You can also use a bristle brush to scrub off stubborn bits. Rinse the cover with clean water and place it aside to dry. While you are at it, you may want to replace the charcoal and fabric filters.
If the exhaust is ventilated via a duct, you don’t have to replace the charcoal, paper, and fabric filters. Follow the manufacturer’s guide to learn how to clean the exhaust fan filter.
Step Three – Cleaning the Fans
Take a damp cloth and wipe the fan blades. Dip the cloth in the hot water, white vinegar, and dish soap mixture, before wiping the fans blade. Repeat until the blades are dirt and grease free. Remember, do not get the blades too wet.
Kitchen fan cleaning keeps your kitchen at proper temperatures. They also minimize the risk of fire, and keep stale air from your kitchen. Once the metal cover and fan are dry, reinstall, fasten or slide the metal cover back in place.
Keeping Your Kitchen Extractor Fans Clean
After cleaning the kitchen extractor fans, it is highly recommended to clean the duct and housing. Maintaining high standards of hygiene prevents food from being contaminated. This eliminates instances of poisoning your family.
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